A Visit To Haifa

Love at first sight.

From the very first moment I saw Haifa, I instantly knew I could easily live there.

Haifa, 2014

Situated on the slopes of Mount Carmel along the coast just north of Caesarea, Haifa is Israel’s 3rd largest city after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Israel’s port city, Haifa is where the export/import worlds meet.

Home to the magnificent Baha’i Gardens, the lookout from the top is absolutely stunning.

Looking over the Haifa port

Academics

University of Haifa and the ever impressive Technion, Israel’s leading tech university is located in this gorgeous city. Rumor has it that Technion has developed a type of “smellavision”. Can you imagine how this is going to change cooking shows? Woohoo!

Just down the road

Just down the road from Haifa is a place that was hard to visit yet so very important. It serves as a reminder of the fight the Jewish people have endured just for the right to exist and live in their God-given homeland.

As WWII was winding down, the British government who controlled Israel at the time, decided to allow some Jews to immigrate to Israel. At the time, Israel was called Palestine…a name given to the Jewish Holy Land by the Romans in an attempt to wipe out the name of Israel.

Can you imagine the relief and renewed life-giving hope the Jews felt as they were finally headed to freedom?

Wrong

Only it didn’t quite go that way.

What actually happened is a complete stain of disgrace on the British government. Caving into pressure from the Arabs to limit the number of Jews allowed to immigrate to their native land, Israel, the British government refused the Jewish refugees freedom.

Instead of immigrating to freedom, the Jews were shipped to, Atlit, an Illegal Immigrant Detention Camp. Complete with barbed wire, armed guards and degrading living conditions. From one hell to another.

In October of 1945, the Jews detained at Atlit were liberated by a young Israeli special forces unit called the Palmach through a clandestine operation.

A glimmer of truth can be found on the placard given by a group of Christians from the UK acknowledging this atrocity and asking forgiveness.

A Life lesson

Distraught over seeing this, I struggled to come to grips with yet another attempt to suppress God’s people from living as free people in their land.

Walking back to our tour bus, I couldn’t help but apologize to our Jewish Israeli guide for all the horrors that have been done to his people. His reply?

“Thank you, but we look forward, not backward.”

The Jews…this is why they are a beacon of hope. They never give up. If anyone has the right to “give up”, it is the Jews. But they don’t.

To live is in their DNA.

Life. This is what they do. They create, they work, they build, they L-I-V-E!

For those who have been reading my blog for awhile, you know I say it over and over… there is no other people group who inspires me more than the Jewish people.

It is so very important to not forget the past. To learn from history so that it doesn’t repeat itself. But it is life giving to look and move towards the future. This is the secret to living.

And the Jewish people lead the world in living.

L’Chaim!

The Breads of Israel

I always tell my nieces, nephew and students that homemade or artisan made bread is the good life. Adding butter makes it a divine life, ha!

Seriously though

Bread goes far beyond physical sustenance. It has a level of spirituality that other foods don’t. Along with wine, bread is one of the key elements of religious ceremonies like the weekly Sabbath and communion. It is first mentioned in the bible in Genesis when King Melchizedek offered it to Abraham.

“Malki-Tzedek king of Shalem brought out bread and wine. He was cohen of El ‘Elyon (God Most High), so he blessed him with these words: “Blessed be Abraham by El ‘Elyon,
maker of heaven of earth
and blessed be El ‘Elyon,
who handed your enemies over to you.’ ”       

Genesis 14: 18-20

This specific act of giving bread and wine to Abraham from King Malki-Tzedek is a messianic picture of The Messiah- The Bread of Life whose Blood is The Atonement symbolized by wine and a gift to the seed of Abraham, the Father of people too numerous to count just as the stars in the heavens. 

Spirituality of Bread?

If that isn’t enough proof of the spirituality of bread, consider the Tabernacle God told the Israelites to build in Shiloh in the book of Exodus.

Giving very specific instructions and mind bending detail on the construction and prescribed use, bread played a very important role in the house of God on earth.

Specifically, the bread used in the first Tabernacle (and then in the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem), was called the show bread or…

“On the table you are to place the bread of the presence in my presence always”- Exodus 25: 30. 

Coincidental?

I thought it was quite striking that last week’s Bible reading was Exodus 25-27 at the same exact time an article came out about a very unique baker in Israel, Les Saidel of Saidel’s Bakery.

