Surviving the Holocaust

In 2015 when I studied at the Yad Vashem International School of Holocaust Studies, by far the most striking thing to me was the zest for life the Jewish people have, even in the midst of the most terrifying horrors imaginable.

For example, when herded off to ghettos, and ultimately concentration camps, Jews were allowed to take very little.  Perhaps only a small suitcase or two.  What would you take, if you faced such a crisis?  Your computer?  Your valuables?  Treasured heirlooms?

In many cases, the Jews  took school books, art supplies, musical instruments and things that would enable them to carry on with life as they knew it.  Why?  Because life carries more value than anything to the Jewish people.  Their zest for life was (and still is) insatiable, and they went to tremendous lengths to live life to the fullest possible .

Here is a story of how a small group of Jews survived another day in the concentration camps, under the watchful and demanding eyes of Nazi soldiers.  Take a look:

My friends, not only could we learn a thing or two about dealing with hardship, but as Christians, it is our responsibility to defend the innocent.  It is our calling to stand up for those in need.  It is a Biblical command to bless Israel.

But how do we know and understand the depth of God’s desire if we have no understanding of His beloved people, and the importance of standing with them?

This is where I urge you to take advantage of a FREE online course launching today! Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies is making “Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present” available online in a “study at your own pace” format.  (Just click on the link!)  Researchers and instructors at Yad Vashem are literally the world’s experts in Antisemitism and the Holocaust, and your understanding of those things and how they continue to this day will expand greatly.

It’s free, so you have nothing to lose.  Join me, as I join hundreds of others, in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity!  See you in the virtual classroom!  Enjoy!

Iranian Shi’ite Muslim Combats BDS and Anti-Semitism in the US

Yazdi (center) in a pro-Israeli campus protest

Yazdi (center) in a pro-Israeli campus protest.

“When I visited Israel, I told the guide—an army reservist—I thought the only people treating Muslims as human beings in that part of the world were probably Israelis.”
~Ryan Ali Yazdi

In Ryan Ali Yazdi’s lineage included a deposed shah and many relatives who served as ministers in the former governments in Tehran.  A Shi’ite Muslim, Yazdi has studied East Asian studies and economics at Columbia University.  According to Ynet Magazine, He is also treasurer of Students Supporting Israel (SSI), a pro-Israeli student union active in 50 campuses across the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel.

What motivates this Persian Muslim to support Israel?  He sees how much of the world, particularly the Muslim world, denies human rights while Israel responds to human need.  Yazdi also recognizes modern-day anti-semitism, including that of his native land.  He says:

While I’m a Muslim, I’ll stand with any nation that is threatened with genocide—and today the most significant such threat is made against Israel….Each generation has a new form of anti-Semitism. In the past it was Nazi death camps, and today, it’s Iran and the ayatollahs.”

He goes on to say:

 “I think BDS dehumanizes human lives in the Middle East….They don’t care about what’s happening in Gaza and other Arab countries when it comes to human rights…. All they care about is destroying Israel. BDS is bringing up the next generation in campuses to be anti-Semites, they’re disseminating Nazi propaganda against Israel.”

Amazingly, there are Muslim people in the world who understand the evil perpetuated by Islamic ideology, and who are willing to stand against it.

Scripture reveals that God uses everything from a donkey to Israel’s enemies (and much more!) to fulfill His plans.  He can use even Muslim people to do the same today!  Please join me in praying for Ryan Ali Yazdi and other Muslim people who see the fallacy of Islamic ideology.  Pray for God’s favor, and pray for salvation!  May their eyes be open to the truth, and may they come to know the One True God, Jesus the Messiah!


Yad Vashem Offers Free Online Course on Antisemitism

Friends, there is a fantastic opportunity I don’t want you to miss!  You can learn from some of the world’s experts on antisemitism and the Holocaust for FREE.  Yad Vashem is offering the free course entitled Antisemitism: From its Origins to the Present.

A couple years ago I had the blessed privilege to attend a Christian Leaders Seminar on the Holocaust and antisemitism at Yad Vashem (in Jerusalem).  Yad Vashem is best known as Israel’s Holocaust Memorial and Museum, but it is also a world-renown international research and educational center.  The museum actually sits adjacent to the International School for Holocaust Studies, where many come from all over the world to study about the Holocaust and antisemitism.  The researchers are truly experts (including Holocaust survivors and children of survivors), and the educational faculty is second to none.  These people know their stuff!

Yad Vashem has a website literally jam-packed with resources, and now they are offering online courses.  Having spent 8 days in a classroom there, “drinking from the firehose,” I can tell you the courses will likely be loaded with more information than you dream possible!  Also, the learning experience will include discussion (to whatever degree you are comfortable), allowing an “iron sharpening iron” experience.  (Teaching styles in Israel are considerably different than in the US, where lecture-style teaching is predominant.)

After studying at Yad Vashem, I realized that, unless you have a degree of understanding about the Holocaust and antisemitism, you really have no depth of knowledge about the lives of Jewish people.  For that reason (and others), I highly encourage you to take advantage of this free course, offered by Yad Vashem and the International School of Holocaust Studies.  I believe you will come away with a much greater depth of understanding and appreciation for the people God calls the apple of His eye.

Classes begin March 19, so sign up soon!

Course Information

Register Here

Hope to see you in class!

BDS: Alive and Well

Hi friends!  If you know much about Israel, you know there is a global movement to delegitimize Israel by destroying her economy and vitality.  That movement, instigated by the Palestinians and those who condemn Israel’s “occupation” of the land, is called the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) Movement.

First, let’s be absolutely clear: the land “occupied” by Israel is Israel’s land, regardless of the angle taken to refute the fact.  Biblically, God promised the land to Israel for an everlasting possession.  (See God’s Appointed Role in History for IsraelMilitarily, and according to international law, Israel has won every war in which it has been attacked, legally taking possession of land, and often giving it back.  (See Week 4’s study of Looking for the Blessed HopeDiplomatically, Israel has bent over backwards in attempts to grant land to the Palestinians, only to meet with their “all-or-none” demands.  (See Is Israel the Obstacle to Peace in the Middle East)

Recent BDSSo the BDS Movement stands on a ridiculous premise.  While it may not be everyday, headline news, just know that it is being propagated on college campuses (especially in the US, where freedom of speech allows it) and in big name companies around the world every single day.

But, let’s examine the BDS Movement a bit more carefully to see what merit it may or may not have:


So, to repeat the question: Would the Israel-haters ever inconvenience themselves by giving up all that Israel has given them?  Would Honda and Axa give up their computers, cell phones and other Israeli-developed technology?  Not on your life!  The BDS Movement is simply evil hypocrisy at its best.

PS:  Fresh news of the day: yet another Israeli innovation.

Israeli Bandages that Stop Bleeding Within Seconds Now Sold Globally