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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

Bought With Blood and Sacrifice

On November 11, 1919, one year after the end of World War I – a war so brutal and bloody that it became known as “The Great War” – President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a public holiday, Armistice Day, to honor those who died in this terrible...

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Those Who Pray for Peace Will Win

On Friday night, ISIS, the radical Islamist group, carried out a series of coordinated attacks that — as of this writing — killed 128 people in France, and injured hundreds more. People who were attending a soccer match. People attending a...

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Do Not Fear

A Russian plane crashes in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 aboard. Thousands of Iranians mark the 36th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by burning the American flag and chanting “death to America.” A 70-year-old...

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The New "Normal"

Imagine the scenario: You are walking down the street. Behind you, you hear the sound of huffing and puffing, and of feet pounding on the pavement. Perhaps it’s someone out for his morning run. Perhaps it’s someone rushing to catch a bus. Perhaps...

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Faith Will See Us Through

On September 11, 2001, I was in Chicago. Fear was in the air, and rumors of other possible attacks on targets in large American cities abounded. As The Fellowship called a quick meeting before sending home our employees on that day, I recall...

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Israel Is Not Alone

It's hard to convey the mood in Israel right now. The past weeks have been filled with terror attacks on our sidewalks and streets. Palestinian terrorists driving their cars into crowds of Israelis, throwing large stones at cars of families...

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Speechless in the Face of Violence

They were all just driving home – Eitam and Naama Henkin from a class reunion, Alexander Levlovitz from a Rosh Hashanah meal, Malachi Rosenfeld from a basketball game with friends, and Danny Gonen from a weekend hike. They were normal Israelis...

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Depending on Him

The ongoing crisis in Syria has now gone global, as millions of innocent civilians flee the country in search of safety. In addition to those killed or injured by the use of chemical and conventional weapons, nearly 7.6 million Syrians have been...

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Finding Hope in the Holy Land

The title of Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikva,” translates in English into “The Hope.” The second stanza of the anthem reads, “Our hope is not yet lost, the hope that is two thousand years old, to be a free nation in our land, the Land of Zion,...

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Freed by God's Love

Next Tuesday at sundown, Jews around the world will start commemorating Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This sacred day marks the end of the High Holy Days, which began this past Sunday with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On Yom Kippur Jews...

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Great Is Your Faithfulness

Tomorrow the U.S. observes a somber anniversary that occurs – perhaps appropriately – just prior to one of the most somber and reflective times on the Jewish calendar, the High Holy Days, which begin Sunday night at sundown with the observance of...

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Lifting Humanity and Blessing the World

After being so warmly welcomed by African-American pastors and congregations of the Churches of God in Christ (COGIC) denomination in Detroit a couple weeks ago, it was wonderful to be able to return the favor and offer 20 of these Christian...

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Courage in the Face of Cowardice

A Kalashnikov is an automatic rifle, designed to inflict maximum casualties. It was one of these lethal weapons that Ayoub El Khazzani, a Moroccan with allegiance to the deadly ideology of radical Islam, brought onto a train en route from...

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Our Shared and Biblical Bonds

Recently I had the rare privilege of addressing three major African-American congregations in the Detroit area: New St. Paul Tabernacle, Third New Hope Baptist Church, and Family Victory Fellowship. I was warmly welcomed by their leaders, Bishop...

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Working Together, Doing Good

As I told you several weeks ago, my biography, written by respected author and journalist Zev Chafets and published by one of the largest publishers in the world, Penguin Random House, was released on August 11. Titled The Bridge Builder, the book...

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Let Us Be Bridge Builders and Peacemakers

Israel is often in the news – but recent events have drawn the world’s attention to Israel for reasons that have to do with extremism that has come from within the Jewish state, rather than outside of it.

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United for Freedom, Liberty, and Peace

Israel, and friends of Israel everywhere, are deeply concerned about the deal six world powers struck with Iran last week, a deal aimed at preventing the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons. Mid-September is the tentative time frame...

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The Bridge Builder

Forty years ago I couldn’t have dreamed that my life and the work of The Fellowship would be what they are today. When I was making the first overtures of unity with Christians years ago, I had no idea these were the first steps of what would...

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A Good Agreement?

On Tuesday, negotiators from the U.S., Great Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany finalized an agreement with Iran that aims to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.

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The Blessed Act of Repairing the World

This past weekend marked the beginning of a period on the Jewish calendar known as “The Three Weeks.” Historically, these 21 days leading up to the holiday of Tisha B’Av (which begins this year at sundown on Saturday, July 25) have been a time of...

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Together, Our Eyes on the Heavens

On Independence Day in the U.S., Americans typically end the day by looking to the heavens, which are filled with awe-inspiring fireworks displays. I’ve always felt this was fitting; surely the founding fathers had their eyes on the heavens as...

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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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