“We are All Jews Here!”

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Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds – Righteous Among the Nations

In December 2015 I attended a Christian Leaders Seminar at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Research Center in Jerusalem.  In my class was a pastor from Tennessee named Chris Edmonds,  and little did we know what excitement we would experience over the course of those 8 days at Yad Vashem.

We learned early on that Chris’ dad, Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds, had saved the lives of over 200 Jewish-American soldiers in WW2, and that Yad Vashem was nearing completion of the long process of confirming those facts.  While in class one day, word came that it was official: Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds was posthumously designated by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations,” Israel’s highest honor given to non-Jews who risked their own lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

The media circus started that day, as Edmonds became one of only a very few Americans to be so honored by Yad Vashem.  Chris was immediately bombarded by media requests, the honoring ceremony happened on January 27 (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in 2016, Chris was invited to share his dad’s story at AIPAC 2016, and attempts to garner a Congressional Medal of Honor ensued.  Most recently, a movie has been produced about Edmonds’ heroism.  Indeed, it is a very fascinating story.

AISH.com just released the 2-minute version (below) of the story.  Click the links above to hear more of the fascinating story!  (My favorite is the AIPAC 2016 video!)  Enjoy!

Word from Jerusalem – July 2018

Blessed Lord’s Day, dear friends!

I want to bless you with the latest issue of Word from Jerusalem, the monthly publication of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ).  This month’s e-magazine’s focus is on the impact of Israel’s re-birth.

Yes, it is a very big deal, not only in Israel, but for Jews and Christians around the world, as the prophetic impact is eternal!  In May, Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of her rebirth, and is enjoying great prosperity…just as Scripture says they will!  (Read Ezekiel 38 for evidence.)

This issue contains articles such as:

  • The Impact of Israel’s Rebirth – written by ICEJ VP and Senior Spokesman, David Parsons.  (David was one of the attorneys who helped draft the Jerusalem Embassy Act that paved the way for the US Embassy’s move to Jerusalem.)
  • Learning to Remember: A Visit to Yad Vashem – Yad Vashem is the Holocaust Memorial, Museum and Educational center in Jerusalem
  • Was Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem the Right Thing to Do? – Daryl Hedding (Deputy Director of the US Branch of ICEJ) provides a well-thought commentary on the move of the embassy.
  • …many other articles highlighting the various ministries and outreaches of ICEJ

Here is the magazine.  I pray your are blessed by it!

How Do Jews Retaliate when Threatened with Extinction? They Survive…and Multiply!

Hi friends!  I have a very heartwarming story to share today.  In December 2015 I was especially blessed to be invited to participate in a Christian Leaders Seminar at the Yad Vashem Museum and School for International Studies.  It was an incredible experience, but one thing made it even more special than any other.

A pastor in our class happened to be the son of Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds.  As we arrived for the seminar, that name meant little to most of us.  However, by the end of that 8-day seminar, we discovered just what a hero Roddie Edmonds was!  An incredible human being, he saved the lives of 200 Jews during WWII. That classmate, Chris Edmonds, shared the heroic story of his father, and while there at Yad Vashem for the seminar, got word his father was named Righteous Among the Nations, Israel’s highest honor granted to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

In March 2016, Chris was invited to share his father’s story before an enthusiastic crowd of 18,000 at the annual AIPAC Conference.  (You can see that video here.)

Recently, The Jewish Foundation of the Righteous produced a video, featuring Chris’ journey to Germany where his father commanded a unit of men captured by Nazi forces, then stood firm in protecting Jewish soldiers under his command.  Four of Edmonds’ men (all Jewish) tell the story, and it’s well worth seeing!  In the end, you see their revenge to the Nazis who hoped to wipe them out: they lived (thanks to Master Sergeant Edmonds) and multiplied!

Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/198357872

 

 

Silent Respect, Fleeing Armies and Stark Irony

I admit…I’m a Middle East news junky!  I just find it so intriguing that the news so closely aligns with Scripture!  But, I seem to find the ridiculous and absurd more often than not.  (That’s easy when Israel’s enemies habitually open their mouths with the strangest and most untruthful things!)

But yesterday was an especially intriguing news day.  To begin with, it was Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.  It is a day filled with ceremony honoring the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.  The grandest ceremony takes place at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum where the Israeli Prime Minister and President almost always speak to the Jewish people, exhorting them to never forget the atrocities carried out against their people.

But perhaps most fascinating is what happens mid-morning on Yom HaShoah.  Sirens go off around the country for two minutes and the entire nation literally stands still to honor the Holocaust victims.  Here is what it looks like on busy freeways (click the picture to see the video):

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Of course, while that was going on, we continued receiving news regarding Syria.  The US has pledged to send missiles in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on innocent Syrian civilians.  There are US threats against Russian, Iranian and Assad regime positions.  (Other allies are making commitments to the effort as well.)

The response: Military aircraft and sea vessels are scrambling every which direction!  After commandeering a Syrian port months ago, Russian vessels are scooting out into the Mediterranean Sea.  Iran is evacuating air bases it claims not to have, and Assad is moving his military assets to what he considers to be safer, Russian protected bases!

Before the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:

After the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:

 

Finally, a stark irony (among many).  According to Israel National News (Arutz Sheva), just days before Yom HaShoah, the Palestinian Authority used pictures of dead Holocaust victims to misrepresent an alleged massacre of Palestinians by Jews in 1948.  The picture is clearly misappropriated.  (You will find the story and pictures here.)

These are crazy news days, but it doesn’t mean we have to be afraid.  As Christians, we are living in one of the most exciting times in history.  Not because of the crazy things taking place, but because we know that Jesus is returning soon!  We can lift up our heads because we know our redemption draws near!  (Luke 21:28)