Rabbi’s Commentary

Israel Has Chosen Life

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  October 24, 2018
Seven years ago this week, Israelis celebrated the return of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held by Hamas for five years. While Israel chooses to celebrate life, the terrorists who seek to destroy the Jewish state and her people glorify hatred, violence, and death.

A Voice of Truth at the UN

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  October 17, 2018
In the United Nations — an organization full of hypocrisy, cynicism, and anti-Israel bias — Ambassador Nikki Haley has stood tall as a staunch friend of the Jewish state and her people. That's why the recent announcement that she will step down from her post shocked friends of Israel everywhere.

From the Four Corners of the Earth

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  October 10, 2018
Aliyah (immigration to Israel) is not just the prophetic return of Jewish exiles to the Holy Land — it's an investment in Israel's future that is publicly recognized by the state of Israel on Aliyah Day, which celebrates immigrants' contributions to Israeli society.

Wisdom in an Age of Distraction

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  October 3, 2018
In a world that demands our immediate attention and bombards us with information, we can find true wisdom from God — through prayer, reading Scripture, quietly reflecting, and listening to His Word.

Rejoicing in God's Word

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  September 27, 2018
On the festive celebration of Simchat Torah, Jews end and begin the annual cycle of reading the Torah (which Christians know as the first five books of the Old Testament). This sure foundation binds Christians and Jews together, giving us comfort and hope in a world of constant change.

The Joy of Sukkot – and What It Teaches Us About Tragedy

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  September 20, 2018
As I return to Israel from the U.S., my happiness at watching Israelis prepare for Sukkot the joyous biblical Feast of Tabernacles, is tempered with sorrow. The murder of a great Israeli and friend of The Fellowship in a terror attack reminds us that all we have ultimately comes from God.

On the Right Path

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  September 12, 2018
On Yom Kippur, we contemplate our sins and reconcile ourselves to God through repentance and prayer, turning from bad toward good and experiencing the renewal that only He can provide.
Blowing the shofar

This Sacred Time

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  September 6, 2018
Amid chaos and uncertainty, the High Holy Days — which begin at sundown on Sunday — provide a reminder that God is sovereign over our lives. And as I sit in awe of His sovereignty and power, I also am in awe of your generosity and open-heartedness.

Upon the Doorposts of Your House

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  August 29, 2018
It was recently my special honor to tell the children and staff of a Fellowship-sponsored orphanage about you — Christians who love Israel and God's people.

Love Your Neighbor

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  August 22, 2018
The Fellowship funds many hospitals in Israel, and each one I visit encourages me when I see how people of all types cooperate and help each other, creating islands of sanity and civility in the sea of chaos that is the Middle East.

Call and He Will Answer

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  August 14, 2018
When we at The Fellowship take your prayer requests to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, asking God to bless you and meet your needs, it is one way of returning the blessing of your prayers and support for God's children.

A Country Under Fire

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  |  August 9, 2018
I returned to the Holy Land from a visit to the U.S. to find a nation on the brink of war. Hamas has drastically escalated hostilities, firing more than 180 rockets into Israel. And now more than 3,000 Fellowship volunteers are reaching out to Israelis in the line of fire, which is possible because of you, our "watchmen on the walls."

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