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

Jerusalem Prayer List Aug 7, 2014

Joseph Shulam from Jerusalem, Israel This has been a month of war in Israel.  Over 3500 missiles have landed on the land of Israel.  From Eilat in the South to Haifa in the North missiles rained from Gaza and north of Haifa missiles rained from the Lebanese border.  The Hezbollah shot missiles on northern Israel in solidarity with the Hamas, their terrorist brothers in Gaza.  I just heard the Greek Orthodox Christian Priest from Gaza speaking from the roof of his church in an interview and pointing to the church yard and reporting that the Hamas was shooting rockets from… Read More

JERUSALEM PRAYER LIST JULY 30, 2014

By Joseph Shulam Israel is at war with a terrorist organization called Hamas in Gaza.  The same terrorist ideology and tactics and goals of the Hamas are shared with El-Qaeda, ISIS, Hezbollah, the Islamic Jihad, Boku Haram in Nigeria, and others around the world.  All these terrorist organization are fighting, not for land, and not for financial issues, they are fighting for their religious ideology against Jews, Christians, and all non-Muslims.   They state clearly that they want the elimination of Israel, and the spread of Islam around the whole world. Israel is not fighting against the Palestinian people, nor is… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List July 25, 2014

by Joseph Shulam – in Jerusalem, Israel Israel is at war again!  This war is something that none of us want and all of us regret.  Any time that we have to war is not a good time.  Anytime that we have to send our men and women to battle is a punishment from God.  War is not a gift from God.  War is not a blessing even when you win the war and even when the war is a righteous and just war it is still a test and a punishment. “And Moses said to the people, “Do not… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List July 17 2014

Jerusalem Prayer List July 17 2014 Israel is under rocket fire already ten days.  More than 1000 rockets have been fired against our cities, villages, Kibbutz Communities, and specially against Ashkelon, Ashdod, Jerusalem, Beer-Sheva, and Tel-Aviv.  The “Iron Dome” Israel’s defense system against missiles and rockets has been able to shoot down 90% of the missiles and rockets that the Hamas from Gaza has fired.  They fire their missiles against Israel with the express wish to kill civilians, women, children, the old and the young.  Israel has done it’s best to defend the population from these rockets and missiles.  The… Read More

Jerusalem Prayer List – July 11, 2014

By Joseph Shulam – from home. Today we returned home after five weeks of travel in Finland and the United States.  This was a special trip because we did much teaching and also spent a few days in between teachings with both Barry’s family and Danah and Noaam.  It was the first time in several years that our whole family was together and praise God for this opportunity and for the joy of being with children and grandchildren and our daughter-in-law. The teaching was interesting.  Returning to Lipscomb University after many years is a real challenge.  There is no doubt… Read More