“Hashem created the great sea monsters, and all the living creatures of every kind that creep, which the waters brought forth in swarms, and all the winged birds of every kind. And Hashem saw that this was good.” (Genesis 1:21, The Israel Bible™)
Fish are highly symbolic creatures in Judaism. Fish lack eyelids and so their eyes are never closed. This fascinating phenomenon serves as a reminder that metaphorically God’s eyes never close and that his gaze is never averted from His children. Fish also serve as symbol of fertility and continuity of the children of Israel. In Genesis 48:16 Jacob blesses his grandson Efraim in the name of his fathers Abraham and Isaac. Jacob’s blessing to Efraim is that his descendents should “grow into teeming multitudes upon the earth.” The Hebrew word in that verse that connotes growth is v’yidgu (וידגו), which is derived from the root word dag (דג) or fish. Just as fish can birth many young at once, so too does Jacob bless his grandson with fertility and perpetuity. Study the full chapter of Genesis 1 >>
What is Meir Panim? Meir Panim is an Israeli non-profit organization committed to providing relief to the Israel’s impoverished citizens via a dynamic range of food and social service programs. Learn more about Meir Panim >>
A Meir Panim Success Story Here is a heart-wrenching story of how Meir Panim helped one Ethiopian go from hopeless to successful. Watch>>
President Rivlin Defines Poor Children as Those Who Go to Bed Hungry The National Council for the Child presented the 2017 Statistical Yearbook of the Council for the Child to Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin last week. Read more >>
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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS
My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, the ministry is a growing, effective outreach.
Steve has also authored and published 36 books.
We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.
Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!