The Psalmist could have written this verse for Meir Abelson personally. Meir lay in the cock-pit of his crashed plane. It was during World War II when Meir was a British Air Force pilot. His plane had come down and his crew lay dead around him. Meir could not move and thinking he was going to die, be began to recite the Shema. But God had other plans. “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Psalm 28:15)

Here is Meir’s story written by his own hand.

Hashkama # 58 - Lunch is Served

You are what you eat. Well, that’s what some people say. Is there any truth in this statement?

What shall we have for lunch today? It’s been a busy day, how about rat? Warm up a can of rat curry, something quick and easy. I wonder if this is what they serve our hard working MP’s in Parliament. Interesting thought!

Hashkama #57 - A Fact of God

“Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: In those days [it shall come to pass], that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” (Zechariah 8:23 ASV)

Hashkama # 55 - The Deception called Truth

What is Truth?

In the years that I was growing up there used to be what was known as ‘lunatic asylums’. You don’t hear of such places now. They were establishments where people that had been declared insane were put and kept. There was a great stigma attached to anyone that was mentally ill even, let alone insane; something like the lepers in the Bible I suppose. The insane were separated from the rest of society and out of harm’s way.

I don’t know if people are declared insane these days. Times have changed so much since I was a boy and are changing ever more rapidly. People today have their ‘own truth’. What might be truth for one person may not be for another person, but it is still truth. Do we have our own ‘realities’ now as well? Where what is real to a person means it exists, even if only in their minds and no-one else’s. Does the term ‘insanity’ no longer apply?

My curiosity on this subject has been aroused since my interest in the Middle East developed. Watching and listening to the various Middle Eastern leaders over the years made me think that in my youth, some of these men would have been declared insane. They just do not make any sense. All the demands Arafat made for peace with Israel was handed to him on a plate by the Israeli leader of that time. What happened? Instead of making an agreement Arafat stormed out of the meeting! Leaders in the Palestinian Authority fantasise about the Palestinians being an ancient people and that they were in the land of Canaan before the Jews re-entered the land at the hand of Joshua. They claim the Jews were never on what is now called the Temple Mount while at the same time are busy destroying the evidence that the Jews were there millennia ago.

In his editorial, Aviel Schneider (Israel Today, April 2014, No.177) comments:

Hashkama #53 ~ Sparrows—are they a curse or a blessing?

The Bible talks about sparrows— Jesus said, “…not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” (Matthew 10:29) One winter in 1958 an ‘estimated’ 194, 432 sparrows were killed in one day, in one area alone. Across the whole nation the sparrow population was decimated with millions of birds dead on the ground. Without the sparrow population the bugs they once fed on thrived. The locust population spiralled out of control along with the grasshoppers. Famine followed as the insects devoured the crops.

Hashkama #50 - The Future Generation Fund

By Meir Abelson

(Submitted by Malcolm Baker)

One day in 1980 Meir Abelson, a Land Valuer with the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem, was walking along Alkalay Street in Rehavia when he spied a newly painted notice on the door of number 9: "THE CENTER FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE." Something impelled him to enter; sitting at a desk was Hava Ya'ari, a retired head teacher at Yehuda Halevi School. She looked at him and said: "I only put that notice on the door five minutes ago; you are the first person to come in!" Meir replied: "What can I do for you?"

David Soakell

David Soakell has been with Christian Friends of Israel (CFI) since 1986, an Area Representative since 1995, and full-time with this ministry since 2001. Apart from his role as CFI-UK Church Liaison Officer, David is also part of the Communications Department, writing the weekly CFI News Reports (Watching over Zion) for a worldwide audience.

Melanie Phillips

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents. Her ideas have influenced politicians in both government and opposition, who follow her battles in the culture wars with fascination.


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