The Bible Teaching Ministry of David Hocking
“The Word of our God shall stand forever” Isaiah 40:8


September 19th, 2014

by Jack Engelhard (IsraelNationalNews)

Back when I was around 15 years old I was offered a summertime job. This was in Montreal. I would have to present myself for a brief interview, but since a high authority in town had recommended me, the fix was in, it was in the bag. The interview was a formality.

The man behind the big desk began asking questions…strange questions.

“Your father is Polish. Yes?”

“No, my father is Jewish.”

“I understand,” said the man. “But he is a Polish Jew.”

I did not know what that was, and I said so. Polish? Spanish? What’s the difference?

“Polish Jews,” the man persisted, “are known to be Talmudic, no? Bookish, studious.”

True, my father knew the depths of Torah and Talmud – but bookish? He worked 14 hours a day in the leather trade.

“I am sorry,” I said. “I don’t know what you mean.”

“I mean they tend to be lazy.”

“You are very wrong, Mister…”

“Nevertheless, we cannot hire lazy people,” said the man.

That was my first brush with in-your-face anti-Semitism.

After all these years, have I ever forgiven this fellow Jew? Obviously not. Some insults and indignations stick.

Forgiveness is a tough job and a tough sell.

The Chofetz Chaim… refused to forgive a gang of louts after they tormented him, mistaking him for a tramp as he travelled incognito. But we’re approaching the High Holy Days. This is when we are commanded to clean up our act and learn to forgive. As for me, I try, and often I succeed. But just as often I can’t get with the program. I will leave it to our rabbis to define the boundaries of forgiveness. Surely I exceed the limits and am far from being righteous.

The Chofetz Chaim, however, was impeccably righteous, and he refused to forgive a gang of louts after they tormented him, mistaking him for a tramp as he travelled incognito. Later, when they found out who he really was, they begged for forgiveness, but by then it was too late. They would have to find the “tramp” again and he was forever gone.

On average, I’d say we all endure five insults a day, from a wedding invitation that excludes us to a snub at the office. Why coffee for everyone except you? How about that driver who cut you off or that lady who sneaked ahead of you in line or the co-worker who gave you a bad performance review…may he win a million dollars and spend it all on doctors?

We suffer all these snubs and indecencies and even put them out of our minds, but do we forgive?

We give it our best shot, but it doesn’t always work. There’s hurt all around and we “forgive” only to move on with our lives.

It would be impossible to survive as individuals, as a species, if we remembered every slight. But we are not angels. We are not saints. We are human.

The same two men who shake forgiving hands in synagogue – once they get on the road all bets are off.

The manager that ran the radio station where I worked as an editor – I still call him Hitler. The director who stole my idea, I call him no friend, no pal.

A movie producer friend can’t forget (or forgive) the studio boss who invited him to lunch and then stood him up at the elevator when someone “more important” came along. That happened 20 years ago. Is this an exception or a rule? I’m saying it’s a rule and that it all begins at home. Most families are dysfunctional.

Forgiveness is desirable, of course, but does not appear to be a natural human inclination…judging from my own instincts and from observing others.

How about you?

Do you forgive Ariel Sharon for Gush Katif?

We’re taught that our Torah never demands anything beyond our reach. But forgiveness – that is a tough one. That is a stretch.

(EDITOR’s NOTE: The above article is interesting and insightful – However, most of us who have become Messianic believers in Yeshua, have found that only His grace and example helps! Forgiveness is critical for all of us, no matter what the reason. It is because of our Lord’s forgiveness that we can apply that we ever find
peace and relief for what has happened to us in our lives. The Bible reminds us to forgive as He forgave us – to Him be all the glory and praise!


September 19th, 2014

by Ari Yasher (Arutz Sheva News)

Hamas spokesperson charges unity PM of obeying Fatah, ‘reinforcing the rift,’ after Hamdallah admits no plans to implement deal.

The war of words between Hamas and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction continued to heat up on Friday, after Hamas lashed out at unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri gave Hamdallah a tongue lashing on his official Facebook page Friday, accusing the prime minister of “still being loyal to the orders of the Fatah movement and conducting its decisions.”

Hamdallah “isn’t behaving according to the rules of the unity government, and ignores the rights of Gaza residents and their suffering,” charged Abu Zuhri. “He is reinforcing the rift and adding to the failure of the (unity) government.”

Abu Zuhri’s verbal barrage comes after Hamdallah earlier on Friday revealed no plans have been instituted to ensure the implementation of the reconciliation agreement signed by Hamas and Fatah in April.

