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Jerusalem Dateline: 10/06/17 Israel Mourns with US after Las Vegas Attack

Israel mourns with Americans after Las Vegas attack; plus Kurds face stiff international opposition after independence vote; and Jewish people in Israel, around the world celebrate Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. Read Transcript


Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE," THE

ISRAELIS OFFER CONDOLENCES

AND LEND THEIR HARD-FOUGHT

EXPERIENCES TO AMERICANS

AFTER THE WORST SHOOTING

IN U.S. HISTORY.

> PLUS...THE KURDS FACE

STIFF OPPOSITION AFTER

THEIR VOTE FOR

INDEPENDENCE.

AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN

ISRAEL AND AROUND THE

WORLD CELEBRATE THE FEAST

OF TABERNACLE.

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

IN THE WAKE OF THE LAS

VEGAS MASSACRE, ISRAELI

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU SAID THE PEOPLE

OF ISRAEL STAND WITH THE

PEOPLE OF AMERICA,

ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME.

TRAGICALLY ISRAEL HAS A

GREAT DEAL OF EXPERIENCE

DEALING WITH TERROR

ATTACKS.

CBN NEWS VISITED A

COUNTER-TERRORISM SCHOOL

JUST OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM,

AND FOUND THAT ISRAELIS

NOT ONLY MOURNED WITH

AMERICANS AT THIS TIME,

BUT ALSO WANT TO SHARE

THEIR HARD-FOUGHT LESSONS

IN DEALING WITH TERROR

ATTACKS.

> WELCOME TO CALIBER 3,

A COUNTER-TERRORISM SCHOOL

TRAINING PEOPLE FROM ALL

OVER THE WORLD.

HERE AT CALIBER 3, THEY

TEACH PERSONAL

SELF-DEFENSE,

COUNTER-TERRORISM

TECHNIQUES, AND HOW TO

RESPOND DURING A TERROR

ATTACK.

TERROR OR ATTACKS LIKE

THAT CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE.

IN ISRAEL, EUROPE, IN

AMERICA.

IN LAS VEGAS.

Reporter: SHARON GATT

IS THE FOUND OF CALIBER 3.

HE SAYS ISRAELI CIVILIANS

HAVE LEARNED HOW TO

QUICKLY RESPOND TO A

TERROR ATTACK.

THEY UNDERSTAND

IMMEDIATELY AFTER ONE

BULLET IS SHOT, WHAT THEY

HAVE TO DO.

THEY HAVE TO LAY ON THE

GROUND, CATCH A COVER, GET

OUT OF THE PLACE AS FAST

AS POSSIBLE, AND BE AS

SMALL AS POSSIBLE AS THEY

CAN.

Chris: HE ALSO SAYS

ISRAELIS HAVE LEARNED FROM

EXPERIENCE THAT THOSE

ACTIONS WORK.

CIVILIANS CARRYING

WEAPONS RESPOND TO ATTACKS

LIKE THAT AND STOP THEM.

THAT'S HOW ATTACKS LIKE

THESE ARE STOPPED IN

ISRAEL.

THAT WAY, EVEN IF THE

POLICE IS NOT THERE, AND

THE MILITARY IS NOT THERE,

BUT THERE WAS A CIVILIAN

IN THE NEXT ROOM IN THE

HOTEL THAT HAD A WEAPON,

HE GOES AND HE KILLS THE

MADMAN AND FINISHES THE

ATTACK AND SAVES PEOPLE'S

LIVES.

Chris: HE SAYS DURING

AN ATTACK LIKE LAS VEGAS,

PEOPLE JUST NEED TO

REMEMBER TO TAKE BASIC

ACTIONS.

LESS EXPOSED, FIND A

COVER -- THAT WILL SAVE

YOUR LIFE.

Chris: AND HE ALSO

BELIEVES GUNS IN THE RIGHT

HANDS CAN SAVE LIVES.

I'M NOT THE GUY THAT IS

SAYING PEOPLE SHOULDN'T

HAVE A WEAPON.

ON THE CONTRARY.

I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE

A WEAPON.

