The Jerusalem Prayer List April 23, 2015

The Jerusalem Prayer List April 23, 2015 By Joseph Shulam Today is the 67th Birthday of the State of Israel.  The celebration is as always very moving and emotional.  The existence of a Jewish State in the Land that God gave to Abraham and to his seed forever (See Genesis 13:15) is not self understood after two thousand years of exile.  To see the young generation of our congregation going to the army and becoming serious men proud to serve and to be fighters is such a immense joy.  Today we had our traditional Day of Independence picnic.  It was… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List April 16, 2015

Just a few minutes ago there was a one minute long siren to commemorate the Holocaust Memorial Day.  All the Restaurants and coffee shops and entertainment establishments in the land are closed and will remain closed until sunset this evening. The music in the radio and the programs on T.V. are all concentrated on the 6000000 million Jews and the many millions of people who were victims of the Nazi Germany during World War II.  In our office and on the streets of all of Israel people stood in attention during the minute long siren.  On all the T.V. news… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List April 9th, 2015

Joseph Shulam Passover always falls in our part of the world in springtime.  In fact one of the names of the month when Passover falls is Aviv that means springtime.  Passover is a very complex holiday because it an agricultural holiday.  It is the first harvest and in fact the harvest is so important that even if the day of the Passover falls on Shabbat – the harvest takes precedence and the reapers go out in the fields and begin to harvest.  This is actually the beginning of the counting of the OMER (Sheaves) for fifty days until the Feast… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List – Jerusalem, Israel, April 2, 2015

By Joseph Shulam Tomorrow evening it is Passover, and just before the Passover it is called in the New Testament (See: Matt 27:62, Mark 15:42, and John 19:14 . . .) Passover is the only Biblical Holiday in which there is such a thing as “The day of preparation.”  The reason for this is because for the Passover there is so much preparation.  First of all the leaven has to be removed from the house and the house has to be leaven free.  Second the leaven that is removed from the house has to be burned.  Third normally there is… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List March 26, 2015

By Joseph Shulam The newly elected Prime Minister of Israel is not in the whirlpool of building a coalition.  It is much more complicated than putting together a 10,000 piece jig-saw puzzle.  Please pray for Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu and ask our Lord to bless Netanyahu with wisdom so that he can put together the best possible government coalition that can withstand the turbulent times that we are entering into now. Please pray for the issue of the Anussim/Marrano Jews.  The issues is catching steam these days and more and more Jewish people and Rabbis see the urgency and importance of… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List March 20th, 2015

By Joseph Shulam On Tuesday this week there was an election in Israel.  Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu who was the Prime Minister of Israel for the last nine years will be Prime Minister of Israel again.  Although it is not known for how long Mr. Netanyahu will be the Prime Minister because in Israel the term is four years, but there has not been a government that has sustained it’s term for more then three years.  In fact most of our governments last less than two years.  The election has not changed anything other than the attitude of the White House… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List March 12, 2015

By Joseph Shulam Things have calmed down after a very exciting week in the dedication of the New Synagogue of Netivyah in Jerusalem.  The dedication was a wonderful experience connected with the feast of Purim.  It started with a special dedication service that included the placing of the Mezuzah on the front door, and than bringing the Torah Scroll in to the Synagogue.  This was a real joyful occasion for everyone but especially for the Netivyah staff.  They worked so hard to make this event a success and they did make it a success.  We had people from all around… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List March 5, 2015

By Joseph Shulam The Feast of Purim is celebrated tonight in Jerusalem.  Last night it was celebrated in the rest of Israel and around the world, but because Jerusalem is a city with a wall around it than the celebration is one day later.  Last night we had the dedication of the New Synagogue for Jewish Disciples of Yeshua in Jerusalem.  This is a first in Jerusalem, and may be in Israel.  The architecture is that of a Synagogue, and the worship style and content is the same as in every normal Synagogue and the reading of the Torah, and… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List February 25, 2015

