Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, November 3, 2023
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

My personal testimony… I left the hospital on Thursday (after undergoing a five hour surgery on Wednesday) without knowing the pathology report for the tumor they had removed, along with 1/5 of my kidney.  The statistics show that this type of tumor/cyst (which had grown to golfball size) is typically 90% cancerous.  Because they also saw a tumor within the tumor those odds jumped to 99%.  Shortly after we got home, the doctor called with the results.  NO CANCER in the tissue at all!  We are tearfully thankful, first to the Lord and also for everyone who prayed.  Now, on to recovery and a Shabbat Shalom.

PS – I just found out that Raymond Finney, who writes the Sunday RR, is in ICU at Blount Memorial following neck surgery and some complications.  Please lift him up in prayer.

PPS – We also just learned that Jonathan Burnis is in ICU in Dallas.  I don’t have permission to say more, but I do have liberty to ask you to stand in faith for his full recovery.  Please lift him up in prayer.

I Will Not Be Shaken”
by Eitan Shishkoff
Tents of Mercy Congregation
Kiryat Yam, Israel

On my desk is a scripture card I look at a lot. It simply declares, “I will not be shaken.” These words come from Psalm 16:8.

“I have set the LORD continually before me; because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken.”

The nature of life, even without war, is fragile. When war is close, as it is now in Israel, it shakes you up. At 75, I’m far from any direct combat. Yet our country is so small, and the enemies on all sides so close, that no one is removed. The battlefield includes everyone’s mind and emotions whether they are in uniform or not.

In this psalm, David reveals how NOT to be shaken. As he freely relates in so many psalms, Israel’s worshiping warrior king often faced inner crises. “In my distress I called on the LORD (18:6)…The LORD has heard the voice of my weeping (6:8)…He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock (40:2).”

In fact, the more I review these transparently personal prayers, the more it’s obvious that Israel’s heroic leader wrestled with conflicting, destabilizing emotions while facing Israel’s enemies. His remedy? Remembering that God is ever near, at our right hand. He determined to “set the LORD always in front of me,” as the Hebrew indicates –“facing Him.”

I am learning to declare “I will not be shaken.” In these days of war, and in the tumultuous end-times before us, I believe this statement will be indispensable to you as well. When followed by “because He is at my right hand,” it becomes the rallying cry our souls must hear.

Here is a giving link to support Eitan for his work in Israel. https://www.tikkunglobal.org/post/i-will-not-be-shaken#:~:text=souls%20must%20hear.-,SUPPORT%20NOW!,-English

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 3-Nov -2023 19th of Cheshvan, 5784
Ge 21:22-34 Jdg 2 Ps 25 Mt 21:1-22 (Ro 3)