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Av 5760      Editor: Ed Christiansen for Gwen Hamlin         August 2000


Av?  The destructions of the first and second Temple came on the 9th of Av.

JTA  (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

MIDEAST FOCUS: Digs get go-ahead: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak gave Muslim officials the approval to continue digging on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Politicians and archaeologists say the excavations, which Muslim officials say is necessary to expand prayer space, is destroying artifacts of the first and second Temple.

SLA members to get Israeli Ids: Israel’s Interior Ministry was expected to issue temporary resident identity cards to an estimated 5,000 former members of the South Lebanon Army and their families.

The former soldiers sought asylum since the Israel Troop withdrawal from southern Lebanon in late May.

Supremacist membership up: The white supremacist group linked to the shootings of six Jews in Chicago last year has nearly doubled the number of its chapters nationwide in the past 12 months, The Washington Post reported.

The World Church of the Creator has expanded from 41 to 76 chapters in 25 states, according to a study by the Chicago-based Center for New Community. [Let’s stop this hatred now before another holocaust engulfs the World.]

NEAR EAST REPORT

THEL on Target: The successful test of the joint U.S.-Israeli Tactical High-Energy Laser (THEL) in White Sands, N.M. signals a key advance in Israel’s efforts to defend its northern towns against Hezbollah rocket attacks.

Before the IDF’s pullout from southern Lebanon, an estimated 100,000 Israelis lived within range of the rockets—today, approximately 250,000 Israelis do.

Textbooks of Hate: Syria’s students are not being prepared for peace with the Jewish State. Syrian state-published textbooks, says Dr. Wurmser, the executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute that monitors the Arab press, analyzed forty recently published Syrian textbooks used between the fourth and 11th grades to see how they deal with subjects related to Israel.

The textbooks are characteristic of schoolbooks across the Arab and Islamic worlds by condemning Israel and inciting their readers to violence against Israel and the Jewish people. Textbooks of modern history do not mention the peace process, nor do they discuss Israel’s peace agreements with the Palestinians, Egypt and Jordan. One can not draw any conclusion from the texts other than that it is the duty of every Syrian to see to the worldwide destruction of the Jewish people.

SHALOM INTERNATIONAL
by Frank Eiklor

The Jeremiah Connection: Regathered in 1948 and kept alive in a tiny land that California swallows up 16 times, Texas 26 times, Iran 80 times, Iraq 20 times, Syria 9 times, and the Arab League 485 times. A land only 280 miles long, 50 miles wide that Israeli leaders now retreat from as if they stole it. And they don’t even own it! No Jew does. No Arab does. God said, “The land shall not be sold forever: for the land is mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with me” (Lev. 25:23). So He gives it back to His covenant people after 1900 years of pagan misrepresentation and His people hand it to their enemies! All in the name of “peace!”  And the U.S.A. is the leader in the reduction of Israel to an indefensible position. 

[JPM Editor’s note: Let us awake and see with our spiritual eyes and realize what the Lord declares “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3:2), He “… will… return your recompence upon your own head: … The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. ]

THE JERUSALEM  POST

Curing Germans in Israel – Reinhold Haeckel was so crippled by psoriasis that he couldn’t bend his fingers. Then he saw a small article in a German newspaper boasting the wonders of the Dead Sea. He tried it for two weeks, and his skin was clear.

Today he tells people that “a stay at the Dead Sea could eliminate the symptoms of skin diseases with no risk and no side effects”. He organized the German Medical Center, which functions at the Dead Sea and is managed by his company.

Today, Haeckel Reisen sends some 3,000 patients a year to the hotels of the Dead Sea. They occupy about 190,000 bed nights.  Almost all of them, he adds, fly EL AL. Most  are sent by the health funds, of Germany, but about 40% of those who come to the Dead Sea on package tours organized by the company and are treated by the center, pay for it privately.

For these Germans, however, the Dead Sea has become more than a cure center for psoriasis. They have found a stay also helps reduce skin growths and alleviates the symptoms of asthma. It also appears to cure some eye ailments, he adds.

JERUSALEM CENTER
for Biblical Studies and Research:
George Ekeroth

HEBREW? – “For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the Name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent” (Zephaniah 3:9).

The revival of the Hebrew language in the last two centuries is mainly the incredible work of Eliezer Ben-Yehudah. Language purists, who feel they have been called to protect and extend his work, are alarmed at the number of English words that have found a seemingly permanent place in conversation and in the print and broadcast media.

The cultural or economic exchange between nations makes it difficult to keep a language pure. With a “so what” attitude it’s hard to see the value system of Hebrew. It is closely interconnected with Zionism, “draining the swamps, Jaffa oranges and creating a new Jew.” This “pollution” of Hebrew says we have indeed entered a post-Zionist period. According to Ronit Gadish of the Hebrew Language Academy, the greatest influences are television news programs, sitcoms and others say, the Internet. The majority of communication on the internet, is in English.

Chris Josephson with Dola, the only living child of Eliezer Ben-Yehudah. Meeting arranged and picture taken by friend Irene Levy,
long time friend of Chris Josephson.

Almagor-Rammon, working in the language field for Israel Broadcasting Authority since 1971, said “there was a time when all words from other languages were rejected, but that day is gone forever.” It’s not so much the English words she objects to, but the impact they have on the structure of the language. “The structure of a language is its skeleton, but also its soul. When you break that, you lose what uniquely characterizes the language.”

Not only are the Land, People and Bible of Israel unique, so is the Language. There are increasing tensions between those who feel a passion to maintain a “pure language” and those who don’t. The conclusion of most of the experts do not feel Hebrew is in any danger of falling into disuse. They point out just the opposite is happening. There are more Jews and non-Jews speaking Hebrew today than at any time in modern times, possibly in all of history.

SHILOH IS SHILOH: The controversy of exactly where the Jerusalem Temple was located is discussed, while the first resting place of the Ark of the Covenant is well established. The biblical Shiloh is located next to the modern city of the same name, just north of Jerusalem. [You can see a picture of the synagogue at Shiloh on page 15 of the BLON, Vol. 7 No. 5 - and our tour group in late February will view it.]

Through the centuries, it has been proved to be the Shiloh of the Bible. Today, the area is called “Samaria” or the “West Bank” Here where the synagogue stands [today: a replica of the Tabernacle] many events took place: 1. A nation coming together at Shiloh and Joshua marking out the inheritance for seven of the tribes. 2. Hannah prayed for a child and the answer was Samuel. 3. From Shiloh the children of Israel took the Ark into battle against the Philistines. 4. The Ark was taken from Israel and the Philistines had devastating plagues and sent it back to Israel by a team of oxen. (I Samuel 6:1) 5. Later the Ark was taken to Jerusalem by David, King of Israel. (II Samuel 6:2)  Shiloh is Shiloh, no question about it.

DROUGHT CONTINUES: The water commissioner has been notified that Israel will face a greater shortage of fresh drinking water next year unless more rain comes and fills the reservoirs. There are 3 solutions:
   1. Desalinization plants to create the good water.
   2. Water brought in from Turkey for Israel’s needs.
   3. More Rain, more rain.
Which one are you going to pray for?

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