Love Israel Message from the Founder: June 2014
My Dear Lovers of Israel,
I am writing to you who Love Israel from Jerusalem, the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people that will never be separated from the Jewish people or divided again.
The Jewish People will celebrate the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot in Hebrew); the Feast of Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the entire Nation of Israel that gathered at Mount Sinai. The miracles that happened to the Jewish nation are wonderful. The People of Israel were freed from slavery to Pharaoh the King of Egypt on Passover and were given the Torah on Shavuot and when we became a nation committed to serving God. The greatest miracle is that this holiday is being celebrated only a few weeks after the 66th Independence Day of Israel. Today, the Jewish People are now back home in their eternal homeland after 2,000 years of exile!
“I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. That is where the tribes go up—the tribes of the Lord—to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel. There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.” Psalm 122
In addition to the significance as the day the Word of God was revealed to the Jewish Nation at Mount Sinai, Shavuot is also connected to the season of the grain harvest in Israel. The Feast of Firstfruits were first instituted while Israel was still wandering without land or crops and was observed in Faith that God would lead His people to the land He had promised. The harvest which began at Passover lasts for 7 weeks and concludes on Shavuot with 2 bread loafs from the Harvest and is offered at the Temple in Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 26:1-11). Shavuot is also the First day on which an individual can bring their Firstfruit offering (Bikkurim in Hebrew) to the Temple and present it to the Priest (Cohen in Hebrew).
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
For those of you who LOVE Israel and stand with her, I call upon you to make a pledge, your individual Gift of LOVE—your Bikkurim—a Firstfruit offering toward Israel that would express your First Gift of Love towards Israel. Your Firstfuits offering Your “Gift of Love” demonstrates your Love as you plant Hope and Blessings in Israel which would bring Blessings 10 fold or more to you. It does not matter what you do for Israel, just DO SOMETHING, and you will be blessed above and beyond! You can plant an olive tree, you can support Holocaust survivors or sick children or you can join any other program or organization that offers beautiful and meaningful projects. You just need to listen to your heart and DO SOMETHING so you can say I stand with Israel and Bless her.
“On the First day of every week, each of you should take some of your money and put it in a special place. Save up as much as you can from what you are blessed with. Then you will not have to gather it all after I come.” (1 Corinthians 16:2)
On this Feast of Shavuot, it is my pleasure to share with you that children are playing in the streets of Jerusalem exactly as the Bible prophesied. The people of Israel are growing larger and stronger with each passing minute, each and every day. Israel will prevail against all threats and the bad winds that are blowing in our region. God is with the Jewish People and you the Lovers of Israel are with the Jewish People and therefore God is forever with you.
“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Once again old men and women will walk Jerusalem’s streets with their canes and will sit together in the city squares. And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls at play.” (Zechariah 8:4-5)
I bless you with the traditional beautiful Jewish prayer to shine upon you and yours: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His Face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His Countenance upon you, and give you Peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
Blessings from Jerusalem!
Moshe Bar Zvi