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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

Jerusalem, Israel’s Historic and Spiritual Capital

The U.S. just made history by announcing that it recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This bold and courageous move was long overdue, and especially significant coming from Israel’s closest ally. As we rejoice in this news, let...

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The Nation of Israel Lives!

This week marked the 70th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 181, which offered the Jewish people an opportunity to reclaim their historic and biblical homeland. Despite the fact that Israel’s Arab neighbors rejected the resolution,...

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A Time to Give Thanks to God

When President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation that created Thanksgiving, the nation he led was in the midst of the bloodiest conflict in its history. And yet, he told his countrymen to set aside time to thank “our beneficent...

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Rabbi Eckstein at Joyous Community Church in South Korea

God’s People, Together in Unity

Rabbi Eckstein visited the Fellowship office in South Korea and spoke at churches there, fellowshipping with like-minded, like-hearted people – united by a shared faith in God.

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Child's hands praying with American flag

In the Face of Evil, God Is Our Refuge and Strength

In a world filled with so much noise and constant change, people attend church for solace, comfort, and reassurance, which is what makes last Sunday’s attack on a church in Texas uniquely hideous and appalling. It also highlights how...

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NYPD police officers

Vigilance, Moral Clarity, and Prayer

Cars and trucks have become weapons of choice for terrorists, as we have seen in Israel, in Europe – and now, in New York City. How is it possible to guard against a crazed driver who, with just the slightest turn of his steering wheel,...

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Rabbi Eckstein welcoming olim

Investing in Israel’s Future

My dear friend Ariel Sharon once told me that the three most important things we can do for Israel are: “aliyah, aliyah, aliyah.” He recognized a fundamental truth: Not only does bringing Jewish immigrants to their biblical...

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Rabbi Eckstein with young olim girl after Freedom Flight

From the Four Corners of the Earth

Next week, Israel celebrates the immigrants who have made her the healthy, vibrant Jewish state she is today. And we at The Fellowship celebrate our supporters who for 25 years have given hope to nearly 750,000 Jews in need.

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Torah at the Western Wall

The Foundation of Our Faith

The joyous holiday of Simchat Torah - which means 'rejoicing in the Torah' - demonstrates our love for God's Word, which comforts us with its truths and its promise that He is always with us.

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Sukkah in Israel

Only God to Depend On

The festival of Sukkot, also called the Feast of Tabernacles, reminds us that despite all we do, our homes, our safety, and our health ultimately come from God. So let us be filled with fresh gratitude for His permanence and shelter in...

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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein praying at Western Wall

Next Year in Jerusalem!

Yom Kippur is a day for Jews to contemplate their sins and reconcile themselves to both God and man through repentance and prayer. It also serves as a reminder for all of us - Jews and Christians alike - that God is with us, and hears...

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Jewish man blows shofar at Western Wall

Days of Awe

The High Holy Days, which begin this week with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, remind us of God's soverignty over a world that can be a dangerous and chaotic place. Even as we sit in awe of God's power, I am in awe of the...

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Israel US Flag

Take a Stand Against Evil

The terror-sponsoring nation of Qatar recently hired an American public relations firm in an attempt to improve its image. But no makeover can hide the truth, and Qatar needs to be held accountable for its actions. Take a stand against evil by...

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Light memorial at 9/11 Ground Zero

Great Is His Faithfulness

As we remember one of the darkest days in U.S. history on September 11, let us pray for all those who still grieve the loved ones they lost on that day, and honor the ordinary Americans who showed us the meaning of heroism. And let us give...

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Sunrise on Sea of Galilee

Standing with Us Through the Storm

To the people suffering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, many Fellowship friends among them, I want to say that all of us at The Fellowship are praying that God would watch over each and every one of you.

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Crying woman olim

They Are Not Alone

Last week's horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona underscores the critical need for The Fellowship and our supporters to continue to do whatever we can to support and help defend Jewish communities around the world.

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Vigil for Charlottesville victim

Our Response to Hateful Fanaticism

There is a sobering lesson to be learned from the events in Charlottesville, and we ignore it at our peril: Wherever people stir up violent hatred for any ethnic or religious group, we must stand resolutely against them.

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Venezuelan olim from July 2017 Freedom Flight

Turning Their Weeping into Rejoicing

The dire economic crisis in Venezuela has been devastating for that country's Jewish community. I am so grateful to The Fellowship's supporters, who have helped provide Freedom Flights and turned weeping into rejoicing as Venezuelan...

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Rabbi Eckstein praying at Western Wall

A House of Prayer for All People

We invite you to submit your prayers, so that we can bring them to the Western Wall - it is one way of returning the blessing of your prayers and support for God's people.

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Western Wall and Temple Mount

The Lord Will Surely Comfort Zion

A terror attack on a family celebrating the birth of a new grandchild on Shabbat. The shooting of two Israeli police officers. Palestinian officials suspending all contact with Israel. A "Day of Rage." Israel's enemies claim all of...

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Coptic Christian woman crying in church

A Helping Hand for Persecuted Christians

Recent atrocities against Christians in Egypt have created a humanitarian crisis and spurred The Fellowship into action. Just as we fight anti-Semitism and assist Israel's victims of terror, join with us as we work to meet the needs of...

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Visit Israel

Here you’ll find an array of useful information on accommodations, transportation, exchanging currency, Israel's climate and customs, and much more. So get the most out of your trip to Israel with the help of The Fellowship.

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About The Fellowship (IFCJ)

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) funds humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and advocacy on behalf of the Jewish state, and provides resources that help build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.

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