Am Yisrael Chai (The People of Israel Live)

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The prompt is:

Alive

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Barracks and Watchtower at Former Concentration Camp Auschwitz ll-Birkenau

Let me tell you a little story.

Today is Purim, or the feast of Esther. The Jewish people were preserved from destruction in Esther’s day. Who could have imagined there would be a company of people in modern times that were far worse than Haman of Esther’s day? Who could have imagined that so few would lift their voices against such a hellish plan of annihilation in “Christian” nations?

I’ve been on a couple of journeys in the last year related to these things.

First, I went to Auschwitz (and Birkenau) – the former Nazi concentration camp that symbolizes the desired annihilation of the Jewish people. This place represents the Shoah (Holocaust). This place witnessed more murder of and cruelty towards the Jewish people than they ever could have imagined. The betrayal by those who had been their neighbors for centuries nearly crushed their corporate soul. Auschwitz and Birkenau tell a story of death, darkness and brutality. But the story doesn’t end there.

The story begins again in Israel.

After going to Auschwitz, I went to Israel again. You have to go to Israel after Auschwitz. This is where the life is. The people of Israel were reborn in a way. G-d regathered his people to the place he promised. The people he called himself after – the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – were remembered. G-d preserved his people in Esther’s day and G-d preserved his people in our day. Because Israel lives, we know G-d lives.

Happy Purim! ✨

Link for Sharing: http://desireisrael.com/2016/03/25/am-yisrael-chai-…e-of-israel-live/

The Season of Lights/Hanukkah

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Photo Credit: Yad Vashem, Westerbork, Holland, Candle lighting on the seventh night of Hanukkah during WW2
Photo Credit: Yad Vashem, Westerbork, Holland, Candle lighting on the seventh night of Hanukkah during WW2

Today’s prompt is:

Season

It’s a season for life for Israel
It’s the season of lights,
The season of joy,
The season of rededication

Israel was called
For a holy purpose,
Distinct and set apart
Before all the nations

G-d made a people
To bring Himself
And His Kingdom nigh

His holy writ will not be denied
His promises will never be forgotten
His covenant will never ever be forsaken
He cannot deny Himself
He will not forget His lovingkindness

Ezekiel 37 describes this life
Life into the dry bones;
One slow step at a time
G-d himself breathes life
Into the dry bones

The most poignant reality
Coming for Israel
Resurrection
Life
In every single dimension
Words containing substance
Words spoken over Israel
Containing hope for her
Forever

Shortlink for Sharing: http://desireisrael.com/?p=344

The Creator’s Whisper

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 26: Whisper

A whisper from the mouth of
the creator of heaven and earth
Vanquishes all of his enemies

The god of death
will be overcome
by the Giver of life

The veil of darkness
will be stripped away
by the radiating light of his countenance

The merciless hatred
and murderous violence
will be subdued
by the G-d
who is love

No matter what
the threats of the enemy are
Breathed through the mouths
of those formed by G-d
They will not win

Life will overtake death
Light will force out darkness
Love will overcome hate

Israel, you will live
Am Yisrael Chai
עם ישראל חי
Your maker is your husband
Return with all your hearts
to the G-d of your deliverance

Standing with Israel, Standing with G-d

Link for Sharing: http://desireisrael.com/?p=218

ChaiIsrael

Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Do Not Be Silent

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 24: Silence

When the poor suffers
The peoples cry out
When injustice is prevalent on every side
Nations lift their voices
Yet when Israel suffers,
the world is eerily silent

Every time
in
Every generation
when Jews suffer
those standing against injustice
fall strangely silent

Every generation
when Jews suffer
the blame games begin
The lies of Jew hatred are told

Another generation
of the descendants
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob suffer loss

So few care
And so many justify
This vile loathing

Over and over and over again
Hatred of Israel rises and falls

Today Jew hatred
is rising again
A tide of anti-Semitism
is slowly overtaking
and we must fight back

We cannot remain silent
We cannot stick our heads in the mud
or cover our eyes and ears
and ignore Israel’s situation

A Jewish nation is treated
as Jews have been treated
Over and over again

This hatred is the same
and we must stand against it
with our voices, our actions
and our lives

Join those who are awake
and willing to stand
on Israel’s behalf

The following links are worth watching/reading:
Netanyahu’s 45 Seconds of Silence at U.N. Oct. 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YllqrXMkDWo

Netanyahu Full Speech & Transcript at U.N. Oct. 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQp8XZc8bv0

Deafening Silence Op-Ed
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/10/15/terrorism-israel-deafening-silence/

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Life over death

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Please pray for life to be preserved among all types of people in Israel. Every life has invaluable worth because of G-d who gives life.

