We began by reading a few verses from this Shabbat's Torah portion.
O YHWH, who is like You among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
We proclaim that there is none like You among the gods (2 Samuel 7:22).
You never change, so we can trust in Your faithfulness (Deuteronomy 7:9; Malachi 3:6).
Precious Creator of all, we praise You for always being ready and able to help us (Isaiah 40:28).
Thank You for guarding over Israel - for Your holy name's sake (Psalm 121:4; Jeremiah 31:10).
Your right hand, O YHWH, has become glorious in power. Your right hand, O YHWH, has dashed the enemy in pieces. And in the greatness of Your excellency You have overthrown them that rose up against You.
Father, thank You for Your Son, through whom we can know You (John 1:18).
I will sing unto YHWH, for He has triumphed gloriously; the horse and rider He has thrown into the sea. YHWH is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will glorify Him; my father's God, and I will exalt Him.
God created Israel to be a nation that is unlike any other - a nation that dwells alone. It is called to be a holy, a "set-apart", nation unto Him; a priestly nation through whom He imparts His blessings to the world, and by whom He tests the world's attitude towards Himself. For most of Israel's history, it has resisted this calling - yet that has not stopped God from separating His people anyway. Today, we see the same thing, as more Western nations back-off from standing…
Why should believers pray for and help Jewish people in the nations to make aliyah - to return to the land of Israel - if two-thirds of them are going to get slaughtered there in Jacob's trouble (Jer. 30:7)?…