Three days before Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), when Israelis fast, seek atonement before the Lord and thousands stream to the Western Wall for prayers, believers joined together to turn their faces to the Lord at the Pavilion in Jerusalem.
The Yuval Messianic School of Music and Arts sponsored a night of prayer and worship for believers, themed Panai El Adonai (My Face to My Lord), a few days before the holiest day on the Jewish calendar as a sign of solidarity and unity with the people of Israel.
The worship songs chosen were all from the sources and with themes of praise, honor to the Lord and forgiveness, the topic most identified with Yom Kippur.
Daniel Kalisher, one of the singers at the concert, told KNI about the source of inspiration for the concert’s theme.
“Panai El Adonai is taken from Daniel chapter 9. Daniel turns to God in supplication, in verse 3: ‘So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes,’” Kalisher noted. “Daniel, who was righteous, turns to God together with all the people of Israel, and does not put himself above them. We also want to unite with all of our people these days and come before God as one.”
Messianic Jews and Arab believers from around the country and a large number of unbelievers attended the concert.
The songs also included biblical prophecies about the Messiah so that even if songs were not from the New Testament or without name of Yeshua, the songs and prophecies would still point to Yeshua the Messiah, the source of the answer of the people of Israel.
“On the third day He will revive us.”
Hosea 6: 2
Yaron Cherniak, one of the musicians, used a number of oriental instruments during the concert including the shourangiz, a Persian instrument whose name means “to awaken emotion.”
“Like the name of the instrument … the whole idea is to awaken our hearts to repentance, to return to him, to approach him, to long for him,” he said. “Especially at this time, before Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and after Rosh Hashanah (new year), to prepare our hearts for this time with him, together with the people of Israel — to connect us to the current mood of the nation. Let’s hope that we succeeded in this.”
Jamie Hilsden, one of the musicians from the Meqedem band, explained the uniqueness of the concert from a musician’s point of view.
“One of the privileges of working on this type of project is working with local Messianic musicians who connect to the content of the songs and their heart is in this,” he said.
Yael Kalisher, director of Yuval Messianic School of Music and Arts, said that she came to the evening with the “anticipation of reading the word of God in public, as in the Temple. I believe in the power of God’s Word to save and change lives.”
Carlos, a Messianic Arab from Haifa, attended the concert.
“The songs were rooted in the Word of God, and it made me devote myself to the worship, and I wish that we would do it every year and unite in prayer for our country, Jews and Arabs alike,” he said.
Prior to the concert, Yuval and FIRM (the Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries) sought support from Messianic congregations around Israel, both in attendance and finances. Indeed, many local congregations and organizations, including KNI, supported the concert financially — an encouraging show of such widespread collaboration in the local body of Messiah.
The concert was recorded and Yuval will release a CD.
See KNI’s coverage of the concert: