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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

In the Midst of Tragedy, God Is with Us

Last Thursday night, 21-year-old Dylann Roof entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, sat in on a Bible study gathering for an hour, then opened fire on the attendees, killing nine people, including the...

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Honor Your Father and Mother

This Sunday, people in the U.S. and other countries throughout the world will observe Father's Day. On this day, I again recognize how fortunate I am to live in Israel near my 95-year-old father and my wonderful mother, who made aliyah (immigrated...

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Jerusalem, My Highest Joy

A recent Supreme Court ruling regarding Jerusalem has generated a lot of discussion in the Israeli press and among supporters of Israel. And while many are deeply concerned about the potential damage to U.S.-Israel relations, I would urge all to...

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Keeping the Spirit of Unity Alive

A year ago this week, Israel was immersed in prayer and pain. Three Israeli teens – 16-year-old Gilad Shaar, 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach – had been kidnapped on their way home from their yeshiva school. The entire...

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International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Expands Asian Outreach

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, left, explains the importance of supporting Israel during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, accompanied by Rev. Park, right, who is helping the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to establish ties with...

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God - Our Ultimate Source of Reconciliation

When I started The Fellowship nearly 30 years ago, I naturally focused the organization’s bridge-building efforts on the U.S. This made sense: Besides being my home at the time, the U.S. is the country with the largest Christian population in the...

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"If I Forget You, Jerusalem"

May 17 is Jerusalem Day, commemorating the liberation of the Holy City during the Six Day War in 1967. That year, Israel faced a terrible choice. She could wait for an invasion from the massed forces of several Arab countries that had declared...

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Our Prayers Are Heard and Answered

Thursday, May 7 is the National Day of Prayer, a time for Americans of all faiths to join together to pray for God’s blessing on the nation and the world. This event dates back to 1952, when it was established by a joint resolution of Congress and...

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A Light unto the Nations

A massive 7.8 earthquake rocked Nepal last Saturday and already the number of casualties is staggering: more than 4,600 dead, another 9,000-plus injured, 8 million Nepalese affected, and 1 million children in need of urgent help. These numbers...

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Believing in Miracles

When I read passages such as Amos 9:14-15 – "’I will bring my people Israel back from exile. They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will...

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We Must Take Sides

Seventy years after Russian and American troops stormed the Nazi concentration camps, liberating the emaciated prisoners and bringing an end to one of the darkest periods of human history, you would hope for a changed world.

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Hope in Something Higher

In the past few months, our attention has been focused on several shocking and deeply disturbing events in the world around us – the depravity and cruelty of the ISIS terrorist group as it continues its murderous march across the Middle East, the...

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A Beacon of Freedom in a Sea of Oppression

Though the resolution voted on and approved last week by the U.N.’s annual Commission on the Status of Women isn’t surprising, it is galling all the same. Of the nine official documents produced by the commission, only one singled out a specific...

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The Lord Is in This Place

Today, I bring you greetings not from Jerusalem, but from Brazil! I’m very pleased and proud to be here with my wife, Joelle, to meet with pastors, speak at churches, visit with Brazil’s Vice President Michel Temer and other government leaders,...

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Political Systems Rise and Fall - But God Endures

The British writer Charles Moore once described Israel as “a noisy democracy.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underscored this same point – what he called the “rambunctious” nature of Israeli politics – when he addressed the U.S....

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What Leadership Looks Like

This past Tuesday, all eyes were on Washington, D.C., where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought his case against a nuclear Iran – and, specifically, warning against what he in no uncertain terms called “a very bad deal” that may be...

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Fighting Anti-Christian Hatred in the Middle East

Jews and Christians share many things in common – a spiritual heritage, biblical values, and, tragically, religious persecution. It is with great distress and much prayer that I have read recent reports of horrendous Christian suffering in the...

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Europe's Scourge of Anti-Semitism

Last weekend, in an attack that bore an eerie resemblance to the January massacre that killed 16 people in Paris, a lone gunman who reportedly swore allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group struck in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. His first...

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Giving a Life of Dignity

The statistics are appalling. An annual poverty report in Israel recently revealed that a quarter of Israeli children went to sleep hungry at least a few times per month throughout 2014, that 65 percent of impoverished parents were forced to do...

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Celebrating the Source of All Life on Tu B'Shvat

Yesterday, Jews around the world observed the holiday of Tu B'Shvat, also known as “The New Year of the Trees.” Why do trees have their own new year on the Jewish calendar?

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Even in Israel?

On Wednesday, an attack on an Israeli army patrol by Hezbollah terrorists on the Israel-Lebanon border left two Israeli soldiers dead and another seven wounded. It was some of the worst violence in the region since the 2006 war that lasted 50 days...

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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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