Les is working to recreate the bread that was once used in the Tabernacle in hopes to be ready for the upcoming rebuilding of The Temple in Jerusalem. Fascinating! Click here to read about it.

Click here for a very cool behind the scenes look at Saidel’s Bakery…it’s a virtual Foodie Field Trip! 

Even more cool is that I bring my groups to this bakery on my Biblical Food & Wine Tours. So much fun! 

God uses bread to symbolize His presence.  Something to think about next time you eat bread. 

May you have a good week in His presence.

The Wines of Israel

Wine has always played an important role in the history of mankind; religious elements, celebrations and even enjoyed for health benefits.  But have you ever considered wine to have spiritual elements or even more…a necessary element to a biblical lifestyle? 

Read this short article I wrote about it for United with Israel.

Then there’s always the foodie perspective, religious or not. For the culinary traveler,  if you’ve not considered Israel as a top culinary destination, you are completely missing out.

Israel is home to incredible wines and avant-garde dishes that will have you swooning with delight. And I’m not the only who knows this.

In October 2016, this little secret graced the cover of Wine Spectator magazine. “The Wines of Israel, Surprising Quality From An Emerging Region” was the tagline.  

In 2015, Conde Naste’ Traveler magazine voted Israel as a top wine destination. Saveur Magazine, Forbes Business Traveler and others have also deemed Israel as a “must-visit” place for culinary travel.

Fact Check

Since the days of Noah, Israel has been producing wine longer than any other country. While there has been a hiatus for over 2000 years, the Jews are back in the vineyards of Eretz Israel, growing and producing global award winning wines.

That is THE miracle: The vines have come alive again after 2000+ years because the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland, just as God promised. We are living in miraculous days!

“Once again, you will plant vineyards on the hills of Shomron,
and those doing the planting will have the use of its fruit.” Jeremiah 31:4

Friends

One of the highlights of my travels to Israel is meeting people from all over the world, many who become lifelong friends, such as my dear friends Thomas and Judy from Australia who are huge Israel lovers and wine lovers.

The picture below is our time together enjoying a glass of goodness in the upper Galilee from a few years ago “researching” wineries in Israel. What a fun adventure!

There’s more to Israel’s wine scene : Innovation

With Israel being the inventor of the cell phone, Intel computer processing chip, flashdrive and a gazillion other technological innovations that have made the world a better place.

They’ve also invented the computerized drip irrigation system and solar panel energy that increases efficiency in use of water, sunlight and soil conditions to produce award winning wines.

From October 2016 to forever, when it comes to Israeli wines, the best is yet to come.

Israel is the most incredible ancient-modern hip place to experience.

On my tours, we visit vineyards and touch the vines and drink the wine which means we are touching and drinking prophecy.

“I will restore the fortunes of my people Isra’el;
they will rebuild and inhabit the ruined cities;
they will plant vineyards and drink their wine,
cultivate gardens and eat their fruit.”  Amos 9:14

From sipping prophetic wine to spiritual highs, Israel is a must visit country.

Join me on the trip of a lifetime, L’Chaim!

The Sabbath Table

The Sabbath Table changed my life.

Actually it was waking up to the Sabbath itself that changed my life.

Waking up.

The short version is almost 10 years ago, while doing a women’s bible study, one of the topics was on the Sabbath. Honestly, my first thought when I read about the upcoming topic was, “does this mean I have to take a nap on Sundays?” I rolled my eyes and thought to myself, I don’t have time to take naps, I’m a small business owner and I have to work 7 days a week, every single spare minute.”

Over the next few days, I had an encounter with God that literally changed the course of my life. I know that is big talk but it’s true to the very core of the words.

Out Of Time & Money

You see, the days following that bible study, my business took a nosedive. Out of time, money and options, I literally got on my hands and knees and begged God to help, to show me what’s going on.

In that moment of intense crying out, I happen to glance out onto my patio and saw three birds perched on my balcony. Instantly, Matthew 6:26 came to mind and I heard in my mind, “Be still and know that I am God”.

“Look at the birds flying about! They neither plant nor harvest, nor do they gather food into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they are?” Matthew 6:26.

