ISRAEL - 929 Day Bible Study in Jerusalem

Arno Froese

Borrowing from Daf Yomi, the 91 year worldwide Jewish practice of studying a page of Talmud a day that was conceived and initially promoted in Poland by Rabbi Yehuda Meir Shapiro, 929 was officially inaugurated at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on the second night of Hanukka.

929, the brainchild of Bayit Yehudi MK and Deputy Education Minister Avi Wortzman, is the daily study—five days a week—of a Biblical verse. […] The project cycle is of three-and-three-quarter years’ duration, with the last verse scheduled to be read on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

President Reuven Rivlin who together with his wife Nechama hosts a regular Bible circle, as have his predecessors before him, said that he was excited at the prospect of embarking on something that was a little different, and in fact unique. The presidents of Israel all saw a value in studying the Bible he said, but in connecting with 929, he personally was studying the Bible not only as president but in the same way as any citizen of the state. He said that for him, the Bible represents the identity card of the Jewish People, which is also the identity card of all humanity.

Rabbi Benny Lau who is the spiritual leader of the project lauded former education minister Shai Piron for having made 929 one of the flagship projects of the Education Ministry. Lau said that 929 could be accessed on the Internet (www.929.org.il), on social media, and on smart phones, and would include commentaries posted by people studying the verse of the day. 

-www.jpost.com, 4 April 2018

Arno's commentary

Reading is very important; it equals hearing. That’s why, in the last book of the Bible, we are admonished with a promise: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:3).

Years ago, in Israel, someone said that the Jews read more than any other people on earth. The result is sharing knowledge, and that is one reason why Jews in general, and Israelis in particular, are more intellectually successful than most other people.

Here we are reminded of the times of Nehemiah some 2,500 years ago. It says in Nehemiah 8:5, 8, 10: “And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up…So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading…Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

This is good advice for our fast-moving times. Today, slowly but surely, reading is being replaced by seeing and hearing: radio, television, internet, and—as one can see anywhere in public places or traveling—the mobile phone dictates the behavior of the people and begins to dominate their time.

Ephesians 5:16 gives excellent advice: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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