As founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein has emerged as one of the most influential Jews in several countries – especially Israel, the US and Ukraine.
Rabbi Eckstein continues his trip to South Korea this week, meeting with presidents of the top universities and seminaries. He also spoke at Seoul’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, one of the largest churches in South Korea with more than 830,000 members.
The Fellowship has had a presence in Korea for years now, and as Rabbi Eckstein is working to strengthen our operation there, he hopes this will be the base for a Fellowship presence throughout the Far East.
We just received this message from Rabbi Eckstein:
"This week I addressed the National Hispanic Christian Leaders Conference in Houston. What an honor and privilege to discuss shared Christian and Jewish concerns with the Hispanic Christian community and influential leaders, such as former governor Jeb Bush, who I was honored to meet."
Rabbi Eckstein answers a question from a Fellowship friend who wants to know about his most rewarding experience since moving to Israel, an appropriate topic as we celebrate Israel Independence Day today.
Watch Rabbi Eckstein explain the Counting of the Omer, the Jewish practice of counting the 49 days between Passover - the Jews' physical liberation - and Shavuot - their spiritual freedom upon receiving God's Word.
Rabbi Eckstein sent us a final message as he prepares to travel home from his Brazil tour:
I’m at the airport on my way home from Brazil to Israel for Passover, and I can’t help but reflect on the past three weeks.
Although I have done much traveling, I have never been away from home for three weeks in one place as I have been in Brazil. I believe the potential here in Brazil of reaching millions of Christians who will support Israel in all sorts of ways is tremendous!
We recently received another message from Rabbi Eckstein as he continues his tour of Brazil:
Over the past two weeks, I have made history speaking at over a dozen major churches in Brazil.
One of the largest churches I’ve spoken at – the Temple of Solomon in Sao Paulo – is built along the lines of the ancient Holy Temple that once stood in Jerusalem. The pastor there said he has never had anyone speak at his pulpit, not another Christian pastor, and certainly not a Jewish rabbi!