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

Dr Jay Rawlings, Lifetime Achievement Award in Media

The World Jewish Congress and the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus held their 10th Annual “Night to Honour Christian Leaders” on January 28, 2016 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem. This years honourees were Dr Jay Rawlings, “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his 40 years in the media producing more than 130 documentaries about various aspects of Israel and Mr Duke Westover, “The Tourism Award” for bringing 1000’s of Christian pilgrims to the Holy land during 40 years of arranging and hosting Israel tours.

Suddenly Jerusalem

image 2In Jerusalem young people Jews and Arabs dance together in the heart of the city.

We have threats, dangers, sorrow but double JOY!

Adi Gordon Rawlings inspired and choreographed this music dance. Adi is David’d wife and mother of Amitai and Liyah Rawlings. She has inspired thousands of young people “to dance for JOY!”

How Faith Has Carried the Jewish People

History has been a subject that Rabbi Berel Wein (25 March 1934~) has concentrated on for many years. He has stated that we must know where we have been in order to know where we are going. Jewish History is integral to our understanding of the current rise in anti-Semitism and the ongoing anti-Israel/anti-Western hatred. Knowledge is power, and Rabbi Wein believes that it will empower us with the tools to dispel lies and myths about the Jewish people and Israel. It is knowledge that allows us to stand against baseless Jewish hatred and attacks, and to raise public awareness about the accusations of Islamophobia that are currently permeating the press with the intent to make the perpetrators of terror appear as victims.

Rabbi Wein is well known for his books, CDs/DVDs, audio tapes and drama documentary film projects produced through the Destiny Foundation. He is the Rabbi of Beit Knesset Hanasi in Jerusalem and regularly travels back and forth to America to teach and lecture.
Rabbi Wein continues to teach, write and produce documentaries as well as a weekly parsha for the press. He is involved in many causes and shows no signs of slowing down. When he is in Jerusalem he can usually be found at Beit Knesset Hanasi on Shabbat where he gives a Torah teaching after the morning service.
“The past is directly connected to our present, and both the past and the present,
whether we understand it or not, will impact upon our future…Rabbi Berel Wein”

The video below is one in a series that follows the path of the Jewish people in the last century. It is the story of a people striving to find their place in the world, and should be watched by all.

Follow the Jewish People at the Dawn of the Century~Knowledge is Power!

Mobs of Muslims Attack Jewish Children on Temple Mount

In Israel, religious Jews are now in a period known as “Counting the Omer”. During this time there are various observances, including visiting the Kotel (Wailing Wall) each day, while some like to view Judaism’s Holiest site, the Temple Mount.
Yesterday, a small group of Haredi fathers and children went up to the Temple Mount to see Judaism’s holiest site. What happened next was frightening.
A baying mob of muslims began spitting, screaming alla-hu-akbar, and throwing obstacles at the children. You can see the terror and confusion of these young ones. Yes, the police came to escort them to safety and hold back the mob, but these children will be forever traumatized.
Did you hear of this on the news? Have any politicians (Israel or anywhere else) spoken against this? The silence is deafening. Even sadder is the fact that this happens again and again as a show of power and an attempt to remove Jews from the Land of Israel.
Jews have nothing but awe and respect for their holiest sites.The only thing they want, is the right to send their prayers to God. When Jews ascend to the mount it is with utmost preparation and respect for the holy ground.
When Muslims pray daily on the mount, they pray to their holiest site, Mecca. That means that their backsides face their “al aqsa” mosque. It is used as a playground for picnics and soccer. It is used as a rallying point for riots, but nobody is banning them for showing disrespect. 
Lately the riots have increased in their manic ferocity. Unless something is done, it will not be long before a real disaster takes place. There is no respect for life in the minds of these people~hatred over rides all!
The world is changing and it is not towards good. Right is wrong and bad is good, morals don’t exist
Take time to read history (preferably from a book), and you will see the startling similarities as people turn against Israel.
The hatred that is now being spewed has become dangerous and frightening. When people see nothing wrong with children being attacked we must examine our moral compass.
The trend towards “political correctness” and turning a blind eye to evil for the sake of “multiculturalism” is destroying freedom world wide. Once again, the majority, the decent people, either “join in” or convince themselves that “nothing is happening here~move along”. Dear friends, something “is” happening and Good People must not stand by again while evil is allowed to prosper.
As we enter into another Sabbath weekend, Please keep Israel in your prayers…

