A long time ago we asked our friends to send us jokes. This one came in from Susan and Robert in Kalispell, Montana. It doesn't have anything to do with anything in this newsletter, but it made us smile so we wanted to pass it on—especially for our friends in Montana.
From Los Angeles, missionary Larry Dubin asks prayer for a brand new Jewish believer named Curtis. Curtis is currently in a fire-fighting training rehab center and is set to be released in about a year. He came to faith after reading the Future Hope book. Larry wasn't exactly sure how Curtis had gotten in touch with us, but apparently a rabbi (not a believer) told him about us!
Tisha b'Av (literally the ninth day of the Jewish calendar month called Av), is a day of remembrance in the Jewish religion. While it is not one of the Holy Days commanded in the Bible, according to tradition, both the first and second Temples were destroyed on the ninth of Av. And so, my Jewish people spend the day fasting, lamenting this great loss and praying for the holy Temple to be restored. This year, Tisha b'Av falls on August 10th.
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the ITVA (International Television Association) hosted the Annual Golden Vision Awards" Video Festival—and believe it or not, Jews for Jesus' Multimedia department received three awards.
Minor Jewish holidays are described as such because they are not designated in the first five books of the Scriptures. These holidays commemorate various events throughout the history of the Jewish people and are to remind us of God's hand in all events.