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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

Remembering Elie Wiesel

There are people who instill in us such a sense of humility, who bear themselves with such dignity despite the suffering they have endured, whose witness to history is so powerful, that we know their influence will be felt...

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One Nation, Under God

The United States – like Israel – is built upon principles of democracy, freedom, faith, and the rule of law. This July 4, let us remember those whose service and sacrifice made our country great, and let us lift prayers of...

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Aliyah Day – Celebrating a Miraculous Return

Israel has declared a new holiday celebrating aliyah (immigration). Our supporters have done so much to make the return of Jews to the Holy Land a reality, and The Fellowship has worked to publicly recognize those who have...

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Orlando: Compassion, Prayers, and Resolve

Faced with an event as horrific as the shooting in Orlando, Florida, this weekend – the worst mass shooting in U.S. history – we must respond with prayer and compassion for the victims and their loved ones. But we also must respond...

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Faced with Terror, We Will Persevere

In the wake of yesterday’s terrorist shooting in Tel Aviv, which left four dead and many more wounded, Israel and those who stand with her must stay strong, faithful, and pray for the day when the hatred that bred these attacks will be no...

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Jerusalem – The Heart and Soul of the Jewish People

This weekend, Israel will celebrate Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day. This celebration of the return of Jerusalem to the Jewish people reminds us never to forget the Holy City, sacred to Jews and Christians alike, and the capital of...

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The Last Full Measure of Their Devotion

Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. can be a time of mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s the unofficial beginning of summer. On the other hand, for those mourning the loss in war of a close relative or loved one, there is a deep and personal sense...

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Building Bridges of Faith

Next week The Fellowship has the privilege of hosting members of a prominent African-American denomination on what will be, for some, their first trip to Israel, reminding us of our faiths’ shared history and the strong bridges that have...

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The Land He Has Given Us

On Israel Independence Day we remember the words of the Bible that tell us of the past struggles and triumphs of the Jewish people, as well as those penned by Jewish leaders...

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Honoring His People

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, let us not only honor the memory of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, but heed the words of Isaiah by providing care to needy Holocaust survivors in Israel and around the world, who have already...

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God's Miraculous Rescue

My Passover celebration this year included an unforgettable experience at Jerusalem's holiest site.

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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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Landscape photo of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the foreground.

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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