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Episode: “A Place of New Life”
We go to the baptismal site on the banks of the Jordan River. Zola recalls his own baptism there, and we see Russian immigrants being baptized. Next, we interview a cancer researcher who is developing a new method of treatment, which appears to be very promising.
Series: “This Is Israel”
Tired of waiting 20 years for CNN and the other networks to show Israel as the modern, beautiful country it really is, Zola and his crew decided to do it themselves. Viewers will be as surprised as our pilgrims to see that this much-criticized nation is at least the equal of our own and in some ways superior!

Caption transcript for This Is Israel: “A Place of New Life” (2/12)

  • 00:03 HELLO, I'M ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 00:04 YOU'VE NO DOUBT HEARD THE HYMN "SHALL WE GATHER BY THE RIVER?"
  • 00:07   WELL, ON TONIGHT'S PROGRAM,   WE'LL GATHER TO THE JORDAN
  • 00:10   WHERE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER  THE WORLD COME TO BE BAPTIZED
  • 00:13 AND THEN WE'LL VISIT A HOSPITAL IN JERUSALEM WHERE THE CUTTING
  • 00:16 EDGE OF CANCER RESEARCH IS GOING ON IN ISRAEL.
  • 00:19    [ music playing ]
  • 00:58  SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:59   WELCOME TO THIS IS ISRAEL SERIES.
  • 01:01   ON TONIGHT'S PROGRAM, WE'LL  BE GOING TO THE JORDAN RIVER.
  • 01:04 WELL, IT RUNS DOWN HERE   FROM THE SEA OF GALILEE --
  • 01:07   ACTUALLY IT STARTS WAY UP ON MOUNT HERON.
  • 01:10   THERE ARE TRIBUTARIES DOWN  INTO NORTHERN ISRAEL,
  • 01:14    DOWN THROUGH THIS   WAY TO THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 01:17  AND DOWN THROUGH ALL OF THIS VALLEY,
  • 01:19   PAST JERUSALEM AND JERICHO AND EMPTYING INTO THE DEAD SEA.
  • 01:25  AND THE PART THAT WE'RE GOING TO LOOK IS JUST SOUTH OF THE --
  • 01:28 LAKE -- THE SEA OF GALILEE WHERE   PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS BAPTIZED.
  • 01:34    IT'S AN AMAZING COUNTRY.
  • 01:36  ISRAEL IS NOT AT ALL WHAT YOU'VE BEEN TOLD.
  • 01:39    WHILE WATCHING IT  ON OUR NEWS NETWORKS,
  • 01:42 ON CNN, AND THE OTHER NETWORKS,
  • 01:43 YOU ARE GETTING A VERY, VERY DISTORTED PICTURE
  • 01:46 OF A WONDERFUL, MODERN,   CLEAN, PROGRESSIVE NATION.
  • 01:51   AND WE'RE GOING TO SHOW IT  TO YOU IN THIS SERIES CALLED
  • 01:55     THIS IS ISRAEL.
  • 01:56  FIRST WE WILL GO TO YARDENIT.
  • 01:59   THE WORD FOR JORDAN >>   IN HEBREW YARDEN
  • 02:02    AND THE YARDENIT,   IS LIKE THE LITTLE JORDAN,
  • 02:05    A PLACE WHERE THE KIBBUTZ SET UP A BAPTISTERY FOR    CHRISTIAN
  • 02:08 FRIENDS TO COME AND COMFORTABLY ENTER THE RIVER ON STONE WALKS,
  • 02:12 STONE STAIRCASES AND SO FORTH.
  • 02:15    IT'S A SIGNIFICANT SITE, >>  A VERY POPULAR SITE
  • 02:18  AND IT IS SIGNIFICANT    THAT JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF
  • 02:21  MAY HAVE BEEN    BAPTIZED RIGHT NEAR HERE.
  • 02:31 OUR SUBJECT ON   THIS PROGRAM IS "NEW LIFE."
  • 02:34  AND WHAT BETTER PLACE  TO LOOK AT THAT THAN
  • 02:36  A PLACE WHERE  PEOPLE ARE BAPTIZED.
  • 02:38  TYPICALLY A BAPTIZER  SAYS SOMOMETHING LIKE,
  • 02:40 "RAISED TO WALK >>   IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE,"
  • 02:42 AS THEY COME OUT OF THE WATER.
  • 02:44 WE DO THIS ON OUR TOURS AND WE DO IT RIGHT HERE AT THIS PLACE
  • 02:48 WHERE I MYSELF WAS BAPTIZED YEARS AGO.
  • 02:52   THERE IS A CEMENT PLATFORM BEHIND ME IN THE RIVER.
  • 02:55    THAT'S ALL THAT WAS HERE >> WHEN I WAS BAPTIZED IN 1973.
  • 02:59 DR. TOM McCALL ON OUR PROGRAM,   YOU SEE HIM OFTEN,
  • 03:03   HE WAS THE BAPTIZER  AND WE WALKED OUT ON  THAT CEMENT PLATFORM,
  • 03:07   SORT OF JUMPED IN THE WATER
  • 03:09    AND KIND OF STOOD   ON THE MUDDY BOTTOM
  • 03:12 AND THERE I WAS   BAPTIZED AND RAISED TO WALK
  • 03:14  IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE WHICH  I DID AND I CAN RECOMMEND IT.
