PM Netanyahu 2016 Holiday Greeting

We at Israel Vision and Still Small Voice send to YOU our dear frends worldwide very best wishes for Christmas and Channuka.

We sense that 2017 will be a momentous year, and all who pray will be encouraged by this greeting from Mr. Netanayhu.

Join us as Meridel gives personal greetings to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a reception at the International Christian Embassy. She was able to mention that the lovely life size oil painting porraits of the Presidents and Prime Ministers which hang in the entrance way to the cabinet room of Israel’s Parliament, Knesset; were painted by renowned Canadian artist, Joy Caros Rawlings of Vancouver, BC Canada. They are a gift to the country. PM Bibi’s response to Meridel was the warm Israeli expression, “Kol Ha Kavod” – meaning in English ” All the Honor or Congratulations”!

These are days of unprecedented attacks on Israel by the United Nations. What is happening hearkens back to the days of the Greek occupation of the land 2,300 years ago.  Jews were not allowed to speak or teach Hebrew, or worship in the temple. Some were so ashamed of their heritage as Jews that they had their circumcisions reversed. War broke out, and eventually the Greeks were driven out.

Today, nations  in the Security Council of the UN hide behind their “legal authority” to continue to castigate Israel. Resolution 2334 is a gross failure of  human rights for the Palestiniansas well as the Israelis. After 5 years of war In Syria leaving 500,000 dead, millions of refugees, NOT ONE resolution was brought to bear against the Syrian and Russian backed genocide of women and children in Aleppo. Do not forget Assad’s regime is propped up by Iran.  The Bible says, “Woe unto those who call good evil and evil good.”  The Prime Minister clearly refers to this in his Christmas Message. Please pray for him and the Israeli and Palestinian people at this time. We bless you and thank you!

We know that the LIGHT will always triumph over darkness.

In HIS love,

Jay and Meridel, sons and Team

When A Prank Becomes A Lesson in Brotherly Love…

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With Christmas upon us, and we are rushing about for those last minute gifts, how many have given thought to those who “have not”?.

When you walk down the street do you really look at those who are truly homeless, or do you avert your eyes? If you decide to give a few coins, do you quickly toss them and move on? Do you avoid giving because “you know” it will not be used wisely?

One youtuber, who is better known for posting pranks, thought he was filming just that. When he decided to give money to a homeless man, he was pretty sure of the outcome. For the sake of his “video” they followed the man and filmed him secretly to see what would happen. The young “prankster” was taught a beautiful lesson of brotherly love and humility by this homeless man who started out being the victim of a prank.

Do watch to the end, and next time you see a homeless person, take a moment to look at them as a brother, a fellow human. Granted, they do need money, but all people have a need to be seen as “people”. Please remember that they have feelings, hopes and dreams like the rest of us. Take a moment to let someone know that you “see” them. A kind word or a cup of coffee may not be much to you, but it can make a real difference to someone in need.

This is the real “Spirit of Christmas”

Final Celebrations of the Christmas Season…

Serbians in Belgrade~Picture Credit: Blazing Cat Fur
For many people, especially outside of North America, Christmas does not come on 25 December. The Orthodox Churches in Russia and other Slavic countries as well as in the Middle East, hold their Christmas Eve celebrations on 06 January.
The Assyrian, Armenian and Coptic patriarchs celebrate with marches and services held in Bethlehem and  within Jerusalem’s Old City. There are also Christmas markets in Bethlehem and Nazareth as well as the Old City, and a variety of religious services and activities. Tourists from around the world travel to Israel for this special time.
Although this is a time for peace and celebration there are still conflicts. In the entire middle-east, Israel is the only country where the Christian population has increased. Bethlehem, which is now under “PA” control, has gone from a majority Christian to a majority Muslim city. The Christian population now is about 10%, and those remaining dare not speak out for fear of persecution. The Christmas “Tourism” business is pushed, but once the tourists leave it is a different story. There are even factions who are trying to “steal” the day by claiming that Mary was a Palestinian, and Jesus was the first Jihad. Even during this holiest time of the year, propaganda and politics rule the day.
Regardless, those who are true believers have only one thing in mind on this day~and that is the Miracle and Hope that was given to all mankind. Despite threats and oppression, the tiny Christian communities continue to pray and wait for the time when all the world will know peace.
Please pray for the Christian Communities in the Middle East! They are now among the most persecuted (and ignored) people in the world!

