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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

In His Presence

“The Jewish people are observing Passover, which recalls both the pain of oppression and the joy of liberation. Even as we all struggle…”

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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein waving at children in Odessa

Speak Out and Protect the Innocent

IFCJ’s work comprises three main missions: helping Jews in poverty with food, medicine, shelter, and a host of other essential services; providing security for Jews and Jewish communities around the world; and providing aliyah (immigration) and...

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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein sits next to his daughter, Yael Eckstein, who is holding her new born baby.

A Heritage from the Lord

This is truly a special time for me. I'm thrilled to share with you that several weeks ago my daughter, Yael, gave birth to her fourth child, a beautiful baby boy named Shimi Lev Zion. This is my sixth grandchild, and I am grateful to God that...

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From Holy Day to Day of Horror

This past Sunday – Easter Sunday for Christians around the world – hundreds of Pakistani Christians were celebrating the holiday at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, the country’s second-largest city. It was a warm evening, and the park...

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Belgian Mourners after Brussels Terror Attacks, March 22, 2016

The Fight of All Free People

On September 11, 2001, the day of the devastating terror attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., and the downing of United flight 93 in Pennsylvania, I was in Chicago. Fear was in the air, and there were rumors of other possible attacks.

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We Need More Esthers

I just arrived home in Israel from a productive and fruitful trip to the U.S. It was a time to plan new initiatives that will help us extend our outreach to Jews in need around the world, and I truly believe that, with the continued support of our...

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A Beacon of Freedom in a Sea of Oppression

This week the world observed International Women’s Day. It is a good time to note the great strides women have made towards equality, and also to note the most glaring and obvious differences that exist between some countries and others in the...

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A Rite of Passage

The bar/bat mitzvah ceremony is one of the most widely celebrated events in Jewish life today. A boy becomes a bar mitzvah, meaning “son of the commandments,” at the age of 13; a girl becomes a bat mitzvah, or “daughter of the commandments,” at...

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Governments Fade, But God Endures

Five years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu good-naturedly chided the U.S. Congress about the “rambunctious” nature of Israeli politics.

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“We Are Israelis…We Fight Back”

It happened several months ago in San Bernardino, California – and it happened again just days ago, albeit on a smaller, but no less horrifying scale, in Columbus, Ohio, at a deli owned by an Arab-Israeli Christian.

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Seeing Israel Through New Eyes

It is always a unique and moving experience for me to see Israel through the eyes of those who are setting foot in the Holy Land for the first time. Though I live in Israel, I find that the first time people wander the narrow streets of the Old...

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Rabbi Eckstein in Ukraine with Elderly woman wearing a purple head covering

Alone But Not Forgotten

This week I visited Ukraine, trying to see how The Fellowship can best serve those whose needs have grown even greater during this bitter winter. As the temperature plummets, the war and social unrest continues – and even worsens – to the extent...

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Iran's Threat to the World

Last week, four American hostages and their loved ones rejoiced when the hostages were released after being held for years in Iranian prisons. One, a Washington Post reporter, had been held for a year and a half. Another, Iranian-American...

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Against Impossible Odds

“The same day [April 12, 1945] I saw my first horror camp. It was near the town of Gotha. I have never felt able to describe my emotional reactions when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Heschel marching together

Giving Feet to Our Faith

It’s hard to believe that April will mark 47 years since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I often wonder what he would think, if he were alive today, of the strides we have made as a nation toward racial equality – and how he would view...

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Rabbi Eckstein kneeling down to pray in Paris

The Battle Against Terror Is Our Battle

My friends, the battle against this extremism is not just Israel’s battle. It is our battle. Let us pray for the day when the free world will unite, with firm resolve, to fight it. And let us pray for the day when God will bless His world with the...

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Go Out in Joy and Be Led Forth in Peace

As 2015 draws to a close, we in Israel look back on a year marked, as all years are, by both bad and good.

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When Terror Hits Home

Israel is used to living with the threat of terrorism. While we refuse to live in constant fear, there is always, in the back of our minds, the awareness that we could be targeted even while engaged in the most mundane acts - taking our children...

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The Story of God's Protection and Provision

As the Jewish people prepare to celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights' moving story is especially meaningful this year, as it inspires Jews and Christians alike to take a stand for our faith, reminding us that when we do, God responds by...

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Gratefulness Makes the Soul Great

On Thanksgiving, Americans will gather with family and friends to share a meal and give thanks to God for our many blessings. It is one of America’s most beloved holidays – one of those rare times when we come together to reaffirm the principle...

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What Will See Us Through

Last Friday, ISIS, the radical Islamist group, carried out a series of coordinated attacks that killed 129 people in France, and injured hundreds more. People who were attending a soccer match. People attending a concert. People sitting at a...

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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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