Gidon Ariel and Pastor Alan Latta - March 4 2024

Quick recap
Gidon and Alan had a wide-ranging conversation about the challenges faced by farmers in Israel, and the impact of the Ukraine war on the Messianic congregation there, and more. They also touched on the limitations of individual actions in addressing global issues, their faith, a trip Alan took to Israel in 1998, and the idea of inviting a small group of people to speak at Alan’s church.

Israeli Farming Challenges and Volunteer Experiences
Alan and Gidon discussed the experiences of a group from Alan’s Messianic congregation in North Dallas who had volunteered on farms in Israel. They also talked about the challenges faced by farmers in Israel, including the need to hire workers who may not be pro-Israel, which could pose a risk. Gidon shared an incident about a farm near Lebanon that had to harvest its fruit and had hired foreign workers. Unfortunately, a rocket from Lebanon killed one of these workers.

Israel’s Challenges and Synagogue Leadership
Gidon and Alan engaged in a conversation about the challenges facing Israel, particularly the criticism and accusations it faces from various parts of the world. They emphasized that Israel cannot back down and has been maintaining a peaceful stance for many years. They also discussed the accusation of Israel being an apartheid state, countering it with reports of Israel’s diverse population and happy citizens. The conversation then shifted to a synagogue and its leadership, with mention of Ari Waldman taking over from his father Marty. They also touched upon the impact of the Ukraine war on the Messianic congregation there, with members scattering across Europe and starting 32 congregations.

Global Conflict Limitations and Individual Action
Gidon and Alan discussed the limitations of individual actions in addressing global issues, particularly in the context of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Gidon emphasized that only governments can significantly aid other governments, and he expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of individual donations. They also touched on the challenges faced by Israel in its conflict with Hamas, and the expectations placed on America to take a more active role in global conflicts. The conversation concluded with a reflection on America’s lack of experience in fighting wars on its own borders.

Faith, Israel, and Travel Discussions
Gidon and Alan discussed their faith and the importance of self-reliance and God’s friendship. They also talked about a trip Alan took to Israel in 1998 with a group of pastors and a Jewish tour guide from Trinidad. Alan mentioned that he was invited to a recent report of a trip to Israel by a group from Baruch Hashem.

Inviting Speakers to Alan’s Church
Gidon and Alan discussed the idea of inviting a small group of people to speak at Alan’s church. Gidon also shared his upcoming travel plans, including attending his niece’s wedding, which might affect his ability to speak at Alan’s church.

Marriage and Cultural Significance
Alan and Gidon discussed a verse from the Book of Isaiah, which prophesied that “seven women shall take hold of one man”. Gidon explained that in the past, particularly for women, not being married was a significant issue, as it could mean uncertainty about survival and caused embarrassment. The conversation was part of a larger discussion on marriage and its cultural significance.

Biblical Text and Historical Context
Gidon and Alan had a discussion about the biblical text, focusing on the importance of understanding the context and significance of breaks within verses and chapters. They examined the historical context of certain passages, such as one describing a sad event where women sought marriage rather than being widowed. Gidon emphasized the need to read the Bible with context and the significance of these breaks. They also discussed the historical context of the biblical times of widows. Gidon suggested that there are ways to honor widowed women today without the need for marriage and mentioned his upcoming presentation about the socioeconomic situation in the time of Isaiah.

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