  • 03:17    I HAD A CALL ONCE  ON MY RADIO TALK SHOW
  • 03:21 WHERE A LADY SKEPTICAL OF JEWISH CHRISTIANS IN GENERAL I SUPPOSE,
  • 03:25 SAID TO ME, "WERE YOU BAPTIZED?"
  • 03:27    AND I SAID, "YES, I WAS."
  • 03:29  SHE SAID, "WELL, WAS >>   IT IN A BAPTIST CHURCH?"
  • 03:33   I SAID, "NO, NOT ACTUALLY,  IT WAS IN THE JORDAN RIVER."
  • 03:38 I THOUGHT THAT WOULD PUT AN END TO IT.
  • 03:40 SHE THOUGHT A MINUTE AND SAID,
  • 03:41  "WELL, WAS IT BY A BAPTIST MINISTER?"
  • 03:44   AND I SAID, "YOU KNOW, NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT, IT WAS."
  • 03:47    TOM IS A BAPTIST MINISTER  AND SO I WENT IN THIS RIVER.
  • 03:52 AND SINCE THEN I SUPPOSE, HAVE BROUGHT 5000 PEOPLE TO CHRIST,
  • 03:57    THE VAST MAJORITY OF WHOM WALKED DOWN THE SLOPES
  • 04:00   OF THESE BEAUTIFUL  BAPTISTERIES INTO THIS WATER.
  • 04:03  IT'S EASIER TO DO NOW BECAUSE >>   A KIBBUTZ NEAR THE RIVER
  • 04:08    HAS TAKEN THIS UP   AS WHAT WE CALL A MINISTRY.
  • 04:12  THEY ARE ENTERPRISING  AND THOUGHT,
  • 04:14 WELL, IF THE NAZARENE,   IF THE CHRISTIANS ARE GOING
  • 04:19 TO COME TO THIS PLACE,  WE'LL THEN PROVIDE FOR THEM.
  • 04:23 THAT REMINDS ME OF THAT WORD NAZARENE,
  • 04:25 PEOPLE OF NAZARETH, SO TO SPEAK.
  • 04:27    NAZARENE.
  • 04:29    I GOT INTO A TAXI ONCE AT  A HOTEL TO TRY TO COME HERE.
  • 04:32 AND I DIDN'T QUITE KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE THE SITE TO THE DRIVER.
  • 04:35 AND HE SPOKE NO ENGLISH AT ALL.
  • 04:37  I JUST COULDN'T THINK >>   HOW TO SAY THIS.
  • 04:40   AND FINALLY I SAID,   [ speaking Hebrew )
  • 04:45   IN JUDAISM, >>   THE RITUAL BATH.
  • 04:48  I SAID IN EFFECT, THE RITUAL BATH OF THE CHRISTIANS.
  • 04:51   HE NODDED ONCE AND WE WENT STRAIGHT HERE.
  • 04:54 NOT A PROBLEM.
  • 04:56    THE KIBBUTZ FIRST   BUILT ONE CONCRETE WALKWAY
  • 05:00 INTO THE WATER TO MAKE THINGS MORE COMFORTABLE
  • 05:03 AND THEN THEY PUT SOME BENCHES   BACK FOR PEOPLE TO OBSERVE.
  • 05:07   AND THIS BECAME SO POPULAR,  GROUP AFTER GROUP CAME HERE.
  • 05:11 THIS SPOT IS VERY FRESH WATER.
  • 05:14 JUST AS THE RIVER COMES   OUT OF THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 05:17   YOU CAN CERTAINLY DRINK IT.
  • 05:19   YOU ARE DRINKING IT >>   IN THE HOTELS IN ISRAEL.
  • 05:21 AND THEN THEY HAD TO PUT IN MORE SPOTS BECAUSE MORE GROUPS CAME.
  • 05:26  IT IS SAID TO BE CLOSE TO THE PLACE WHERE JESUS WAS BAPTIZED.
  • 05:30    MOST OF US THINK OF BEING >>   IN THE SOUTH BY THE AREA
  • 05:36  WHERE JOHN THE BAPTIST WOULD  HAVE CONDUCTED HIS MINISTRY.
  • 05:40    BUT THE SIGN HERE    SAYS BETHABARA, IS A TOWN
  • 05:46  MENTIONED BY   THE KING JAMES TRANSLATION
  • 05:48 AND IT IS QUITE CLOSE TO HERE.
  • 05:51   IT IS BETWEEN TIBERIAS AND BETH SHEAN AND ALONG THE RIVER
  • 05:54    AND SO THIS WOULD BE CLOSE TO THAT SPOT.
  • 05:57  BUT ANY CASE, OVER THE YEARS,
  • 05:58   THEY HAVE MANAGED TO PUT UP >>   BUILDING AFTER BUILDING.
  • 06:01    CHANGING ROOM AND    TOOK IN ROBES AND TOWELS.
  • 06:05 AND THEY REALLY   PROVIDE FOR THE CHRISTIANS.
  • 06:08  THERE IS A SMALL FEE.