From That Moment

It was from that moment that I began to learn about the beautiful gift of The Sabbath.  As a Christian for over 30 years, I thought I knew the bible well. Turns out, I had been missing out on God’s appointed times that He established long ago…like starting in Genesis 1. On the 7th day He rested.

Not to mention it’s one of the Ten Commandments and that it’s a dress rehearsal for the future Great Sabbath (Eternity).

Clueless

As a Christian, the only thing I knew about the Sabbath was as child, we had the Blue Law which prohibited retail stores from opening on Sunday. Other than that, I was clueless on how to observe the Sabbath, so I looked to my Jewish friends and resources, the blueprint, to learn from the people who have kept the Sabbath from the beginning of time.

There’s a Jewish saying that it’s not that the Jews have kept the Sabbath but the Sabbath has kept the Jews. Talk about inspiration and spiritual enrichment!

Markers

To my point of candles, bread and wine. These are the primary elements, the markers, of the Friday evening meal that ushers in the Sabbath.

Candles represent the Light of God that chases away the darkness and separation from the mundane to the Holy time of Sabbath, bread that reminds us of the life sustaining Manna that fell from heaven and the red wine symbolizes life-giving redemption.

Christians who observe the Sabbath see these elements as symbolizing Yeshua, the Light of the World, the Bread of Life and the Redeemer.

The dining table plays a central role in the Sabbath meals. The best dishes and a festive meal accompany Sabbath keepers. It’s like a mini-Thanksgiving meal every week!

A Sabbath Table ready for the Friday Erev of Shabbat Meal, Jerusalem

Friday Evening

The Friday evening meal begins with lighting the candles while saying a special prayer. Then songs to welcome the angels followed by breaking bread and a toast to life with special prayers over the bread and wine. After that, the father puts his hands on his children and blesses them and then turns to his wife and blesses her as the Proverbs 31 woman. The meal continues for hours over delicious food, singing and interesting, stimulating conversation.

The next day brings 2 more meals, a festive Sabbath Day lunch and a smaller meal towards the end of the day. Food is the hub of it all…a Foodie’s delight! Speaking of foodies, click here to learn about my Foodie Tours in Israel.

The Sabbath Meal

The Sabbath meal is such an important part of a biblical lifestyle, that it is considered unacceptable for people to eat alone during The Sabbath. Thankfully, when I’m in Israel, I always have a seat at the table of my dear Jewish friends for The Sabbath meal.

The Blueprint

Observing the Sabbath has truly given my life a richness and rhythm that was missing before. It’s a learning process, kind of like peeling back the layers of an onion.  

I’m not alone, there are thousands and thousands of Christians who keep the Sabbath and God’s other appointed times, looking to the Jewish roots of our faith, the blueprint.  

As I continue on this journey of faith, I keep finding out that the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. In other words, it would be an understatement to say how much I had been missing out on about God’s appointed times by not looking to the Jews and the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

Even more interesting is a recent article from a prominent Jewish Rabbi based in Jerusalem who put out a call for non-Jews to start keeping the Sabbath. In the article he discusses how the implication of this will impact the coming of the Messiah. FASCINATING!!!! Read about it by clicking here.   

Sabbaths in Texas vs Israel

So far, I’ve shared with you my personal awakening to the Sabbath which happened in Texas. Then I went to Israel where they observe it as a country. Everything is timed and scheduled around the Sabbath. From the moment the candles are lit at sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, the atmosphere in Israel literally changes.

Like a warm blanket, the pace slows and calm and shalom begin to cover the land. No cars running around, no businesses open, no loud noises. Only the sound of people talking, singing, forks & dinner plates, laughter, cheers to life.

Soul Nourishment

There is nothing quite like it and it completely restores and nourishes the soul. It is truly life giving and the way Israel observes the Sabbath is the one thing I miss most when I’m not there.  

I am thankful to have the Jewish people to learn from. After all, the Bible does say, “the Word will go forth from Zion.” Isaiah 2:3

Foodie Tour of Israel

One of my absolute favorite experiences that I’ve recently started doing is bringing my travelers on a Foodie Tasting Tour of Jerusalem’s famous Shuk, Mahane Yehuda. It’s Israel’s version of a farmer’s market but with more depth and soul.

With our friendly local guide, we taste and learn our way through this famous market and the different cultures represented there.