Day 19: Honor

In these days when the fight
against life in Israel
is so strong
Let us honor life
Let us honor the G-d who brings forth life

The one G-d is the giver of life
The one G-d is the creator of life
He is the one G-d and he is the G-d of Israel
There is no other G-d who creates
There is no G-d who breathes breath
into humanity
and humanity is sustained
and upheld

May life win over death today
May light overcome the insidious darkness
May love be known as greater and stronger than hate

May the G-d of all life
Release breath and spirit life today

News Update: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4712236,00.html

Link for Sharing: http://desireisrael.com/?p=157

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Shabbat Shalom

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 16: Green

As the Sabbath comes quickly
for the sons of Israel
May the green of new life spring forth
Despite the difficulty and darkness
Surrounding

O sons of Zion,
Run into the life
for which G-d created you
Find life in him

He is your life
and the length of your days

He is your hope
and your steadfast help

Despite the rage of darkness
and the apathy of the nations
The G-d of Israel is greater
He is higher

No matter who stands against you
Remember who is standing with you

He is your life, O Zion
He is the length of your days
Fall at his feet
in reverence
that the Holy One of Israel
May be exalted

Blessed are you,
O King of the universe
Who creates the fruit of the vine
and brings forth the bread from the earth

Shabbat Shalom, O Israel
May you enter into his shalom this day

Link for Sharing: http://desireisrael.com/?p=146

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G-d of Life, G-d of Israel

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Remembering there is one G-d who brings life in the midst of the chaos in Jerusalem in these days.

Day 14: Fly

There is one G-d who creates
and
Brings life
There is one G-d who shaped the creatures
in His hands
The fish of the sea swim
and
The birds of the air fly
at His will
and His command

He formed all creation as His handiwork
He breathed breath within

All creation lives
and moves
and has its being
because
G-d,
The only G-d
Desired it to be so
and it is so

All creation awaits
The day when G-d
Brings forth redemption,
restoration
and righteousness

All creation groans
that the sons of man
Be who G-d made them to be
Walking in the fullness of life
and light
Living before Him

Glorifying G-d
and
Bringing Justice
to creation
and
all humanity

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G-d of Life

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 11: Rest

As death and terror rage against life
May the one and only G-d of life
Be made known
To the children of men

There is one G-d who creates all things
He has created all to love him and worship him
He has created
Those who love him and those who hate him

He wants that all would love him

He will have his way,
One day sooner than later
The Holy One of Israel, the one G-d
will have his way

Please protect and preserve life
In Israel today
Blessed be your name

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper who love you.
Excerpt from Tehillim/Psalm 122

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Comfort Zion

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Writing with sorrow over the last week of increased terror and loss of life in Israel.

Day 10: Ready

O G-d, how can I not weep
when your child Israel weeps
How can my heart be unmoved
when your people are weeping and mourning
What do you feel when Israel weeps

How can my heart be cold
when your heart burns
with love for your ancient people

G-d, are you mourning now
as your people mourn
How can I stand at a distance
when your firstborn son is hurting
How can I stand at a distance when Israel mourns

G-d, where your people feel forsaken,
where they feel forgotten
or fatherless
Please bridge this gap
Please let them know
You are still with them
You’ve always been with them

Abba, your people are my people
May your people run into your heart
and find life in you
May your people know you are Father
Draw your people into
the deep depths of your kindness
Heal those with broken hearts
Comfort those in mourning
Please console Zion today

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper who love you.
Excerpt from Tehillim/Psalm 122

If I forget Jerusalem may my right hand forget its skill
Excerpt from Tehillim/Psalm 137

Links to Israel News Articles:
LIVE BLOG: Wave of terror hits Israel http://www.jpost.com/page.aspx?pageid=7&articleid=421162

Why is the world ignoring a wave of terror in Israel? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11921994/Why-is-the-world-ignoring-a-wave-of-terror-in-Israel.html

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Hear O Israel – A Prayer

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 9: Trust

Hear O Israel, the Lord your G-d is one G-d
You shall love the Lord your G-d
With all your heart,
With all your mind
and with all your strength

O Israel, trust in the Lord
From this time forth
and forevermore

There is one G-d
and his name is one
He is the holy One of Israel

He renews those who wait on him
May Israel find their strength
in the Lord their G-d
O Israel, may you find hope
in his deliverance
May you find life today
May you find strength today

O King of the Universe
O Holy One of Israel
Preserve and protect your people today
Preserve and protect your city today
Make your name known to all who trust in you

Shortlink for Sharing: http://desireisrael.com/?p=69

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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