  • 06:10   IT IS NOT A MATTER  OF RELIGION SO MUCH TO THEM.
  • 06:13  BUT THEY STILL HAVE DONE THIS  THING ALMOST LIKE A MINISTRY,
  • 06:17 PROVIDING FOR PILGRIMS,   FOR THE WORLD OVER,
  • 06:20 TO GO INTO THE SAME WATERS WHERE THE KING HIMSELF WAS BAPTIZED.
  • 06:29    "THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD,   I SHALL GATHER YOU FROM THE
  • 06:33 "PEOPLES AND ASSEMBLE YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE
  • 06:36    "BEEN SCATTERED AND I WILL   GIVE YOU THE LAND OF ISRAEL,
  • 06:40   "THE WILDERNESS AND >>    DRY LAND SHALL BE GLAD.
  • 06:44    "THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE     AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.
  • 06:48   "YOU SHALL KNOW THAT    I AM THE LORD WHEN I BRING
  • 06:51 "YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 06:56 NOW, BAPTISM IS  REALLY AN OLD, OLD CEREMONY.
  • 06:59   IT WASN'T INVENTED BY THE CHURCH.
  • 07:02  THE MIKVAH THAT I MENTIONED, THE ORIGINAL BATH OF THE JEWS.
  • 07:05    IT BEGAN WAY BACK   AT THE TABERNACLE.
  • 07:09  IF WE LOOK AT   THE BOOK OF EXODUS,
  • 07:11   EXODUS 29 STARTS THIS WAY.
  • 07:39   ALL OF THE PRIESTS WERE IMMERSED ONCE IN THE WATER
  • 07:43 TO CONSECRATE THEM AS PRIESTS,
  • 07:44   AN ENABLING ACTION   TO BEGIN THEIR MINISTRIES.
  • 07:49 THEY WASHED THEIR HANDS  AND FEET DAILY IN THE LAVER.
  • 07:52  AND THAT IS SYMBOLIC  OF THE CHRISTIAN CONFESSION.
  • 07:56  BUT THE IMMERSION IS SYMBOLIC OF CHRISTIAN SALVATION.
  • 08:01  WE HAVE THE STORY OF NAAMAM.
  • 08:03 IT'S VERY INTERESTING BECAUSE IT TOOK PLACE RIGHT IN THESE PARTS.
  • 08:27 IT IS SAYING THAT THIS   IMPORTANT GENERAL IN SYRIA
  • 08:29    STRUGGLED WITH A TERRIBLE DISEASE AND HE HAD A HEBREW MAID
  • 08:33    AND SHE DISCLOSED TO HIM >>THAT THE PROPHET ELISHA
  • 08:37  WAS IN NORTHERN ISRAEL AND HE >>   COULD DO GREAT MIRACLES.
  • 08:40 AND TALKING HIM INTO TO  CONSULTING WITH THE PROPHET.
  • 09:01   TOLD HIM TO COME DOWN HERE AND WASH IN THE JORDAN.
  • 09:05 NAAMAN ISN'T SATISFIED.
  • 09:06    IT SAYS.
  • 09:29    CAN YOU IMAGINE?
  • 09:31    HE HAS NO CONCEPTION THAT  THE PROPHET IS REALLY IMBUED
  • 09:33 WITH THE POWER OF GOD AND TELL   HIM TO WASH HIMSELF  AND HE WILL BE CLEAN.
  • 09:38  HE'S ANGRY BECAUSE HE DIDN'T SEE A REAL DEMONSTRATION
  • 09:41  BY A HEBREW PROPHET, STRIKING    THINGS AND SMITING THINGS
  • 09:44 AND CALLING ON HIS POWERFUL GOD.
  • 10:01   THEY SAY,   "WELL, LOOK BE REASONABLE.
  • 10:02  "HE SAID SUCH A SIMPLE THING.
  • 10:04    "ANYBODY CAN DIP >> THEMSELVES IN WATER.
  • 10:06    "YOU WOULD HAVE GONE OFF
  • 10:07    "AND FOUGHT A WAR IF HE SAID TO DO THAT.
  • 10:09 "SURELY YOU CAN DO THIS LITTLE THING."
  • 10:27 THIS WATER HEALED HIM.
  • 10:29    IF HE WAS A GUY SENSITIVE  TO THE CLEANLINESS OF RIVERS
  • 10:32 AND THOUGHT THE RIVERS OF SYRIA
  • 10:33    WERE MORE WHOLESOME THAN >> THE RIVERS OF ISRAEL,
  • 10:36 WHY, HE WOULD HAVE COME    RIGHT UP NEXT TO THE LAKE
  • 10:39    BECAUSE THE WATER    IS SO CLEAR HERE.
  • 10:41  STANDING HERE, WE CAN SEE FISH IN THE WATER.
  • 10:42   NO PROBLEM.
  • 10:44 THEY SWIM RIGHT TO THE SURFACE.
  • 10:45    THEY HAVE NO ENEMIES HERE   AND THE CATFISH GET SO BIG
  • 10:49   THAT THEY LOOK LIKE LITTLE   ALLIGATORS SWIMMING  IN THE WATER.