Божићна песма – Превјечни родисја по љети~The Pre-Eternal is Born
Angels Are Singing~Serbian Christmas Song

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Christmas Greeting~2013

Merry Christmas to All Our Christian Friends Around the World from Jerusalem!

Here is The Text of the Greeting:
This is Jerusalem of gold, now it’s Jerusalem of snow. We celebrate Christmas with you, we know the importance you attach to our common heritage, to the State of Israel and to the city of Jerusalem, where so much of our common history was forged. We have a great past, we have common values, we have the desire to seize a common future of security, prosperity and peace, so from the city of peace, Jerusalem, I extend the warmest Christmas greetings to all of you. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Songs to Invoke Peaceful Memories

Christmas Day has a plethora of memories for each and every one of us. Sometimes, in our jet-set age we forget the days before DVD’s, CD’s “Tapes”, and the internet. Then we had “records” and everyone had their favorite Christmas Album. One that brings back memories from many years ago is “A Russian Christmas” by Ivan Rebroff. (31 July 1931~27 February 2008).
Born as Hans-Rolf Rippert, in Berlin, Rebroff was actually a German singer (allegedly of Russian ancestry). His extraordinary vocal range of four and a half octaves ranged from soprano to bass. *To get an idea of what that means, listen to  “Evening Bells” below.
Ivan Rebroff described himself as international, the “connection between East and West”. Famous for singing Russian Folk Songs, he also performed opera, light classics and folk songs from many other countries. During his career he performed over 6,000 concerts, including a two-year seven-day-a-week stint at the French opera, singing, among other greats, Fiddler on the Roof. Even when he was well into his seventies, Rebroff still performed twelve shows in fourteen days on tour. 
You May Ask~Why All This Trivia on Christmas Eve??
Perhaps because many become so caught up in the “preparations” that it is difficult to slow down and take the time to remember what the purpose of the day is. We are inundated with Christmas Plays, Concerts, Choirs and the frenzied jingling of reindeer bells everywhere we go. In the midst of it all we should be sitting in a comfy chair in soft light, feeling that all is right with the world as we await the “Holy” moment~but do we?
The right music soothes, and when Rebroff sings, each word in each song has such depth and feeling that it flows, soothing the body, so the soul can step away, and look to the true meaning of the day, which has almost been lost in our time. OK~maybe not for everyone! 
Never-the-less, take a few moments to lower the lights, relax in a soft chair and listen. The first clip is a Russian song that translates into “Evening Bells”. The second clip has two “musts” for Christmas~Silent Night (one of his very best) and O’ Tannebaum.

From Our Jerusalem Vistas Family to Each One of You
~Our Friends and Family~Best Wishes for a Blessed, Joyous Christmas!
The Song ‘Evening bells’ in Russian (Вечерний звон ~ Vecherny svon)
Silent Night and O’Tannenbaum

Ukrainian Children Christmas Song~Вже надходить ніч чарівна

Mykolaj, Mykolaj ty do nas zavitaj~Saint Nicholas, Nicholas, Come to Visit Us
English Translation
 (**Approximate** Will Happily Print Your Corrections!)
“For the arrival of this magical night”
There has already been a magic night,
Sleeping the entire night on edge.
Everybody in our homes
Visit Nicholas.
Chorus:
Nicholas, Nicholas,
You have to Visit Us
All the children Smile 
and Embrace a True Heart
All the local Children are waiting,
Oh how happy the children,
And all of the adults
Wait for Nicholas visit
Chorus:
Even in the freezing weather
And the fluffy snow
Nicholas goes everywhere
All on this magical night
Chorus (2):
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