Holiday Greetings from Netivyah

December 21, 2014 Shalom Dear Friends of Netivyah, The Summer and Fall Holidays are long since over and Hanukkah has arrived here in Jerusalem. We have been blessed with a good amount of Fall rain, for which we are very grateful to Abba for. We are always welcoming visitors from all over the world at Netivyah and Roeh Yisrael, and our meeting hall is packed at every meeting and even overflows out into the hallways! Because we are so crowded, the need for the building to be completed is all the more evident and in the foreground of our thoughts… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List Dec. 17, 2014

Jerusalem Prayer List December 17, 2014 By Joseph Shulam Last night was the first night of Hanukkah.  On the first night of Hanukkah we light one candle and a “Deacon” – a candle that lights (serves) the other candles.  So a total of two candles were in each Hanukkah Menorah.  In the congregation we had a Hanukkah celebration.  There were people from Brazil, Holland, England, Finland, South America, Central America, North America, and Taiwan.  Yuda involved the crowed in group games and there were a whole lot of laughs for both the players and the crowed.  The best part of… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List Dec 12, 2014

By Joseph Shulam The Synagogues around the world are beginning this Sabbath to read the story of Joseph.  The story of Joseph is one of the most fascinating stories in the Bible.  It is a full-bodied story.  It has a beginning and introduction, and a prologue, and the body of the story, and finally a happy end.  The story of Joseph has some of the main themes of the written art:  Drama, comedy, intrigue, love, hate, crime, and punishment, from rags to riches, family problems, lies, politics, sex, and salvation.  The story starts with Joseph being seventeen years old and… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List December 4, 2014

By Joseph Shulam – from Jerusalem, Israel This week’s portion of the Torah is from Genesis 32:4 – 36:43.  It starts with the reconciliation attempt between Jacob and Esau his brother.  Actually the problem started more than 21 years earlier when Esau came tired from the hunting and Jacob had cooked some red stew (may be lintels).  The competition between these two twin brothers started already before their birth: “But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?|” So she went to inquire of the LORD.  And the LORD said… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List November 27, 2014

by Joseph Shulam   The reading of this Sabbath in the Synagogues around the world is from Genesis 28:10 – 32:3.  The start of this reading is the story running away from his brother Esau who has been plotting to kill him just as soon as Isaac their father will pass away. Rebecca their mother had been told what Esau had in his heart:  “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”  And… Read More

November Thank you from Netivyah

Shalom Dear Friends of Netivyah,  The Summer and Fall Holidays are long since over and it won’t be long until Hanukkah is here in Jerusalem. Today we are being blessed with a real Fall rain, together with lightening and thunder! Baruch Ha Shem!! We are always welcoming visitors from all over the world at Netivyah and Roeh Yisrael, and our meeting hall is packed at every meeting and even overflows out into the hallways! Because we are so crowded, the need for the building to be completed is all the more evident and in the foreground of our thoughts and… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List November 22, 2014

By Joseph Shulam I had a few people inquire why I have not written the Jerusalem Prayer List for the last two weeks.  Well, there are several reasons, but the main one is that I have been overloaded with work and guest from around the world, and the building project has entered some snags with the carpentry work, and planning the new kitchen.  So, I apologize that I did not write the prayer list last week.  Now, I am writing to you and updating you, our prayer partners and co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord here in Jerusalem. The… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List November 6, 2014

By Joseph Shulam When we think of our Father Abraham we think of his faithfulness.  We think that he is the father of all the faithful through out all of biblical history.  We don’t think of Abraham as being “dust and ashes.”  But actually in one of the most dramatic moments in Abraham’s life, at the very moment that Abraham is arguing with God for the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and doing his very best to convince God not to destroy these two cities.  In this context, in this discussion between Abraham and God Himself:  Genesis chapter 18:26-27, “So… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List October 31, 2014

They say that the third intifada has started.   Intifada is an Arabic word that means to shake off.  The first Intifada started in December of 1987, the second Intifada started in the year 2000, and this is the third Intifada.  The Palestinian leadership inspires each one of these terrorist campaigns against Israel and it is a call for disorder, violence, assassination, and kidnapping.  In a city like Jerusalem where the populations are mixed and living one next to the other it is really very difficult for a civilized society to deal with street violence that is both institutional and individual. … Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List October 23, 2014

By Joseph Shulam Last week all the Synagogues in the world started to read from first five chapters of Genesis.  In one year we will read the whole Torah, from Genesis 1 to Deuteronomy 34, and most of the prophetic writings from Joshua to Malachi.  The first chapter of Genesis is probably the best-known text by both Jewish and Christian children.  The story of creation is what every Sunday school teaches the toddlers.  However, these chapters, right from the beginning of the Bible are the most complicated and the most important from the entire Bible.  In these chapters one can… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List October 16, 2014