THE WEAPON IS NOT WHAT

KILLS PEOPLE.

WHAT KILLS PEOPLE ARE

PEOPLE.

BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO

YOU'RE GIVING THE WEAPON

TO.

AND YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT

THE PERSON THAT IS GETTING

A WEAPON IS TRAINED WELL

ENOUGH AND IS MENTALLY

OKAY TO CARRY A WEAPON.

Reporter: AND HE

THINKS THAT SADLY, IN

LIGHT OF THE LAS VEGAS

MASSACRE, AMERICANS NEED A

NEW MENTALITY.

AND AMERICANS HAVE TO

UNDERSTAND THAT ATTACKS

LIKE THIS WILL OCCUR.

THEY OCCURRED.

AND THEY WILL OCCUR IN THE

FUTURE.

AND PEOPLE HAVE TO BE MORE

AWARE.

THEY CAN STILL LIVE THEIR

LIVES, BUT THEY HAVE TO BE

MORE AWARE TO WHERE

THEY'RE LIVING.

Chris: THE LAS VEGAS

MASSACRE ATTRACTED THE

ATTENTION OF THE WORLD,

BUT THERE IS ANOTHER

IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT HERE

IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

ON SEPTEMBER 25th LAST

MONTH, THE KURDISH PEOPLE

VOTED OVERWHELMING FOR

INDEPENDENCE.

BUT INSTEAD OF

CELEBRATING, THE U.S.

STATE DEPARTMENT JOINED

OTHER COUNTRIES IN

OPPOSING A FREE AND

INDEPENDENT KURDISTAN.

FOR SOME OBSERVERS, IT

RAISED THE QUESTION: IS

THE U.S. PUNISHING ONE OF

ITS BEST FRIENDS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST?

AFTER THE REFERENDUM,

TURKEY AND IRAQ JOINED

FORCES FOR A MILITARY

EXERCISE ON THE BORDER OF

KURDISTAN. IT SERVED AS A

CLEAR INDICATION OF TURK

PREPRESIDENT ERDOGAN'S

DISAGREEMENT WITH THE

VOTE.

THE KURDISH AND

REGIONAL GOVERNMENT HAS

THROWN ITSELF INTO THE

MIDDLE OF THE FIRE, WITH

ITS SENSELESS ATTEMPT AT

INDEPENDENCE.

I DON'T ACCEPT ANYONE'S

INDEPENDENCE.

Chris: AND ERDOGAN

ALSO THREATENED TO CUT OFF

KURDISTAN ECONOMICALLY.

AND THEN IN BAGHDAD, THE

IRAQI GOVERNMENT STOPPED

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

FROM FLYING INTO THE

REGIONS TO INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORTS.

THAT FORCED THE EVACUATION

OF A NUMBER OF M.G.O.s.

I CAME HERE TO TRY TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO

PEOPLE LIVING IN AN I.D.P.

CAMP, AND I'M REALLY

HEARTBROKEN I CAN'T

CONTINUE WITH THAT.

Chris: WHILE THAT

ISOLATED THE KURDS FROM

MUCH OF THE WORLD, THE

U.S. PILED ON WHEN

SECRETARY OF STATE REX

TILLERSON SAID THE U.S.

DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THE

KURDISTAN'S REGIONAL

GOVERNMENT'S UNILATERAL

REFERENDUM.

THE RESULT AND THE VOTES

LACKED LEGITIMACY.

AND WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT

A UNITED, FEDERAL,

DEMOCRATIC, AND PROSPEROUS

IRAQ.

THE KURDS ARE OUR

GREATEST ALLIES OF THE

REGION.

Chris: THIS RETIRED

GENERAL SAYS THE KURDS

EARNED THE RIGHT FOR U.S.

RECOGNITION.

THEY FOUGHT WITH US IN

2003, AND THEY HELD THE

LINE IN 2004 WHEN THE

IRAQI ARMY RAN.

AND THEY HELD THE LINE FOR

OVER TWO YEARS, WITHOUT US

GIVING THEM MUCH

EQUIPMENT.

