Inside Israel – Love from Jerusalem

“Hi!” and thank you for being here for another Sunday look inside Israel. J of Jerusalem shares an answer to prayer, the lighter side to life and the reality of events and nations moving quickly against Israel. God bless you as you pray. Now here’s J . . .

Greetings, dear brothers and sisters. What a gift to be brothers and sisters together! May we, as one, be a blessing to Him as we worship Him in Spirit and in Truth!

I wanted to share with you a wonderful answer to prayer that I have had as I know that there are some of you who have also held us up in this for a long time now. THANK YOU! I told you a while ago that our landlords both passed away within a year of each other, leaving their property to their children. I have explained the housing situations here over the years, and ofcourse, it is worse now. How GOOD The Lord is to promise to meet all of our NEEDS!
Our new landlord, Yael, the daughter, called on Wed and asked if I would like to pay the rent (we pay twice a year) and sign next year’s contract (we sign it yearly) again. She told me that there would be no changes! Praise God! We have rented this apartment for 17 years, and I know that the landlords wanted to raise the rent yearly. It is an old apartment and has never had renovations, so there are some pretty glaring difficulties with it, but it is in a lovely neighborhood and is on the ground floor. With the price of rents being so incredibly high, they could, potentially have asked and gotten twice what we pay. God has been so good to us and I do want to give Him ALL of the glory! “It is good to give thanks to The Lord And to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High. To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Your faithfulness every night.”

THE CONTINUING SAGA OF LIFE ON OUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – or…trying to beat the system.
That’s what I did yesterday…I tried to ‘beat the system. The system won.
Friday, erev shabat (erev means the evening before, or the entering into), as I have explained before, is a ‘half day’ (unless you work for govt…then it is a ‘full day’) off of work. By sundown on Friday everything is silent (almost). Most stores close between 3-4pm in summer and between noon and 2 in winter. The doctor’s office where I work takes ‘emergencies’ on Friday, and I TRY to be out by noon, but am allowed to leave by 1 if there are still patients. This was a 1:00 Friday and I still had to pick up a couple of things at the food store. B.L.R. (before lite-rail) I could have expected to be home well within about an hour, taking into consideration Friday traffic. Now? Oy! The 18 bus USED to be an option (bare with me and these details J) but now has a longer route, so I take the 21…HOWEVER…the 21 can take ½ hour between buses and I had just missed one. :-/ “Ok” I figured…”take the 18 to where it turns off by the Old City and RUN to the new train station. The train is SUPPOSED to come every 12 minutes…can’t be longer since it is a straight run from there to home.” Theoretically this SOUNDED good. I RAN to the train station on Jaffa Road in front of City Hall and the sign read ‘next train 12 minutes’. Oh well…glitch 1. Just missed a train. 12 minutes is still shorter then if I had taken the full city tour with the 18 route. The sign continued to say ’12 minutes’…for atleast 5. It did the same thing at 7 minutes and at 3 minutes. 20 minutes later the train arrived, jammed. (It’s still free). I squeezed on. People are still ‘discovering’ the ‘new train’ so we had to wait a number of times while people were told over the loud speaker ‘Please do NOT press the emergency stop button…We can’t continue until you stop pressing that button…it is only for emergencies.’ That only made it more tempting for some. ‘Hum’ I thought…’Maybe I should have stayed on the 18.’ Finally the train was moving up Jaffa Road. We made it all the way to the Central Bus Station. ‘Ok. Atleast this didn’t take any longer then the 18’ I thought. WRONG! “May we have your attention! We have just been told that there is a ‘hefetz hashood’ (unidentified suspicious package) at ‘kikar danya’ (Denmark square…MY STOP!) and we don’t know how long you will have to wait. I will open the doors incase you would like to walk instead. Shabat shalom.” I got off and figured…’well…I can walk home in another 45 minutes from here but let’s see if there is a bus running and I can get closer.’ While I RAN to the bus stops I called my husband who’s shop is in the square ‘Hi! I’ve been traveling home since 1 but they just announced a hefetz hashood there and emptied the train…what do you see?’ Silence… ‘Nothing. There’s hundreds of kids outside holding an end-of-the-first-week-of-school carnival.’ That’s unusual. If there were a possible problem the square would be very quickly emptied. I jumped on a bus (they seemed to be running normally). ‘Shalom” I said to the nice driver, ‘We were just told to get off the train because of a hefetz hashood in kikar danya. What’s happening?’ He looked puzzled ‘Hefetz hashood? Nah! It’s clear.’ We looked at each other…’Targil?’ (practice drill?) we laughed and I got home JUST before the store closed. The shelves were pretty empty but, hey. I am flexible. I changed my menu. I made it home before shabat and in LESS then two hours! Pretty good!

