This month's Ask Yael question comes from Anthony, a friend of The Fellowship who asks how we know when we're experiencing the presence of God. Here, Yael talks about being close to the Almighty and how we can have more experiences with Him.
Every Tuesday in southern Tel Aviv, more than two hundred people pack into a small synagogue to hear the brilliant biblical commentary of Rabbi Haim Hacohen. The rabbi delves into the inner meaning of Scripture, Jewish mysticism, and classical Jewish texts. Rabbi Haim, who is in his eighties, has attracted a large following of both religious and non-religious Jews, all searching for a deeper understanding of their faith and their connection to God, His Torah, and the land and people of Israel.
There are many Jews from the U.S. and Europe who travel to Israel seeking guidance on marriage, health, and business from rabbis known for their wisdom and sound advice. Yet, when an American friend of mine asked a rabbi in Jerusalem who he should seek out for spiritual guidance and how to deepen his relationship with God, he was quite surprised by the rabbi’s response.
Well, it's over. The battle, depending on who you voted for, has either been won or lost. But the war – in a physical and spiritual sense – goes on.
Now is the time for all of us to come together. We ought not leave our beliefs, views, and values on the side, but continue to affirm them with even greater zeal in the days ahead.
And now is the time for all to pray that God will bless America, Israel, and the free world in their pursuit to stop the threatening growth of radical Islam around the world.
Francesco Lotoro, an Italian piano composer and teacher, is "resurrecting" music that was created, and nearly lost, in the concentration camps of the Holocaust. This effort, which began out of curiosity and a passion for music, has become a mitzvah for Lotoro, who along with his wife, is a fairly recent convert to Judaism.
An absolutely amazing Israeli invention has been all over the news this week. The bionic ReWalk suit—a 40-lb motorized exoskeleton comprised of motion sensors and an onboard computer—helped Claire Lomas, who is paralyzed from the chest down, complete the entire 26.2 miles of the London Marathon!
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent people you save me. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies. —2 Samuel 22:2–4
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"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.” —Psalm 96:1