  • 10:53 AND THE PEOPLE  STILL GO IN AND GET BAPTIZED.
  • 10:55    THE CATFISH STAY >> AWAY FROM THE SHORE.
  • 10:58    YOU KNOW, THE STORY GOES ON A LITTLE BIT.
  • 10:59   GEHAZI, THE SERVANT    OF ELISHA THE MAN OF GOD,
  • 11:02 RAN OUT THERE TO NAAMAN AND HE ASKED FOR A COMMISSION.
  • 11:05 HE ASKED FOR SOME MONEY AND SOME GOODS
  • 11:07   FOR ASSISTING IN THIS CURE.
  • 11:10    AND NAAMAN GLADLY PAID HIM A COMMISSION.
  • 11:13   BUT THEN AS   THE CHAPTER ENDS, IT SAYS:
  • 11:25 OH, BOY, THE PUNISHMENT   FIT THE CRIME IN THAT CASE.
  • 11:28   HE GOT THE LEPROSY    THAT NAAMAN LOST.
  • 11:31  WELL, THE CHRISTIANS REALLY ARE PRIESTS, EVERY ONE.
  • 11:36    WE SAID THAT THE PRIESTS >>  WERE IMMERSED ONCE TO BEGIN THEIR MINISTRY.
  • 11:40   BUT EVERY CHRISTIAN IS A PRIEST IN A SENSE
  • 11:42   MINISTERING BETWEEN   GOD AND THE PEOPLE.
  • 11:45 I MEAN, WE CAN GIVE OUT ETERNAL LIFE ON A CHILD
  • 11:48 AND THE CHURCH CAN GIVE ETERNAL    LIFE TO A HUNDRED ADULTS.
  • 11:51 WE CAN COUNSEL.
  • 11:54  THE SCRIPTURE  TELLS OF MANY GIFTS.
  • 11:55  WE CAN TEACH.
  • 11:56  WE CAN HELP.
  • 11:59  WE CAN GIVE.
  • 12:00  WE CAN HEAL.
  • 12:02 ALL MUCH THESE GIFTS IF THAT IS THE GIFT ONE HAS CAN BE EVIDENCE
  • 12:08 BY CHRISTIANS AND USED EVERYDAY.
  • 12:10 SO WE ARE PRIESTS IN THAT SENSE.
  • 12:12 AND I PETER 2:9   SAYS EXACTLY THAT.
  • 12:30    THAT IS HOW PETER  ADDRESSES THE CHURCH ON THIS.
  • 12:33  AND SO WE ALL ARE IMMERSED AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR MINISTRY.
  • 12:37  PEOPLE OMIT BAPTISM.
  • 12:40 THAT IS NOT --  YOU WON'T LOSE YOUR SALVATION
  • 12:42   OR FAIL TO GAIN IT.
  • 12:44 IT'S NOT A COMMAND OF THE LORD
  • 12:47 IN THE SENSE OF  BELIEVING ON THE LORD
  • 12:49  OR DOING YOUR  GOOD WORKS AND SO ON.
  • 12:51 BUT WE GO IN OBEDIENCE   TO THE LORD
  • 12:53   AND TO BECOME REAL PRIESTS
  • 12:55    LIKE THE PRIESTS >> OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 12:57 MINISTER TO THE PEOPLE FOR GOD.
  • 12:59    YOU KNOW, MY TRIBE,  DEUTERONOMY TELLS THAT
  • 13:03 THE LEVITES HAVE   NO LAND INHERITANCE.
  • 13:05 BUT THEY MINISTER  TO THE PEOPLE FOR GOD.
  • 13:06  THEY GIVE A BLESSING TO THE PEOPLE FOR GOD.
  • 13:09  THE LEVITE'S BLESSING   [ speaking Hebrew ]
  • 13:12 THE LORD'S FACE SHINE UPON YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE, AND SO FORTH
  • 13:16 IS A PRIVILEGE THAT THE LEVITES HAVE.
  • 13:19  THEY ARE THE TRIBE OF PRIESTS AND THEY MINISTER TO THE PEOPLE.
  • 13:23 AND SO IF CHRISTIANS WANT TO BE  EFFECTIVE MINISTERS FOR GOD,
  • 13:26    EVIDENTLY THEY GO THROUGH >>   THE STEPS A PRIEST DOES.
  • 13:28    AND ONE OF THOSE >>  IS IMMERSION IN THE WATER.
  • 13:31   OF COURSE, THERE IS LOTS OF KINDS BAPTISMS.
  • 13:33 SOME FOLKS ONLY SPRINKLE WATER.
  • 13:34    A LITTLE BIT ON THE HEAD.
  • 13:37   SOME TAKE SOME KIND OF HERB OR HYSSOP OR SOMETHING AND DIP
  • 13:42   IT IN THE WATER AND ANOINT   THE PEOPLE WITH THE WATER.
  • 13:46   OTHER PEOPLE COME DOWN HERE    AND SIT AND HEAR A SERMON
  • 13:49    AND GO BACK TO THE HOTEL.
  • 13:51 THEY DON'T DO THE RIVER AT ALL.
  • 13:52    THEY LOOK AT IT.
  • 13:54   BUT I THINK TOTAL IMMERSION >>   IS WHAT IS IMPLIED HERE.