AND THEY HELD 1,000

KILOMETRES OF LINE AGAINST

ISIS, AND WE DON'T

RECOGNIZE THEM.

THEY'RE THE MOST PRO-U.S.

PEOPLE IN THIS REGION, AND

WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW,

WE'RE PUNISHING THEM.

Chris: H HE SAYS THE

U.S. PICKED THE WRONG

PLACE TO PUSH AWAY AN

ALLY.

THIS PART OF THE WORLD

IS NOT VERY FRIENDLY, NOT

AT ALL, BUT THESE GUYS ARE

REAL FRIENDS.

Chris: ISRAEL IS ALSO

A FRIEND OF THE UNITED

STATES IN THE REGION, AND

SOME WOULD CONSIDER IT

THEIR BEST FRIENDS.

AND THEY'RE ALSO PIONEERS

IN CYBER WARFARE, WHERE

COMPUTERS BECOME WEAPONS.

THAT'S WHY CBN'S REGENT

UNIVERSITY RECENTLY OPENED

UP A CYBER RANGE TO TRAIN

THEIR STUDENTS IN CAREERS

IN CYBER SECURITY.

CBN FOUNDER PAT ROBERTSON

SPOKE WITH RETIRED ISRAELI

BRIGADIER GENERAL YARON

ROSEN ABOUT REGENT

UNIVERSITY'S NEW PROGRAM.

Pat: LISTEN, WHAT DID

WE BUY AT REGENT?

WHAT IS THIS THING THAT IS

OVER THERE NOW?

WHAT WILL IT DO?

I THINK IT WILL TAKE

CARE OF THE OPERATORS.

BETTER OPERATORS.

YOU CAN'T THROW TRAINED

SOLDIERS AND TELL THEM

THEY'RE TRAINED IF YOU

DON'T FEEL AND DON'T HAVE

FRICTION IN THE

BATTLEFIELD.

IT IS A BILLION FIELD. BATTLEFIELD.

YOU TRAIN THEM UNDER FIRE.

SO THIS TRAINING, THIS

RANGE, CYBER RANGE, IS

GOING TO MAKE THE STUDENTS

MUCH MORE CAPABLE.

Pat: UH-HUH.

SO WHEN THEY MEET THEIR

ENEMY -- AND IT'S THEIR

ENEMY -- FACE TO FACE, SO

TO SPEAK, THEY'RE GOING TO

BE MUCH BETTER IN HOW THEY

DEAL WITH IT.

AND MITIGATE THE RISKS

THAT COME OUT OF THIS

ATTACK.

Pat: IS ISRAEL ABLE

TO OVERCOME THE ENEMIES

AROUND?

I IMAGINE ISRAEL IS SO

MUCH SUPERIOR IN TERMS OF

CYBER TECHNOLOGY.

AM I CORRECT IN THAT?

WE'RE WORKING VERY HARD

TO BE SUPERIOR.

IT'S HARD WORK BECAUSE IT

IS LIKE MOVING ON AN AN

ESCALATOR THAT IS MOVING

DOWN.

YOU CAN'T BE STANDING.

YOU HAVE TO BE CONSTANTLY

MOVING UP.

AND NOT IN SPEED, WHICH IS

THE SPEED OF THE STAIRS

MOVING DOWN -- YOU HAVE TO

MOVE FASTER THAN THAT.

SO IT IS A RACE, A

CONSTANT RACE.

AND THERE IS ACTUALLY AN

ARMS RACE OUT THERE.

SO YOU HAVE TO BE VERY

RESOURCEFUL.

AND YOU HAVE TO LEARN VERY

QUICK.

THE LEARNING CYCLE HAS TO

BE VERY QUICK.

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO GO OUT

OF SCHOOL AND YOU THINK

YOU KNOW EVERYTHING.

YOU HAVE TO LEARN EVERY

DAY AND DEBRIEF YOURSELF

AND THINK OF WHERE

TECHNOLOGY IS GOING.

BECAUSE THE TECHNOLOGY IS

ACTUALLY THE LANDSCAPE OF

THIS REALM.

