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The Jerusalem Prayer List – October 17, 2013

Last night I returned from a trip to Amsterdam, Holland. I went to Amsterdam with brothers Marcelo and Matheus from Belo-Horizonte, Brazil, in order to make a short documentary film about the Jewish Community in Amsterdam in the 16-17th centuries. Amsterdam was a hub for Spanish and Portuguese Jews who escaped Portugal to get away from the Inquisition that forced them to convert to Catholicism and to abandon all traces of Jewish identity and practice. Holland at that time was entering the age of discovery and the house of Orange needed the Jews and their commercial abilities and their connections…

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The Jerusalem Prayer List – October 5, 2013

The reading today in every synagogue is the story of Noah. The reading starts in Genesis 6:9 and ends in Genesis 11:24. Probably this is one of the hardest texts to understand in the whole bible, and one of the saddest tests. What makes is one of the saddest texts in the Bible is the fact that it says: Gen. 6:6 “And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” (NKJV) The English translations don’t want to use the word “Saddened.” So, they use the word “grieved” in stead.…

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The Jerusalem Prayer List – September 27, 2013

Yesterday we had finished reading the Torah with the last chapters of Deuteronomy and immediately rolled the scroll of the Torah to Genesis and we read the first chapter. Tomorrow, we start the reading of the Torah from Genesis again. The reading cycle in all Jewish Synagogues and also among many of the Jewish Disciples of Yeshua the Word of God is read every Shabbat. We read from the Torah and from the Prophets and also from the New Testaments. It is really amazing how much of the New Testament text is complimentary to the reading of the Torah and…

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