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The United Israel Blog is authored by various individuals who share the vision of the ancient Hebrew faith. It covers a wide range of topics and is updated regularly. The views of the authors are their own.
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June 7, 1967: Remembering Jerusalem Day

May 8, 2013, 5:04 pm
June 7, 1967: Remembering Jerusalem Day

June 7, 1967. Are you old enough to remember? Those of us who are will never forget how the entire world was riveted to their televisions during the “Six Day War.” Today is Yom Yerushalayim or “Jerusalem Day” on the Hebrew calendar (Iyyar 28), commemorating the Israeli return to the Old City of Jerusalem in the Six Day War. Read More »

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The Second Coming of Yehovah

May 4, 2013, 11:24 pm
The Second Coming of Yehovah

In this teaching, the 7th and final in the Messiah Series, Ross offers perhaps his most important teaching ever. The class is based upon the subject first taught to him by his teacher James Tabor, from his book, Restoring Abrahamic Faith . Read More »

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Happy New Year: The Times and the Seasons

March 12, 2013, 4:54 pm
Happy New Year: The Times and the Seasons

Today brings the New Moon or a new month, but not just any new moon. According to the Torah, “This month (literally “new”) shall be to you head of the months…Exodus 12. Today is the beginning of Nisan or Aviv, the biblical name of this new moon/month. Read More »

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Jefferson on Jesus: A Heady Endorsement?

March 11, 2013, 4:52 pm
Jefferson on Jesus: A Heady Endorsement?

Jefferson believed in the existence of a Supreme Being who was the creator and sustainer of the universe and the ultimate ground of being, but this was not the triune deity of orthodox Christianity. Read More »

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Making a Messiah – Messiah Part Two

March 9, 2013, 9:46 pm
Making a Messiah – Messiah Part Two

In this second class on the subject of messiah, Ross explores the meaning of the word by covering the subject of messiah from the Torah. He points out that the root word occurs some 60 times in the Teaching of Moses. Read More »

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Messiah – Part One

March 2, 2013, 10:56 pm
Messiah – Part One

This week, Ross begins a new and exciting series on the subject of Messiah. In this introductory class, Ross shares some points to show that the subject has been and continues to be a topic of interest for both Jews and Christians. Read More »

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Sodom and Gomorrah: Did It Really Happen?

February 23, 2013, 5:08 pm
Sodom and Gomorrah: Did It Really Happen?

The story of the fiery destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is one of a diminishing few biblical narratives of which our culture is familiar. Though few might have read the extended account, set in the time of Abraham, that runs through Genesis 18-19, the imagery has become proverbial. Read More »

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The Greatest Story Ever Told – Part One

January 20, 2013, 3:12 am

This week Ross teaches part one of a two-part series on what is arguably the Greatest story ever told. It is the story of the rescue of ancient Israel from the oppressive Pharaoh. Ross shows that this story is one that MUST be told. He covers not only the narrative but the reasons stated in [… Read More »

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The Jews of Iran and Purim: An Op-Ed from Simcha Jacobovici

January 18, 2013, 7:34 pm

This guest article by Simcha Jacobovici can be found in its entirety at his web site archived here. We encourage readers to bookmark this new web site, simchajtv.com, and revisit it often for a variety of fascinating articles and posts on a wide range of subjects of interest in the areas of Judaic Studies, Biblical [… Read More »

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The Covenant and the Inheritance

January 13, 2013, 2:54 am

In this teaching Ross covers Torah reading VaEra. He focuses on the message presented to Moses concerning the inheritance of the children of Israel. Ross shows that the covenant is progressively revealed from the time of the patriarchs, through the time of Moses and that at times we are shown within these events elements that [… Read More »

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The 70th Annual UIWU Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina

January 6, 2013, 6:04 pm

The historic 70th Annual Meeting of United Israel World Union was held at the Renaissance SouthPark Hotel, in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 26, 27, 28, 2012. Full details on registration and the program will be posted here by the end of January. Theme: The History and Hope of Zionism: Past, Present, Future Tenative Speakers: Simcha [… Read More »

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Jacob, Joseph and the Son of God

December 29, 2012, 11:20 pm

In this week’s class, Ross teaches on the final reading from the book of Genesis. Again, Ross connects these ancient stories contained within the Torah to prophecy. In today’s reading Jacob speaks to his sons about what will happen in the latter days, and so the transition from the ancient stories to the prophetic future [… Read More »

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An End of Days Reunion

December 22, 2012, 10:50 pm

In this week’s class, Ross teaches a double portion by sharing his insights from the past two Torah portions; Mikketz and VaYigash. He covers the material from these two readings and shows that they provide valuable points that shed light on an end-time reunion of the children of Jacob. He points out that the texts [… Read More »

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A Voice of Weeping in Newtown

December 15, 2012, 9:04 pm

Today, following the horrific event in Newtown Connecticut, I shared a heartfelt message. As a father, a husband and grandfather I have felt empty, sick and full of sorrow at the news of the senseless tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th. I almost cancelled the class but decided that I would [… Read More »