IT'S A MANMADE REALM.

SO WHEN YOU HAVE A MANMADE

REALM, YOU HAVE

TECHNOLOGY, AND YOU HAVE

THE FLAWS IN TECHNOLOGY,

AND THE BAD PEOPLE USE THE

FLAWS TO GET INTO WHERE

THEY SHOULD BE.

AND SO IT'S A RACE.

IT'S A CONSTANT RACE.

> Chris: UP NEXT, AN

EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT HOW

IRANIAN CONVERTS TO

CHRISTIANITY TAKE BOLD

STEPS IN THEIR NEWFOUND

FAITH.

I BECAME A CHRISTIAN

AFTER SEEING JESUS IN A

DREAM.

AS I WAS GETTING BAPTIZED

Chris: THIS MAY COME

AS A SURPRISE TO MOST

PEOPLE, BUT CHRISTIANITY

IN IRAN IS GROWING FASTER

THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN

THE WORLD, WHERE THE

POPULATION IS OVERWHELMING

MUSLIM.

YET THOUSANDS ARE

ABANDONING ISLAM.

RECENTLY A GROUP OF

IRANIAN CHRISTIANS WERE

BAPTIZED, AND THEY INVITED

OUR REPORTER, GEORGE

THOMAS, TO DOCUMENT THE

OCCASION.

George: ON A RECENT

FRIDAY, 600 MILES EAST OF

TEHRAN, NOT TOO FAR FROM

THE

AFGHANISTAN-TURKMENISTAN

BORDER, THEY PREPARED FOR

A JOURNEY OUT OF THEIR

COUNTRY.

FOR THEIR SAFETY, WE

CONCEALED THEIR IDENTITIES

AND CHANGED THEIR NAMES.

I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR

THIS MOMENT FOR NEARLY

NINE YEARS.

George: THE MISSION

TOOK MONTHS TO PREPARE.

IT WAS FRAUGHT WITH

DANGER.

THIS WAS MY WISH BEFORE

I DIE.

George: AFARIN HELPED

ARRANGE THEIR TRAVEL.

ONCE THE IRANIAN

GOVERNMENT LEARNS A PERSON

HAS CHANGED THEIR

RELIGION, THEY WILL TRY TO

STOP IT.

George: MOST OF THESE

CHRISTIANS PAID A PRICE

FOR ABANDONING ISLAM.

THE GOVERNMENT FIRES

THEM FROM THEIR JOBS,

KICKS THEM OUT OF SCHOOL,

AND MANY OTHER TACTICS,

ALL IN AN EFFORT TO STOP

THEM FROM EVANGELIZING.

George: HE KNEW WHAT

THEY WERE ABOUT TO

EXPERIENCE COULD LAND THEM

IN TROUBLE.

CBN NEWS MET THEM SHORTLY

AFTER THEY LEFT IRAN.

DUE TO THE SENSITIVE

NATURE OF THIS REPORT, CBN

NEWS HAS AGREED NOT TO

REVEAL OUR LOCATION, NOR

THE NAMES OF THE

INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED

WITH THIS STORY.

AND THIS IS WHY THEY LEFT

IRAN FOR A FEW DAYS.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, ALL 20

FOLLOWED CHRIST IN

BAPTISM.

*

IN IRAN, IF THE

GOVERNMENT FOUND OUT YOU

WERE BAPTIZED, YOU WOULD

BE AUTOMATICALLY

IMPRISONED, AND SO RATHER

THAN DO THAT INSIDE THEIR

COUNTRY, THEY CAME OUTSIDE

FOR A SPECIAL EVENT LIKE

THIS.

George: ONE BY ONE,

THE YOUNG AND OLD GOT

DUNKED.

MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN,

ALL OF WHOM RENOUNCED

MUHAMMAD AND PROFESSED

THEIR FAITH IN JESUS

CHRIST, IN A SWIMMING POOL

RENTED FOR THE OCCASION.

*

George: THIS

53-YEAR-OLD WAITED 10

YEARS FOR THIS MOMENT.

I ACCEPTED CHRIST WHEN

I WAS 43 YEARS OLD.

