Happy Shavuot!

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What Is Shavuot?

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday/holy day celebrated on the sixth of Sivan to celebrate Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. It is the second of the three pilgrimage feasts in which Jews would travel to the Temple in Jerusalem to give their first fruits. The festival takes place exactly 50 days after the festival of Passover. Shavuot is referred to as Pentecost by Christians and is also sometimes referred to as the Feast of Weeks.

What Is the Proper Greeting for Shavuot?

The greeting for Shavuot is simply “Chag Sameach!” (Happy Holiday).

When Is Shavuot This Year?

Jewish Year 5773: Sunset May 14, 2013 – sunset May 16, 2013

What Bible Verse Corresponds With Shavuot?

“And it shall be, when you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide” (Deuteronomy 26:1-2 NKJV).

A Shavuot Blessing

May your home be filled with love,
May your heart be filled with peace,
May your life be filled with joy,
On Shavuot and every day!

Tensions Between Washington and Jerusalem Break Into Open View

It is no secret that the relationship between U.S. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been strained. The two men reportedly do not trust each other, and the tension between their differing objectives has only increased the divide. The most central issue is the one posed by Iran’s nuclear program. The recent NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) report from Washington revealed that Iran is making much more rapid progress in their nuclear work than had previously been thought. (more…)

Top 10 Reasons to Join Our Israel Tour

We are taking a trip to Israel November 30- December 11, 2012, and we want you to come! It will be an inspiring journey to encourage your faith as you walk the places where Yeshua (Jesus) walked and learn about the biblical history of the area from the Messianic Jewish perspective or our own Rabbi Jonathan Bernis.

You won’t want to miss the trip of your lifetime! If you need encouragement to go, we have 10 reasons why you can’t miss this opportunity.

#10 – Your connection to Israel and her people will deepen as you walk in the Land and see the beautiful sites of present-day Israel.

#9 – You will gain a solid Messianic perspective on the biblical and historical sites of the Land of Israel through our teaching tour.

#8 – You will discover the proximity of places like Jerusalem and Bethlehem that seem distant in the Bible but are actually very close in reality. (more…)

Pray for Critical Meetings Between Netanyahu and Obama

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to the United States this weekend for some critical meetings. In addition to speaking to Israel’s supporters at a Washington conference, the Prime Minister is scheduled to spend time in face to face discussion with President Obama on Monday. The main topic of conversation between the two leaders is expected to be the ongoing threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program.

The most recent report from the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) revealed that Iran’s output of enriched uranium has increased by 50 percent since last fall. When Iran’s President Ahmadinejad recently claimed that Iran was making breakthroughs in enrichment, some analysts downplayed his remarks as grandstanding. Now his claims have been verified, and Iran is getting ever closer to the threshold for nuclear weapons.

There is widespread expectation of war between at least Israel and Iran, and perhaps involving the United States as well. It is clear that Israel’s leaders do not feel they can depend on the United States to stop Iran. But the economic and military toll an attack to halt Iran’s nuclear program (like those Israel launched against Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007) would bring on the Jewish state would be high indeed.

We are continuing to work with our ministry partners inside the nation of Israel to prepare to alleviate the suffering and destruction that would follow the outbreak of war. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Every sign seems to point to us being on the very brink of war.

Jewish Voice Ministries International

Happy Shavuot!

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It begins at Sundown on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

It was there at Sinai that God created a nation set apart for Himself. He revealed Himself, and through the giving of the “law,” He taught us how to live as a redeemed community, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Ex. 19:6).

The presence of God on that day was attended with great supernatural events: “The mountain shook violently, the ram’s horn blew louder and louder, there were flashes of lightning, smoke rose upon the mountain and God spoke in the thunder” (Ex. 19:18,19).

Shavuot is one of the three “pilgrimage” festivals and a special Sabbath, a day of no work and holy assembly. The first fruits of the harvest were to be brought before the Lord as an offering, and all the men of Israel were to come to the Temple in Jerusalem.

As the Jewish People celebrate this feast year after year, they recount the awesome events that took place at the foot of Mt.Sinai. It was not by chance that God chose Shavuot, more commonly called Pentecost among Christians, for that miraculous event that happened seven weeks following Yeshua’s last Passover.

Jewish Voice Ministries International

Ethiopians Remember Jerusalem Day

Israel flagToday, June 1, 2011, is Jerusalem Day, an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. (more…)

Israel Tour Video: Jerusalem in Yeshua’s Day

Messianic Rabbi Jack Zimmerman explains more about this model of Jerusalem in Israel that depicts the city during the time of Yeshua (Jesus). Rabbi Jack shot this as part of the Jewish Voice tour of Israel 2010.

Jewish Voice Ministries International

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