Why you need copy editors and proofreaders…

It is much easier to spot someone else’s errors because your brain will not as easily assume what the author meant to write. I do try to check my posts, but sometimes things will get by me and I do not have a proofreader. So, please show mercy if you see an error. Just make a note in the comments section and I will fix it.

This former copy editor and proofreader thanks you for your understanding.

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Trip report from Amman: I’m so encouraged by what I see God doing in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Here’s why.

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JETS-JoelJETS-graduationOn Sunday night, I returned home to Israel from a very encouraging four-day trip to Jordan.

The purpose was to visit the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary (JETS), at the invitation of its founder and president, Dr. Imad Shehadeh. A Jordanian national, Imad is a remarkable Arab believer who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (and currently serves on the board of DTS). He has a deep passion for studying and teaching the Word of God and training others to “preach the Word, in season and at out” and it’s clear that the Lord has truly given favor to this man despite enormous challenges he and his wife have faced over the years.

Until this trip, Imad and I had never met, only communicated by phone and email. So I was enormously grateful for his invitation and eager to get to know him and his colleagues.

In many ways, this trip was an ideal complement…

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Decision made!

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Thank you to everyone who responded!  I do want to clarify that it will be me, Rivka, writing the posts.  As I can, I will try to also post something now and then from Baruch.  Not sure if you all know that I am Baruch’s wife.

I will begin with Rosh HaShanah.  I will really try to do my best to make the posts interesting, informative, include pictures and hopefully link a few videos that I make along the way.  We can all learn together!


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This weeks Torah portion.

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In the past 24 hours, Baruch and I have tuned in (on and off) to the Christian stations we receive here in Israel.  Three of the pastors were speaking about dreams (and no, one of them was not Joel Osteen!).

Each one of them (and 2 of them are known for being conservative) focused primarily on what our dreams (goals) are and would occasionally mention G-d, such as someone’s dream to be involved in ministry.  But there primary points revolved around getting what we want.

It was appalling to me that these men have bought into this new, popular theology that G-d is happy when we are happy (John Piper–“Christian” hedonism) and treat G-d, the Creator of the Universe, as if He is here to give us whatever we want!

Where is the fear of the L-rd?  Where is the concept of obedience?  Submission?  Humility?

People speak of G-d in…

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A chilling headline ripped from the pages of #TheThirdTarget & #TheFirstHostage: “How the Islamic State Seized A Chemical Weapons Stockpile.”

Do not be discouraged at evil rising. It was predicted. Focus on the next steps. Be ready…spiritually…for what is coming.

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FP-ISIS-chemweaponsWhen I sit down to write a novel, I don’t set out to predict the future.

Rather, I set out to write about worst case scenarios that could come to pass if our leaders are blind-sided by evil they ignore or misunderstand.

This was the case when I began writing my first novel, The Last Jihad, in January 2001. That was a novel that opened with a group of Radical Islamic terrorists hijacking a jet plane and flying a kamikaze mission into an American city, an attack that sets into motion a U.S. war against Saddam Hussein.

That was also the case when in the fall of 2013 I began writing The Third Target, the first installment in my latest series of political thrillers. After doing months of research, meeting with two former CIA directors, a former head of Israel’s Mossad, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Jordan, and numerous of…

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Parashat Devarim

From one of my favorite teachers!

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Here is a brief commentary on the Parasha by Baruch:

Parashat D’varim (Words) Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27

This Shabbat we finish the third of the three special prophetic readings. This final portion is always read prior to Tisha B’Av.

In this week’s Torah reading, the book of Deuteronomy opens with the following few verses,

These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Aravah, before the (Sea of) Reeds, between Paran, and Tophel, and Lavan, and Chatzerot, and Di-Zahav. Eleven days from Chorev, by way of Mt. Seir, unto Kadesh-Barnea. And it came about in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, in the first day of the month, Moses spoke to the Children of Israel, according to all which HaShem commanded him unto them.” Deuteronomy 1:1-3

The book of Deuteronomy deals with…

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Three reasons the next President — and his/her advisors (and you) — should carefully study the latest issue of the ISIS magazine, Dabiq.