THERE WAS NO WAY FOR ME TO

DO THIS IN IRAN BECAUSE OF

THE DANGERS WE FACE.

TODAY N MY FAITH IS

COMPLETE.

I BECAME A CHRISTIAN

AFTER SEEING JESUS IN A

DREAM.

AS I WAS GETTING BAPTIZED

THIS MORNING, I FELT THE

HOLY SPIRIT COME UPON ME

IN A NEW WAY.

George: ENTIRE

FAMILIES GOT BAPTIZED.

IT FEELS VERY GOOD.

I'M VERY HAPPY.

MY WHOLE FAMILY IS HAPPY.

George: AND WHAT

MAKES THIS BAPTISM ALL THE

MORE SIGNIFICANT IS THAT

THE MAJORITY OF IRANIANS

IN ATTENDANCE HAVE COME

FROM THE NATION'S THIRD

LARGEST CITY OF MUSHARD,

WHICH IS ONE OF SHI'A

ISLAM'S MOST HOLIEST CITY.

THIS WOMAN SAID THE QURAN

LEFT HER WITH MORE

QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS.

THIS WAS THE APPOINTED

TIME FOR ME TO GET

BAPTIZED.

ALSO, I KNOW GOD USED THE

LAST 11 YEARS TO GROW MY

FAITH, SO I CAN ENDURE

DIFFICULT TIMES.

George: EXPERTS SAY

HER TESTIMONY AND THAT OF

MANY OTHERS POINTS TO

EVIDENCE THAT GOD IS

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM IN

IRAN.

WE HAVE NEVER SEEN SUS

PRECEDENCE OF GROWTH IN AN

UNDERGROUND CHURCH

ANYWHERE ELSE BEFORE.

George: MIKE ANSANI

IS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

AT ABBOT TV.

IN 2006, IT BECAME THE

FIRST 24-HOUR FARSI

CHRISTIAN CHANNEL TO BEAM

CHRISTIAN PROGRAMS INTO

IRAN.

SOME OF THESE BELIEVERS

WAITED FOR MANY, MANY

YEARS TO BE BAPTIZED.

THEY WANT TO TELL THE

WORLD THAT THEY BELONG TO

JESUS.

THEY WANT TO TELL THE

WORLD THAT WHAT WAS BEFORE

IS DEAD AND NOW THEY'RE A

NEW CREATION.

George: ANSARI SAYS

MANY IRANIANS, ESPECIALLY

THE YOUNG, FEEL

DISILLUSIONED WITH ISLAM,

AND RECORD NUMBERS ARE

TURNING TO THIS CHANNEL TO

LEARN MORE ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY.

ROUGHLY ABOUT

16 MILLION IRANIANS, IN

THE LAST FOUR MONTHS, HAVE

VIEWED ONE OR MORE OF OUR

PROGRAMS ON SATELLITE TV,

AND ALSO ON THEIR MOBILE

DEVICES.

THAT ROUGHLY TRANSLATES TO

ABOUT 20% OF IRAN'S

POPULATION.

THAT IS AN OVERWHELMING

NUMBER.

George: ABBOT IS NOW

ONE OF FOUR SATELLITE

CHANNELS, BROADCASTING

CONTINUOUS CHRISTIAN

PROGRAMMING INTO IRAN.

SINCE WE DIDN'T KNOW

OTHER BELIEVERS WERE PART

OF THE HOUSE CHURCH, THERE

WAS NOBODY ELSE WHO COULD

HELP US GROW IN OUR FAITH.

WE COULD ONLY GROW WITH

THE ABBOT TV.

George: NATHAN LED A

HOUSE CHURCH IN IRAN FOR

MORE THAN 10 YEARS UNTIL

HE WAS FORCED TO FLEE

BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS

PERSECUTION.

NOW HE HOLDS A SHOW ON

ABBOT TV, SHOWING PEOPLE

HOW TO RUN A HOUSE CHURCH.

GOD IS USING THIS HOUSE

CHURCH SHOW TO EQUIP THE

HOUSE CHURCHES AND MAKE

LEADERS.