By Joseph Shulam We are back in Israel and in full speed preparing for the dedication of the new Synagogue for the Jewish Disciples of Yeshua in Jerusalem.  We are always optimistic, but optimism has its limits.  We need a whole lot of prayer these days for at least partial preparation of the new building for the dedication service.  It is clear now that not everything will be ready or finished and ready for use.  There are many works that might seem minor compared to the cement and stone, a whole lot of finishing work and furnishing work that needs… Read More

The Jerusalem Prayer List February 12, 2015

By Joseph Shulam from Belo-Horizonte, Brazil Tomorrow, Friday the 13th the Carnival in Brazil will begin.  In the city of Belo-Horizonte there is a very minor Carnival celebration and nothing official.  The reason is that this city has a significant number of evangelical Christians and they used their influence to prevent the debauchery of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador from being repeated in Belo-Horizonte.  The “Teaching from Zion” ministry in Brazil has its 9th Annual Congress in Belo-Horizonte during the period of the Carnival.  Every one of these congresses has been amazing.  One of the most amazing has been in… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List February 5, 2015

Joseph Shulam from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee Today is Joseph Shulam’s birthday, not my birthday but my grandson’s birthday.  We are here in Tennessee to teach and also celebrate Joseph’s birthday.  He is now 12 years old.  Next year, God willing, we will have Bar and Bat mitzvah for both our grandchildren in Jerusalem Israel.  They will both be ready to assume adulthood by reading the Torah in Hebrew from the Scroll, and Joe will put on Tefilim (Phylacteries) like Yeshua and His disciples did with the rest of the men of Israel.   I am looking forward to next year in… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List January 29. 2015

By Joseph Shulam from Thousand Oaks, California The Portion (Parasha) that is being read in the Synagogues this coming Shabbat is BeShalach from Exodus 13:17-17:16.  In this portion we have three main events that are of extreme importance to all believers, be it Jews or non-Jews:  1) the crossing of the Red Sea.  2) The provision of the Manna.  3) The battle against the Amalek.  The one that is most appropriate for me to address in this Prayer List is the last one, the battle against the Amalek.  God seems the harshest concerning the Amalek from all the enemies of… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List January 15, 2015

By Joseph Shulam – from Jerusalem, Israel This last week even in Israel everything was “Je suis Charlie” in memory of the 12 dead cartoonist who were killed by Islamic Jihadist Terrorists.  The streets of Jerusalem were adorned by black flags that say: “Jerusalem est Charlie.”  On Sunday there were at least 3 million people who marched in the street of Paris, to commemorate and demonstrate against Islamic Terrorism.  There were many heads of State, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Chancellors, and VIP’s from all around the world, and millions of Frenchman marching through the very crowded streets of Paris.  The killed… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List – January 8 2015

By Joseph Shulam Jerusalem is covered in white snow, but much less than the meteorologists expected.  The preparation was major for a heavy snow like the one that we had last year.  Last year we were locked down for three days and much of the country did not have electricity for at least some hours, but many did not have electricity for four days.  So, this year the government did what they know best and made the preparation for the snow like a military operation. In the end the whole storm and snow was minor and the roads were open… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List – January 1, 2015

Yes, 2015 has entered into the world and well wishers have spread the blessings and good wishes for a year of good and blessings, prosperity and good health, improvement and no decline, and peace and no war.   In Israel growing up there was no “New Year” celebration.  As Jews we have Rosh HaShana – which is the Jewish New Year that usually falls in September.  This was the past, before over one million immigrants from the former Soviet Union have immigrated to Israel and brought with them the celebration of New Year “Silvester.”   In Tel-Aviv restaurants had special menus that… Read More

Happy New Year 2015

The Shulam Family and all the staff of Netivyah, Yuda Bachana, Hannah Kovner, Daniel Stern, Oleg Zinn, and Nancy Hook – wish all of you who pray for Jerusalem and for Israel and for Netivyah a blessed year of 2015.  We wish you good health, and God’s blessing on all your endeavors.  May this coming year be a year of breakthroughs in all your challenges and dreams come true. Netivyah is starting the year with preparations to move our offices and the Congregation of Roeh Israel to the new building.  We appreciate your prayers and your support and ask you… Read More

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