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Which Side Are We On?

In the past few weeks, I have been bombarded with images I wish I could erase from my mind. When I turn on my television or computer, or look at the newspaper, vile, upsetting images are placed in front of my eyes without warning.

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Responsible for One Another

An eerie silence preceded the dreaded code red siren that wailed through my neighborhood earlier this week. I was sitting at my computer, working on emergency Fellowship projects for Israel’s war-torn cities in the south and praying for their...

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Together in Unity

When I first heard the devastating news that Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali’s bodies were discovered outside of Hebron, my knees buckled. Tears filled my eyes, and my heart would not accept the words that my mind knew were true. After 18 days of intense...

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Unified in Our Grief and Our Prayers

The Israel Defense Forces were searching for the three kidnapped boys – Gilad, Eyal, and Naftali – for 18 days. The 18th day is when the soldiers and volunteers found their bodies.

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God's People, Together in Unity

For as long as I can remember, I have been hearing amazing family stories from when my beloved grandfather was the chief rabbi of Ottawa. I grew up listening to the heartfelt tunes that he wrote during his 50 years in Canada and was told over and...

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My Visit with Avi Frenkel

Today I had the privilege of going to the Frenkel house, where a couple of Fellowship staff members and I met with Avi Frenkel, father of Naftali, one of the three kidnapped Israeli teens. We were there to encourage this hurting family and to...

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A Dream Fulfilled

Earlier this week, my father, Rabbi Eckstein, stood in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) auditorium and received the prestigious Raoul Wallenberg award from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). He became filled with emotion...

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Restoring Survivors' Hope in Humanity

I was frozen with awe as I sat in a small Jerusalem apartment and listened to an amazing 86-year-old Holocaust survivor tell me her life story. Shoshanah lost six siblings during the Holocaust, witnessed her father die, and spent years in a small...

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Blessed by God, From the Youngest to the Oldest

Each year during the holiday of Passover, Jews around the world commemorate our ancestors’ slavery in Egypt and the tremendous miracles that God performed in order to grant His children freedom in their homeland. This year, as I sat at our...

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Nowhere to Turn But God

Seeing people in need is never easy. Looking into the eyes of a needy individual and feeling the pain of their soul is so difficult, yet it is what motivates me. The elderly and children, especially, are too often left to rely on others for help....

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Our Children Are Not Alone

A 16-year-old boy with sleek brown hair and beautiful blue eyes sat in front of me at Lachan, a Fellowship-sponsored orphanage in northern Israel. His hands were shaking, and small beads of sweat formed on his brow as he spoke in a low voice while...

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For the Best

My house is always filled with music. It brings me happiness and creates a joyful and fun atmosphere. Yet I am very careful about the music I bring into my house – instead of blasting modern pop music, I try to ensure that the music played in my...

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Time Away Strengthens Faith and Family

This past month has been a special time for my family and me, a time filled with rustic elephant rides in the jungle, beautiful sunsets on the beach, and most important, family bonding. Taking a three-week-long unplanned vacation forced me to step...

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A Time to Rest

This past week, I got the flu. For five days, I had a high fever and was forced to lie in bed. As I stared at the ceiling and massaged my throbbing temples, my ever-growing to-do list continued to run through my head. I would stick the thermometer...

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Friendship, Faith, and Action

This past week, my heart has been heavy with fear and worry for the Jewish people in Ukraine. Anti-government riots have been plaguing this country, and the increased tension has made Jews targets of violence. In recent weeks there have been...

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Going Where God Sends Us

After eight years of living in Israel, I have come to realize that nothing here happens by chance. In every event, I can clearly see that God is so very present. Even a grocery shopping trip can transform into a divine experience that leaves you...

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Tu B'Shvat: Bringing God into This World

This week, Jews around the world will celebrate Tu B’Shvat, which is also known as the “New Year of the Trees.” In honor of this special holiday, for the past two weeks my children have been preparing seeds to plant in the ground and collecting...

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Ready to Help

In the past week, at least four people in Israel are known to have died from the frigid temperatures and unprecedented snow. Thousands of elderly went for days without electricity or heat, and at this very moment are on the cusp between life and...

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A God of Protection and Miracles

There were many different reactions here in Israel in response to the announcement earlier this week that six world powers signed a deal with Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed anger and disappointment, Israeli citizens felt...

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A Public Servant "For Such a Time as This"

Three weeks ago I attended a meeting with my father Rabbi Eckstein at the home of Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid. We made historic decisions for The Fellowship to partner with the government of Israel on behalf of pro-Israel Christians...

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Uniting God's Children

This past week, as hundreds of Jewish leaders gathered in Jerusalem to discuss ways to strengthen Israel and the worldwide Jewish community, I had the honor of speaking on behalf of the millions of pro-Israel Christians around the world. With...

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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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