The prime minister instead said that all factions who signed the agreement are “fully responsible” for finding solutions to internal conflict – pushing the responsibility off of the unity government.

Just hours before Hamdallah’s comments, Hamas political official Mahmoud Zahran claimed late Thursday night that the unity pact was merely a “temporary measure,” and that Hamas was looking for “alternative solutions.”

“There is no doubt (the unity government) is a failure,” Zahran added.

Tensions between Hamas and Fatah have been at the boiling point lately, with Abbas last week threatening to end the unity deal over a range of issues, primarily among them Hamas’s foiled coup attempt against Abbas in Judea and Samaria.

In that case too Abu Zuhri struck back, saying “Abbas’s remarks against Hamas and the resistance are unjustified, and the sources of information and figures he relied on were incorrect and have nothing to do with the truth.”


September 18th, 2014

by Ari Soffer (Arutz Sheva News)

Impressive Byzantine-era compound shedding light on life 1,000 years ago unearthed during preparations to build new neighborhood.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) said it “uncovered a large and impressive compound dating to the Byzantine period in Ramat Bet Shemesh,” which included near-perfectly preserved artifacts offering a rare glimpse into the daily lives of the ancient inhabitants.

During the survey blocked cisterns, a cave opening and the tops of several walls were found visible on the surface. The subsequent excavations, funded by the Ministry of Construction and Housing revealed a vast compound surrounded by an outer wall and divided on the inside into two areas: an industrial area and an activity and residential area.

The industrial area demonstrated the primary source of income for residents was olive oil and wine production. An unusually large and well-preserved olive oil press was discovered inside the complex, while a large wine press was revealed outside. The latter consisted of two treading floors from which grape juice would have flowed to a large collecting vat.

According to the IAA, “The impressive size of the agricultural installations shows that these facilities were used for production on an industrial-scale rather than just for domestic use.”

Two entire ovens used for baking were also exposed in the compound, although those likely were for local use.

The residential part of the compound consisted of several rooms, some of which contained beautifully-detailed mosaic flooring. One partially-preserved, colorful mosaic was exposed in a room which once contained a staircase to a now-nonexistent second floor. In the adjacent room another multicolored mosaic was found, which portrayed a cluster of grapes surrounded by flowers set within a geometric frame.

Execavation directors Irene Zilberbod and Tehila libman said the compound was most likely a monastery.

“We believe this is the site of a monastery from the Byzantine period,” said Zilberbod. “It is true we did not find a church at the site or an inscription or any other unequivocal evidence of religious worship; nevertheless, the impressive construction, the dating to the Byzantine period, the magnificent mosaic floors, window and roof tile artifacts, as well as the agricultural-industrial installations inside the dwelling compound are all known to us from numerous other contemporary monasteries.

“Thus it is possible to reconstruct a scenario in which monks resided in a monastery that they established, made their living from the agricultural installations and dwelled in the rooms and carried out their religious activities.”

Experts estimate that at some point towards the beginning of the Islamic period (seventh century CE), the compound ceased to function and was subsequently occupied by new residents, who changed the plan of the compound and adapted it for their needs. If the new residents were along the Muslim conquerers or accompanying Arab settlers it may suggest why no church was found during the excavations.

Dr. Yuval Baruch, the Jerusalem Regional Archaeologist of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said the IAA and Housing Ministry had already taken measures to preserve the site, which would ultimately be situated in the center of the new neighborhood slated for construction.


September 18th, 2014

by Elizabeth Blade (Israel Today News)

The Middle East has a serious problem, and it isn’t the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Though one wouldn’t know it by the skewed focus of international media and diplomatic attention, the crisis of the Islamic State dwarfs even the most serious bouts of Israeli-Arab violence.

Over the past several months, the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS), a Sunni Muslim group rejected by Al Qaeda as being too extreme, has not only managed to gain control over much of Iraq and Syria, but has fulfilled the long-held dream of many Sunnis by establishing a “caliphate” that demands the allegiance of all faithful Muslims.

But the Islamic State’s notorious leader, Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi, is not content with the territory he already rules. Al-Baghdadi is thinking big, and has vowed to forcibly spread Islam to the four corners of the world. Iraq was only the first target among many, and the swift defeat of the US-trained and equipped Iraqi military provided the Islamists a major morale boost.

Abdul Alhasan (name changed for security reasons), a member of the Iraqi parliament, explained the easy conquest of key Iraqi cities by pointing a blaming finger at his nation’s unpopular government.