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The next President of the United States — and his or her advisors — need to carefully study and analyze the latest issue of Dabiq, the full-color propaganda magazine of the Islamic State. So do other world leaders, Members of Congress and Middle East policy-makers. So do you.

Three reasons — in this edition of Dabiq:

  1. ISIS leaders make clear they want to bring about the End of Days.
  2. ISIS leaders vow to “break the cross” — that is, to slaughter Christians in the Middle East, in the West, and around the world, and to annihilate Christianity from the Earth.
  3. ISIS leaders lay out the six reasons they hate us, they state their ultimate objective, and they explain why they will never stop killing until they achieve total victory.

Far too many leaders in Washington believe the West is winning the war against ISIS. That is a dangerous fallacy. The sober truth is that we are…

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Expert Advice?

Watch out for “experts”! I see them all the time…just as described here.

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View from my walk the other day.

It just came to me today as I was listening to a podcast about travel that many people choose to look anywhere for truth rather than the Bible and its Author.  For some it is out of rebellion, for others it is due to ignorance.

On this particular podcast, the person being interviewed mentions that an author he admires never embraced any particular religion but believed if we do good, that is what is important.  This person agreed with that and promotes that thought. Of course we know that we are saved only through accepting the shed blood of Yeshua for our sins.  However, many believers today have minimized our responsibility (and privilege) to do mitzvot (good deeds) BECAUSE we are saved.  As we conform closer and closer to Messiah, this should be a natural outcome.  However, so as to not seem legalistic…

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What do we know about the terrorist who killed 84 in Nice, France? Here’s the latest — including an ISIS call for Muslims to plow over people in cars. UPDATE: ISIS claims credit, says its “soldier” responsible for attack in Nice.

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Nice-attack2016UPDATE: “An Islamic State-run media outlet says the man who barreled his truck into a crowd in the French coastal city of Nice is a ‘soldier’ of the group,” reports the Associated Press. “The Aamaq news agency on Saturday cited a ‘security source’ as saying the attacker ‘carried out the operation in response to calls to target the citizens of coalition countries fighting the Islamic State.'”

ORIGINAL POST: The man who killed 84 people — including at least two Americans — in Nice, France, last night was a 31-year old French resident of North African origin named Lahouaiej Bouhlel.

Born in Tunisia, Bouhel used a large commercial truck to drive over crowds of pedestrians and tourists, often accelerating along his two kilometers killing spree, before being stopped, shot and killed by French police. Inside the truck, authorities found “a pistol, a larger gun, and a number of fake weapons and grenades.”

French President…

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Putin crosses a line — bans Russians from preaching the Gospel outside churches. Here’s the latest.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has just crossed a very dangerous line. He has just signed a law making it illegal for Russian followers of Jesus Christ to share or preach the Gospel anywhere outside the walls of their church, or even email their family and friends to invite them to church. What’s more, he has done so under the guise of preventing “terrorism.”

As I have been warning for a decade (see here, here, hereand in my 2006 book, Epicenter), Putin — who is fashioning himself as a rising Czar — is an increasingly dangerous despot. He continues to centralize government power and control to himself. He is trampling over human rights, the media, and NGOs. He is rebuilding the Russian military. He has invaded neighboring Georgia and Ukraine. He is arming and building alliances with Radical Islamic countries, particularly Iran.

Now, Putin is positioning himself as an enemy of Christ and His Church. If he doesn’t not…

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Elie Wiesel understood the terrible power of silence, the danger of not speaking out against evil, notes Natan Sharansky.

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former political prisoner in the Soviet Union, current chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and friend of Wiesel.

Elie Wiesel’s great mission on behalf of Soviet Jews

By Natan Sharansky, op-ed in the Washington Post on July 4

Perhaps better than anyone else of our age, Elie Wiesel grasped the terrible power of silence. He understood that the failure to speak out, about both the horrors of the past and the evils of the present, is one of the most effective ways there is to perpetuate suffering and empower those who inflict it.

Wiesel therefore made it his life’s mission to ensure that silence…

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