by Efraim Goldstein

The 66 years Israel has stood as a nation, we have suffered wars and terrorism. Northern Israel has absorbed some of the harshest of these attacks. During the past conflict in July 2014 which called, Operation Protective Edge, it was Southern Israel that bore the brunt of the over 2,000 missile attacks. As missiles fell on our towns, kibbutzim and cities, those of us in the North were spared the rockets and air raid sirens. Still here in Nahariyya where we live, our Or Hagalil Congregation shared in the pain and trauma of war with all of Israel.

The conflict was also personal for me as my elder son was called up for 30 days on emergency call up. He left his home, wife and 8 month old son. My other son returned to home from abroad with his wife and awaited his call up.

Instead of just sitting home concerned, I and others in our congregation wanted to do something. We felt that putting together gift packages to personally distribute to soldiers was what the Lord wanted us to do. Handing a solider a thoughtfully prepared gift package gave us the chance to look them in the eye and say. “Thank you and God bless you.”

As hundreds of soldiers passed through the Nahariyya train station we were able to hand out several hundred gift packages. The soldiers of Israel are our sons,daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and fathers. Men and women who serve the people of Israel selflessly and when called upon are willing to pay the ultimate price. For this we are all grateful.

Our hope and pray for Israel is peace and for all to know that the One who watches over Israel is the Lord God.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Psalms 121

Podcast Episode 074

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 74th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron and Tal bring you this weeks latest: Is Islam a religion of peace? What will the world leaders do about ISIS?

This week’s featured song is ABBA-My Lord My Love by Israeli Youth Worship from the album The Jamm.

SHOW NOTES:

This broadcast of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast is brought to you by Maoz Israel Ministries and Congregation Tiferet Yeshua

British Will Not Be Involved in Airstrikes

Hamas Leader Planned Teen Killings in June

South Africa Calls Israel’s Founding a Crime Against Humanity

Maoz Israel Report

Messiah’s Mandate

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Podcast Episode 073

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 73rd episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast! Ron and Tal are back with all the latest news from the Middle East: Is the conflict with Hamas over? Who has the right response to the Islamic State? And what are Palestinians saying about Operation Protective Edge? 

This week’s featured song is Ancient Gates by  from the album LaKatzir

SHOW NOTES:

This broadcast of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast is brought to you by Maoz Israel Ministries and Congregation Tiferet Yeshua

White House Plan to Destroy ISIS

Poll on Hamas’ Popularity

Brussels Shooter’s Syrian Past

Maoz Israel Report

Messiah’s Mandate

2015 Israel Tour:
www.roncan.com/israel15

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This summer, Israel was waging war with Hamas terrorists in Gaza. The focus of Israelis was directed wholeheartedly to the war, so the fact that a new President of Israel was inaugurated at the end of July has remained only in the back of our minds.

A very modest inauguration ceremony was held in the Knesset, in which Rivlin was sworn into Presidency. Being the man he is Rivlin did not want a big bright spotlight on him while there were Israelis mourning the loss of their loved ones in war.

Though his cadency began while Israel was in turmoil, we wish our new president the best during his seven-year term in office. And as he celebrated his birthday (according to the Gregorian calendar) yesterday, September 9, we wish him a happy birthday as well!

May the Lord guide him and give him strength and grace to execute his job on the best side – with integrity and honor.

Podcast Episode 072

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 72nd episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron and Tal share the latest Israel News from our studio in Tel Aviv: Will the current ceasefire last? What is the U.K. vs U.S. response to ISIS? And more on growing anti Semitism and how Israel is trying to move forward after Operation Tzuk Eitan.

This week’s featured song is Who is Like You Adonai by Keren Silver from the album Show Me Your Glory.

SHOW NOTES:

French teenagers planned suicide bombing at Lyon synagogue

Ron Prosor (Israel) on the Middle East – Security Council Media Stakeout (18 August 2014)

Israelis Find Humour Everywhere, Even Rocket Sirens

This broadcast of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast is brought to you by Maoz Israel Ministries and Congregation Tiferet Yeshua

Maoz Israel Report

Messiah’s Mandate

2015 Israel Tour:
www.roncan.com/israel15

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Podcast Episode 071

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 71st episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron and Tal bring you all the latest updates from Israel: Who’s saying what on Youtube? Is Hamas just like ISIS? And more on what it’s like living under rocket fire as the conflict continues

This week’s featured song is Adonai Lives by Keren Silver from the album Show Me Your Glory.