By Joseph Shulam Today is the last day of the feast of Sukkoth (Tabernacles).  This day has two names:  “Shemini Atzeret” = “The eight day of Assembly”  and the second name is: “Simchat Torah” = “The Joy of the Torah.”  On this day we finish reading the Torah (The Pentateuch)  and immediately start reading from the first chapter of Genesis.  We end one cycle of reading the Torah and start a new one immediately.  In our service today we had such a full house that we just had to ask forty guest to stand outside in the hallway or leave… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List October 2, 2014

By Joseph Shulam Tomorrow evening starts Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement.  The saga of The Day of Atonement is described in the book of Leviticus chapter 16.  The two main events of Yom Kippur are the sending of the Scapegoat into the wilderness and the fasting. This year there is an interesting serendipity.  Eid al-Adha, the muslim “Festival of the sacrifice” falls on the same day as the Jewish Day of Atonement.  These two holidays are the most important and solemn days of both the Jewish and the Muslim calendars.   It is interesting that both the Jewish Holidays… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List September 25, 2014

By Joseph Shulam Today is the first day of the seventh month, the feast of trumpets in the Torah, and the Jewish New Year according to Jewish Tradition.  In Jewish Tradition the 1st day of the Month Tishri is the day on which the world was created, and it is also the Day of Judgment.  As Christians you might find it strange that the now Jewish Calendar is different from that of the Torah (The Law of Moses) in which the first month is Nissan, and the months are numbered and have no names.  However, Israel was always influenced by the… Read More

Shana Tova

We wish you a very happy and blessed Rosh Hashana for the year 5775 Have a blessed year!  A year of good health, prosperity, much good fruit both in the world and in the Spirit. Our Lord can multiply the good in your life and bless your bread and your water, your work and your home! From Joseph and Marcia Shulam and all the Netivyah Staff. שנה טובה לכם ב-5775 שנת פריון וברכה גם בגשמי וגם ברוחני. הצלחה בכל וברכה בכל משלך ידכם יוסף ומרסיה שולם וכל צוות נתיביה

Jerusalem Prayer List September 18, 2014

By Joseph Shulam Marcia my wife arrived home yesterday after visiting the children and her parents. I arrived home in Israel after five weeks on the road in Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong.  There were probably not more than five days the whole time that I did not teach or lecture for several hours.  I did several seminars on different topics.  The new series that I lectured in Japan and Korea I named “Inspirational stories from 2nd Kings.”  There are a few very important stories that are very inspirational and give both advise and special wisdom for life.  These stories… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List Sept.11, 2014

After more than a month of travel and teaching in Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong, I can honestly say that the Far East and the Christian communities are holding the future of Christianity in Asia in their hands.  The most needed ingredient among the Christians in Asia is the very same ingredient that the churches in the West need, Unity, cooperation, networking.  The challenges of radical Islam are also felt and seen even here in Hong Kong, and in Korea.  The main streets of Hong Kong have a clear presence of Islam of all kinds, the supposedly mellow kind from… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List September 4, 2014

Joseph Shulam from Hong Kong, China I am here in the great city of Hong Kong, third day and appointment after appointment, but all of it is for good.  As I was sitting in the lobby of the hotel this morning and thinking of all the elaborate machinations of the modern society and the complications of ministry in this big city, I remembered an evangelist called Phillip in the book of Acts.  The story is rather simple and the beauty of it is in its simplicity.  Here is what we know from God’s Word:  Acts 8:26,  “Now an angel of… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – August 28, 2014

By Joseph Shulam – Seoul, Korea Just finished teaching the second seminar in Seoul.  The first seminar was three full days of teaching on the letter to the Galatians.  The second seminar was teaching special inspirational stories from the first and second book of Kings.  Many of these very inspirational stories are rarely mentioned and heard from the pulpits.  The attendance in this second seminar was very good.  I appreciate all of you who pray for me and for my family.   I find in Korea a dynamic that is so very encouraging to me.  There are many young families of… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List — August 21, 2014

By Joseph Shulam – from Incheon, South Korea Rockets are again flying from Gaza to most parts of the Land of Israel.  The Rocket alarms sounded last night in Jerusalem.  Jerusalem citizens had to scramble to their shelters around 1:00 a.m.  – Several of my friends were already sleeping in bed and although they heard the alarms they did not get up and run down three or four floors to the shelters.  Some said that next time they hear the alarm they will get up and run down to the shelter because when they heard the big BOOM of the… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer list August 14, 2014 – An Important Message

By Joseph Shulam – from Tokyo, Japan. We just finished the first seminar in Japan a few hours ago.  We had near 200 people who have attended this seminar in Tokyo.  There were some brothers in the faith and some guests that came for the first time.  There were brothers who came all the way from Okinawa specially to attend this seminar, and others came from way up North of Japan.  The interest in what we have to say was sparked without a doubt from the serious situation in the Middle East.  The whole Middle East is actually reaching the… Read More