Jerusalem Prayer List November 10th, 2016

By Joseph Shulam This week the Torah Reading around the world starts in Genesis 12:1.  God is calling Abraham to leave his family, his country, his culture, and go to the unknown land.  God is asking Abraham who by that time was not just a small family but a chief of a very big camp of people.  The words that start this Parasha are “Lech Lecha.”  This phrase is translated into English in the following ways: NKJV “Get out of your country” – Gword “Leave your land” – KJV “Get thee out of thy country” – NIV “Leave your country.”… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List November 4th, 2016

By Joseph Shulam This Shabbat’s reading is the story of Noah and the flood.  It is really hard to imagine an artist that is totally disappointed by his grand creation.  After the death of Pablo Picasso there were thousands of paintings and drawings found in his basement.  They were all original Picasso paintings and drawings.  He never showed these works, they were not up to Picasso’s standard, but he did not destroy his works, he kept them and protected them but just didn’t show them.  Now these same paintings are being sold for many thousands of dollars.  Imagine how big… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – October 27 2016

By Joseph Shulam – Thousand Oaks, California. This next Shabbat all the Synagogues in the world will start reading the Torah from Genesis 1:1 – They will read the story of Creation. In some Christian circles the story of Creation is under attack. It is not considered “historical” – it is considered as an ancient epic poem not to be taken literally. One of the reasons that some scholars have this opinion is that there are two ancient epic poems that precede Moses and both of them have creation narratives. I would like to share a short comparison of the… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List – October 20, 2016

By Joseph Shulam From Thousand Oaks, California I arrived in the USA on Tuesday this week. I am staying with Danah and Noaam and enjoying every minute of being with my daughter and granddaughter. I know that many of you have been lifting my family in prayer and both Marcia and I especially appreciate your prayers for our family. It is a divine blessing to have your children near you when you are getting old. We have both of our children far from us – in the other side of the World. Our daughter and granddaughter are in California and… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – September 22, 2016

By Joseph Shulam – From Osaka, Japan This next Shabbat the reading in the Synagogues will be from the Deuteronomy 26-29, and the Haftara reading from the Prophets is Isaiah chapter 60.  This chapter in fact is my very favorite text in the Bible.  It starts with this very grandiose opening: “Rise up, shine forth, for your light has come,The glory of THE LORD has dawned over you!  Though darkness covers the earth and deep gloom the nations, THE LORD shines over you like the dawn, his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light,and kings to the… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – September 18, 2016

By Joseph Shulam – From Beijing, China I am sitting in a meeting with brothers and sisters and one of the young man who is traveling with me through Asia is actually teaching on this last hour before lunch.  I gave teaching from 8:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. It is such a wonderful pleasure to hear the young men that are traveling with me teaching the Word of God and doing such a wonderful job.  I could put these young men in any pulpit, be it in a church or a synagogue or a University class-room and know that these… Read More

Thank you from Netivyah Sept. 2016

September 2016 Shalom Dear Friends of Netivyah, The busy summer is almost over and the children are back to school. The Jewish month of Elul has begun and that means the Fall High Holidays are coming soon! Once again, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your faithful support of Netivyah, as we gratefully continue the wonderful things He has given us to do! Joe, along with Reuven and Teruto, are traveling to Korea, Hong Kong, China and Japan for the whole month of September, and Marcia will spend that time with her family in the US.… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – August 31, 2016

By Joseph Shulam This is going to be a very short prayer list for this week.  I could not write one on last Thursday because of so many urgent things that I had to do before Marcia took a flight to the USA and I am taking tomorrow a flight to Asia with two Netivyah young men to accompany me and teach together with me.  This is a kind of training and apprenticing trip for these wonderful young men. Please pray for Marcia my wife – she is on her way to California to be with Danah our daughter and… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List August 11, 2016

By Joseph Shulam Last week we finished reading the book of Numbers and this Shabbat we are starting the reading of the book of Deuteronomy.   The name Deuteronomy is made up of two Greek words: Deuteron – means second (the following) and Nomos – means the Law.  In other words this book in Greek is called “The Second Giving of the Law.”  In the end of the book of Numbers the children of Israel are encamped on the plain across from Jericho getting ready to cross the river into the land of promise.  Moses is getting ready to obey God… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List July 29, 2016

By Joseph Shulam This week the reading in the Synagogues around the world is called, Matot.  “Matot” is from the book of Numbers chapter 30:1-32:42, and the name is taken from the first verse of the reading: “Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the LORD has commanded:””(Num. 30:1).   The word “Mate” means “Staff” – the same word is used for the wooden staff of Moses, and also for the staff of the generals in the Israeli Army.   In the English translation of the verse it… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List July 21st, 2016