  • 13:56  WELL, IT'S COMMANDED   DIRECTLY IN THE TABERNACLE.
  • 14:00    BUT THE POINT OF >>  TOTAL IMMERSION IS SERIOUS.
  • 14:03   THE NEW TESTAMENT PICTURES BAPTISM AS A DROWNING,    THAT IS, A DEATH.
  • 14:08   WE DIE WITH CHRIST.
  • 14:11    YOU DON'T DIE FROM HAVING  WATER SPRINKLED ON YOUR HEAD.
  • 14:14   BUT YOU DIE IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 14:17   IN ROMANS 6 IN THIS MANNER.
  • 14:26    AND THERE WE KIND OF SEE >> THAT NAAMAN'S PROBLEM
  • 14:30   REALLY WHAT LOOKED  LIKE LEPROSY WAS SIN
  • 14:34 AND HE WASHED HIMSELF AND THAT SYMBOLICALLY TOOK AWAY THAT SIN.
  • 14:38   HE GOES ON.
  • 15:13 AND THE PASSAGE  IS THE NEWNESS LIFE.
  • 15:15  IT IS GOING ON RIGHT >>   HERE AT THIS BAPTISTERY.
  • 15:18    THE ISRAELIS ARE >> BUILDING IT ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 15:20 ISRAEL IS SERVING ITS TOURIST.
  • 15:22   AND IF ITS TOURIST ARE CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS,
  • 15:24  THEN THEY SERVE THE CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS WITH CHRISTIAN THINGS.
  • 15:27  AS THEY BUILD ON THIS RIVER,
  • 15:30  MORE BAPTISTERIES, THEN MORE BUSES OF PILGRIMS COME AND MORE PEOPLE
  • 15:34   APPRECIATE BEING ABLE TO BE   BAPTIZED IN THE SAME WATER  AS OUR LORD HIMSELF.
  • 15:43 [ singing in Russian ]
  • 15:44  A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT GROUPS VISIT YARDENIT.
  • 15:47 THE GROUP YOU SEE HERE SINGING
  • 15:48   AND BEING BAPTIZED    IS UNIQUE INDEED.
  • 15:51 THESE ARE RUSSIAN-SPEAKING JEWS THAT HAVE IMMIGRATED TO ISRAEL,
  • 15:54 ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES >>   AND FOUND THEIR MESSIAH.
  • 15:59   I AM FROM RUSSIA, YES.
  • 16:00   I AM COME TO ISRAEL FOR --
  • 16:04     [ speaking Russian ]
  • 16:05   11 YEARS, YES.
  • 16:07  SO WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE TODAY?
  • 16:13   16 PEOPLE WENT INTO THE WATER.
  • 16:17    AND WERE BAPTIZED  IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST,
  • 16:22 THE SON OF GOD AND MESSIAH OF ISRAEL.
  • 16:25  ALTHOUGH, I AM A JEWISH GIRL,
  • 16:27   I BELIEVE IN JESUS.
  • 16:30   YES, AND I AM VERY HAPPY.
  • 16:34 WHEN YOU WENT UNDER THE WATER,
  • 16:35  AND WHEN YOU COME UP,   WHAT DID YOU FEEL?
  • 16:40   I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT.
  • 16:42 IT IS NOT BECAUSE   I DON'T KNOW ENGLISH.
  • 16:48 IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN.
  • 16:50 ARE YOU FROM RUSSIA ALSO?
  • 16:52   YES, I AM HERE SIX YEARS AND   I BELIEVE 10 YEARS IN JESUS,
  • 16:58    LIKE MY MESSIAH >> AND SAVIOR AND GOD.
  • 17:02    YOU ARE JEWISH?
  • 17:03   YES, I AM JEWISH.
  • 17:05 AND SO IS THIS A CONGREGATION OF JEWISH BELIEVERS?
  • 17:08 YES, WE HAVE A CONGREGATION IN
  • 17:09 [ speaking Russian ]
  • 17:12  A JEWISH, RUSSIAN-SPEAKING >>CONGREGATION.
  • 17:14    AND IN OUR CONGREGATION  HAVE NAMED SPIRIT OF LIFE.
  • 17:19 SO YOU WANT TO SHARE YESHUA WITH OTHER PEOPLE HERE IN ISRAEL?
  • 17:24 YES.
  • 17:26 [ speaking Russian ]
  • 17:28    YES, VERY GOOD.
  • 17:31 WHAT DOES ISRAEL MEAN TO YOU?
  • 17:33  GOD IS CALLING ME TO ISRAEL >>   TO BE A SERVANT
  • 17:38   AND I BELIEVE ALL >>ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED.
  • 17:50   [ music playing ]
  • 18:48 YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES YOU FORGET
  • 18:49   HOW INTERNATIONAL   A FAITH CHRISTIANITY IS.
  • 18:52  THERE ARE CHRISTIANS IN ALL >>  NATIONS AND ALL BELIEVING
  • 18:55   VIRTUALLY THE SAME THING, >> AT LEAST IF THEY'RE
  • 18:56    READING THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 18:58 AND THESE ARE TRUE MESSIANIC JEWS BEING BAPTIZED THERE EVEN >>   THOUGH
  • 19:02   THEY ARE   RUSSIAN-SPEAKING PEOPLE.
  • 19:04  OF COURSE, THEY'RE    SAVED LIKE ANYONE ELSE.
  • 19:07 BUT THERE'S A CERTAIN ADVANTAGE TO BEING A RUSSIAN RATHER THAN
  • 19:12 SAY BEING AN UNBELIEVING AMERICAN.
  • 19:14  MOST AMERICANS HAVE >>  HAD SOME KIND OF TRAINING
  • 19:17  ONE WAY OR ANOTHER >>IN RELIGION AS THEY GREW UP.
  • 19:19 BUT MOST RUSSIANS THAT GREW UP
  • 19:21    UNDER COMMUNISM   ARE CLEAN SLATES.
  • 19:24 THEY HAVE NO RELIGION AT ALL.
  • 19:26 RELIGION WAS VERY FROWNED UPON.
  • 19:27 THE COMMUNIST LET A FEW ORTHODOX >>  CHURCHES RUN, I SUPPOSE,
  • 19:31    REPORTING TO THE STATE.
  • 19:33 THOSE AREN'T >>  TRUE CHURCHES, OF COURSE.
  • 19:35 BUT THE AVERAGE RUSSIAN KNOWS NOTHING AND IF YOU INTRODUCE
  • 19:40 HIM TO THE LORD FROM THE BIBLE
  • 19:42 AND TELL HIM WHAT THE LORD TAUGHT,
  • 19:43 IT IMMEDIATELY APPEALS TO HIM.
  • 19:45    IT'S A WONDERFUL PROOF >>OF THE FACT THAT WHAT
  • 19:47 THE LORD SAID IS SAVING INDEED.
  • 19:50  JESUS SAVES, THE SIGNS SAY.
  • 19:53   IF YOU EXPLAIN TO SOMEONE >>WITH NO BIAS ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
  • 19:56   EXACTLY WHAT JESUS SAID, >> THAT PERSON TYPICALLY COMES
  • 20:00    TO SALVATION BY  BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 20:03    WELL, THAT'S A SUBJECT    AND A BIG ONE.
  • 20:06 NOW, AS TO MEDICAL RESEARCH, >>  ISRAEL IS A WORLD LEADER.
  • 20:10 I MEAN THAT.
  • 20:11   I DISCOVERED ONE >>TIME WHEN THEY LOST MY LUGGAGE,
  • 20:13  I HAD TO CHANGE OFF >>  A BUNCH OF PILLS,
  • 20:15 HEART MEDICATIONS AND SO ON,
  • 20:17 AT A PHARMACY >>  FOR ISRAELI EQUIVALENCE.
  • 20:20 AND IT WAS QUITE EASY >>  FOR THE PHARMACIST TO DO.
  • 20:22 MOST OF OUR PILLS ARE >>   ISRAELI TO START WITH.
  • 20:25 WE JUST CHANGE THE NAMES AND, OF COURSE, JACK UP THE PRICE.
  • 20:27   CONTAC, THE COLD MEDICINE >>IS AN ISRAELI PILL ORIGINALLY.
  • 20:32 DR. ISRAEL VLODAVSKY IS OUR GUEST.
  • 20:37 HOPE IS VERY SCARCE WITH CANCER OBVIOUSLY.
  • 20:40 IT IS A TOUGH PROBLEM >>   BUT HE IS DOING REALLY
  • 20:43 IMPORTANT WORK ON THAT SUBJECT.
  • 20:51  WHEN WE ESTABLISHED THIS LAND ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO,
  • 20:54  WHEN I CAME BACK AT >>   THE END OF '79,
  • 20:57   SINCE THEN, WORK IN THE   INSTITUTE OF THE   HADASSEH HOSPITAL
  • 21:04   IN SEEING ALL OF >>THE SUFFERING INVOLVED IN IT,
  • 21:06  WE DECIDED TO FOCUS OF ONE ASPECT OF TUMOR BIOLOGY
  • 21:11 WHICH IS THE >>   SPREAD OF TUMOR CELLS.
  • 21:16 YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE WHO SUCCUMB  OR DIE FROM CANCER DON'T --
  • 21:25   DON'T DIE >>BECAUSE OF THE PRIMARY TUMOR.
  • 21:27  BECAUSE THE PRIMARY TUMOR,    THE TUMOR THAT IS FIRST
  • 21:29 DIAGNOSED CAN >>   BE REMOVED IN SURGERY.
  • 21:33  THE TUMOR CELLS  HAS THE ABILITY TO MOVE AROUND.
  • 21:37  THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO ENTER BLOOD VESSELS
  • 21:40 AND IN THE BLOOD VESSEL THEY ARE CARRIED AWAY TO DISTANT ORGAN.
  • 21:44 AND THEN THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO GO FROM THE BLOOD TO TISSUE.
  • 21:48 AND THE EFFORT OF MANY >>   SCIENTISTS IS TO PREVENT
  • 21:51   THE ABILITY OF TUMOR CELLS  TO GO INTO THE BLOOD.
  • 21:57   AND KEEP THEM IN THE BLOOD  AND NOT ALLOW THEM TO GO OUT.
  • 22:00  BECAUSE THERE IS A SECONDARY  TUMOR SOMEWHERE ELSE.
  • 22:03  WHAT I UNDERSTAND IS, IF THEY  ARE KEPT IN THE BLOOD STREAM,
  • 22:06 THEN THE IMMUNE AND THE NATURAL    QUALITIES OF BLOOD STREAM
  • 22:10  WILL OVERCOME   THESE CANCER CELLS?
  • 22:12  YES.
  • 22:14   IT WAS CALCULATED BY OTHER SCIENTISTS THAT TUMOR CELLS WERE
  • 22:16 ABLE TO ENTER THE BLOOD
  • 22:18   AND CANNOT SURVIVE   LONG IN THE BLOOD.
  • 22:20    YOU CAN'T DO THAT  MORE THAN THREE HOURS
  • 22:23    BECAUSE THEY ARE >> ATTACKED BY THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
  • 22:26 AND THEY DON'T LIKE THE    ENVIRONMENT OF STREAMING,  OF PRESSURE.
  • 22:30 SO THE IDEA OF US AND OF COURSE, MANY OTHER SCIENTISTS,
  • 22:34  IS TO KEEP THEM IN THE BLOOD FOR MORE TIME AND INHIBIT THEM
  • 22:37 AND DELAY BY SOME HOURS  THE ABILITY TO GO OUT
  • 22:41   AND TO LET THEM DIE IN THE BLOOD.
  • 22:43  OKAY.
  • 22:44   NOW, THE ENZYME THAT ALLOWS   THE TUMOR CELL TO DO THIS,
  • 22:47 THAT IS THE ONE YOU HAVE MANAGED >>   TO ISOLATE AND TO CLONE?
  • 22:51   I HAVE A SYMBOL OF BIOLOGY AND HOW, WE ARE CLONING THE GENE
  • 22:58  WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE   PRODUCTION OF THIS ENZYME.
  • 23:01    ONCE YOU CLONE THE GENE,    YOU HAVE A LOT OF BETTER
  • 23:04    OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE YOU CAN PRODUCE LARGE AMOUNT OF THIS
  • 23:07   ENZYME IN BACTERIA  AND HEART/LUNG CELLS.
  • 23:11  ONCE YOU HAVE  LARGE AMOUNT OF THIS ENZYME,
  • 23:13    AND YOU KNOW EXACTLY THE >>   STRUCTURE OF THIS ENZYME,
  • 23:16 YOU CAN DESIGN A VERY SPECIFIC INHIBITOR WITH NO SIDE EFFECT.
  • 23:21   SO AS I UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU   WORKED WITH THIS INHIBITOR
  • 23:25   YOU WERE REALLY SUCCESSFUL?
  • 23:27 AND IT IS EASY TO SEE IN THIS PICTURE
  • 23:29   THERE'S NO CELLS MASTICIZED >>   OVER IN THIS SIDE ALMOST
  • 23:33   AND IT WAS PROVED?
  • 23:37    WE CREATED SOME PRIMITIVE >>   INHIBITORS OF OUR ENZYME
  • 23:42 WE GOT 90 TO 95 PERCENT ABILITIES OF THIS MELANOMA CELL
  • 23:51 THAT HAVE ENTERED THE BLOOD TO  COLONIZE IN THE LUNG.
  • 23:59 IT IS TOO EARLY TO SPEAK ABOUT CURE OF CANCER.
  • 24:00  BUT IF WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET
  • 24:03   EITHER AN ANTIBODY THAT NEUTRALIZES ENZYME
  • 24:06    OR ANOTHER COMPOUND THAT >> INHIBITS ITS ACTIVITY
  • 24:10    IT IS AN    IMPORTANT STEP FORWARDS.
  • 24:14 WE HAVE DEVOTED TO THIS   PROJECT MORE THAN 15 YEARS.
  • 24:15    15 YEARS.
  • 24:16 THERE IS UPS AND DOWNS,    YOU KNOW.
  • 24:18    WE STARTED AND WE BELIEVE IN THIS ENZYME.
  • 24:22  WE ARE CONVINCED THAT    THIS ENZYME IS IMPORTANT.
  • 24:25 IT'S REQUIRED A LOT OF DAY AND   NIGHTS AND CONSISTENCY AND
  • 24:34 PERSISTENCY AND   WHATEVER YOU CALL IT TO --
  • 24:37   TO WORK ON A SINGLE  SUBJECT FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.
  • 24:41    PEOPLE WOULD SAY >>YOU HAVE TO DROP THIS.
  • 24:43    BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE DON'T    BELIEVE THAT THIS
  • 24:46  ENZYME WAS IMPORTANT.
  • 24:47 I WAS SPEAKING ABOUT THIS ENZYME IN THE STATES AND OTHER PLACES
  • 24:52  AND PEOPLE SAY HOW MANY YEARS YOU CAN DEVOTE TO THIS?
  • 24:55 BUT FINALLY IT PAID BECAUSE WE  CAME OUT WITH SOMETHING WHICH
  • 25:00 NOW HAS A LOT OF HOPE.