And spices. Oh my goodness, the spices and flavors are incredible and some are only found in Israel. Za’atar…ever heard of it? What about hyssop that’s mentioned in the bible? That’s another name for za’atar.

See?, even the food points us to some level or notion of spirituality.

A tour of the Shuk is a unique experience that most tours don’t offer. Actually no tours that I know of.  I once read that a Rabbi in Israel said, when you eat food grown by Jews in Israel, you are eating proof of God’s promise to bring His people back to their ancestral homeland in preparation for the Final Redemption for all of mankind.“But you, mountains of Isra’el, you will sprout your branches and bear your fruit
for my people Isra’el, who will soon return.” Ezekiel 36:8

We are living in the day of the words of Ezekiel coming to pass, just as promised.  

How’s that for soul food?

Join me for an unforgettable life experience in Israel!

My First Meal In Israel

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I love trying the local favorites when I visit new places. So when I took my first trip to Israel, I was really looking forward to learning about their breakfast dishes. You know, eggs, toast, fruit, coffee.

So Funny!

Hahahahaha, I’m laughing at me because I was so naive to think the Israeli breakfast would be that plain. No my friend, the Israeli Breakfast is way more than eggs, toast, fruit and coffee.  The sheer amount and variety of the Israeli breakfast will knock you over.  Breakfast is the meal they are famous for! 

Eggs, Fish, Cheeses, Peppers, Israeli Salad, Veggies, Hummus, Bread, Muffins, Toast, Pita, Croissants, Yogurt, Fruit, Jam, Nuts, Olives, Juice, Coffee, Tea, on and on…it’s like drinking from a fire hose. Which is how I typically describe everything about Israel and I just can’t get enough of it.

Israel’s Famous Dish

Now that you have an idea of breakfast in Israel, let me share with you THE most popular Israeli breakfast dish: SHAKSHUKA! pronounced, [Shahck-SHOO-Kuh].

The most comforting and delicious dish I’ve ever eaten for breakfast. Peppers and tomatoes stewed down to a thick sauce topped with sunnyside eggs that adds a delectable layer of richness once the yolk breaks and oozes into the peppers and tomatoes. Add to that, your favorite toppings and served with a side of the famous Israeli Salad and warm bread.

From home cooked versions to fancy hotels, this dish is cooked all across the country, each putting their signature twist on the toppings. 

I was blessed to be able to take my first bite of the famous Shakshuka (topped with feta and chives) at a hotel on the beach overlooking the breathtaking Mediterranean one gorgeous sunny morning in May 2014. The location, the view, the weather, the meal itself…everything about it was more than I imagined…it was absolute perfection. 

The famous Israeli Shakshuka was my very first meal on my very first trip to Israel, another captivating moment that I will never forget. Click here for a 4 minute video about that trip.

Recipe Sharing!

Please enjoy the Shakshuka recipe below. Or better yet, join me on my next trip to Israel in May because the only thing better than cooking Shakshuka is eating Shakshuka in Israel: it is food for your body and soul.

Welcome To Israel

Inspiring. Bright, uplifting, life-giving inspiration. That’s what Israel is.

Can you imaging landing at your local airport, welcomed by something like this?

This happened at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv on May 24, 2018. What’s so unique and uplifting about this is the reason they are celebrating. 18 years of bringing young Jewish people to the land of their forefathers on birthright trips…for free!  


I say it over and over, I feel most alive when I’m in Israel. They just seem to express life differently and it is so contagious! They’re passionate about everything in life, especially they’re children. To inhabit the land given to their forefathers, to build a strong modern nation. Everything they do is for their children and grandchildren.

Get your passport ready and join me in Israel for your personal experience like none other. I can’t wait to host you in the most inspiring place on earth!

May the new year of 2019 bring us more inspiration to live in a way that inspires others.

Abundant Blessings, 
Lori

Blessed Buy Israel

It was such a joy to share about Jerusalem with you last week. If you missed it, you can click here to read about what happened to me in the Old City.

For those who watch my cooking videos, you know that I use ingredients from Israel in some of the recipes like this Honey Apple cake with a secret ingredient and this refreshing Gazpacho.