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Lord of the Dreams – The Beginning of the Joseph Saga

December 8, 2012, 11:32 pm

In this teaching Ross begins to cover the Joseph Saga. Joseph is a dreamer. He is the eldest son of Jacob’s beloved wife Rachel and in this reading he becomes the main focus of our story. The favoritism shown to him leads to the hatred of his brothers. Ross tells the story of Joseph leading [… Read More »

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Hanukkah Yes, but also Kislev 24

December 8, 2012, 12:46 am

As sundown falls across Israel, Europe, and the United States this evening millions of Jews and many others who care about the history of Israel are preparing for tomorrow night and the advent of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication, which begins at sundown Sabbath (December 8th) What might be lost is the historical grounding of [… Read More »

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Striving With God – Israel – Past, Future and Present

December 2, 2012, 12:42 am

In this week’s teaching Ross explores the possibility that the ancient stories of Jacob provide insight into Israel’s present awakening and future redemption. Following the patriarchal narrative, Ross illustrates that the events described in the Torah shed light on the unfolding redemption of Israel’s descendants. Read More »

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The Dream

November 25, 2012, 12:06 am

This week’s class is about the dream of Jacob. Having received the birthright and blessing, Jacob sets out, but as his journey begins he stops to sleep and at a certain place, he dreams a dream. Ross shows that through this dream, Jacob is shown his own future as well as that of his seed. [… Read More »

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How Moses Created Thanksgiving

November 22, 2012, 3:52 pm

This fascinating piece by Bruce Feiler is well worth reading and including in your family Thanksgiving table discussion today…Best wishes to all! http: //www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-feiler/how-moses-created-thanksg b 787077.html?ref=fb&src=sp Hollywood is rediscovering the Bible. Read More »

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Glenn Chatterton on Chayei Sarah

November 11, 2012, 12:24 am
Glenn Chatterton on Chayei Sarah

This week Glenn Chatterton teaches on Torah Ready Chayei Sarah. This Torah portion contains stories central to the lives of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Hebrew faith. It contains the death of Abraham and Sarah as well the story of how Isaac got a his wife through the guiding hand of God. Read More »

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A Test of Faith

November 3, 2012, 10:44 pm
A Test of Faith

In this week’s reading Ross teaches on the subject of Faith. This subject is very important and foundational. Many have defined “faith” and have developed certain beliefs about what precisely “faith” is. Read More »

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Walk For Yourself

October 28, 2012, 12:26 am
Walk For Yourself

This week, we begin our study of the lives of the Patriarchs. It all begins with a man named Abram. Who was this man Abram? Where was he from? Ross shows that Abram, the father of the faithful was not a Jew, Christian or Muslim, and yet all of these look to him as the founder of their respective faiths. Read More »

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Noah – A Righteous Man

October 20, 2012, 11:32 pm
Noah – A Righteous Man

In this week’s class Ross covers some key points from the Torah Reading named for Noah. He shows that Noah proves to be a key in understanding God as well as the potential for man even in the midst of corruption. Ross takes on some of the major misconceptions in the religious world in this teaching. Read More »

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In the Beginning

October 13, 2012, 11:10 pm
In the Beginning

This week, Ross began again the yearly journey through the teachings of Moses contained within the Torah. In this week’s class, Ross covered the creation account, life in the Garden of Eden, life beyond Eden, the story of Cain and Abel and the state of humanity prior to the flood of Noah. Read More »

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The End of the LAW – Torah Beyond Moses

October 6, 2012, 10:36 pm
The End of the LAW – Torah Beyond Moses

In this week’s teaching, Ross covers the final reading from the Torah. It is called “the Blessing.” Ross begins his teaching by showing that the ending to stories are very important, and so it is with the Torah. Read More »

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The Feast of “Shelters”

September 30, 2012, 1:50 pm
The Feast of “Shelters”

Tonight on the Jewish calendar marks the beginning of the strangest festival in the biblical calendar. The moon reaches its fullness, marking the 15th of the lunar month. It is called the “festival of shelters,” literally and it lasts for seven days. Read More »

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A Song Scroll of Moses

September 30, 2012, 12:18 am

In this week’s class, Ross teaches on what is commonly called the “Song of Moses.” This song was first mentioned in the reading last week, when Moses was told to write the words of this song in a scroll because after the death of Moses, the people would leave Yehovah and break the covenant and this song would be a witness against them. Read More »

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Yom Kippur–Is it a Day of Mourning or Joy?

September 25, 2012, 9:46 pm
Yom Kippur–Is it a Day of Mourning or Joy?

I always find Rabbi Riskin’s teachings stimulating, interesting, and informative but this one dealing with an alternative understanding of Yom Kippur , the “day of covering,” is particularly worthy of consideration. Read More »

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The Hidden Face and the Coming Revival

September 22, 2012, 10:16 pm
The Hidden Face and the Coming Revival

In this week’s teaching Ross covers Torah reading Vayelech. The class is based on the 31st chapter of Deuteronomy. In this chapter, Moses relates again to the children of Israel that they will surely depart from the way and as a result God will Hide his face from them. Read More »

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The Day of the Blast!

