Explore the ancient Jewish roots of Christianity and their relevance to your life today with podcast host Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Join Yael from the Holy Land as she shares spiritual insights, lessons from the Torah, and conversations about life in Israel. This podcast will take you on a unique journey through the Bible that will deepen your personal connection with Israel and offer you inspirational insights into your Christian faith.
SPECIAL PENTECOST EDITION: How You Can Strengthen Your Relationship With God& OTHERS
What if you were asked to name the most important quality in a person of faith? What would you say? Honesty? Purity? Compassion? Scripture actually has an answer to this question. In honor of the Jewish holiday Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, better known to Christian by its Greek name, Pentecost, we’ll learn about the one quality that can take our faith to the next level. The biblical figure Ruth demonstrated this quality when she followed her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel and joined the Jewish people. So did the nation of Israel when they accepted God’s Torah unconditionally at the foot of Mt. Sinai. In today’s podcast, host Yael Eckstein will explain how both these biblical stories connect to the holiday of Shavuot, which is celebrated this week, and why the quality of unconditional commitment — or commitedness — to God and His Word matters the most. You can learn more about Shavuot -- the Jewish Pentecost -- at our Learn Center!
Conversations with Yael: Bishop Paul Lanier — “Answering God’s Call to Bless His People”
Nearly 13 years ago, a pastor in North Carolina made a life-changing decision to answer God’s call to bless Israel by bringing needy and persecuted Jews back to their biblical homeland. Four years later, this pastor enlisted his church, Hope Community Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. to join him in this mission, pledging to raise $1 million to help Jews make aliyah (immigrate to Israel). This past year, Bishop Lanier and Hope Community Church surpassed that goal, raising more that $1.5 million and bringing home more than 4,200 Jewish souls. Bishop Lanier, now The Fellowship’s Board Chairman, comes back to the podcast to share his story with host Yael Eckstein — and invites Christians to join him in this prophetic conversation with God and the Jewish people. Come back each Sunday as Yael shares inspirational teachings on the Jewish roots of Christianity on her weekly podcast, Nourish Your Biblical Roots. For more information on today’s episode, visit mybiblicalroots.org.
Why We Should ALL Celebrate Jerusalem Day!
Today, Jews in Israel celebrate Jerusalem Day — Yom Yerushalayim — commemorating the miraculous reunification of God’s Holy City in 1967. But as podcast host Yael Eckstein explains, we ALL — Christians and Jews — should celebrate Jerusalem Day! Not only is Jerusalem God’s designated place where His Temple once stood and will someday stand again, but as we read in Psalm 137:5, “If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.” God does not want us to forget His eternal capital! In today’s special Jerusalem Day episode, Yael explores the spiritual significance of Jerusalem and why its historical reunification following the Six-Day War in 1967 is so important. We ALL need to recognize what God has done and is doing in Jerusalem in our times… and why both Christians and Jews should give Him thanks and praise for His miracles! Check out our resource page on "What Is Jerusalem Day?" on our Learning Center for more information.
Why Doing Less Often Leads to Receiving More!
Since last September, the people of Israel have been living out the biblical command to observe a sabbatical year as found in the Book of Leviticus. But what does that mean? For many in Israel, it has meant allowing fields to go unplowed, not planting a vegetable garden, or simply letting the ground rest. And while this biblical directive is focused on the land, there is a deeper spiritual lesson for us all. As podcast host Yael Eckstein shares, the practice of shmita, the sabbatical year, teaches us that sometimes we need to do less in order to receive more blessings in our lives. Listen now! For more information on today’s episode visit mybiblicalroots.org.
How We Can Make Every Day Count!
As kids, who didn’t count down the days until the end of school and the beginning of summer vacation? Even as adults, we sometimes count down the days to an important event — a milestone birthday, a wedding, or a special vacation. But if you think about it, in counting down the days, we can mistakenly relegate those days as obstacles to get through in order to reach the anticipated event, rather than as the priceless gift that each day is. On today’s podcast, host Yael Eckstein shares biblical verses that direct us to count each day in a way that celebrates the moment. Through ancient Jewish teachers, we will learn how counting each day — in the right way — is the secret to making every day count. For more information on today’s episode visit mybiblicalroots.org.
Women of Faith in Leadership
As we pause this month to celebrate the women in our lives, host Yael Eckstein welcomes to the podcast two modern-day Women of Valor who have influenced and mentored her — Michele Bachmann, former member of the U.S. Congress and current Dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, and Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America. Together, these powerhouse women discuss with Yael both the difficulties and opportunities women of faith in leadership face today, as well as the women in their own lives who influenced them. You won’t want to miss this inspiring conversation with these two women, who Yael describes not only as her role models but as role models for the next generation. Listen today!
Join us on May 5th for our 3rd Annual Fellowship Fast - a time of Fasting and prayer for our world, our nation, and ourselves. Learn how you can participate.
Why do good things happen to bad people
This is the best explanation I have ever heard for “why do bad things happen to good people. It is excellent. Thank you, Yael!
I need a Torah!
I listened to my first episode today and I have already fallen in love with the lessons and connection. I have always loved learning about the Jewish traditions and want to incorporate them into my Christian traditions. I would like to purchase a Torah, but I want to make sure I get the correct one. Also, do they make a dictionary that would be able to translate or better understand “Hebrew” rooted words? I need the Torah to be in English obviously! Thank you for sharing your love and light with all to hear!