By Joseph Shulam – from Home We are home from a long trip that started in the beginning of June and ended only on July 17th.  We had 45 days of traveling, teaching, fellowship, and a bit of visit with the family.  Praise the Lord we are safe at home and all ready running in full throttle.  I find the young leadership of Netivyah and the Roeh Israel Congregation doing a very fine job.  Netivyah is running forward and there is a new Teaching from Zion magazine coming out soon, and the food distribution program is running and growing in… Read More

THE JERUSALEM PRAYER LIST – JULY 14, 2016

By Joseph Shulam  – from London, UK. Shalom is a word that has many meanings.  Today we are saying Shalom to one of our dear faithful brothers Zvi L., for whom you have been praying for several years.  Zvi is being buried today in Jerusalem, in the Land of Israel.  Zvi has suffered intensely for several months in the Hadassah I.C.U. fighting for his life.  Zvi is a survivor of the Holocaust who immigrated to Israel right after World War II.  He is one of those young men who joined the battle for Israel’s independence almost right after landing off… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – July 7, 2016

By Joseph Shulam – From Dallas, Texas, USA We have arrived in Dallas, Texas, and we are staying with our good friends and dear brothers, Jimmy and Hava and their family. It is always a joy to be with friends and brothers in the faith that share the most precious of all treasures – the common faith in the same God and in the same savior.  This friendship was formed in our common faith and vision for Israel and for our brothers in the churches.  We have but to praise God for the bond that He has made between Jimmy’s… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List June 30, 2016

By Joseph Shulam – from Nashville, Tennessee Every day the news from the Middle East report bloodshed.  The daily bloodshed in Israel is too insignificant for the Media in the USA to report that two Jews got their throats cut by an Arab / Palestinian terrorist inside their own home.  If they do report a case like this they report that a Palestinian got killed by the Israeli security forces.  Now, my dear brothers Turkey a Muslim country has been bleeding at least once per week.  Yesterday 42 dead and over 200 wounded in the Ataturk International airport in Istanbul.… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List June 23, 2016

By Joseph Shulam – from Thousand Oaks, California This week the reading in all the Synagogues around the world including many of the “Messianic Synagogues” is Beshalach, from Numbers 13:1 – 15:41.  The main story in this portion of the reading is the story of the Moses sending the twelve spies to spy out the land of Canaan. The texts starts with a command by God to send אנשים – “people” – “man” – “persons.”  This very simple of terms hides in it a great meaning.  When the Word of God uses the word ״אנשים״ – [anashim] it does not… Read More

THE JERUSALEM PRAYER LIST JUNE 16, 2016

By Joseph Shulam Last week I wrote and asked everyone to pray against the Muslim Terrorism around the world.  It seems as I have written that hate is the main cause of religious terrorism all around the world, and again last week terrorists strike again in Orlando, in Paris, in Israel, and of course in Syria, Iraq, and Europe.  Again I ask everyone to pray against terror, terrorists, terrorist organisations, and especially against the hate spirit that besets humanity since the first murder of Abel by his own brother Cain.  I pray for God’s active intervention against those whose only… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List June 10th, 2016

By Joseph Shulam – From Vaasa, Finland This week the City of Tel-Aviv has again experienced a bloody terrorist attack.  In renovated Sharona neighborhood that has become a kind of exclusive shopping area that is located not very far from Israel’s Ministry of Defense two 21 years old terrorists attached the peaceful public in the Max Brenner Restaurant.  Four people were killed and several were wounded in this Hamas inspired and directed terrorist attack.  The two terrorists were cousins from the village of Yata near the ancient city of Hebron.  They were young, hansom, well dressed in black suites and… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List June 3 2016

Praise the Lord we have arrived yesterday to Helsinki, Finland.  Miika the son of Dr. Tim Tucker who was one of my teachers in Nashville picked us up in the airport and took us home.  It is such a great joy to share fellowship with the young families who were raised in the Restoration Movement and are now leading.  Both Miika and Anne are the advanced stages of finishing their Ph.D’s.  They are both active in the new congregation that was formed mainly by the second generation of those who have stood with Israel and committed to the Restoration of the… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List May 28, 2016

By Joseph Shulam from home This Sabbath’s reading is from Leviticus 26-27 – the last chapters of Leviticus. The reading starts in verse 3 of chapter 26; “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them . . .” There are 11 verses that say all the good things that are going to happen to those who keep God’s commandments.  After these blessings come 33 verses of all the bad things that are going to happen to those who don’t obey God and who go against His command and abhor His judgments.  Note that there are… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List May 23 2016

Jerusalem Prayer List May 23 2016 Joseph Shulam – From home in Israel It is nice to be at home.  It was nice to travel and teach a group of Chinese from all around Asia through the seven churches of Asia Minor.  Traveling through the Bible Lands, and Turkey is a Bible Land, is always inspirational and educational and fun.  Being in the places that you read about in the Bible is something very special.  We believe because we want to believe.  The Biblical truths are most often self evident to the soul that believes. This does not mean that… Read More