George: AND THOSE WHO

TRACK THE GROWTH OF

CHRISTIANITY AROUND THE

WORLD SAY THE ONE PLACE

WHERE THE FAITH IS GROWING

THE MOST IS IN THE ISLAMIC

REPUBLIC OF IRAN.

EDWARD HOSIPIAN SAYS THIS

IS NOTHING SHORT OF A

MIRACLE.

HIS BROTHER, AN ASSEMBLIES

OF GOD PASTOR, WAS

MURDERED IN IRAN FOR HIS

FAITH IN 1994.

HE SAYS NO MATTER HOW HARD

THE GOVERNMENT TRIES, IT

HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO STOP

THE SPREAD OF

CHRISTIANITY.

THEY ARE VERY SCARED OF

THE BIBLE.

AND THEY REALIZE MANY

IRANIANS ARE ATTRACTED TO

CHRISTIANITY.

THE GOVERNMENT PERSECUTES

THEM, HOPING TO UNDO THAT

EFFECT, BUT THE RESULT IS

THE OPPOSITE, AS MORE COME

TO FAITH.

George: AFTER A FEW

DAYS OF FELLOWSHIP,

TEACHING, AND

ENCOURAGEMENT, THE 20

BELIEVERS RETURNED TO

IRAN, ENERGIZED AND

COMMITTED TO SHARING THE

LOVE OF CHRIST WITH THEIR

COUNTRYMEN.

ANSARI SAYS THESE

EXCLUSIVE IMAGES SHOULD

ENCOURAGE CHRISTIANS THAT

GOD IS MOVING ON THE

HEARTS OF IRANIANS.

THERE IS A LOT OF GOD

NEWS THAT IS COMING OUT OF

IRAN.

AND WE NEED TO FOCUS ON

THAT AND CELEBRATE THAT.

WE ARE HOPING THAT THE

RESULTS THAT ARE BEING

SHARED WITH THE CHURCH IN

THE WEST WOULD ENCOURAGE

THE BODY OF CHRIST IN THE

WESTERN WORLD, THAT GOD IS

VERY MUCH ALIVE AMONG

MUSLIMS AND HE IS DOING A

GREAT JOB.

George: GEORGE

THOMAS, CBN NEWS.

* HALLELUJAH

George: SOMEWHERE IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

Chris: COMING UP,

JEWS AROUND THE WORLD

CELEBRATE SEKOT, THE FEAST

Chris: FOR THOUSANDS

OF YEARS, THE JEWISH

PEOPLE HAVE FOLLOWED THE

BIBLICAL INJUNCTION TO

DWELL IN TEMPORARY

DWELLINGS DURING THE FEAST

OF TABERNACLES, OR SUKKOT.

JULIE STAAL TAKES US

INSIDE ONE OF THOSE

SUCCOS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Julie: IT'S AN

ANCIENT BIBLICAL

COMMANDMENT THAT IS STILL

BEING KEPT TODAY.

SOME CALL IT A JEWISH

CAMPING TRIP BUT WITH THE

CONVENIENCES OF HOME.

SHIERK SHALOM.

WELCOME.

SHALOM.

WE'RE HERE IN OUR

SUKKOT, WHICH IS REALLY

THE HOME AWAY FROM HOMES

FOR THIS WHOLE WEEK OF

TABERNACLES.

Julie: LIKES MANY

ISRAELIS AND JEWISH PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD, THEY

BUILD A SUKKOT OR BOOTH ON

THE BACK PORCH OF THEIR

JERUSALEM APARTMENT EVERY

YEAR.

IT HELPS US REMEMBER.

WE'RE COMMANDED TO

REMEMBER THE EXODUS FROM

EGYPT.

AND HOW WE WANDERED

THROUGH THE DESERT FOR 40

YEARS WITHOUT PERMANENT

DWELLINGS.

BUT IT ALSO REMINDS US

THAT EVEN THOUGH WE'VE

BEEN BROUGHT INTO THE LAND

OF ISRAEL, WE HAVEN'T

REACHED OUR FINAL

DESTINATION.

