The Jewish community in Nigeria assembled this month in Lagos, and offered serious prayers for Nigeria’s progress and well being following the heightened ethno-religious tensions and calls for secession.
The prayers which held in Victoria Island was led by Prayer warrior, Mendel Sternbach. Report indicated that Sternbach was mandated to coordinate the prayers on the instructions of a United States Rabbi Lubavitch, Menachem Schneerson.
Nigerians who attended the event went home in great relief, believing that the God of Abraham has truly taken charge of the nation’s socio economic challenges.
Speaking at the end of the prayers session, Group prayer leader, Mendy Sternbach described Nigeria as a uniquely endowed country, which the entire world must support and assist to attain its divine towering status and economic relevance.
He stressed the need for Nigeria and its people to unite and collectively harness the country’s multi-various blessing: natural and human in the overall interest of the nation and the continent at large.
“Every square inch of land in Nigeria is divinely blessed, every part of the country is truly blessed in terms of both human and physical resources. You cannot be so blessed and not actively work to vigorously pursue peace so as to consolidate your gains and progress”, Sternbach indicated, saying that he had tasked all the Jews in the country to consistently pray for rapid advancements of Nigeria, in all ramifications.
He highlighted that Nigeria has been divinely accorded a towering leadership role to play in furtherance of the continent’s interest and the earlier the people realize this the better for all Nigerians.
Responding to a question, he explained that three times in a year, Jews are expected to mandatorily visit Jerusalem as part of their religious observances, during the new year, during the Passover, and at Shavuot period, which is a period like now.
He affirmed that the Rabbi Lubavitch in New York mandated him to come to Nigeria and coordinate the religious worship of the Jews who could not make it to Israel at this period of the year.
Speaking further, Sternbach pointed out that the Messiah is indeed coming back and that when he comes he would bring the truly enduring peace that has eluded the world, quoting Isaiah 65 Vs 23/4: “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.25.The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
One of the congregants who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were truly expecting the return of the Messiah, even though they were not expected to make noise about it.
“Jews don’t make noise about their religion, Jews are no missionaries and so they do not go about like Christians to evangelise and this is one reason why the Jewish religion is often enabled to co-exist smoothly, peacefully with other religions”, he concluded.