  • 25:14 DR. VLODAVSKY ASKED US TO STRESS THAT THERE IS YEARS TO GO BEFORE
  • 25:18 HIS RESEARCH IS REALLY COMPLETE.
  • 25:20    AND I THINK HE'S >>  ON THE RIGHT TRACK
  • 25:23 FROM WHAT I CAN    UNDERSTAND OF IT.
  • 25:24 TYPICALLY THE ISRAELIS  WILL SOLVE A PROBLEM,
  • 25:28   EVEN A PROBLEM LIKE CANCER AND THEN GIVE IT TO THE WORLD.
  • 25:31 THEY WERE THE RECEIVERS OF THE WORLD'S
  • 25:33    FIRST PUBLIC HEALTH LAWS.
  • 25:35   REALLY, THE   OLD TESTAMENT WAS ABOUT IT.
  • 25:38    GOD GAVE THEM THE SECRETS >>   OF THE LIFE OF THE FLESH
  • 25:42  IS IN THE BLOOD, FOR EXAMPLE.
  • 25:44   IT SAYS IN LEVITICUS 17:11.
  • 25:46  GOSH, 200 YEARS AGO IN MODERN   ENGLAND VIRTUALLY,
  • 25:50 THEY WERE STILL   BLEEDING PATIENTS.
  • 25:52 THE ISRAELIS UNDERSTOOD FROM THE   WORD OF GOD SO MANY THINGS
  • 25:57    AND HAVE FOR SO VERY LONG    THAT THAT COUNTRY
  • 26:00   SIMPLY HAS A GREAT DEAL TO OFFER.
  • 26:03 CONTINUALLY PAINTING IT IN THE NEWS AS SOME KIND OF WAR-TORN,
  • 26:06   YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO LAUGH.
  • 26:10   RECENTLY, PRESIDENT CLINTON  WENT TO OSLO.
  • 26:13  AND HE SAID, >>   "IF RABIN WERE HERE NOW,
  • 26:15 "HE WOULD SAY, 'THERE'S NOT A MOMENT TO LOSE.'"
  • 26:19  THERE'S NOT A MOMENT TO LOSE?
  • 26:20   WHAT TO GIVE AWAY THE LAND?
  • 26:22    THERE WAS NO WAR,    WHY ARE WE HAVING
  • 26:24 A PEACE PROCESS TO START WITH?
  • 26:26   THERE HASN'T BEEN A    WAR IN ISRAEL SINCE 1973.
  • 26:29   THIS CONSTANT MYTH.
  • 26:32   THE PRESIDENT IS ONE OF THE  WORST OFFENDERS OF DESCRIBING
  • 26:36   THE SITUATION AS SOME KIND OF EMERGENCY OVER THERE
  • 26:39   WHEN IT IS NOTHING   BUT A NORMAL GHETTO PROBLEM
  • 26:41  THAT EVERY DEMOCRACY   HAS INCLUDING OURS.
  • 26:44    CERTAINLY INCLUDING OURS.
  • 26:45  OUR PROBLEMS ARE FAR  WORSE THAN ISRAEL'S PROBLEMS.
  • 26:49    BUT IN ANY CASE, >>LEARN ABOUT THIS LAND.
  • 26:51 IT REALLY DOES   HAVE MUCH TO OFFER.
  • 26:54    OUR OFFER TO YOU TONIGHT >>IS THE PILGRIM'S JOURNEY SERIES.
  • 26:59    THIS IS A SERIES >>OF NINE VIDEO PROGRAMS.
  • 27:01   WE JUST DECIDED TO ONE DAY
  • 27:05  MAKE A SERIES FOR THE PEOPLE WHO NEVER COULD COME TO ISRAEL.
  • 27:09    THEY ARE SHUT IN,  DON'T HAVE THE MONEY,
  • 27:10 THEY DON'T HAVE   THE TIME, WHATEVER.
  • 27:12 AND WE FOLLOWED ALONG.
  • 27:13  OUR TV CREW EXPERTLY  FOLLOWED OUR PILGRIMS
  • 27:16   AND FILMED THE ENTIRE TOUR.
  • 27:19    AND I'M WITH THEM  AND TALKING ABOUT THE THING.
  • 27:21   SO YOU GET TO SEE THE LAND
  • 27:23 AND THE MUSIC CASSETTE IS ALSO
  • 27:25 AVAILABLE WITH THE SONG "FINALLY HOME,"
  • 27:27  "TEACH ME TO WALK ON WATER,"
  • 27:29    AND SOME OF OUR BIG HITS.
  • 27:30  YOU CAN GET THE LEVITT LETTER
  • 27:32 AND THE CATALOG   AT OUR ADDRESS FOR NOTHING.
  • 27:35  WRITE TO US AND LET US KNOW.
  • 27:37 REMEMBER THE GIFTS OF FUNDS.
  • 27:39 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:41 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. A Place of Birth
  2. A Place of New Life
  3. A Place of Opportunity
  4. A Place Among Nations
  5. A Place of Blessing
  6. A Place of Healing
  7. A Place of Revelation
  8. A Voice to the Nations
  9. A Place to Call Home
  10. A Place of Peace
  11. A Place of Still Waters
  12. A Place for the King

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