Julie: SO TELL US

ABOUT THE SUKKOT ITSELF?

IT IS A ROOF THAT WILL

MAKE US FEEL WE'RE OPEN TO

THE ELEMENTS.

Julie: AND WHY IS

THAT?

BECAUSE OTHERWISE WE'D

BE IN THE PROTECTION OF

OUR HOMES IN SOME WAYS.

AND WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE

IN THIS FLIM FLIMSY TABERNACLE

SO WE CAN REMEMBER WE'RE

UNDER HASHIM'S PROTECTION.

Julie: FAMILIES EAT,

SLEEP, STUDY, AND PLAY

TOGETHER IN THEIR

TEMPORARY HOUSES FOR A

WHOLE WEEK.

DESPITE THE CAMPING

CONDITIONS, IT IS

CONSIDERED A JOYFUL TIME.

AND YOU CAN FOCUS ON

THE REAL IMPORTANT THINGS,

LIKE RELATIONSHIPS, AND

SITTING DOWN AND STUDYING

THE WORD AND TALKING WITH

THE CHILDREN ABOUT GOD'S

PLAYFULNESS.

Julie: JONATHAN AND

HIS SISTER, REBECCA, ENJOY

THE HOLIDAY SO MUCH,

JONATHAN MADE HIS

TREEHOUSE INTO A SUKKOT.

> THAT'S VERY PRETTY.

YOU DECORATED YOUR SUKKOT

UP HERE?

YES.

Julie: ANOTHER PART

OF THE CELEBRATION,

RECORDED IN LEVITICUS 23,

IS BRINGING A SPECIAL

FRUIT AND BRANCHES TO

REJOICE BEFORE THE LORD.

WE OFFER THEM TO

HASHIM, ALL FOUR OF THESE,

IN OUR PRAYERS.

WE WAVE THEM IN MANY

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, AND

WE REALLY LOOK TO ABOVE.

AND THAT'S WHAT THIS TYPE

OF ROOF HELPS US TO

REMEMBER, TOO.

WE'RE LOOKING TO ABOVE

BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE OUR

HELP IS GOING TO COME

FROM.

Julie: JULIE STAAL,

CBN NEWS, JERUSALEM.

Chris: UP NEXT, IN

THE SUKKOT, NOW SEE HOW

PEOPLE PREPARE AND BUILD

Chris: AS WE

MENTIONED IN THE BOOK OF

LEVITICUS AND THE BIBLE,

THE LORD COMMANDS THE

JEWISH PEOPLE TO BUILD

TABERNACLES OR BOOTHS AND

LIVE IN THEM FOR SEVEN

DAYS.

CBN NEWS TOOK A TRIP TO

THE JERUSALEM MARKET KNOWN

AS THE SHUK, TO SEE HOW

PEOPLE PREPARED FOR THE

FEAST.

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YOU

CAN SEE ON OUR SOCIAL

MEDIA CHANNELS.

SUK COS

THIS IS IN THE BOOK OF

LEVITICUS.

IT SAYS YOU SHOULD TAKE ON

THE FIRST DAY, THE

BRANCHES OF BEAUTIFUL

TREES AND WILLOWS OF THE

BROOKS.

THESE FUNNY-LOOKING LEMONS

ARE CALLED CITRONS.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU

GET ONE THAT DOESN'T HAVE

A BLEMISH IN IT.

IT SPEAKS BACK TO

LEVITICUS FOR THIS

HOLIDAY.

OKAY, HERE WE ARE.

AND WE'RE GOING TO BUILD A

SUKKOT.

SO HERE WE GO.

> HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY.

Chris: WE HOPE YOU'VE

ENJOYED OUR LOOK AT THE

PREPARATION FOR THE

BIBLICAL FEAST OF

TABERNACLES.

AS WE MENTIONED, IT IS AN

EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU CAN

FIND ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA

CHANNELS.

FOR ALL OF OUR JEWISH

FRIENDS, WE WOULD LIKE TO

SAY HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS

EDITION.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN SEE US

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I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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