Weekly Scripture Study~Genesis 23:1 to 25:18

Every week in Jewish synagogues around the world a section of the Torah (the five books of Moses) is read. This week the “weekly reading” is found in Genesis, chapters 23:1 to 25:18 and is called Chayei Sarah.
Tomb of the Patriarchs (Machpeilah) in Hevron
We begin by learning that Sarah lived 127 years and died in Kiriath arba, which is Hebron, in the land of Canaan (now Israel). Avraham negotiates with Ephron the Hitite to purchase Machpeilah “the double cave” or “the cave of the couples”,  which is at the end of his field; for a full price saying to the people of Het “let him give it to me in your midst for burial property”.  Although Ephron offered to give the land as a gift, Abraham insists on purchasing it, paying 400 premium silver coins. This is one of the three places which the nations of the world cannot accuse Israel and say, “You have stolen them.” The three places are: the Cave of Machpeilah, the site of the Holy Temple, and the tomb of Joseph at Shechem.
After Sarah is buried, Avraham summons his servant and charges him with the mission of finding a suitable wife for his son Isaac. Abraham has his servant swear that he will not take a wife for Isaac from the local Canaanite women, rather, he sends him to Charan, his native land, to search for Isaac’s wife.
Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, is sent laden with gifts to Charan. At the village well, Eliezer asks G-d for a sign and decides that; when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well, shall be the one destined for his master’s son. Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and passes the “test”
Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day’s events. Rebecca’s family agrees that the match was divinely ordained, and consents to the marriage. Rebecca’s family celebrates the engagement with Eliezer. Next morning,  he insists on immediately returning to his master, and after Rebecca agrees, the two set out for Canaan. There they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac sees Rebecca, takes her into the tent  of his mother Sarah. And she  became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted for the loss his mother.
Avraham Avinu~Hebron
Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah (Hagar) and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 (2123-1638 BCE) and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.
In the final verses Ishmael’s progeny are detailed. Ishmael passes away at the age of 137.
Next week we will read how Rebecca finally conceives, her difficult pregnancy, and the discovery that she has “two nations in her womb”

Would US Trained Palestinian Forces Attack Israel?

There have long been concerns here in Israel that the Palestinian forces being trained and armed by US General Dayton could one day turn on Israel. This is not so far-fetched. Several terrorist murders in the past have indeed been carried out by PA forces using arms supplied by the US.  The following segments are taken from a report in Arutz 7 online news:
Palestinian Forces Armed & Trained by the USA
The IDF’s Nachshon Battalion’s recent training exercises have included simulated battles against Palestinian Authority security forces. The mock battles were intended to prepare the soldiers for the possibility that the PA security forces in Judea and Samaria, that were trained in the past five years by US Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, would one day turn on Israel. 
…it was held against the backdrop of recent “accelerated contacts, far from sight and from the media, for a reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority (led by Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas) and Hamas.
…An agreement between Abbas’s PA and Hamas would “completely change reality in Judea and Samaria

…Central Command has also noticed a tightening of ties between Judea and Samaria terror cells and those that operate in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Gaza.
Palestinian Authority Forces

The PA charter still calls for the complete and utter destruction of Israel. As for the Oslo agreements? NOT ONE has been complied with by the Palestinians. Not a single one has been kept.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, and indeed all of Israel for evil is rising in our world. What will be the result if the world refuses to see the clear and present danger? Who will stand in the gap if Israel is squashed? Those who believe know the answer.

The Case of Gilad Shalit~Part I

Gilad Shalit, was captured on 26 June 2006, in  an ambush by Palestinian militants. His kidnappers entered Israeli territory through an underground tunnel near the Kerem Shalom crossing, on the Israeli side of the border.  This Action Violates International Law.  Although Gilad Shalit is a soldier in the Israeli Army, he cannot be considered a Prisoner of War because Hamas made no official declaration of war and therefore his abduction was illegal.  Gilad Shalit is a hostage today of the Terrorist movement Hamas. Here is a transcript of the last Sign of Life from Giald Shalit.  It was Video taped on 14 Sepember 2009. * Translation taken from Haaretz newspaper, Israel.
I am Gilad, son of Aviva and Noam Shalit, brother of Hadas and Yoel, who lives in Mitzpe Hila. My identification number is 300097029. Today is Monday, September 14, 2009. As you can see, I am holding in my hand today’s edition of the newspaper Palestine, September 14, 2009, published in Gaza.