SHOW NOTES:

Daniel Tragerman’s bereaved family won’t return to kibbutz

Hamas Leader Objects: Don’t Compare us to ISIS

This broadcast of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast is brought to you by Maoz Israel Ministries and Congregation Tiferet Yeshua

Maoz Israel Report

Messiah’s Mandate

2015 Israel Tour:
www.roncan.com/israel15

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Podcast Episode 070

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 70th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

This week Ron and Tal Guinness discuss the latest news and topics from and about Israel: a testimony from Tiferet Yeshua Congregation, Israelis and PTSD, Muslim Israeli man marrying a Jewish woman, Hillary Clinton coming out against President Obama, is Israel really committing a genocide as many claim, why would the Palestinian church disappear and much more.

This week’s featured song is Our Homeland by Talia Bar-David from the album A Perfect Heart.


SHOW NOTES:

Over vocal protest, Arab-Jewish wedding goes ahead

Dhimmi Actor Liam Neeson: ‘Islam Is The Answer

Hundreds of Fatah members under Hamas house arrest in Gaza

UK supermarket removes kosher food, fearing protesters

Hamas Minister: First Israel, then the World

Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians

Purported letter from inside Gaza tells of tunnel toil, Hamas cruelty

This broadcast of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast is brought to you by Maoz Israel Ministries and Congregation Tiferet Yeshua

Maoz Israel Report

Messiah’s Mandate

2015 Israel Tour:
www.roncan.com/israel15

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Podcast Episode 069

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 69th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron Cantor and Tal Guinness bring you the latest from Israel: the ongoing Gaza conflict, growing anti-Semitism, and the world’s refusal to confront Islamic extremists.

This week’s featured song is Sing to You by Anthony Chapman dedicated to friends serving and fighting in Gaza.

SHOW NOTES:

This broadcast of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast is brought to you by Maoz Israel Ministries and Congregation Tiferet Yeshua

Maoz Israel Report

Messiah’s Mandate

EXCLUSIVE: NEW DETAILS SURFACE IN HAMAS MURDER OF IDF SOLDIER HADAR GOLDIN

Gaza Bishop: Hamas Used Church to Fire Rockets

Belgian Politician Hassan Aarab sorry for Holocaust comment

Poll: Huge majority in Gaza want lasting ceasefire

IDF indiscriminately killing in Gaza? Data says no

Sing to You by Anthony Chapman:

You
are fighting in a war
that you didn’t cause
you didn’t want
you didn’t desire at all

It’s hard
to find the words to describe
what you’ve seen
and what you’ve been through
its so heavy

Who am I to say a thing?
I love you my dear brother

If it’ll help then I will sing to you
so that you’ll know that I stand with you
from the depths of me I thank you
for protecting me

If it’ll help then I’ll remind you
that God is always with you
and also, I am there, in your heart
and you are here in mine

The path
is long and winding
so don’t forget
you’re not alone
I’m waiting at the door

Home
warmth and love
are expecting you
we support you
we’re praying for you

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2380_53969225969_9583_nBy Katy Sorsher Smith

ASHDOD

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting the southern city of Ashdod, which suffered tremendously from rocket fire from Gaza. My mission was photographing an event helping victims of war in the city organized with the help of istandwithisrael.

In fact, it was Pastor Israel from a congregation in the city, who contacted us with the request for help during Operation Protective Edge.

In the city, being attacked at least four or five times a day by rockets, life as we know it virtually came to a halt. Children could not go to daycare or camps. People could not go to work – some because many businesses were simply closed and some because they had to stay home with the children. A simple task of going to a supermarket to buy food or taking the children to play in the park meant risking your life.

Pastor Israel said there were many families with multiple children, single mothers, the elderly, Holocaust survivors and poor who were stuck in shelters for days at a time and needed our help

We wrote an urgent appeal and were amazed at the response we received and the love that was flowing our way from our supporters – in kind words, encouragement, assurance of prayers, and also in gifts.

Within a couple of days, we were able to raise money to help a lot of people.

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It was in the middle of a five-hour ceasefire that I came to Ashdod to witness and photograph the first event of giving out food vouchers to families in need from the means we raised through our War Victims Fund.

