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“European Life in Europe Died in Auschwitz”

European Life in Europe Died in Auschwitz By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez (This is a translation of an article from a Spanish newspaper, March 28, 2006.) I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth: Europe died in Auschwitz. We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.  The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all,

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Talmidim 2014 Lighter Side

What do Bible Believing Christians do on downtime between working with holocaust survivors, painting bomb shelters and filling food boxes in Sderot near Gaza? Have fun at Purim by reading Esther and acting out the different roles, sing songs on the Sea of Galilee, climb Mt. Arbel overlooking the Sea of Galilee (this is near a large Crusader battle that took place centuries ago that was portrayed as in the middle of the desert in the movie “Kingdom of Heaven”) and enjoy each others company. The group that went to Israel as a part of Talmidim 2014 grew together

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Talmidim 2014 From Caesarea to Migdal

Day Three – Talmidim Travel Day – From Caesarea to Migdal (Galilee Sea) Today was a travel day made to order. It was rainy and windy depending on where we were on the drive. Our drive took us along the coast to the board between Lebanon and Israel. The coast was beautiful but the waters were very rough. For those that watched Seinfeld you could say “ The Sea was angry that day’ my friend”. We stopped for a picture at the coast under the border crossing and then headed for the town of Migdal. Migdal is a very

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Talmidim 2014 Bomb Shelter

We spent March 13 cleaning and painting 2 bomb shelters in Kiryat Shmona near the Lebenon border.  The reality of the people living in this town is that there are over one hundred thousand rockets only kilometers away in Lebanon that Hezbollah is awaiting the order to launch.  These are Kassam rockets that are filled with shrapnel intended to inflect terror and damage, not strategic military strikes. Our group cleaned, painted and prayed that the shelters will not have to be used by the local residents. Imagine that your small town was just a few kilometers away from a

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Talmidim 2014 – Community Hall Restoration

Day Two – Talmidim Community Hall Restoration Continued:  Today we returned to the Community Centre to finish the painting and clean. We hand painted each security bar on the windows white and cleaned the windows to the point that they were actually transparent. Five young men were sent to assist with the clean up and planting of new trees in the front yard. One of the young men named Dan was very friendly and shared his music with us through his phone. Dan’s mandatory military service is quickly approaching and he is looking forward to completing his service and

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Talmidim 2014 Psalms 126 Devotion

Psalms 126 A Song of Degrees: “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongues with the singing; then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears come again to rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Lessons from the Trees – The Story of Honi  The Talmud tells the

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Talmidim 2014 Russian Jewish Holocaust Survivors – Restoration Project

Day One – Talmidim   Community Hall Restoration:   Ten of the fifteen people in our group were assigned to a large Community Centre. The Community Centre has played many roles in years past; it has been a school, a daycare, place of prayer and teaching. The Centre appeared to have been abandoned for some time. Walking to the Centre the first thing you saw and smelt was dust and decay. The windows that spanned both sides of the room were thick with tap upon tap and stuck on dirt. Although clear glass the light barely penetrated. The ceiling

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Talmidim 2014 Orthodox Jew Tour

Perhaps the greatest thing about being in the Land of the Lord is divine appointment and so far this trip has been appointment after appointment. Those of you that know Brandy, know that she is a researcher and she loves putting this skill to work when vacation planning. We booked a tour called the “Orthodox Jew Tour” offered by “Abraham Tours”. We really did not know what to expect because Orthodox Jews are very private people. The tour began at 4:30 at Abraham’s Hostel. The group was fairly small with three gentlemen from Singapore, a couple from Holland, an

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Talmidim Day 1

The first day in Jerusalem we wanted to get our donation bag to Michael from Ministry to Israel: The Purpose of the JSC “The primary commitment of the JSC is to help new Jewish immigrants who have been in the country for less than 10 years. The qualified staff of the JSC is Russian, Hebrew, Spanish and English speaking and have assisted tens of thousands of Jews to start a new life in the Promised Land. Not only does the JSC staff help in benevolent ways, the staff also provides an inviting atmosphere where people feel respected and

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Talmidim 2014 Intro

(Genesis 12:1-3 KJV) 1. Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2.And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. . The first question is why Israel? Israel has a special place in history