The Jerusalem Prayer List March 16, 2017

By Joseph Shulam The Torah Portion (Parashah) this week is Ki Tisa from Exodus 30:11 – 34:35, it tells the story of the rebellion of the children of Israel at the very foot of Mount Sinai.  Moses was up on the top of Mount Sinai talking to God and receiving the Torah. The children of Israel were down at the foot of the mountain – prepared to receive the Torah – cleansed, and impatient and they ask Aaron to give them a god that will walk before them and lead them to the promised land and out of the desert. … Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List March 9th, 2017

Joseph Shulam On Sunday it is Purim Feast in the Land of Israel.  On Monday it is Purim Feast in Jerusalem.  The reason for the difference is that Jerusalem is a walled city and in the book of Ester it is said: “But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.” (Esther 9:18 NKJV)  Shushan was a walled city a citadel and that is why they did their feasting and resting on… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – March 2nd, 2017

  By Joseph Shulam We are reading from Exodus 25:1 – 27:19. The name of this Parasha is Truma – Truma means contribution or donation.  The importance of this Parasha of the Torah is not the great details of the building of the Tabernacle and all the furniture and tools that would be used in the Tabernacle.  My own amazement is from the zeal that the people of Israel had in building this Tabernacle.  The children of Israel in the wilderness get a bad press.  They are normally accused of horrible murmuring and complaining and even plain ungratefulness toward God and… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – February 23, 2017

  By Joseph Shulam  – From Belo-Horizonte, Brazil   We have been in Brazil for a week.  In the city of Vitoria we had the privilege of inaugurating a new congregation.  The name of the new congregation is Hesed V’Emet – Grace and Truth.  The text is taken from John 1:14, 17.  In the English Bibles and in other Christian Bibles you will find this term only in John chapter 1:14,17 – but if you check the Hebrew Bible you will find it more than 20 times.  The key to understand this term is in Exodus 34:6-7.  The reason that… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List February 16, 2017

By Joseph Shulam – from Vitoria, E.S. Brazil Praise the Lord we have arrived in Brazil today and arrived in the city of Vitoria, of the State of Espirito Santo.  We are in the hotel now, Yuda and Marcia are resting and I am doing some email answering and preparing teachings and now I am writing the Jerusalem Prayer List.  We are excited to be here in this city.  19 years ago, I had the privilege of baptizing 19 young men and women in the swimming pool of the Chief of Police of this state.  It was the instant establishment… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – February 9, 2017

By Joseph Shulam Do you have a feeling that society is falling apart?  Today in Israel there is such a feeling sweeping the land from top to bottom.  The reasons are a legion. The Prime Minister and his wife are being investigated for corruption and bribes. There a very high army and navy generals investigated for corruption and bribes. Israel’s Parliament passed a provocative law late Monday that would retroactively legalize Jewish settlements on privately owned Palestinian land, pressing ahead with a statement of right-wing assertiveness despite the likelihood that the country’s high court will at least try to nullify the legislation.… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List February 2, 2017

By Joseph Shulam   The Israelites are leaving Egypt in this week’s reading of the Torah.  The reading is from Exodus 10:1 – 13:16 – Parashat Bo.  I suppose that this reading of the Exodus is probably one of the most significant readings in the Word of God that describes the whole concept of SALVATION. Here are some of the basic elements of the exodus: The people are oppressed and mal-treated by a big world power. There is racial discrimination and injustice against people. The strong take advantage of the weak and abuse their civil rights because of their vulnerability.… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List January 26, 2017

By Joseph Shulam This Shabbat reading is from Exodus 6:2-8:35. The very first verse of this portion is a bit of a shock to most people who read the Bible carefully.  In the book of Genesis, we find the Tetragrammaton (the four letters that comprise the name of God- יהוה) 165 times.  So, now we have the revelation that until this moment when Moses is about to tell Pharaoh “Let my people go” the only revelation that God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, was of “God Almighty”.   God clearly states that our forefathers did not know HIS names “Jehovah”.  What… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – January 19th, 2017