I get those ingredients from some very special friends who I met 2 years ago at a Christian Pro-Israel event.  Last week, my friends, who recently returned from Israel, stopped by for a visit. If you like miracles, watch this video to meet these special people who have made it their life mission to give everyone the opportunity to be part of what God is doing. So very exciting!

Click here to subscribe to my Youtube channel and click the bell icon in the upper right corner to be notified of upcoming videos. And share with a friend you think may be interested.

I hope you are inspired by what I am doing with A Taste of Israel, let me know if you are!

Blessings to you, 
Lori

Hanukkah Happiness

It’s December 7, 2018 and with Hanukkah in full swing, there’s no better time than to show you a glimpse of the foods of this special holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights.

What Does Hanukkah Mean?

Hanukkah, which means, dedication, honors the rededication of the Temple in 165 BCE. The rededication came after one of the greatest military victories of all time for Israel.

Against all odds, The Maccabees, a small, seemingly weak group of Israelites fought back against Antiochus’ soldiers who occupied their land and brutally oppressed them. In fact over, 100,000 Jews were slaughtered because they refused to give up a life of biblical observance. They were tortured for being religious Jews. 

After the miraculous and glorious defeat, the Maccabees found the Temple grossly defiled with the blood of a pig and statue of Zeus. As they labored to clean, purify and rededicate the Temple, the historian Josephus claimed that they only had a one-day supply of olive oil in the Temple’s menorah but it miraculously burned for eight days during the rededication. 

Why 8 nights?

As a remembrance, Hanukkah last for 8 nights and each night a lit candle is added to the 9 branch menorah, starting with one candle for the first night all the way to 8 candles on the eighth night. The ninth candle is called the shamash which means, servant. The shamash is used to light all of the the other candles. As the light increases each night, so does the ability to chase away the darkness.  

The only place Hanukkah is mentioned in the Bible is in the Gospel of John, since the events of Hanukkah took place around 165 BC, after the completion of the Tanakh (Old Testament).

“Now it was the Feast of Hanukkah in Jerusalem, and it was winter.
And Yeshua walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.” John 10:22-23

Hanukah is a time to celebrate the miracles of Jewish history, how the Jewish people kept the flame of truth alive and God’s word alive in the darkest of nights. It’s a time of light chasing away the darkness, victory over evil, weak over strong and rededication to God and righteous living. 

How to celebrate Hanukkah

To celebrate this light-filled holiday, people enjoy foods cooked in oil like latkes or donuts. The symbolic foods are a way to remember and symbolize the miracle of oil for the Temple menorah lasting 8 days when they only had enough for 1 day.  

That’s just the beginning…there is a lot more to this miraculous holiday that didn’t come without a fight for survival and the right to exist for the Jewish people.  How can you not admire and cheer on the determination and chutzpah of people who defy all odds while simultaneously making the world a better place? 

For example, take this chocolate filled sufganiyot, or stuffed donut, covered in gold flakes. THIS makes the world a better place!  These impeccable works of culinary art came from Roladin, one of Israel’s high end bakeries. I would like to give an award to anyone who can take their eyes off of this.

In Israel, even the food is elevated to a spiritual level. Just as scripture promises, Israel and the Jews are a light to the nations. May you be inspired to live a life that chases away the darkness and brings honor to His great name.
Bring on the bright lights and gold dusted donuts!  Happy Hanukkah!

Destination Jerusalem

“And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:7

Recently, a report came out that Jerusalem is poised to be the world’s fastest growing tourist destination. The numbers in the report are remarkable and only confirms what I’ve been trying to tell anyone who will listen, ha!

“In mid-November, the number of incoming tourists surpassed last year’s record of 3.6 million and the figure now stands at an unprecedented 3.8 million. Jerusalem is the world’s fastest-growing tourism destination, a report by London-based market research company Euromonitor International revealed this week. Jerusalem is the world’s fastest-growing tourism destination, a report by London-based market research company Euromonitor International revealed this week. Jerusalem is the world’s fastest-growing tourism destination, a report by London-based market research company Euromonitor International revealed this week. Jerusalem is the world’s fastest-growing tourism destination, a report by London-based market research company Euromonitor International revealed this week.

