Joanie’s Jewels

A Close Call in the Shouk

I was a nano second away from punching the guy, or at least shoving him. I'm sorry if you're...

A Day in My Life

Shavua tov! That is the greeting which means, "Good week" for Sunday begins Israel's work week....

A New Normal

It was a David versus Goliath moment as PM Bibi announced the steps necessary to combat our unseen enemy – Covid-19.  I felt numb as I watched his grim “game face” and listened to his rapid staccato gun-fire presentation.  I heard but couldn’t process what he was saying.  Until he spoke words that took no processing....

Another Side of Israel

The truths herein are not commonly known or understood. This was written by a young woman who's...

Christmas Testimony

God used an ice storm to show me how angry I was at His love for the Gentiles....

Decoy Jews?

“Decoy Jew” is a new phrase in the Netherlands. Jews are no longer safe in major Dutch cities...

Faith or Works?

But for the last few days, there has been some disappointments from unexpected places.  Faith and excitement were soon overwhelmed by doubt and fear.

Farewell Good Friend.

  Jews For Jesus Founder Moishe Rosen goes Home to Y'shua Michael Ireland (May 25, 2010)...

Grieving – Psalm 75

The grief was unbearable and tears were my only relief.  I grieved for: God The church The lost...

Heart check-up

In the first foundational steps of a major project, the Holy Spirit keeps giving me a "heart...

Home with a bang!

Flying over Mt Hood was breathtaking.  I was glad for a window seat - the first time I didn't...

I Hate Christmas!

“I hate this time of year!” “Me, too,” her friend replied as they walked into the synagogue. “I hate having Christmas shoved down my throat.” I

Impacting a Nation

Hundreds of pastors and leaders heard the message "The Witness OF Israel" and the consequences of turning their back on the Jewish people and responded with deep repentance. To those who committed to pray for and teach about Israel we presented the Israeli flag and a bookmark with seven Biblical reasons to pray for Israel.

In Memory of Kristine Luken

I can imagine in her dying breath she said, "Father forgive them, they don't know what they're doing."

Is Egypt in Psalm 83?

Given the current situation in Egypt, it behooves us to search the Scriptures again to glean...

Israel – Rejoice, Ignore or Condemn?

Sometimes I feel like shouting that to the nations of the world regarding Israel, but realize they will not listen. They are too busy shouting condemnations at us for “occupying” the land.

I also want to shout it to the Church who should know and understand the miracle of Israel that is taking place at such a time as this. Sadly some of the Church, rather than rejoicing in the fulfillment of God’s Word, are joining the voices of condemnation.

Israel is not the same!

This has been a very long and exhausting day. BUT it has also been a productive day as I was...

Israel, Egypt and the U.S.

America is in crises and there are few who truly understand how critical Israel is to her welfare.

Israel’s Size or Existence?

... we cannot fully appreciate God's loving faithfulness for the world if we don't understand His love for Israel - the people and the land.

Israeli Humor

ISRAEL: by Israeli humorist, Efraim Kishon (Kishont Ferenc): Israel is a country surrounded on...

Israelis – A Happy People

THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD Brian Henry, Special to the National Post · Tuesday, Aug. 17,...

Jerusalem – A Real City

My day started early...a bit of jet lag? Maybe excitement? Maybe something I ate last night?...

Law versus Grace

“We’re not under “law” but under “grace.”  How often have you heard-or even said-that? But is that true? If so, that means that God has changed over the years. 

Lessons from Tisha b’Av

The lesson from Tisha b'Av and the witness of Israel is that God will NOT be mocked. What we sow we will reap. As I read the fatal promise of Israel I wept. I wept for God whose love and holiness was so mocked as the people continued not only to disobey, but to worship other gods. They blatantly continued to sacrifice to the Queen of heaven even on the sacred streets of Jerusalem. How patient was God!

Eventually the Faithful and True had to respond. He cleansed the Land, He cleansed the people. And He came to save them.

More than Gold

Greetings from Vancouver, British Columbia!  Home of the Winter Olympics. After a VERY brief...

My Jewish Dog

The Jewish Dog by Paul Cohen on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 3:02pm Morty visits Dr. Saul, the...

My Right to Live

"You have no right to be pregnant." "We cannot afford this baby." "I'm not ready to be a ..."...

My Star of Bethelem

God heard and answered the cry of my heart when my faith faltered.

Negotiations About What?

Many possible Israeli concessions would be suicidal By George F. Will Sunday, August 22, 2010...


When faced with disappointment or challenge, God's love will get us through. God's Love part 1...

Occupy the Temple Mount

One said to me,

On a recent visit to the Temple Mount, a man said to me: "The Mosque belongs to us, everything else up here belongs to the Jews!"

That statement is politically correct and also explains the sudden Muslim activity in the area. Call it occupation or squatting, this is an attempt to "prove" the entire Temple Mount belongs to "Palestine."

Pres. Obama’s Double Standard

But for Obama, there are some groups who must be denied the same civil rights he upholds as absolute in his defense of the plan to build a mosque at Ground Zero.

Psalm 78:9-11 – Run or Remember

Admittedly when I forget, I too run from the battle.  Yes despite all the weapons God has given me, I will choose comfort food, movies, the telephone or a good book rather than fighting the battle. 


The roar of Israeli air force fighter jets shattered the silence of the skies. My dog nobly barked at them. I thanked G-d for that sound of those Jewish knights of the sky. Soon after I heard the voice of Israeli children at school singing the Israel national anthem, Ha Tikva- the Hope.

Returning Home!

November 2008 I arrived in Portland, OR for what was to be a three month hiatus. Some of my...

Rooted and Grounded

There was one particularly ugly and bothersome plant that spewed its huge leaves onto the little space of patio.  It had to go!

Rooted and Grounded

The unhindered view from the 6tth floor apartment is spectacular especially at sunset; but it...

Seeking God In New Ways

In this day and season of change, we are losing all that has been familiar and comfortable. The kind of loss we experience really doesn't matter, the pain is universal and can devastate if not destroy our faith.

Squeeze My Hand

SQUEEZE MY HAND Boffin was probably the most important thing in my life.  He was my companion,...

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