Shema

We have started every morning this week with Shema – a traditional Jewish prayer. The word shema directly translates to listen. In English, the Shema prayer reads: Hear O Israel The Lord is our God – The Lord alone. Love the Lord your God With all your heart, With all your soul, With all your ...

  • December 5, 2017
  • 11 minute read

Adhan

Some of us were awakened around 4:30 this morning to an unfamiliar noise that sounded a little like monks chanting in a monastery. It was the Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer) – a Muslim tradition that signals for its believers to pray facing Mecca. It was a strong reminder that ...

  • December 5, 2017
  • 11 minute read

Shabbat–A Day of Rest

If you’ve ever been on a trip with George, relaxed is a word you’ve probably never heard! George keeps us on a tight schedule and pushes the pace of our group often. We’ll hear him say, “Faster is better than slower!” quite frequently. But we also know that he wants ...

  • November 30, 2017
  • 9 minute read

Todah Rabah!

Todah rabah (Thank you very much) for another beautiful day in Israel, Lord! God continues to show us His favor with gentle weather and comforting safety. Today, Mount Arbel was hidden from us by a fog that yesterday was only partially there. Had we climbed Mount Arbel today, we would ...

  • November 29, 2017
  • 9 minute read

Principle of First Occurrence

During our first bus ride today, George spoke about the Principle of First Occurrence. Hebrew is a very small language with only about 80,000 words. Compare that to the 900,000 words in English! Because of this, rabbis and scholars pay close attention to a word’s first occurrence in the Bible. ...

  • November 27, 2017
  • 8 minute read

The Power of…

Happy Shabot (day of rest)! In Israel, they observe the Sabbath from Friday evening to Saturday evening, so today is their day of rest. This morning we awoke to the sound of rolling waves and sea air – a beautiful way to start our first official day in Israel. At breakfast we ...

  • November 26, 2017
  • 9 minute read

“God Favors you”

Shalom Friend and Family! We have already been so blessed by God on day one of our journey to the Holy Land. Our flight to Istanbul landed half an hour early, which was much appreciated after more than nine hours in the air. Then, the gate to our connecting flight to ...

  • November 25, 2017
  • 1 minute read

Not a Tourist but An Investment

As the Heart of God tour draws to a close, our Rabbi, George DeJong reminds us that we are not tourists, but rather we are investments. This trip was God’s investment into us. As George explains, a tourist is there for entertainment, they want to go where the road is ...

  • September 30, 2015
  • 1 minute read

A Holy Sight

These are the reflections of Heart of God participant Meghan: We just got back from the church of the Sepulchre and I have to say it was probably one of my favorites because I felt something powerful in that church. Maybe one of the reasons why is because Jesus’ tomb ...

  • September 30, 2015
  • 1 minute read

The Second Press is for Us

  We visited an ancient olive press.  We learned how the olives are harvested and pressed into oil. The olives are poured into a circular container and crushed by a wheel. Then the crushed olives are bagged and stacked up in a square area. Large wooden stones press the olives squeezing ...

  • September 30, 2015
  • 2 minute read

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