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

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