When the people of Israel sang the special hallel (praise) prayer service last Thursday to praise God for the creation of the state of Israel, new voices joined the chorus. The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) brought 120 representatives of the two religions together for a Day to Praise in honor of Israel’s Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) in Gush Etzion.

The recitation of Psalms was done in a very special way in order to fulfill a specific Biblical prophecy. Though the CJCUC has held such events before, this is the first time the two faiths will join together to recite a psalm in Hebrew, which David Nekrutman, the Executive Director of the CCJUC, explained to Breaking Israel News, fulfills the prophecy of Zephaniah: For then will I turn to the peoples a pure language that they may all call upon the name of the LORD to serve Him with one consent. Zephaniah 3:9 Each of the participants read Psalm 117 in their native language, and then read it together in Hebrew. Nekrutman explained that this was a direct continuation of the beginning of the State of Israel. READ MORE