I read newspapers in search of information about me. I hope to find some kind of information indicating that my release and return home is imminent. I have been waiting and hoping for a long time for the day that I am released.

I hope that the current administration, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu won’t waste this opportunity to achieve a deal, and as a result I will finally be able to realize my dream and be released.

I want to send my regards to my family and to tell them that I love them and miss them very much, and pray for the day that I will see them again.

Dad, Yoel and Hadas, do you remember the day you came to visit me at my base in the Golan Heights, on December 31, 2005, which, if I’m not mistaken, is known as Revaiyah Bet?

We took a tour around the base and you took my picture atop the Merkava tank, and on one of the old tanks at the entrance to the base. We then went to a restaurant in one of the Druze villages, and on the way, we took each other’s pictures on the side of the road with the snow capped Hermon Mountain as our backdrop.

I want to tell you that I feel well, in terms of health, and the Mujahideen, of the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, are treating me wonderfully. Thank you very much, and goodbye.

In solidarity with Gilad Shalit and his family, Amisrael, a non profit organization operating in South America has taken up the cause of Gilad Shalit.  Most notably, Amisrael will present to Noam  Shalit, Gilad’s father copies of resolutions made by fifteen Latin American states recognizing the violation of Gilad Shalit’s human rights and demanding his release.
The Israel Vision film crew went to a press conference in Jerusalem and was there to witness the occasion.    Dr. William Soto, international Director and Founder of AMISRAEL was quoted as saying, “By gathering broad support from peoples of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, we also show the people of Israel that they are not alone, and that there is a strong community rallying to support their rights”…Post by David Rawlings

Pomegranate Time

All over Israel the trees are heavy with pomegranates. This amazing fruit is desirable for its healthy, antioxidant qualities. The word pomegranate, “rimon” in Hebrew, is derived from the Latin words “pomum” (apple) and “granatus” (seeded). We read in Exodus 28:33-34, that the kohanim are told to weave pomegranates into the hem of their robes, and right up to today, Jews eat pomegranates on Rosh Hoshanah (New Year) for its symbolism of fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom. Some even claim it was the “forbidden fruit” in the garden of Eden. A search on the internet produces a wealth of interesting articles (and great recipes).
You can make juice, shakes, cocktails, jams, jellies, marinades and sauces for lamb or chicken, throw it over your cereal, mix it into yogurt, or toss it into a salad for a marvelous taste. The culinary ideas are endless, as are the stories. One interesting story is about the link to the 613 “mitzvahs” (commandments) of the Torah. It is said that if you count the seeds in a pomegranate you will find exactly 613–one for each mitzvah. If anyone takes the time–let us know how many you found! Good Health and Good Eating!

Gilad Shalit – Over 1500 Days

Everyone in Israel, and in many countries around the world have heard the name Gilad Shalit. What parent would not feel pain for the Shalits in their struggle to have their son returned? They say he is hidden underground–Try to imagine what it must be like for him. After the rescue of the miners in Chile, it is said that they (the miners) will suffer emotionally–What of Gilad Shalit?
Gilad Shalit has “never” been visited by  the Red Cross or any international aid agency. Indeed, the only sign of life has been a single video which was only released after Israel “paid a price”.

When  the highly publicized  “Humanitarian Flotilla for Gaza”   attempted to break through to Gaza they refused a simple request  made by Mr. Shalit  to accept a letter to be delivered to his son. If they were really “Humanitarians”  as they claim, Why would they Refuse this  “humanitarian” request?

Meanwhile, Hamas and PA areas have Graffiti picturing the suffering boy as an aged man; posted this video showing the suffering of the father trying to free his son–with the end showing a coffin being unloaded in front of Mr. Shalit. Even more insidious is another  video clip giving the impression of Gilad’s  Execution. They use these emotional ploys for their own evil designs.  They are asking for the release of thousands of murderous terrorists to an area where they would be free to kill again. What country would accept such terms?

Regardless of whether one loves or hates Israel, what is being done to Gilad is cruel and inhuman. And yet, money and supplies go into Gaza daily, people all over the world demonize Israel and hold up the flags of Hamas and the PA–the new “cause”.

By turning our backs on this abomination we are no better than the terrorists who are behind this madness–one day we will  all have to face The Creator to answer for our omissions as well as commissions.

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