Posts by Beth Shulam

Celebrating the High Holidays

Shalom dear friends of Netivyah. As we enter into this time of The High Holidays, we are entering into a time of deep reflection. Reflection on all the great mercies, blessings, and atoning work our God has shown to us. This both as individuals and as the collective body of our Messiah. We thank Him for His great sacrifice. We gather together to remember and to pray for all Israel, our people. That they may come to the knowledge of this atoning work He did for all peoples. After Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we celebrate Sukkot, The Feast of…

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Jerusalem Prayer List September 21, 2017

By Joseph Shulam Today was the first day of the seventh month in the Jewish/Babylonian calendar.  In the Torah it is the Feast of Trumpets: “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.” (Leviticus 23:22–24 NKJV) This command appears in several places I the Law of Moses and this date, the first day of the seventh month also appears in several very important occasions in the Word of God. …

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Jerusalem Prayer List September 7, 2017

By Joseph Shulam This week’s Torah Portion (Parasha) is called “Ki-Tavo” (when you enter in).  The reading is from Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:9. The first part of the reading is very interesting because this is the only text in the Torah that tells us what people said when they came to the temple to worship and offer sacrifices.  The occasion that this is speaking of is the feast of Shavuot – Pentecost.  I have already written about this before.  The next part of the reading (Deut 27:1-8) is God’s command to Moses to build an altar on the top of…

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Jerusalem Prayer List August 30, 2017

By Joseph Shulam The Torah Portion (Parasha) of this Shabbat is Ki Teze – Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19. One of the first instructions given in this portion of the Torah is the attitude of a father who has two wives toward his children.  The case is not simple.  This man has two wives, he loves the one and dislikes (or loves less) the other.  His first born was born to the wife that he loved less and obviously his first-born son falls under his mother’s status.  What will this father do in relationship to the inheritance?  Does the father have…

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Jerusalem Prayer List August 24, 2017

By Joseph Shulam From Home in Israel It is not easy to receive criticism from friends and acquaintances.  There are times when the criticism is justified and other times it is not justified.  In all cases it is our duty to receive it with grace.  If we need to change and at times repent we must thank God for brothers and sisters who care enough about us to encourage us by speaking the truth in love and motivating us to do better.  I suppose that Moses would be the best example of a great leader who knew how to receive…

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Jerusalem Prayer List August 18, 2017

By Joseph Shulam This is the forth week that I am on the road in Asia.  Right now I am in Taiwan.  The Asia Messianic Forum was a great success.  Our dear brothers in Taiwan went out of their way to make us comfortable.  They organized a fantastic festival of worship, culture, good teaching, and a very wonderful reception for five Israeli brothers who were the main teachers in this three and a half days of festivities.  Now, the event is over and the love and acceptance and generosity of the Taiwanese brothers is still amazing me and motivating me…

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Jerusalem Prayer List August 10, 2017

By Joseph Shulam – From Taiwan The Parasha this week is from Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25 – Ekev [עקב] – this Hebrew Word can be interpreted in many ways: “because”, “as a result of”.  This word indicates causality – there was some effect and it caused something new or different to become a reality.  In our reading of the Torah last week and this week this word is used in an important way. Deuteronomy 7:12, “Then it shall come to pass, because [Ekev – עקב] you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God…

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Jerusalem Prayer List July 23, 2017

I forgot to include a dear sister by the name of Alice who is need of special prayer. She is one of those members of our congregation for whom we are fasting tomorrow. Joseph Shulam   By Joseph Shulam Jerusalem and Israel are in deep trouble these days.  The increased problems started when three young Arabs from a town near Tel-Meggido came to Jerusalem received weapons from inside the temple mount and shot two Israeli policemen.  Both of the Policemen were Druze.  The three Arab terrorists got shot by other Israeli forces that arrived at the scene.  This sad event…

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The Jerusalem Prayer List July 14, 2017

By Joseph Shulam – from home This week the synagogues around the world read from Numbers 25:10 – 30:1. This is a very dramatic reading.  The two stories that make this portion of the Torah are the deed of Pinchas who took the law into his own hands, and the story of the daughters of Zelophehad (27:1-11).  I shall focus on the aspect which has received less attention:  comparing Torah laws on the right of daughters to inherit with the practice of the ancient nations around us. The daughters of Zelophehad came to Moses with a story and a request:  “Our father…

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Jerusalem Prayer List July 6, 2017

Jerusalem Prayer List July 6, 2017 Joseph Shulam This week’s portion of the Torah is Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9).  Balak was king of Moab.  Moab was born by Lot’s daughter who after the fall of Sodom raped her father together with her sister under the false believe that the whole world was destroyed and humanity will disappear if there is no one to continue it.  Lot’s two daughters acted under the impression that they and their father are the last human beings left on earth.  The offspring of Lot and his daughters became Israel’s most bitter enemies and that…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 29th, 2017

