Nov. 30, 2019
You can’t always get what you want. I believe some rock and roll band sang that years ago. Not that I was a big fan of that genre, but sometimes it is hard not to listen when the world speaks so loudly.
Such was the case when we tried to meet with Rabbi Tuly Weisz, a friend I became acquainted with in May 2019 when Laurie and I met him for the first time in his Breaking Israel News office in Bet Shemesh, about 20 miles west of Jerusalem off Hwy. 1. The four of us men didn’t get what we wanted that scheduled day in October 2019 when we were going to take him to lunch, as his busy schedule got changed and our emails missed each other by a few hours. I was really hoping to have the guys meet Tuly, to see what I had seen before, in spirit and truth.
For several years now I had been reposting on our Love For His People website the daily news articles his team was writing from around Israel and sending worldwide. Often, they would catch you off-guard, with the insight the writers had with their living in Israel.
I particularly like the reports that Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz writes. He is a features writer who made Aliyah to Israel in 1991 and served in the IDF as a combat medic. As his short bio reads, “Berkowitz studied Jewish law and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. He has worked as a freelance writer and two works of fiction, The Hope Merchant and Dolphins on the Moon, available on Amazon. He lives in the Golan Heights with his wife and their four children.” (BreakingIsraelNews.com)
I told Tuly that day Laurie and I were with him that the news they were putting out was more accurate and worth reading than what we were getting in the US. True statement. Just look at their website header and you can see what areas they cover. Fantastic!
Many also appreciate his daily Israel365 emails. As would anyone, the beautiful photos and associating Scripture verses capture your eye, and as always, are written in English and Hebrew.
(Subscribe here, for one or both daily emails for free: https://www.israel365.com/subscribe/)
For over two years I was getting the Israel Bible they were producing, one Torah or Tanakh book at a time (what we call the Old Testament books of the Bible), as gifts for contributions. Then when the full Jewish Bible was completed in 2018, they published it as one big book. And it is big! We then bought our copy.
What strikes me most about Rabbi Tuly are the connections he has, and continues to make, with Jews and Christians. As we sat interviewing him for over 20 minutes, Laurie and I heard that before making aliyah with his family from the USA Midwest state of Ohio (another Midwesterner!) many pastors would have him come to their churches to help explain the feasts of the Lord and other parts of our Jewish roots.
Obviously, coming from those who the Lord chose to bring forth His Word through the Jews, it makes perfect sense to hear from their understanding, wisdom and long history what Christians may not necessarily possess, except through the Holy Spirit.
As I wrote as one of my Now Think on This messages several years ago, the Word of the Lord will go forth from Zion, and specifically Jerusalem, as prophesied by the Jewish prophet Isaiah.
In the New American Standard Version it reads in Isaiah 2:3, “And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
From the Israel Bible it is written, “And the many peoples shall go and say: “Come, Let us go up to the Mount of Hashem, To the House of the God of Yaakov; That He may instruct us in His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction shall come forth from Tzion, The word of Hashem from Yerushalayim.”
Personally, I believe that because of their cultural and spiritual understanding of the Hebrew prophets, and because they do speak Hebrew, the more accurate and more full understanding of what the Lord has spoken, and then written in the Bible, will come through our Jewish brothers. Especially those who have become believers in Yeshua as Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach, and have the knowledge and wisdom as given by the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh.
As other Jewish leaders in the Land open their hearts and minds to evangelical Christians, who are truly their friends in the world, and trust in what we say and do, we will see the joining of hearts, minds, and souls for the full purpose of God, Hashem, Yahweh, for all believers. This will be the One New Man, that the Jewish messenger (apostle) Saul, who later became Paul, spoke of in Ephesians.
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” Ephesians 2:14-18, New King James Version
I also like how The Message version is written.
“The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. 15 He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.”
16 Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. 17 Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. 18 He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.” Ephesians 2:14-18
And then how it reads in the Complete Jewish Bible, starting with verse 11.
“Therefore, remember your former state: you Gentiles by birth — called the Uncircumcised by those who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised — 12 at that time had no Messiah. You were estranged from the national life of Isra’el. You were foreigners to the covenants embodying God’s promise. You were in this world without hope and without God.
13 But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s blood. 14 For he himself is our shalom — he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us 15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom, 16 and in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity.
17 Also, when he came, he announced as Good News shalom to you far off and shalom to those nearby, 18 news that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”
As we continue these Ahava Adventures, it is our desire to further reach out to our Jewish brothers and sisters, supporting them as they come back to their Land, making aliyah; praying for them as they seek the Lord Almighty; and paying back our debt to them as best we can, for the Messiah has come through them to save us all.