Jerusalem Prayer List – April 28, 2017

Jerusalem Prayer List April 28, 2017 By Joseph Shulam Yesterday we  returned home from 10 days in Turkey.  We took a group of 16 people to Turkey to visit and learn from the seven churches of Asia MinoR. Marcia and I also met some dear friends and fellow travelers on the path to God.  The meeting with these Muslim seekers and their Sufi Master (Sufies are Islamic Mystics – like Orthodox Jews delve in Kabbalah – Sufies delve in “Islamic mysticism”.) was really blessed and this “Master” is reading and studying very seriously the whole Bible with his disciples.  I ask you… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List – April 20, 2017

Jerusalem Prayer List From Istanbul By Joseph Shulam April 20th, 2017 Marcia and I arrived in Istanbul on the 18th of April. On the 19th of April, I had the privilege of meeting a small group of Muslims who are keenly interested in reconciliation and relationship with both Jews and Christians. We had a very deep and meaningful conversation of several hours and ended with very warm and cordial brotherly hugs. This was a good experience of both an honest dialogue and a deep desire for reconciliation and interest in seeking truth and good relationship. In our days of tumultuous… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List April 13, 2017

By Joseph Shulam This is the 3rd Day of Passover. We had a wonderful Passover Seder in our congregation in Jerusalem. There were 90 participants in the new building of Netivyah in Jerusalem. We had several guests from the USA and guests from China and Taiwan who participated in our Seder. For some of our guests this was the first time ever that they participated in a Passover Seder. It is always a joy and a privilege to remember the work of the LORD in the deliverance of Israel and a mixed multitude of non-Israelites out of slavery and into… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List April 7, 2017

By Joseph Shulam   Shabbat before the Passover is called Shabbat HaGadol (The Great Sabbath). The source of this name for comes from the Haftarah the reading from the Prophet Malachi 3:23, on this Shabbat. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. (Malachi 3:23) Malachi is speaking of the day of salvation.  Which is the “great and terrible day of the Lord.”  The Passover, which is the ultimate day of salvation and redemption is the hallmark and the pattern of the final salvation and redemption.  It is the… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – March 31, 2017

The Jerusalem Prayer List March 31, 2017 By Joseph Shulam   The reading this week is from Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26. The book of Leviticus is the Priestly Code – the first chapters are somewhat tedious dealing with all the details of the sacrifices, the kind of animals, and how to butcher them before the sacrifices. What parts of the animals are burned totally and what parts are eaten by the priests. I would like to share with you the broader picture of why there are sacrifices as a human phenomenon. First, sacrifices are a part of just about all… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List – March 25, 2017

By Joseph Shulam This prayer list is going to be short.  The main issues to pray for is the leadership of Netivyah. Pray for the relationship of Israel and the United States of America. Pray for the leadership of the Palestinians and the Hamas that is controlling the Gaza Strip. Pray for the following people who are ill and need God’s merciful touch for healing. Yehuda H., Yael E., Keijo and Salme, Leah K., David S., Sarit, Miriam, Hannah, Ruby, Greg, Benjamin Sol, Daniel P., Ahuva, Ilana, Joe M., Emmet M., Gloria D., Bobby M., Ruby, John M., Gary, Aharon… Read More

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