There are many reasons why we should host Israeli travelers and bless them. Here are 3 religious points of view why we should bless and host Israeli travelers. The YESH app would even make it easy for you.
God’s Order to Abraham
God told Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse”. Jews are the decedents of Abraham; therefore, God will bless the people that help Abraham’s children in the path.
Christian and Jews share spiritual blessings from God, therefore they can share material blessings, too.
Roman 15:27: “They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessing”. It means that if we want to bless the Jewish people, we need to share material substance, too. Blessing in spirit meaning blessing in material life. As you meet and get familiar while hosting Israeli travelers, some of them would probably host you too in their country.
Israeli Travelers can share different aspects of the Old Testament
Israelis have Bible lessons from the age of 8. They learn it in one of the languages it was first written, Hebrew. The other languages of the Old Testament are Aramaic which is very similar to Hebrew. This is a good experience; you could look at the holiest book in a different light. Personally, I love discussions about the feasts of Israel and the similarities within the Judeo-Christian religions.
Israeli travelers don’t travel in order to convert from their religion, but they are open and willing to listen to what you have to say. On the other hand, they don’t travel in order to convert you to Judaism either, but who doesn’t like a good conversation. What is really important to note is; If you or the traveler feel uncomfortable about your differences, we encourage you to put them aside and talk about something else. Remember – religion has always been a subject for battles, wars and a lot of other things. Some even say that the conflict in Israel is a religious one; there are many religions in Israel. Try to remember that Blessing someone is about bestowing a gift.
Yesh! It is here to bring people together and not set them apart. Whatever your reasons to bless and host Israeli travelers; some of the hosts are Israelis or Jewish and they want a little bit of the promised land in their home.