Given the honorary title of Ambassador for Jewish-ChristianRelations from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, God has recently put on my heart to fulfill the mandate of Psalm 117: Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.I see the fulfillment of this calling through the nations around the world, who believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to recite Psalms 113-118 on Israel's Independence Day with the Jewish community. Therefore, I've recently launched the Day to Praise initiative inviting the Christian world to recite Psalms 113-118 with us.
Psalms 113-118, known as Hallel, have been invoked for God's redemptive acts towards His people in our corporate liturgy, on Biblical feasts (Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles) as well as Rabbinic holidays such as Hanukkah (known in the New Testament as the Feast of Dedication).
Sixty-seven years ago, the Israeli Rabbinic establishment saw the re-establishment of Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel as a miracle in our lifetime that would have a mandate to recite the Hallel. In a time of Israel's uncertainty, on the global political stage, it is important for us to take one day and praise God to thank Him for the miracle of the State of Israel. Please join me on April 23rd to recite Psalms 113-118.