Israel and the scary exponential rise in Anti-Semitism (31 Days of Israel)

Rise of Anti-semitism from around the globe in places I would NEVER have suspected even a year ago (ie. Britain, the US, Australia etc.)

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Blessing Our Children like Ephraim and Manasseh (31 Days of Israel)

 
Names, Vows, Blessing and Cursing – words have real power and the Jewish people believe this to be true in a way that Christians do not, but probably should.

One of the prayers recited at Yom Kippur (according to my research using Google) is a prayer the nulls vows that have been made. Jewish people ask God for mercy against any wrathful vows He has made against them. (If I understand correctly). But to be in a position to ask this of God, one must release others we have vowed against.

This only happens once a year, on the holiest day of the year. I think there is a lesson here for everyone to speak your words very carefully.

 

Another custom of Yom Kippur is for parents to say a blessing on their children. The blessing used refers to Ephraim and Manasseh, Joseph’s sons born while he was in Egypt. When Jacob (Israel) was reunited with Joseph, he asked to bless them alongside his own sons.

Info in part courtesy of Chabad.org

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/520258/jewish/Why-do-we-bless-our-sons-to-be-like-Ephraim-and-Manasseh.htm

 

I wonder if this deeply rooted history between the tribes of Israel and Egypt will play a part in the events to come….

Have an Easy Fast (31 Days of Israel)

…In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-RD. -Leviticus 16:29-30

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of atonement – as described in Leviticus. It consists of a complete 25 hour fast with no work being done.  It is considered to be the holiest day of the year.

Jewish believers greet one another saying – Have an Easy Fast

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha by giving meat to the poor in remembrance of a story in the Quran stating that Abraham was to sacrifice Ishmael and Ishmael agreed to it before they were stopped by Allah.

Muslims greet one another saying – Eid Mubarak (“Have a blessed Eid”)

Yom Kippur 5775 (2014) – Today and tomorrow, for the first time in 33 years, the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and the Muslim holdiy of Eid al-Adha coincide so let’s especially pray for peace for Israel today.

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31 Days of Israel

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As part of the 31 Days Challenge I will write for 31 days on Israel.

Why Israel?

The events of the past summer in Gaza led me on a path to search for truth and answers that I didn’t think I was getting from North American media. I have been wanting to write a series of blogs about the thingst that I am learning about Israel so the #31Days challenge seemed like a good opportunity to get it going.

Disclaimer – I am a Canadian girl, married to a Chinese guy who has never travelled off the continent of North America.  I am just interested in what the future holds for God’s chosen people.  This is my own learning journey.

Some days might be a prayer for Israel or just a verse and other days some interesting facts that I have uncovered, that maybe the rest of the world already knew!