September 16, 2012, 4:28 pm
The Day of the Blast!

Cry aloud to God our strength, raise a shout to the God of Jacob. This evening at sundown is popularly referred to as Rosh HaShanah , that is “head of the year.” It is commonly included on our secular calendars today as one of the “Jewish Holidays,” and widely known as the “Jewish New Year. Read More »

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Speaking to the Heart of an End of War

September 2, 2012, 12:56 am
Speaking to the Heart of an End of War

In this week’s Torah portion the reading begins and ends with the subject of war. Ross explores the subject of warfare and the arch enemy of God’s army – Amalek, but then shows the ideal described by Isaiah as the end of warfare. Read More »

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The Kingdom Work

August 25, 2012, 10:54 pm
The Kingdom Work

In this week’s teaching Ross shares a vision of a coming Kingdom described by the Hebrew Prophets. He shares the prophetic vision of a social reformation that the world has only witnessed in brief glimpses but that the prophets saw clearly. This kingdom is one which shall endure forever. A Kingdom established on Justice and Righteousness. Read More »

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The Cause and Cure of Spiritual Blindness

August 19, 2012, 5:28 am
The Cause and Cure of Spiritual Blindness

In this week’s class Ross teaches from Torah reading Re’eh, which means “See!” He covers the subject of spiritual blindness and shows how Israel became blinded and what it must do to have sight restored. Read More »

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The Temptation of Israel

August 12, 2012, 12:42 am
The Temptation of Israel

In this week’s class Ross teaches the third part in his eleven-part series on the book of Deuteronomy. He presents his class as instruction for latter day Israel, instructions for the purpose of preparing Israel for the coming redemption described by the prophets. Read More »

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The Authentic Gospel Message

August 4, 2012, 11:32 pm
The Authentic Gospel Message

In week two of our eleven week series, Ross shares his understanding of the original message referred to as the “gospel” or good news. He shows that the term has been removed from the context of ancient Israel. Read More »

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Tisha b’Av (9th of Av, the Fifth Month): Its Meaning in History and Tradition

July 28, 2012, 2:06 am
Tisha b’Av (9th of Av, the Fifth Month): Its Meaning in History and Tradition

As sunset falls on this eighth day of the 5th lunar month, known in Judaism as the month of Av, Tisha b’Av–that is, the 9th of Av–is marked on the calendar. Since it falls on a Shabbat this year it is observed one day later, beginning at sundown Saturday through sundown Sunday. Read More »

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A Spirit of Zeal

July 15, 2012, 3:30 am
A Spirit of Zeal

In this week’s class Ross covers Torah Reading Pinchas. This grandson of Levi rose up in his generation and his deeds were accounted to him for righteousness (Psalm 106: 28-31). Ross builds upon last week’s lesson and stresses that this period described in the book of Numbers should be carefully and prayerfully considered in our current walk. Read More »

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With Eyes Wide Open

July 8, 2012, 12:12 am
With Eyes Wide Open

In this week’s class, Ross shares a teaching on Torah reading Balak. He shows that the words of a pagan prophet by the name of Bilaam have played an interesting part in the history of Israel and MUCH more. Read More »

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Does Diet Matter?

July 3, 2012, 12:46 am
Does Diet Matter?

Listen to Ross Nichols teach on this important topic? http: //rootsoffaith.org/2012/07/01/does-diet-matter. Read More »

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The Prodigal Son in the Hebrew Bible

July 3, 2012, 12:34 am
The Prodigal Son in the Hebrew Bible

Read the latest from Ross Nichols on his Roots of Faith Blog: http: //rootsoffaith.org/2012/07/01/the-prodigal-son-of-the-hebrew-bible. Read More »

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The Source of Living Water

June 30, 2012, 10:24 pm
The Source of Living Water

In this week’s class Ross teaches on Torah portion Chukat (Numbers 19: 1-22: 1). This Torah reading contains only 87 verses and yet is packed with important lessons. The mysterious “Statute” of the Red Cow is covered briefly as well as the topic of ritual defilement. Read More »

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The Firm Foundation of our Faith

June 27, 2012, 6:54 pm
The Firm Foundation of our Faith

The foundation of our faith is not a philosophical view of God as Creator, though that is surely basic, but a much more specific affirmation, what Pascal called the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” namely that Moses the “man of God” spoke face to face, or mouth to mouth with YHVH as a man speaks to his friend. Read More »

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You Have Much!

June 23, 2012, 11:16 pm
You Have Much!

In this week’s class, Ross teaches on the rebellion of Korach – Israel’s most infamous Levite. He begins this class by speaking on the subject of holiness and shows that the confrontation between the rebels and Moses was actually around a claim to holiness. The Torah reading this week begins with Korach’s challenge of Moses. Read More »

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