By Joseph Shulam – From Nashville, Tennessee Last weeks’ Torah Portion was very dramatic.  A great family from the tribe of Levi was swallowed alive by the earth because of their rebellion against Moses and Aaron.  This dramatic move of God was as the Hebrew proverb says: So that they can see and fear the Lord.  The God of Israel is gracious and longsuffering full of loving kindness, grace and truth.  However, He is also the LORD of Hosts and God Almighty, and He can be a consuming fire.  As much as I would like to stay with a God…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 22, 2017

  Joseph Shulam – Mount Juliet, Tennessee The reading of this week is a double portion of Korah – Numbers 16:1 -18:32. Korah is the ultimate lesson in leadership in time of crisis. I suppose that in a life time of every leader there are moments that could be suggestive of the situation of Moses and his cousins the family of Korah. We have already seen in Numbers 12 the rebellion of Aaron and Miriam, the older brother and older sister of Moses who have been his first hand personal supporters and partners in the leadership of Israel out of…

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Jerusalem Prayer List – June 15, 2017

By Joseph Shulam from Vaasa, Finland We had a wonderful week in Finland.  Marcia is with me and it has been such a joy to see the young generation take charge and leadership in the Restoration Movement in Finland.  We started with the annual seminar in Karmel Koti.  This seminar started more than 30 years ago, and it was 25 years ago dedicated to the memory of Maria Tucker, Dr. Tim Tucker’s loving wife who died in a car accident.  Every year several hundred brothers and sisters from all around Finland gather for an intense week-end of study and worship…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 8, 2017

By Joseph Shulam We have just arrived in Finland to the home of our dear brothers Keijo and  Salme Lindeman in the city of Nokia.  It is Thursday and as it is the day that I normally write the Jerusalem prayer list – I am faithful to my habit and writing this prayer list before we enter the Sauna.  In Finland guest are usually initiated with a welcome by invitation to the Sauna, and we are guest so we are going to the sauna with our very gracious hosts of near four decades.  Keijo is a professor of electrical engineering…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 1, 2017

By Joseph Shulam Jerusalem’s Jubilee (50 years from the 6th Day war in 1967) was truly a great celebration in Jerusalem.  Christian tourists came from all around the world, and the Koreans outdid them all.  They had a “Shalom Yerushalayim” festival with colorful shows and a wonderful traditional Korean fashion.  The Israeli public came to the International Congress Center in Jerusalem and filled it and there were several Rabbis and Parliament members from Israel and from the United States who participated.  In a time when the United Nations are making declarations that are far from reality and from the Bible…

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Jerusalem Prayer List – May 25 2017

By Joseph Shulam   This last seven days were full of celebration in Jerusalem.  It was the annual Jerusalem day and then President Donald Trump visited Israel and yesterday was the 50th Jubilee year for the unification of Jerusalem.  Very busy time and full of celebration for all of Israel but specially for Jerusalem.  Of course celebrations are wonderful and the city was dressed up with flags and there were lights decorating the walls of the Old City with scenes of Israel’s history both ancient and more recent.  President Trump’s visit was pleasing to most of the people of Israel…

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Jerusalem Prayer List – May 18, 2017

By Joseph Shulam The first time that we meet the work “pray” in the Bible is in Genesis 20:7, Gen. 20:7 “Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.” The context of this text is that Abraham told Abimelech like he did previously to Pharaoh that Sara was his sister.  Obviously, our father Abraham was not above sin and this so called “White Lie” is not really…

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Jerusalem Prayer List May 12 2017

Today I was so busy all the day long that I could not write the prayer list today.  This one will be short but important. This next week we will have many guests who are coming to Israel for the Feast of Weeks – Shavuot – Pentecost.  We will have President Trump will come to Jerusalem.  Brothers and Sisters from China are coming, and brothers from Dallas, Texas, are also coming.  In addition to these dear guests there will be in Jerusalem a celebration of the 50 year Jubilee of the liberation of Jerusalem.  All of the above need your…

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The Jerusalem Prayer List May 4th, 2017

By Joseph Shulam NEWS: UNESCO disavows Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem in 22-10 vote.  Again, UNESCO past an anti-Israeli, anti-history, anti-logic, and anti-Bible resolution.  The Arab States have an automatic majority in all the UN.  They can pass resolutions that the moon is made of Swiss Cheese that was stolen from the home of Hag Amin El-Husseini by the Jews who died in the Holocaust and the UN will approve the resolution and condemn Israel.  For those of us who believe The Word of God and know the promises of God to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, it is not important what…

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MAY 2017

May 2017 Shalom Dear Friends of Netivyah, Joseph and a small group from Roeh Israel, just returned from a memorable teaching tour of the 7 Churches of Revelation in Turkey. It was the perfect end to a wonderful Passover/Unleavened Bread Holiday. We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued upholding of Netivyah and all that God has blessed us to do here in our Beloved Israel! It would be an “impossible dream” without your support. On May 2, we will celebrate the 69th year of Israel’s independence. The day before is Memorial Day, the day…

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