Euromonitor International

The picture above was taken from a rooftop restaurant in Jerusalem, overlooking the old city. You can see the Muslim Dome of the Rock currently under Jordanian rule, (that is a whole other mind boggling story for later), which is on The Temple Mount where the 1st and 2nd Jewish Temples stood before their destruction by the Byzantines and Romans. Looking directly past the gold dome, you can see a light colored sandy-looking area. That is the Mount of Olives from where Yeshua ascended into heaven his last day on earth.

“He led them out toward Beit-Anyah; then, raising his hands, he said a b’rakhah (blessing) over them and as he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.” Luke 24:50-51

Where Else?

Everytime I think about visiting somewhere other than Israel, nothing has the appeal Jerusalem does. Everywhere else is so lack lustre once you’ve experienced the best and most unique place on the planet.  

The history, culture, spirituality, politics, intensity, innovation, inspiration, food, wine, education, technology, the past, the now, the future…it’s all there.

Everything started in Israel and everything is going to end there.  The global main stage, the epi center of the world, the very heartbeat of the earth. Israel is insanely intense yet so peaceful, full of shalom, it’s no wonder this report came out.

Western Wall Tunnels, Jerusalem
Zechariah 8:4
Beautiful fountain near New City of David, Jerusalem

What Happened

On my first trip to Jerusalem, our group was very large which meant we didn’t have much room or time to linger at the Kotel. And we weren’t told that we were going to the Kotel the day we visited so I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t have my hand-written prayers with me to place in the 2000 year old Western Wall…the moment I had waited for, for years. I was so heart broken over not being able to pray or soak in the moment of incredible spiritual richness that I decided to go back. My only chance to do that was on our final morning in Jerusalem before we left town at 8am. So I woke up at 5am and was walking down the street by 6am.

As I walked the 20 minute trek, it began to lightly rain. (In Israel, rain is considered a blessing as it waters the fields and crops that feed the nation plus 30% of exported fruits and vegetables to other countries.)

Once I reached the old city, I started walking through the market that leads down to the Kotel. The old city is divided into 4 parts, the Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter, Christian Quarter and Armenian Quarter. And each quarter has countless side streets, alleyways, twists and turns. For first time visitors, it’s so very easy to get lost or go the wrong direction.

It was early in the morning and all of the shops were closed with no one around to ask for directions.  Soon, I realized I was not sure which way to go and there wasn’t a soul in sight. I was lost. The clock was ticking and my time to pray was quickly passing. 

Desperate Prayer

Saying a quick but desperate prayer, I asked God for help. I barely had opened my eyes and out of nowhere a short, happy looking Jewish man walks up to me, asking if I am looking for the Kotel and did I need any help? 

God sent me an angel, y’all! He is faithful to hear AND answer our prayers!

He happily walked with me, showing me the way to the Kotel. As we walked and talked, I was blown away by his kindness and how he engaged me in talk about the bible. Then when he learned I was from Texas, he said quite enthusiastically, “WE LOVE TEXAS! When you see George Bush, tell him we love him too!”

As we reached the Kotel, my guardian angel pointed to the Temple Mount where the Temples once stood and will stand again and said in a hushed but absolute tone, “Look there, The Messiah is coming soon and He will reign from that very spot.” 

I was speechless. Here I was staring at the heart of God’s home listening to a Jewish man pour out his longing heart with unbridled anticipation of the coming of the Messiah. 

You see? Jerusalem. It is the Ultimate Destination. 

Eventually, I made my way to the Kotel, put my prayers in the ancient crevices and poured my heart out to God, thanking Him for allowing me to visit Israel, for sending me a guardian angel, for that moment, for waking me up spiritually, for showing me His heart, His land, His people and begging Him to please let me come back. 


Prayers at the Kotel
Yemen Moshe Neighborhood
Southern Steps of the Temple Mount in foreground. Mount of Olives in background
The bustling market in the Old City
Streets of Jerusalem
The Shuk, Jerusalem
Steps ascending the Temple Mount

Just the fact that Israel is only 70 years old as a modern nation since 1948, a mere short 3 years after 6 million Jews were murdered at the hands of evil anti-semitism is mind-boggling on its own. Even more mind boggling is what the Jews have done with that tiny super power country in the last short 70 years…completely astounding.

The way the city moves, the personality of her people, the presence of the world, the place God chose to put His name and His throne; I love everything about it.  The truth is, I feel most alive when I am in Israel and closest to God when I am in Jerusalem.