Christian Media Summit 2019, Jerusalem

Christian Media Summit 2019, Jerusalem

By Shelley Neese The first week in November, I had the privilege of attending the Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem. Sponsored by Israel’s Government Press Office, this event has been going on annually for the last 3 years. The goal of the summit is to spread...

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Teaching the Holocaust

Teaching the Holocaust

By Shelley Neese My 13-year-old son came home one day from school and told me that he was working on a research project for his English class. They were studying the Holocaust. The class had read the Diary of Anne Frank in the format of a play with each student taking...

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Sukkot and Deuteronomy 32

Sukkot and Deuteronomy 32

By Shelley Neese We are in the middle of the High Holidays on the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have come and gone and Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, begins this Sunday night on October 13th. According to Jewish tradition, on the...

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The Holy Calendar

The Holy Calendar

By Shelley Neese During the Hebrew people’s sojourn in Egypt, God transformed a gaggle of former slaves into a kingdom of priests. He evolved a confused post-traumatic community into a cohesive light to all the nations. Before the Hebrews even entered the promised...

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Israel’s Elections in a Nutshell

Israel’s Elections in a Nutshell

By Shelley Neese---- If you have been trying to keep up with Israel’s election results for the last few days, you are probably wondering when in the world we will know for certain the identity of Israel’s next Prime Minister. Though the elections happened on the 17th,...

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The Christians of Israel

The Christians of Israel

By Shelley Neese Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and you are bound to notice a short ladder resting on a second story window ledge. You can also see it in century old photographs and art in the exact same position it is today. On the surface the...

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The Hebron Massacre, 90 Years Later

The Hebron Massacre, 90 Years Later

By Shelley Neese- Last Wednesday, Israel held a day-long state ceremony at the Cave of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron. They gathered to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Hebron massacre—an act of terrorism in 1929 that left 67 Jews dead and dozens more...

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A Time for War and a Time for Peace

A Time for War and a Time for Peace

By Shelley Neese The modern state of Israel was born out of a war, expanded through war, and established its capital in Jerusalem via war. These combat victories prevented her annihilation time and again. Yet, some Christians argue, if God is a God of peace, then all...

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The Messiah and Shavuot

The Messiah and Shavuot

By Shelley Neese The holiday of Shavuot is upon us. It begins Saturday evening on June 8th and ends the evening of June 10th.  If you haven’t heard of the Biblical holiday of Shavuot, that’s probably because you are more familiar with its Greek name: Pentecost. On...

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The Dead Sea Scrolls Monument

The Dead Sea Scrolls Monument

By Shelley Neese--- In 1946 or 1947 — no one knows for certain — a Bedouin goatherd nicknamed Muhammad the Wolf led his flock around the cliffs lining the northwest edge of the Dead Sea. As the livestock grazed on sparse vegetation, Muhammad wandered around the...

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