“We poured billions of dollars into military equipment and training, but these fanatics managed to deal us a severe blow. This would not have been possible if the government listened to the will of its people,” said the politician, insisting that Iraq needs to grant greater autonomy to its diverse group of minorities and abandon the American idea of an overbearing central government.

Instead, Baghdad has strongly suppressed calls for greater regional autonomy, sparking violent clashes and dangerous shifts in allegiances. This has only made the Islamic State’s job easier, with some factions preferring the caliphate to their own government. It would appear that a unified Iraq’s days are numbered.

And while Alhassan and others remain optimistic that Iraq still has a fighting chance, the Islamic State is already moving on to new targets in its assaults on Jordanian border towns. The goal is clear: topple Jordan’s monarch and annex the territory of the Hashemite Kingdom in a march that inevitably leads to Israel.

In a face-to-face showdown, Jordan’s well-trained military and substantial regional and international backing should be too much for the Islamic State to overcome. The real threat is the Islamic State gaining supporters within Jordan. “Mass demonstrations in support of the Islamic State have already taken place in the Jordanian city of Maan,” notes Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an expert on Islam at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University.

Kedar stresses that many Palestinian and Syrian refugees residing in the Kingdom are angry over the way Jordanian authorities handle their miserable living conditions, “forcing thousands to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State, which they view as a solution to their problems.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been monitoring the developments closely, vowed to help Jordan in curbing the rising threat. “Israel realizes that one day we may all wake up to find the Islamic State on our borders,” says Kedar. “The real danger is that Palestinians in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and even inside Israel proper may support the Islamic State, shattering Israel’s security.”

According to the pundit, it might be in Israel’s interests to tackle this threat militarily before it has a chance to gain a foothold West of the Jordan River. While such a decision hasn’t been taken yet, rumors are that Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the US have established an operations center in Amman with the aim of developing plans to defeat the Islamic State.

The Islamic State has asserted that its present focus is dealing with apostate Muslim countries, but there is no doubt the jihadist horde is inching ever closer to the Jewish state.


September 17th, 2014

by Ari Yasher (Arutz Sheva News)

Fatah reveals Hamas smuggling people from Gaza via Egypt to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person; Hamas partially denies.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has exposed that Hamas is running a human trafficking network, smuggling Gaza residents to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person.

The charges come following reports that dozens of Palestinian Arabs drowned last week after leaving Gaza for Egypt, where they boarded an ill-fated ship bound for Europe that never reached its goal, reports Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio).

Apparently Hamas used its hundreds of smuggling tunnels into the Sinai Peninsula to funnel the would-be immigrants out of Gaza and into Egypt; while an Egyptian siege limited the usage of those smuggling tunnels, the blockade has been recently eased during the current ceasefire.

Palestinian Arab media sources published the names of roughly 90 Arab residents of Gaza who went missing after trying to immigrate by sea from Egypt to Europe.

In response to the accusations, Hamas said the phenomenon of immigration has always existed, and claimed it arrested several members of the human trafficking network in Gaza.

The revelation of increased mobility between Gaza and Europe comes at a time of heightened concerns that Arab terrorists from the Middle East may be finding their way to western Europe, where they could potentially conduct terror attacks.

Just recently the Israeli National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a travel warning to western Europe for Israelis, over fears of terror attacks targeting Jewish and Israeli targets.

In particular, there is a fear that western jihadists, most notably the roughly 2,000 Islamic State (ISIS) foreign recruits, may return home to conduct attacks.


September 17th, 2014

by Ari Soffer (Arutz Sheva News)

Yasin Ali Suleiman Shlash blamed for mass-kidnapping of Yezidi women, many of whom were sold into sexual slavery.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces claim to have killed a senior Islamic State (IS) military commander Tuesday.

According to Kurdish news outlet Rudaw, 39-year-old Yasin Ali Suleiman Shlash, also known as Abu Abdullah, was IS’s top military commander in the Mosul region.

“He was killed with a number of other terrorists during a military operation by Peshmerga forces in coordination with the US air force to liberate Hassan Sham and its vicinities,” the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council said in statement.

The city of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest, was captured at the start of a stunning advance by IS and allied Sunni militias earlier this year.

The Iraqi army was accused of ineptness after it melted away in the face of a much smaller IS force, and even Peshmerga forces – highly regarded for their own bravery in combat – performed disappointingly in the initial stages of the jihadist onslaught, which took place outside of the mountainous Kurdish region the Peshmerga were used to fighting in.

