May/June 2013

Today's Israel

A look at the modern state of Israel


For centuries the Holy Land lay a wasteland. But the return of the Jewish people has brought back life and vitality to the land. This issue highlights Israel’s ingenious drip irrigation system, Israeli innovations and education, and God’s faithfulness to the Jewish people. It also celebrates The Friends of Israel’s 75th anniversary with reflections on the ministry.

Features

FOI at 75—Looking Back to See the Future

The world has come full circle. Seventy-five years ago, Adolf Hitler was gearing up the greatest killing machine the world had ever known, implementing...

Israel: Thriving at 65

Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth prime minister, once joked, “Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us forty years through...

God’s Faithfulness to Israel

After the destruction of the second Jewish Temple in A.D. 70, a group of rabbis accompanied Rabbi Akiva up to Jerusalem. When they reached Mount...

Mechina Academies: Israel’s Gap-Year Phenomenon

It’s still dark in Upper Nazareth as Nadav Cohen, 19, delivers a pithy, inspirational talk to his comrades—choosing Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’...

Discovering Our Biblical Roots in Modern Israel

Israel is a thoroughly modern country with major cities, modern highways, and mass transit. But have the picturesque sites and ancient customs from...

More In This Issue

Inside View May/Jun 2013

I often hear people say, “I think the Rapture is close!” or “I believe we are living in the last days just before the end-times.” Many people have a profound feeling this world can’t...

Eye on the Middle East May/Jun 2013

How often have you seen a household appliance create an international commotion? Apparently, when an Israeli company manufactures it, people...

Ties That Bind

Have we forgotten, or pushed out of mind, a phrase often quoted and fondly embraced in other days? I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse...

Milestones

Our mission at The Friends of Israel is focused. We are a worldwide Christian ministry communicating biblical truth about Israel and the Messiah, while...

They Cry in Silence May/Jun 2013

An angry mob of Muslims burned down almost 200 Christian homes in Pakistan in March, leaving nearly 400 Christian families homeless. International...

Providing for the Common Defense

To provide for the common defense is an artful, 18th-century phrase that some have tried to modernize to mean to “defend our country from other...

Creative Lawyering

His dark eyes brimmed with sincerity and love for his people. Having grown up in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, the man who sat across from me in the...

Staying Afloat Against the Flow

With 10 suitcases and three small daughters in tow, Robby and Tzippi Lasman began their journey from Israel to the United States in hopes of finding a...

From Israel to You

Thank you so much for organizing this sales event,” a grateful Israeli vendor told Paula. “You helped me pay my rent this month.” Paula Joffe, a member...

How to Listen to a Sermon

Take off your shoes, please,” my Asian friend warned. I was preparing to step onto the stage to preach to persecuted Christians in a restricted country.

The Seven Keys to History Conclusion

A correct perspective on world history provides a proper framework for living and prevents us from being easily deceived or led astray. One day, life as...

Christ’s Incarnation

1 John 1:1–4: Before the apostle John wrote 1 John, he had already lived through the inception, expansion, and persecution of the first-century church...

The Grace of God Part Four

The New Testament, as well as the Old Testament, speaks of God’s grace. In fact, God administers His moral absolutes through grace. The New Testament...

Israel in the News May/Jun 2013

Jewish groups held a mock Passover sacrifice in March opposite the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The ritual slaughter, they said, was practice in advance...

Zvi May/Jun 2013

This week I was preparing to visit an ultra-Orthodox synagogue when my wife, Naomi, said to me, “Zvi, you know I have much trouble with my feet. Please...

Daily News from Israel

News Digest — 12/12/19

The gears of Israel’s political system continue to grind in place as the 22nd Knesset, serving for only three months, voted to dissolve itself at midnight Wednesday (11th) after...

Independence Day Attack Thwarted

Two Palestinians were indicted last Sunday for attempting to join ISIS and plotting mass shootings for Israel’s 72nd Independence Day...

News Digest — 12/11/19

Less than three months after Israel’s last election, the Knesset prepared Wednesday (11th) to dissolve itself and send the country to its third election in less than...

News Digest — 12/10/19

Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel’s prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious...

The Status Quo

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting the Two State Solution. House Majority Leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer, said of the non-binding resolution...

News Digest — 12/9/19

If Israelis are forced to go to a third Knesset election within a year, the parliamentary divide between right and left would remain nearly identical but the two largest factions would...

News Digest — 12/6/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for legislation allowing the public to directly elect the prime minister to prevent a third round of Knesset elections from being held in under...

Hope in the Shadow of War

Over the past two weeks, rocket strikes have rained down on Israel more frequently than usual. Citizens are devastated, living in constant fear...

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