This week was the first week of school and there is excitement in the air and crowds on the streets. My older daughter called. ‘Ah Mama! I just saw the most wonderful thing! I cried!’ What was it? She had been called to a ‘tekes’ ceremony for the first graders. Our Granddaughter had excitedly given her the invitation. ‘Mom, the 6th grade takes responsibility for the first grade…to guide them, to help them adjust, to tutor them, to make sure that they are not being bullied etc. They also put together a ‘welcome kita aleph’ ceremony. Mom…you would not have believed it! The whole school comes out and they made a special arbor kind of gate and the first graders passed through…the gate of learning and knowledge and wisdom. They were welcomed with songs and flowers and so much love. It was amazing!’

This is a land of ‘pictures’ and ‘types’…this is a land of ‘promise’ and ‘pain’…this is a land at the center of His battle, so in the midst of everyday life, I see this morning that ‘the new Egypt’ violently attacked the Israeli Embassy last night and we awoke to the new reality of our ambassador and staff (more then 80) being airlifted out in the middle of the night. Reports are coming in that the new Egyptian leader is resigning. You probably remember the historic peace accord signed between Anwar Sadat and Menacham Began in 1979. Many involved in the current revolution there are calling for the destruction of that accord and a return to the state of war with Israel. Events appear to be fast moving at this time. With America preparing for the commemoration of the 9/11 attacks while mopping up from some massive storms, and while the Palestinians prepare to declare their state within 2 weeks, this may seem like a small event, but I think they are all, perhaps, part of the same one.

To help keep the perspective while such dramatic events occur, it is always heartwarming to remember that good things still happen…particularly on a one on one basis. I thought you might enjoy the article below. I did.
May you be encouraged this day IN YESHUA HIMSELF. And may HE be blessed. Thank you for your faithful love. Your sis here

Haredi, Arab saving lives together
Hezy of Mea Shearim, Fadi of At-Tur team up as volunteers in United Hatzalah emergency organization
Akiva Novick
Published:

09.08.11, 08:27 / Israel

“An Arab and a haredi are riding a motorbike.” No, this is not the beginning of a joke.

The story of Fadi Bahir and Hezy Roth can definitely be adapted into a feature film: Imagine an ultra-Orthodox man dressed in black, entering an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem in order to save someone’s life. Hours later, an Arab man runs into the heart of the haredi neighborhood of Mea Shearim in order to provide medical care.

This is their story. Hezy and Fadi volunteer together at United Hatzalah, an emergency medical services organization similar to Magen David Adom. Hezy is a resident of Mea Shearim, while Fadi lives in the Arab neighborhood of At-Tur.

Arabs residents from east Jerusalem have recently began volunteering at United Hatzalah, joining the organization’s 1,800 volunteers – most of them haredim. They help mostly in Arab neighborhoods, which the Jewish volunteers are often afraid to enter.

One of the new volunteers, Fadi Bahir, asked to work with a haredi volunteer. He teamed up with Hezy Roth, and together they tour Jerusalem’s haredi neighborhoods and visit the nearby Mount of Olives, which At-Tur is built on.

‘A person in danger doesn’t care who saves him’ (Photo: Atta Awisat)

Hezy (right) comes from his fish shop, and Fadi (left) from his work as a maintenance man at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“This whole issue is really insane,” Fadi says, smiling. “I’m approached by people in the middle of Mea Shearim, asking me for help. I have found myself more than once, with or without Hezy, in the middle of a yeshiva – performing resuscitation.”

‘We’re considered weirdoes’
It turns out that the Arab and haredi streets have quite a lot in common. The massive Magen David Adom ambulances find it difficult to make their way between the allies and are not familiar with the location of houses, and paramedics are sometimes afraid of visiting hostile places.

This is where the interfaith team comes in: They don’t any police escort, and can easily find their way on their motorbikes.

“It can sometimes take an ambulance 50 minutes to arrive,” says Fadi. “The person can die 10 times on the way. Take (the east Jerusalem village of) Silwan, for example. There are no addresses or number there.”

And Hezy adds, “When a person is in danger, he doesn’t care who saves him. This connection seems completely natural to us, but we’re each considered ‘weirdoes’ in each other’s neighborhoods.”
“Fadi and Hezy are proof that engaging in saving lives overcomes politics,” says United Hatzalah President Eli Beer.

“Because we are an operational lifesaving organization, which is always prepared for emergencies, we know that a united front is required to serve the Israeli public in the best way possible.”

“There is far more joy learning to dance in the rain then in avoiding the storm.”

ani b’derek

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you, Deb.

    I rejoice with J and her family for God’s favour in the rent situation.

    Praying there will be many more testimonies to the glory of His name.

    Blessings,
    an

  2. Rejoicing and praying with you, dear Ann full of Jesus grace!
    God bless you and the testimony you are for Him!


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