Since then, however, with the help of US airstrikes and western military aid Kurdish forces have pushed back and made some significant gains – most notably the retaking of Mosul dam last month.

The Kurdish Security Council said Shlash, a former Arabic teacher, was behind a 2007 terrorist bombing the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) capital of Erbil.

It also said he had coordinated the recent mass-kidnappings of Yezidi women – many of whom were raped or sold into slavery – when IS captured the Shingar mountain region last month.


September 16th, 2014

By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar (Arutz Sheva News)

For Malachi and Tanya Avital Ben-Yehuda of Riverdale, New York, terrorist rockets peppering southern Israel were inconsequential compared to their firm dedication to the Jewish faith and homeland.

The Ben-Yehuda’s, an African-American couple who converted to Judaism four years ago, made aliyah (immigration) to Israel on July 21, even as counter-terror Operation Protective Edge continued and terror rocket attacks raged.

Not only did they immigrate – they arrived at an absorption center in Be’er Sheva in the south where rockets have been falling frequently, and they plan to move to Ashkelon which has been a main target of Hamas. Arutz Sheva joined the couple on their aliyah flight.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva in New York before departing to the Holy Land, Malachi, a 55-year-old former American serviceman, recalled how their rabbi was surprised by their decision, saying “you want to make aliyah? You just converted!”

For Malachi the decision was obvious. “We wouldn’t change it for the world, we wouldn’t go back, even at this time, we want to go forward,” stated the new immigrant.

“We love the land of Israel,” Malachi said while on his aliyah flight approaching Israel. After being around the world, he recalled how he and his wife arrived in Israel and “just wanted to kiss the ground, and I just felt like I was a part of the land, like I was supposed to be here, and my wife feels the same way.”

Tanya, a 51-year-old retired New York City corrections office, concurred, saying “we understand the situation that’s going on, and we’ve chosen to live here. We’ve chosen to show the terrorists that we’re not afraid and that we support Israel.”

“This is the best time to come,” added Malachi, noting the strong message of making aliyah under fire.

In the month of July, 546 American Jews made aliyah unintimidated by the Hamas rocket fire, including a flight of 109 “Lone Soldiers” immigrating and immediately beginning their army service. The aliyah has been aided by Nefesh B’Nefesh.


September 16th, 2014

by Ben Ariel (Arutz Sheva News)

Hezbollah official says the threat from the Islamic State means there “is a great need for Hezbollah to remain in Syria”.

A senior official with Hezbollah declared on Monday that the group will not leave Syria, citing the threat of the “Islamic State” (IS) and other radical groups, reports the Lebanese-based Daily Star.

Speaking at a ceremony in the southern village of Aita Shaab, Nabil Qaouk, the deputy head of Hezbollah’s executive council, said, “There could never be a war of words between ISIS and us, but there is the field where we will defeat them. We will not engage in a war of statements or political disputes.”

“Day after day, it is becoming clear to Lebanon and the Arab, Muslim and international communities that there is a great need for Hezbollah to remain in Syria,” he declared.

“The current situation today imposes the need for Hezbollah to stay in Syria more than any other time,” added Qaouk, according to the Daily Star.

Referring to last month’s clashes between the Lebanese Army and fighters from IS and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, he said a battle with radical groups had been imposed on Lebanon, which was now in the eye of the storm.

Hezbollah has made no secret of the fact that it is heavily involved in the Syrian civil war, sending fighters to battle rebels alongside Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s troops.

The group has also expressed concerns over IS. Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah recently warned that the group is an “existential threat” menacing Lebanon and the whole region.

“The Lebanese need to be aware of this existential threat and the need to confront it,” Nasrallah said, adding, “We must find true, realistic and serious means to counter this threat.”


September 14th, 2014

by Cynthia Blank (Arutz Sheva News)

Floods of refugees from regional turmoil could pose an existential threat to both Jordan and Israel – or result in a Palestinian state.

In a new article, Professor Arnon Sofer, head of the Chaikin Chair of Geo-Strategy at the University of Haifa, and Anton Berkovsky discuss the danger of immigration from the turmoil-filled Arab states to Israel.

“Countries in the Middle East are currently in states of internal and external war, pressing the State of Israel to prepare for waves of immigrants from Arab countries to Israeli territory, which may endanger her existence,” they wrote.

According to Sofer and Berkovsky, the waves of immigrants already constitute a real danger to the future of Jordan. The worst case scenario being the movement of ISIS into Jordan, and subsequently creating a pure “Islamic State” within the country.