The little center, which is also used as a distribution center for clothing and supplies to the poor, was packed with mothers, fathers, and many children.

Looking around and taking pictures, the pressure on all of these people was obvious. All the children and most of the adults had dark circles around their eyes from nights of waking up from Red Alert sirens. Nevertheless, everyone was smiling, happy at the opportunity for some time of sanity and normality in the midst of a war.

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In conversation with several of them, I found out this was the first time in a long time they could leave their homes – especially with the children. However, they did not complain. On the contrary, I was struck and blessed by the fact that they were thankful to have this time to get to know their neighbors, pray for them, witness God’s miracles, and minister to those who don’t know Yeshua. I was driven to tears more than once as I was listening to their accounts.

In all that day, 11 families (there were those who could not make it on short notice) – some with as many as five children – received money for food. They were so appreciative, and expressed gratitude beyond measure to all those who made this possible.

As I drove back to the Tel Aviv area, I was praising God that even though I came to help and encourage these families, I was the one feeling encouraged and uplifted by those who were suffering.

KIRYAT GAT

A week later we were invited to an event in Kiryat Gat – another city in the 40-kilometer radius from Gaza, which has been under heavy rocket fire.

Eighty-five gift cards were to be distributed there – mostly to the elderly and holocaust survivors, but also to others in need.

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As our videographer and I arrived to the city and parked our car, we were greeted by a Red Alert siren. This was followed by the loud boom of a rocket being shot down by the Iron Dome System nearby. Then, we looked up and saw the little cloud that was left as a single proof of the attack.

Because we were clearly still in the midst of war, the event, attended among others by the Interim Mayor of Kiryat Gat, could not be done in a nice big auditorium. Instead, it took place in stages (about 30 people at a time or so) in a tiny bomb shelter in the building.

And just like in Ashdod the week before, I was driven to tears, feeling blessed by those we came to bless.
Each person who came to receive the help they so desperately needed, arrived with a bag of goodies for the soldiers on the front lines in Gaza. Some of these people are unable to afford food or life-saving medications for themselves.

Gifts for soldiers in Gaza brought by those who came to receive help

Gifts for soldiers in Gaza brought by those who came to receive help

One by one they came, opening their bags and taking out things they brought as an expression of love towards those who have been protecting us – socks, underwear, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, wet wipes, cookies, treats… as I saw the boxes that were empty begin to fill up, I was moved beyond measure.

MORE EVENTS

A third event of distributing food vouchers took place last week at the Ashdod congregation.

Another event is planned for next week.

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In addition, we were able to help a congregation in Nahariya (in the north of Israel) as they assembled small gift bags for the soldiers there.

We also gave a generous donation to Yeshua Israel Ministries, who went to visit soldiers near the Gaza border and bless them, as well as citizens of the area.

It is impossible to relate to you how grateful we are to you for allowing us to take part in helping victims of war and IDF soldiers during this operation.

THANK YOU for all you have been doing for us here in Israel. THANK YOU for your love. THANK YOU for standing with Israel.

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 68th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron Cantor and Tal Guinness are back this week with more on the Gaza War: What is it like to experience a Hamas Rocket Attack? What are celebreties and politicians saying? Who are the victims here? And finally, accounts of modern day miracles and God’s continual protection over Israel.

This week’s featured song is A Post-War Song by Arik Einstein.

SHOW NOTES:

This broadcast of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast is brought to you by Maoz Israel Ministries and Congregation Tiferet Yeshua

Maoz Israel Report

Messiah’s Mandate

Iron Dome Operator: God Moved Missile We Couldn’t Hit

Political Cartoon

Jon Voight Pens Letter to ‘Ignorant’ Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz on Israel: ‘Hang Your Heads in Shame’

Messianic Soldier Laid to Rest After Falling in Gaza’

A Post-War Song by Arik Einstein:

An ancient song, a song of soldiers
returning after battle
A song of a loved one, waiting for you –
someone sang it before
This is post-war song
it always fills me with hope
she is waiting, her lover will soon return
this is the song that comes after the war
He writes a letter, she responds with three
that’s how it always goes
he sends a poem, she wipes a tear,
someone sang it before
This is a post-war song…
The whole block cheers, and throws bouquets
how good that peace has come.
Here they come back, may they be healthy –
someone sang it before
This is a post-war song…
An ancient song, a song of soldiers
returning after battle.

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