Posts Tagged ‘Shabbat’

Sabbath and a Birthday – February 15

Rain.  Clouds.  Rain.  A very cloudy and rainy day at the Kinneret.  

My husband is celebrating his birthday today, a Shabbat in Israel.  I made a breakfast of challah French toast and we’re just going to relax after ten days of non-stop activity.

We just received a message that Rawan’s sister, who was due in two weeks, had a baby girl!  Congratulations!

With Eliana with us, we are going to do a little touring and we won’t get lost.  We decided to go to the tayelet to do some shopping, but the little shuks markets were closed due to rain.  We did however go to The Galilee Experience and bought all the souvenirs on our list.  The manager asked “Why don’t all people come in and buy like this?”  He was very happy that we were there.

For my husband’s birthday dinner, Eliana took us to CaféCafé.  We had eaten at one in Jerusalem and weren’t very impressed, but Eliana had been a manager at this restaurant before moving to Haifa.  She knew all the good choices on the menu and ordered for us as she did when we were with her in Haifa.  I had shakshuka again and my husband had a chicken sandwich he was was ta’im delicious.  Eliana surprised my husband with two desserts for all of us to share.  One was a decadent chocolate cake and the other waffles with ice cream.  They brought the waffles out with a sparkler on top!

Though it has been difficult to communicate with the outside world because our apartment has no internet (and won’t we have now learned), I believe my husband had a memorable rainy day, sparkler, and Skype conversation with our children while in the restaurant using their WiFi.

As we were returning to our apartment, Eliana received a phone call that her sisters were visiting her mom.  So, we trekked back to Poriya and met her two sisters, Shayna and Debra.   It was fun putting real people to the photographs on Facebook.

A final Yom Hoolidat Sameach to my husband.  According to Eliana, the correct birthday greeting for an adult is something like, “May you live to be 120 years!”

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Isaiah 56:1-8

Salvation for Others

“This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation (yeshua) is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.

Blessed is the one who does this— the person who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps their hands from doing any evil.”

Let no foreigner who is bound to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.” And let no eunuch complain, “I am only a dry tree.”

For this is what the LORD says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant— to them I will give within my temple and its wall a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever.

And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

The Sovereign Lord declares— he who gathers the exiles of Israel: “I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.”

Celebrate Sabbath at Home (Free Booklet)

Celebrate Sabbath in Your Home


“Look, the LORD has given you the Shabbat.  This is why he is providing bread for two days on the sixth day. Each of you, stay where you are; no one is to leave his place on the seventh day” (Exodus 16:29).

Sunset in Elk, California

Our family along with the family of our daughter-in-law designed a Sabbath booklet to encourage those who are desiring to celebrate the Sabbath.    It includes a simple outline incorporating some of the Friday evening Jewish traditions of candles, bread, wine, and blessings with Yeshua central to each.  Print the PDF from our website and let it guide you and your family to “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” 

Many thanks to Chris and Kaye Bacon for their vision and imput.

©2012 Tentstake Ministries Publishing

‘Still Small Voice’ in NYC

“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave” (I Kings 19:12-13).

After being in New York City for a short time, I came to appreciate the Messianic believers who live there,  who seek to walk in the ways of the Father and bring a word of hope in the darkness.   It takes a special person with ‘ears to hear’ that gentle whisper in the midst of all the rumbling of the subway trains, honking taxis, exhaling bus engine brakes or just the constant hustle of the people on the pavements.

Finding a quiet spot in a park or by the river or even in one’s own home is nearly impossible as there are still the muffled city sounds of fire sirens and the low pulsations of woofers in passing cars.    I’m sure that when the Spirit does come as a gentle whisper – a cooling breeze from the river or the sweet aroma from flowers in a garden or the light spray of water from a fountain or even a few minutes fellowship in a coincidental meeting on the street –  there are some who recognize the voice of the LORD, sigh and consider “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

In those moments, the ‘still small voice’ comes in bits and pieces between the deafening sounds of the world, but there is an even greater oasis of spiritual refreshment.  Just as our Creator rested from His work of creating, those who desire deeper fellowship can enter the Sabbath and receive a weekly taste of what was once in Eden and will be restored in Eternity.  On the Sabbath, the cooling breeze of the Father’s Spirit, the sweet aroma of His Word, the light spray of His Living Water, brings genuine rest and refreshment  to His people preparing them to re-enter the world of earthquakes, fire, and whirlwinds.

©June 2011 Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing.