Showing posts with label Day to Praise. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Day to Praise. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Listen to Episode 3 of the Cup of Salvation Bible Podcast - Day to Praise with David Nekrutman

Day to Praise
Dear All,
Israel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem Day, where Psalms 113-118 (known as the Hallel psalms) are recited to thank the G-d of Abraham, Isaac ad Jacob for the miracle of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty in our lifetime. Psalm 113 begins with both praising and blessing G-d. In the 3rd installment of Cup of Salvation, Rabbi Pesach Wolicki and David Nekrutman uncover the deeper meaning between these two concepts We like to thank for producing Cup of Salvation podcast which is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, aCast and other leading podcast platforms and apps.

David Nekrutman
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Jerusalem Log #3 - Tuesday p.m. 05.02.17 Jerusalem, Israel ("Picnic and Praise")

"Picnic and Praise"
Jerusalem Log #3
Steve Martin

Jerusalem Log - Tuesday p.m. 05.02.17
"Picnic and Praise"
Jerusalem, Israel

Greetings to you.

After commemorating Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers (Yom Hazikaron) the Israelis celebrated their 69th birthday of the modern Israel state on this May 2, 2017 (Yom Ha'atzmaut). Actually they began the annual celebration the evening before at sundown, with loud music in many parks, followed by louder fireworks and more music until late into the morning hours. Here in Jerusalem several of us went to the Haas Promenade area overlooking the city from the south to be part of the fun.

After a few bands and a dancing Zumba group did their thing on stage, the fireworks started exploding at 10:30 pm, right over our heads. Literally, we were 30 yards from the area where the fireworks were set off. I had never been so close as I was to them last night. With the city lights filling the business area and residential hills below us, it was quite the sight. And one could actually see two other sites within the city – uptown and out west – setting off fireworks. Amazing view!

I liked the band that ended the night at the Promenade. It was a popular one, as the crowd knew the songs, and the lead singer had special escort on and off the stage. People thoroughly enjoyed their songs, and I liked them too, even though I didn’t know a word they were singing in Hebrew. They sang emotional music, and pleased the people by bringing on stage a young guy, about 15, to come and sing along. He was good. The crowd mouthed the words too.

This morning we caught the city bus #7 to Sacher Park near the Knesset. I remember this park as the starting point of the Jerusalem March held during Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) in which I participated in several years. Great memories. Taking along a portable grill and the works for hamburger and chicken lunch, we joined many families and groups gathered in the spacious, green area. The IDF Air Force made several scheduled pass overs of many different planes as part of the country’s nationwide celebration.

 Young Israeli group gathered at Sacher Park for the festivities

Oscar and his owner enjoy the day

We left the park in time to attend the Day To Praise gathering at the Ramat Rachel Conference Center in southeast Jerusalem. The CJCUC (The Center For Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation) began this event in 2014 during Sukkot. Now Orthodox Jews and Christians are coming together to have these Hallel (praise) services, enjoying music, messages and reciting a series of Psalms on Independence Day also, here in Jerusalem and around the world.

David Nekrutman, CJCUC

From the CJCUC website:

In January of 2008, a historical moment took place between the Synagogue and Church, when Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and David Nekrutman established the first Orthodox Jewish institution, the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC), to religiously dialogue and actively cooperate with Christians. In less than a decade, CJCUC has moved to the forefront of theological advancements in Jewish-Christian relations. CJCUC has changed the paradigm by interfacing with tens of thousands of Christians through bible studies, faith based events that bring Jews and Christians together, and providing humanitarian aid.

Several Christian groups had representatives taking part in this “shouldering together”, including Sharon Sanders from Christian Friends of Israel and Bridges for Peace personnel.

A bit weary and with red foreheads after the long day, we returned to the apartment for rest before we begin again on Wednesday.

Ahava (love) and Shalom (peace) from Jerusalem!

Steve Martin
Love For His People

Other Independence Day photos by Steve Martin (more on my Facebook page.)

Israel Air Force flyover

Friday, April 28, 2017

Day to Praise - Celebrating Isaiah 66:8 through Psalms 113-118 May 2, 2017

Visit the Day to Praise website and learn more on how you can be part of a global movement in praising God for the miracle of the State of Israel in our lifetime.

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Traditionally, synagogues in Israel and around the world corporately pray Psalms 113-118 (known as Hallel) during Biblical Feasts, Chanukah and a modified version of Hallel every month on the Festival of the New Moon.

A year after the establishment of the State of Israel, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel decided that these series of psalms should be invoked on Israel’s Independence Day. Central to all the reasons in instituting Israel’s Independence Day as a minor holiday within the sacred calendar of the Jewish people was the notion of thanksgiving.

With the destruction of the Second Temple, the exile of the Jewish people scattered to the four corners of the earth, trials and tribulations under foreign governments and the near annihilation of Eastern European Jewry in the Holocaust, it seemed that Jewish history was coming to an end. As the psalmists declares: They thrust so hard against me, I nearly fell, but the Lord came to my help. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation (Psalm 118:13-14).

On May 14, 1948, God changed the course of sacred history and the State of Israel was born in one day as stated in Isaiah 66:8. Indeed, the Jewish people experienced a dream-like state of wonderment as echoed in Psalm 126. The religious establishment recognized that the restoration of Israel back to its homeland had to be acknowledged in our corporate worship. Psalms 113-118 would be our national recognition of God’s providence working through His people and Zion.

“Praise the Lord, all nations; acclaim Him, all you peoples; for His loving-kindness to us is strong; and the Lord’s faithfulness is everlasting. Halleluya”

What is most interesting in the development of these series of psalms is that one of the five criteria in creating Hallel was the inherent notion of the birth pangs of the messianic era. How prophetic! The reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel and the ingathering of the exiles from the four corners of the earth are proofs that we are living in the beginnings of a redemptive age. Jewish history is alive and well! We are living in the beginnings of a very special season and through Hallel we acknowledge our sacred role in the unfolding of the miracle of State of Israel.

An essential characteristic of Hallel is the role of the nations in praising God with us. It is my belief that the time has come to invite the Christian world to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with us by reciting these psalms. On May 2nd, 2017, I will have a special live-stream Hallel service where both the Jewish and Christian communities will be reciting Psalms 113-118 together. It is my hope that you will join us in Jerusalem on that day.

If your schedule does not allow you to come this year, I ask that you prayerfully consider to recite these psalms on May 2nd, 2017. You can do this in your personal prayer time, with members of your prayer team or have your church conduct an actual service.

As the psalmist declares – This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. What a sanctification of God’s name it would be when both faith communities can come together in a sacred moment to give praise and thanksgiving for God’s covenantal love for Israel! Please let me know you will be praising with us on May 2nd, 2017.

Shlomo Riskin
Chief Rabbi of Efrat
Ambassador for Jewish-Christian Relations