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee…Psalm 122:6 (KJV)
שַׁאֲלוּ, שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם; יִשְׁלָיוּ, אֹהֲבָיִךְ

They Only Wanted to Look Upon Judaism’s Holiest Site

Shalom Everyone and Hag Purim Sameach from the Rawlings!!

Meridel (Center) with Israeli Merry Makers!
Well, it’s party time… !
Actually we are commanded to celebrate on this holiday of Purim also known as the Feast of Esther. It is always lots of fun in Israel. We dress up in crazy costumes, or Biblical ones, give charity to those in need, send gifts of food from house to house, celebrate our continual deliverance from evil and read the ‘scroll’ of Esther.
True to character, over the last three days, Hamas’ terrorists in Gaza have lobbed over one hundred (100) rockets into southern Israeli centers of nearly one million citizens or 1/7th of our entire population! These neighbors fueled by “ancient hatreds” work to annihilate us. They are as determined today as they were in Queen Esther’s day. No one has been killed so far and we rejoice as instructed so long ago.
Just think, 2500 years ago, God chose a beautiful young Jewish woman, Esther, to save her own people all over the known world 127 nations states at the time. Calling her people and servants to pray and fast on nothing for 3 days the Lord began to work miracles. Her uncle Mordecai reminded her that “she had been brought to the kingdom for such a time as this.” 
She was to appeal to her husband, the King, with her petitions first. She uttered those famous words, “If I perish I perish!” Bravely she approached the King in his throne room and requested his presence at her banquet. It was during the meal that, she brought her case before him. Haman, the monster anti-Semite, was also present. Bravely she pleaded for Haman’s letters of “death to the Jews” to be rescinded. The rest is history…we remember and celebrate our preservation as a people.
“And Mordecai wrote these things and sent letters to all the Jews”…Esther 9:20a
“…to establish among them as the days on, which the Jews had rest from their enemies,
as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday;
that they should make them days of feasting and joy,
of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor.
So the Jews accepted the custom”…v. 22, 23a.
“These days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation,
every family, every province, and every city,
that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews,
and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants”…v.28
So, please join us in celebrating the victory of our survival with a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of wine along with some “Haman’s Ears” (triangle-shaped cookies filled with dates or chocolate).

The Lord Who Made Heaven and Earth Bless You out of Zion…Psalm 134

Dancing in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim)

For over two thousand years the Jewish people have dreamed of returning from exile to Jerusalem. When the state of Israel was born, Jews all over the world realized that their dreams and prayers were finally being answered and the aliyah (going up) began. 
The video below is a joyful song telling of Jews from around the world making their return to Jerusalem. Verse one depicts the aliyah from Yemen, verse two tells of the Jews coming from Iraq and Morocco, while verse three describes the mass return from the former USSR and Ethiopia. 
My heart is dancing in Jerusalem, Soon we’ll be dancing in Jerusalem
The whole world dancing in Jerusalem, Your heart is dancing in Jerusalem
Time to come home to Jerusalem

“And to Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion,
and may You rest within it, as You have spoken”

The above verse is taken from the daily prayers of the Jewish people, which contain numerous references to Jerusalem. This line is from the Amidah (Standing Prayer), which is recited three times on weekdays, and must be said facing towards Jerusalem. The full verse reads:
“And to Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion, and may You rest within it, as You have spoke. May You rebuild it soon in our days as an eternal structure, and may You speedily establish the throne of King David within it. Blessed are You, Gd, the builder of Jerusalem…May our eyes behold Your return to Zion in compassion. Blessed are you Gd, who restores His presence to Zion”.
My Heart is Dancing in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) by Sam Glaser

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!
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