The earth is reeling today under the threat of terror. Multitudes are numb with grief and pain, prayer for them perhaps is just mute silence. Let those of us who are quiet and at ease, pick up the slack, and remember the suffering in loving prayer. Today the ‘valley of decision’ is crowded with humanity from every nation. We can remember them. Here’s how.
Thank you for your prayers everyday before the sun sets. Please know that on behalf of the Jewish nation and people Jay and I thank you for those faithful prayers that we as a nation LIVE!
Jewish tradition calls for everyone in the Jewish community to be actively involved in “Tikun ha Olam” the Hebrew for “Repairing the World” or in simple terms “Loving your Neighbour as Yourself”
To Dr. Jay Rawlings from his family “We, the Rawlings family will follow you to the ends of the earth!” Daniel, Josh, Chris, David and Meridel On January 28th Dr. Jay Rawlings received a “Life Time Achievement Award” from the World Jewish Congress and the Christian Allies Caucaus during a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem. David and Joshua and granddaughter Maya were in attendance. Meridel will be in New Delhi India on the last leg of her Nepal journey and Daniel continues his filming work in Nepal. Find photos of the event on Facebook. Also read “WJC, Knesset caucus honor Christian leaders Jay Rawlings, Duke Westover for their steadfast commitment to Israel” by World Jewish Congress.
Dear friends of Jay and Meridel: It is with a profound sense of gratefulness that we send you these heart felt greetings for a blessed 2016. We are presently working in Kathmandu Nepal with Daniel to complete the film we began over two years ago on the ‘behind the scene’ work of CHANGE ACTION NEPAL. David received the name of ‘CAN’ while filming our Nepali friend Indira. She is our hero because of her wise and loving work of rehabilitating trafficked children. Our sons. David, Chris, Josh and Daniel have joined their parents in getting this story out to the world. We desire to keep you posted as this journey unfolds from the roof top of the world. Our first course of action is to film the earth quake damage from April 2015 and the shocking upsurge in human trafficking due to increased poverty and want. We are counting on your prayers and gifts to make the difference that is waiting to be made in countless lives. Please stay with us
In Jerusalem young people Jews and Arabs dance together in the heart of the city. We have threats, dangers, sorrow but double JOY! Adi Gordon Rawlings inspired and choreographed this music dance. Adi is David’d wife and mother of Amitai and Liyah Rawlings. She has inspired thousands of young people “to dance for JOY!” Watch the video here:
More than 25 prominent rabbis from Israel and abroad recently issued a statement calling for a renewed look at Jesus, Christians and the New Testament faith. Quoting from their own sages, these outstanding Orthodox rabbis are not ashamed to exalt the name of Jesus, welcoming the carpenter from Nazareth back into the Jewish fold. Read the whole article by David Lazarus at Israel Today.
I wrote this letter in 2014 and it was very very popular and got a great response. It was not on my website, so here it is: download it here.
“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24) In the long history of Jews in Russia, the government has rarely been an ally, and often been the source of persecution. Current Russian president Vladimir Putin, however, is a powerful exception, with Jews playing a significant role in his personal history and his inner circle. With the Russian army a major player in the potentially explosive multi-national puzzle unfolding in Syria, this personal element could become an important, perhaps decisive, factor in how the conflict unfolds. Read the whole article by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz on Breaking Israel News.
We celebrate Hanukka in commemoration of the Macabee revolt against the hated Syrian overlords and recapture of the Temple Mount from Syrian Greeks in around 167 BCE. It is the only time in ancient history that the Greeks were defeated and this time by a handful of priests and farmers. The Greek leader Antiochus 1V Epiphanes built a ‘Akra’ (Citadel) which provided oversight onto the Temple Mount. His soldiers spied to spy and keep watch over our rebellious Maccabean ancestors. The Akra was a thorn in their flesh: it was a constant threat with the Syrian Greeks watching all they were doing on the Temple Mont. But where was the Akra, and how could it overlook the Temple Mount, which was higher than all the surrounding areas? In 141BCE Simon Maccabees captured the Syrian Aka and expelled its evil foreign soldiers. The early Jewish historian Josephus also mentions the event. He says that Simon took the Akra by siege, razing it to the ground that it might not serve his Simon’s foes, s a base …