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A Personal Testimony

(Published in The Vineyard magazine, November 2013)

I was born and raised in a Conservative Jewish American home in which our Jewish identity was accepted, and belief in Jesus Christ was (is) not, at least not for Jews.  I came to terms with my own primary identity as a Jew at the age of 17 during the Six-Day War in 1967 between Israel and the Arab states.  Following my university studies … Continue reading

A’S DEDICATION – 31 Dec 2011

–We have been in Israel for more than 30 years now, and I have to admit that when we came, I did not expect to be a grandfather – I wasn’t even a father then!  That changed 26 years ago, when our first daughter was born.

–Before coming to faith I thought … Continue reading

R’s and J’s WEDDING – 28 Apr 2010

–Present amongst extended family and friends in the Presence of God.  Even the moon is reflecting as much as it can of the glory of the sun shining upon it this evening!  But, R and J, the radiance shining out from each of you is even greater than that!  Glory to God!

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BEGINNINGS UNTIL HE COMES: E’S BAPTISM – 16 July 2005

1Cor 15:14-19, 29-34   And if Messiah is not risen then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. . . .Otherwise what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all?  Why then are they baptized for the dead?. . .If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”  Do not be deceived; “evil company corrupts good habits”.

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T’S BAPTISM – 16 July 1993

It is with joy of a father and mother that we can witness and participate together in the baptism (immersion) of our first child, T.  We give thanks to God our Father that, by the Holy Spirit, Tamar has been drawn to Jesus His Son.  T has responded by asking Jesus into her heart even from the age of five and now, by obeying Him, to be baptized by faith in His … Continue reading

CIRCUMCISION: A DEFENSE

Excerpt from a letter from me to a believer in Holland on 11 Jan 1993:

. . .Bless you, Brother, for taking the courage and being sincerely honest in asking why we circumcised our sons.  I have enclosed the content of words I spoke to both unbelievers and to believers who attended the circumcisions in our home.  I have also enclosed the word I … Continue reading

CIRCUMCISION OF T Shimon – 13 Oct 1992

Some of you were with us for E’s circumcision, and it is good to have another occasion to celebrate together the LORD our God, both during this week of Succot (the Feast of Booths, or of Ingathering), and also in remembering His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by the circumcising of our second son, T Shimon.  (T’s means ‘dew’, and his middle name, … Continue reading

E HAIM’S CIRCUMCISION – 28 Dec 1988

Gen 17:1,7,10-14 – Establishment of the covenant by YHVH with Abram (Abraham); identification with and relationship to the people, the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob             John 7:22 – The circumcision is not of Moses, but of the fathers.

Deut 10:15-19 – Circumcise the foreskin of your heart, … Continue reading

R’S DEDICATION – 7 Mar 1987

      1.  “Registration” of our children with the government of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Kingdom of God, before the Lord and before you, the local assembly of God, our brothers and sisters.

      2.  Want all honor to go to YHVH God and to His covenant of grace.

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T’S DEDICATION – 14 Sept 1985

–Next week marks four years in Israel:  full and interesting

–Before coming to faith I thought about the significance of Rosh Hashana, beginning of a new year.  What is important to us as Jews and new years in general?  Someone is watching over us and preserving us.  Another year of … Continue reading