וְגַם אֶל־הַנָּכְרִי אֲשֶׁר לֹא־מֵעַמְּךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל הוּא וּבָא מֵאֶרֶץ רְחוֹקָה לְמַעַן שְׁמֶךָ Hear the verse in Hebrew
v’-GAM el ha-nokh-REE a-SHER lo may-a-m’-KHA yis-ra-AYL HU u-VA may-E-retz r’-kho-KAH l’-MA-an sh’-ME-kha
Foreigners in Jerusalem
King Shlomo (Solomon) dedicated the first Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) on the festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and, in his inaugural address, asked Hashem (God) to hear the prayers of foreigners who would “come to pray towards this house”. The first Temple was constructed with the assistance of members of gentile nations, under the leadership of Hiram of Tyre. Similarly, the second Temple was built thanks to the permission and encouragement of Cyrus of Persia, and the third Temple will one day also be built with the participation of righteous non-Jews. This international participation is necessary, as the Beit Hamikdash is meant to be a “house of prayer for all nations”. King Shlomo’s dedication speech has been memorialized on an imposing glass monument standing tall at the Western Wall today, etched with his universal message to inspire visitors and worshippers from all countries, nationalities and backgrounds.
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, it is a growing, effective organization.
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!