Shalom from Tel Aviv!
Almost a month ago, on September 14th, we celebrated Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) in Israel. A local statistic report said we had 161,081 births and 58,512 weddings last year in Israel. Praise the Lord!
Just before Rosh Hashanah, we had 3 days of low visibility as a giant sand cloud from Syria covered our whole country. This is the first time that I know of that such a cloud has come to us from the North rather than from the East (Jordan) or the Sahara Desert in the South. However, on the day of the new year, the cloud dissipated and we were able to see the clear blue sky as we celebrated!
Last Shabbat, we celebrated Simchat Torah, the last day of Succot (The Feast of Tabernacles) which is the great hosanna and rejoicing over the Torah. We finished the yearly reading of the scriptures and next Shabbat we will start from Genesis 1. It was encouraging to see believers from all over the world gathered together to rejoice and celebrate with us in Tel Aviv, Israel!
A local newspaper recently did a survey asking many of our top government officials this question: What is your favorite verse from the Bible?
Here were some of my favorite answers:
It is very encouraging for us to hear our leaders quoting their favorite scriptures, especially in the days we are now living in. As many of you already know, over the past few weeks, we have been experiencing a wave of terrorist attacks. We in Israel are on high alert as you never know where the next strike will be! One attack occurred just across the street from where my daughter Orel goes to school!