According to the data presented in the article, 2013 showed a record number of immigrants in the world – more than 232 million people, or about 3.2% of the world’s population. Professor Sofer suggests that the Middle East presents a unique picture. “Within 30 years (1950-1980), the population doubled, and in the next 30 years (1980-2010), the population doubled again. This is one of the main reasons why the demographics, economics, and politics of the Middle East have resulted in disorder and instability.” Sofer added that climate changes which led to severe water shortages in areas like North East Syria near the border with Turkey and Iraq, should also be taken into account.

Sofer argues that the events of the Arab Spring, the Civil War in Syria, and repeated crises in Iraq, have already created waves of refugees, resulting in demographic changes in the population map that are beyond recognition. According to estimates, following the Civil War in Syria, 3-4 million people became refugees outside of Syria, and another 8 million have become refugees in their own homeland. Wars between the various factions in Iraq have led to 750 thousand refugees, who have already left Iraq – mainly to Jordan, and another 3 million refugees inside Iraq. These refugees, who flood into neighboring countries cause societal changes that threaten the stability of such countries.

The most troubling possibility is Jordan. A million to a million and a half refugees from Iraq and Syria have become part of the population of 6.5 million citizens of Jordan. The Palestinian population rate decreased from 70% to about 60% of the total population, according to the study, while the percentage of Syrian refugees is estimated between 8%-15%.

“The Jordan of 2014 presents a new ethnic mosaic, and the national dynamic has completely changed. It should be remembered that some of the refugees are intruders from extremist groups, such as ISIS. Other refugees are in such a terrible situation that it is easy for such radical groups to recruit them ” noted Professor Sofer.

Sofer suggests three possibilities: The first, and optimistic approach – allowing massive Western aid to maintain Jordan’s stability; The second – The collapse of the kingdom and the outbreak of civil war, similar to the situation in Syria. In this scenario, Sofer envisions the Palestinians trying to take over the kingdom and establish a Palestinian state; The third and most dangerous option is for ISIS to take over large parts of the country thereby joining Jordan to their Sunni caliphate. The last two possibilities will cause hundreds of thousands of additional refugees to the Middle East.

According to Prof. Sofer, if such events materialize and instability grows, there is a real danger to Israel. Not only would it mean the existence of unstable regimes, extreme and hostile, close to its borders, but also the fact that a considerable portion of the hundreds of thousands of refugees could attempt to enter Israel.

The authors say that according to the 2013 data, an estimated 250,000 immigrants remained in Israel illegally. Additionally, thousands of Palestinians have entered Israel since 1967. The dangers of demographic turmoil taking place in neighboring countries could cause these numbers to grow significantly.

“Therefore, we must quickly prepare for new waves of immigration, in addition to those who have already entered Israel, mostly Palestinian and Arab immigrants from Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon,” concluded Professor Sofer.


September 12th, 2014

by Giulio Meotti (Arutz Sheva News)

So Schabas is going to investigate? Ban Ki Moon will punish Israel for hitting rocket-infested schools?

So the United Nations has launched another legal and political blood libel against the State of Israel, its officials and citizens-soldiers, this time for the war of defense in Gaza.

It is amazing to observe the moral presumption and ideological arrogance of the world’s most absurd organization.

An organization whose “blue helmets” not only drank champagne while in Bosnia people were killing each other, but also sexually abused children around the world, from Cambodia to Kenya. An organization which asked Iran to head its department against death penalty.

An organization which allowed Saudi Arabia to lead the global fight against female discrimination.

An organization once headed by someone whose offspirng managed the world’s largest corruption operation (do you remember Kofi Anan’s son?) through its channels.

An organization which basically stated that genocide in Darfur is part of global warming.

An organization whose officials compared Jews to dogs (Richard Falk docet).

An organization whose schools shelter Hamas rockets and terrorists.

An organization which has always been deaf and blind on the Israeli Jews’ suffering and is now hunting not only the “settlers”, but also the Israelis in the Tel Aviv coastal area.

An organization which was born in 1945 because of the Holocaust and which now facilitates another Holocaust by fomenting anti-Semitism in the world’s legal offices, by preaching anti-Judaism over the Temple Mount and by downplaying the worst terror organizations.

I hope the UN will fall apart and cease to exist in the near future. Democracies, decent people and Western civilization deserve a better world agency. The Spanish diplomat and writer, Salvador de Madariaga, rightly called the UN “una mierda” (feces).

Meanwhile, the UN is unworthy even of shining Israel’s shoes.

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