Yom Kippur: The Holiest Day of the Year
Dear Mishpocah (Family),
October 11th begins Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.
As a young boy attending an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, Yom Kippur was difficult. We spent the entire day fasting and praying in Hebrew, a language I didn’t understand.
The best part was the meal we had at home to break the fast. I remember my favorite foods: gefilte fish, very hot horseradish, potato kugel made with lots of garlic and my grandmother’s matzo ball soup. That’s where my thoughts were on Yom Kippur.
God, life after death and repentance were not even concepts I would ponder. And I certainly didn’t think about Jesus! Many years later, I discovered the real meaning of Yom Kippur when I embraced Jesus as my Atonement.
What if They Never Hear the Good News?
Today, many Christians who love the Jew and Israel give to organizations that help Jewish people leave persecuted areas and return to Israel. And this is just and righteous and should be done.
But of how much greater value and reward is helping a Jew get to Heaven? What good will it do to relocate my people to Israel if they never hear the Good News of Messiah Jesus and die in their sins?
- This is why we have mailed over 1.6 million Jewish evangelistic books to Jewish families in North America.
- This is why we have distributed more than 1.3 million copies of the Russian version of my evangelistic book to Russian Jews, including those in Israel.
- This is why we have held Jewish outreach meetings throughout the world. In the last two years alone, more than 5,000 Jewish people (many in Israel) have made public professions of faith in Jesus at these events! This is Book-of-Acts historic proportions. To God goes all the glory!
It’s Beginning to Rain!
Now God has entrusted us with the Middle East Television (METV)—a strategic end-time TV network that reaches every television in Israel.
This I know. The rains of the Holy Spirit have started over Israel. Paul said in Romans 10:14-15: How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?
Will you send a special Yom Kippur offering to help me spread the Good News “to the Jew first” through METV and our other outreaches?
I hear the rain falling. The harvest is ready. I, like Abraham, am saying “Hineni”—“Here am I.” Will you help send me with your Yom Kippur offering?
Blessed Yom Kippur,
Sid Israel Roth