Ben Hilton

Looking Beyond Kanye West, Antisemitism Explodes in the West

There has been a lot of discussion these past few weeks about Kanye West’s bullet train journey towards self destruction. It’s terrifying and sad at the same time.   As a refresher in case you haven’t been following the story, here’s what happened with Kanye West (now known as Ye). On October 3rd, 2022, Ye showed...
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Status Quo

The headlines were bold and startling last week: “Israel makes peace with the United Arab Emirates!” This was really interesting for a number of reasons, including the fact that this is only the third peace deal Israel had successfully made with an Arab nation in recent history. Unfortunately, it wasn’t without a heavy price. As...
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Does Jesus Love the Temple?

This week marks the beginning of a three week period of mourning in the Jewish community over the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE. Even though this time of mourning has been common in the Jewish community ever since the Temple’s destruction, it is a really unique phenomenon if you think about it....
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Religious Freedom in God’s House

Several weeks ago as the coronavirus was sweeping the world, something concerning was happening in regard to religious freedom in the United States. Governors had, in the name of protecting us from infection, ordered mass lockdowns and quarantines. This included the closing of many businesses deemed non-essential. Much of the criterion used to determine whether...
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Was Independence Worth the Risk?

“The land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attended statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books…  Accordingly, we, the members of the People’s Council…hereby declare the establishment of...
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The Fifth Cup of Passover

It’s that time of year again. The time when the Jewish people (and some of us, as well) clean out their cabinets and refrigerators in anticipation of the quickly approaching feast of Passover.  Passover reminds us of so much – the Exodus from Egypt, God redeeming His people, freedom from sin given to us by...
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Don’t Touch the Apple of God’s Eye

A spreading virus, stock market drops, toilet paper panic, it’s all the talk these days. It seems we can’t get away from the coronavirus conversations, no matter where we turn.  I’m sure you are hoping I will take that introduction as a segway to move on to another subject, but no, I would like to...
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Israel, a Zionist Occupation State?

I’m sure many of you saw the Twitter video going around this week where iPhone’s Siri called Israel the “Zionist Occupation State”!  I don’t know about you, but I found this very disturbing and here’s why.  Ever since Israel’s founding in 1948, Israel has been plagued by misinformation and lies concerning its right and legitimacy...
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Rain in Israel

This week, as I was reading Israeli news headlines, an article grabbed my attention: “Galilee just six feet away from maximum capacity!” I was ecstatic. For many in Israel, the Galilee level is seen as a gauge for average rainfall, an indicator of where they are in the need for rain each season. For years...
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