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16 Kislev — Following God and Leaving People

All of us have relationships; some of them close, some of them not so close. Over the years, some of these relationships can grow stronger but some can become distant, some strained and, in some cases, can dissolve entirely. Sometimes its hard to discern if there is...
15 Kislev — It’s Time To Revolt!

15 Kislev — It’s Time To Revolt!

It was on this day in 167 B. C. that an altar dedicated to Zeus Olympus was set up by Athenus the Syrian, the man in charge of public worship. This particular action led to the conflict that would result in the Feast of Dedication, known as Hanukkah. How did it come...

14 Kislev — To All The Firstborn

14 Kislev — To All The Firstborn

Today is considered to be the birthday of Jacob’s oldest son, Reuben. In Scripture a lot of emphasis is placed on the supremacy of firstborns, but a lot of times what we see in firstborns is not so flattering. They’re not always exposed to us in the best light. At the...

13 Kislev — Restoring a Pure Language

13 Kislev — Restoring a Pure Language

It was on this day in 1913 that schools opened up in the Holy Land using Hebrew as the official language of instruction. This was after an ongoing struggle to determine what language should be used. This is fascinating considering that, up until that point in time,...

12 Kislev — Your Actions Will Speak For You

12 Kislev — Your Actions Will Speak For You

Biblically, our mission as believers is to be a light to the nations. But there is an ironic component of this command: in being this light we aren’t supposed to draw attention to ourselves. As light in the world, we’re supposed to deflect any attention from us and...

11 Kislev — The Rod That Blossoms

11 Kislev — The Rod That Blossoms

We live in a fast paced, competitive world that, unfortunately, demonstrates and manifests an evolutionary mindset, and by that, we mean “survival of the fittest.” As believers in the Messiah, we are not to adopt the ways of the world. In fact, Yeshua told us that we...

10 Kislev — Egypt, My People

10 Kislev — Egypt, My People

It was on this day in 1977 that President Anwar Sadat of Egypt addressed the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem. This was one of the more significant steps that eventually led to the Camp David accords, which resulted in a semblance of peace that has existed between Israel...

9 Kislev — Walk Before Me

9 Kislev — Walk Before Me

In the northern Galilee there is an ancient site called Tel Dan. This particular place is mentioned several times in Scripture, many times referred to as Layish. That was the name of the city when Abraham was in the area, and we know from Scripture that Abraham did...

8 Kislev — I Will Rule Over You

8 Kislev — I Will Rule Over You

It was on this day in 1974 that the United Nations passed a resolution approving the right of Palestinians to a sovereign state at the expense of Israel. Time would fail us to recount all of the injustices and inconsistencies that have characterized the United Nations...

7 Kislev — A Good Name is Better Than Great Fame

7 Kislev — A Good Name is Better Than Great Fame

According to some traditions, it was on this day in 4 B. C. that the infamous Herod the Great died. He was called “great” because of his political power and, perhaps more importantly, his building projects. He was the one who expanded and updated the Second Temple. He...

6 Kislev — The Father of Fathers

6 Kislev — The Father of Fathers

It was on this day in 1973 that a founding father of Israel, and its first Prime Minister, David ben Gurion, died in the city of Tel Aviv. He was a driving force in the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948 and, on May 14th of that year, delivered Israel’s...

5 Kislev — The Road of Valor

5 Kislev — The Road of Valor

It was on this day in 1948 that the so-called “Road of Valor,” a road cut through the Judean hills connecting Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, was officially opened. This road was built in order to relieve the siege that Jerusalem was under during the Israeli War of...

4 Kislev — Whom Shall We Fear?

4 Kislev — Whom Shall We Fear?

It was on this day in 1941 that so-called life certificates were distributed to a few fortunate Jewish residents in the Vilna Ghetto. Unfortunately, those who did not receive these certificates were sent off to the extermination camps at Auschwitz and Treblinka. ...

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