By Joseph Shulam This Shabbat the reading is from the book of Exodus.  Last Shabbat we finished the reading of Genesis and we are starting from chapter 1 of Exodus.  There are several things in chapter 1 of Exodus that excite me.  One is the role of two Egyptian women that were working as midwives among the Israelites.  These two women are little known amount Christians.  I never heard anyone in church say much about them.  Before I speak about these two midwives I want to share with you a key verse for understanding the Israelite mentality: “But the more… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List January 13, 2017

By Joseph Shulam   I apologize that I have not been able to write the Jerusalem Prayer List on time.  The week started with a terrible terrorist attack on a group of young Israeli soldiers from an officers’ course who came to Jerusalem to study and tour the biblical sites in Jerusalem.  A big heavy truck just ran into the group of soldiers as they were getting off the bus.  Four soldiers, three women and one man, were killed by the truck.  Seventeen soldiers were wounded in different degrees of injuries.  The most serious thing about these terrorist attacks is… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List January 5, 2017

By Joseph Shulam The State of Israel needs your prayer urgently.  The Israeli society is more divided now than in the last 30 years.  The case that is dividing the population of Israel would not even be a case at all in at least 90% of the countries of the World.  In short in March 2016 a Palestinian terrorist attached some Israeli soldiers in the city of Hebron.  He killed one Israeli soldier and approached to kill other.  He was shot by an Israeli soldier five times but was not yet dead.  One of the young Israeli soldiers saw the… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – December 30, 2016

By Joseph Shulam The reading this Shabbat in the Synagogue is from Genesis 41:1 – 44:17 – the Hebrew name is: Mikeitz. This is the center part of the story of Joseph in Egypt and the interlude of Joseph with his brothers.  I want to concentrate Joseph’s success throughout his difficult journey. Normally a person who is cast into jail with false accusations even if released from prison does not climb to the top leadership of Egypt.   See how Genesis describes Joseph’s position in Egypt: “And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List December 22, 2016

By Joseph Shulam The Torah Reading this week ends the story of Jacob and starts the story of Joseph (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23).  There is no narrative in the whole Bible that has every literary element possible included in it.  The story of Joseph includes in it Snow-White, Cinderella, a Cat on a hot tin roof, and the wizard of OZ, East of Eden, and the Count of Monte Christo.  There are just about every theme in literature like from rags to riches, romance, politics, conspiracy, murder attempt, sex, business, hate, love, entrapment . . . . What can we… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – December 15, 2016

The Jerusalem Prayer List – December 15, 2016 By Joseph Shulam In the Synagogues this Sabbath the reading is called YaYishlach.  The reading comes from Genesis 32:4 – 36:43.  The reading starts with the encounter between Jacob and his brother Esau.  Jacob ran away from the land of Canaan in Genesis chapter 28.  Rebecca his mother told him that Esau has decided to kill him after Isaac’s death.  It was not a happy occasion that took Jacob from his father’s house to Laban his uncle in the great city of Haran, way up north in Syria near the Turkish boarder. … Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – December 7, 2016

By Joseph Shulam Today is December 7, 2016 – 7:55 a.m. The Japanese “Zeros” attacked Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that day, “a day which will live in infamy.”  Many of the young Americans is actually more interested on this day to put up the Christmas trees and decorate them and think about shopping.  I am surprised also how much the churches are involved in the celebration of Christmas, and how many Jews have Hanukkah bushes (Converted Christmas trees) in their homes.  I will say nothing and judge no one about the celebration of Christmas or… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – December 2nd, 2016

  This week the Torah reading is from Portion of TOLDOT, (Gen. 25:19-28:9).  The starting word “Toldot” is one of a great interesting to me.  Toldot is translated in several different ways in the English Bible.  Let us see a few examples: 1.    “This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,” (Genesis 2:4 NKJV – Also Gen. 37:2) 2.    “This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.” (Genesis 5:1… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – November 28, 2016

By Joseph Shulam   This is the evening before ThanksGiving holiday in the USA.  Marcia and I shall be in East Tennessee with Marcia’s family.  Marcia has three brothers and each has several children and now all her nieces and nephews have their own children.  The Thanksgiving tables will have about 40 people.   I have not been in the American Thanksgiving Holiday with Marcia’s family for more than 10 years.  So, for me this is a new experience and for sure it is a refresher course in being grateful and thankful to the Lord and to so many people… Read More

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