Thursday, October 22, 2015

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Thursday, October 22, 2015

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, October 22, 2015

" . . . but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57)

"The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty . . ." (Zeph. 3:17)
The Middle East in Focus

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)

1. Netanyahu tells Ban: Abbas joined ISIS, Hamas in incitement - YNET News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of "joining ISIS and Hamas in claiming that Israel threatens the al-Aqsa mosque" on Tuesday evening during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Abbas, Netanyahu said, "unfortunately has been fanning the flames. He said on September 16, just a few days ago, that he welcomes 'every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. . . ' That's a quote. President Abbas has not condemned a single one of the 30 terrorist attacks on Israelis over the last month. And he continues to glorify terrorists as heroes."

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2. Female soldier severely wounded in West Bank stabbing -Times of Israel

An Israeli soldier was in critical condition Wednesday after she was stabbed by a Palestinian near the Adam junction, near the Hizme checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

The 20-year-old woman sustained a stab wound to her upper body and was undergoing surgery at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. Her life was in danger, doctors said.

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3. Passes Arab Resolution: Cave of Patriarchs 'Islamic'- Israel National News

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution Wednesday listing the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem as Muslim sites.

The resolution - which passed with 26 in favor, six voted against, and 25 abstentions - condemned Israel for archaeological excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem and particularly near the Temple Mount.

An initial draft of the resolution had also called for the Kotel (Western Wall) to be listed as an Islamic site - or more specifically as an "extension of the Al Aqsa Mosque" - but that detail was hastily withdrawn after widespread condemnation, including from UNESCO's own Director-General.

The revised draft also toned-down some of the more blatant anti-Israel language in the original, including referring to Jerusalem as the "occupied capital of Palestine."

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4. 'Illegal' Muslim Temple Mount Agitator Groups - Have Returned - Israel National News

The "Mourabitoun" and "Mourabitat" organizations, which were outlawed last month for threatening and screaming - and worse - at Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, have nevertheless returned to the holy place in force.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, who outlawed the groups six weeks ago, at the recommendation of the Shabak and the Israel Police, said at the time that the groups' activities were a main factor in creating the tension and violence on the Temple Mount in particular, and in Jerusalem in general. In fact, it is their activities that arguably led to the unrest at the holy site that is universally blamed for the current wave of Palestinian Arab terrorism against Israelis.

The organizations feature threatening and dangerous activity - mainly by women - against Jewish visitors and worshippers at the site, which leads to violence and is liable to injure human life. Police were forced on more than one occasion to use riot control measures at Judaism's holiest site against Mourabitat-inspired Muslim mobs.

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5. Five soldiers hurt in West Bank car-ramming attack - Times of Israel

Five Israeli soldiers were injured Wednesday when a Palestinian driver plowed his car into them on Route 60, north of the West Bank city of Hebron, in an apparent nationalistically motivated attack, the army said.

Two soldiers were hospitalized in moderate condition and three more suffered light injuries, according to the army.

Paramedics were at the scene of the attack, near the Palestinian village of Beit Ummar, treating the injured. Magen David Adom said all the injured were in their 20s.

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- Abba, we lift up in prayer all of the IDF and the Jewish people who are being targeted with these attacks. We ask that You send legions of angels to protect them from harm. Father, we pray that You would give them strength to get through the dangerous times. Fill them with Your Shalom Peace, and take away any fear or anxiety that they have. We lift up the families of all who have been wounded or killed. We pray that they would seek Your face and lean on You for help in their time of troubles. We pray that they would endure and not give up. Father, we pray that they would cry out for Messiah. In the name of Yeshua, amen.
The Daily Brief

1. Hillary Clinton's Long-Awaited Benghazi Testimony Set to Begin- ABC news

Democratic Presidential frontrunner and former Secretary of StateHillary Clinton is set to spar this morning with Republican members of the House Select Committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Washington observers and political junkies have been fixated on this testimony -- beginning at 10 a.m. -- for months, waiting in anticipation to see what impact it may have on her campaign. (Read more)

- Lord, the pressure is on Trey Gowdy this morning to bring about the truth from a woman who has lied every step of the way. We pray that You will bring resolution to this issue, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

- "And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth." (Jeremiah 9:3a)

2. American killed as hostages rescued in Iraq - CNN

An American was killed in an operation involving the U.S. military to rescue dozens of Kurdish hostages in Iraq overnight, two U.S. officials told CNN on condition of anonymity Thursday. Seventy hostages were liberated in the operation, which involved U.S. special operations troops as well as Kurdish and Iraqi forces, U.S. officials said. (Read more)

- Lord we are thankful that the hostages were freed. But we pray for the family of the American killed, and thank You that he was willing to pay the ultimate price to save the lives of others. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

- "The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works." (Psalm 145:9)

3. UNESCO Declares Rachel's Tomb, Cave of Patriarchs Muslim Holy Sites - Breaking Israel News

UNESCO has approved a resolution condemning Israel for its alleged attempts to change the status quo on the Temple Mount, but a bid to declare the Western Wall as a Muslim holy site was dropped from the resolution before the vote.

Twenty-six countries voted in favor of the resolution, which condemned "aggression and illegal measures taken against the freedom of worship and access of Muslims to Al-Aqsa mosque and Israel's attempts to break the status quo since 1967."

The U.S., U.K., Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Estonia voted against the resolution. The original proposal was submitted by six Arab states-Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates-on behalf of the Palestinians. It called the Western Wall an "integral part" of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the Temple Mount. But that language was removed from the resolution in order to garner more support for the measure.

Nevertheless, the approved resolution recognized Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron as Muslim sites, despite their significance in Jewish history and tradition. (Read more)

- Lord God of all creation, they have stolen that which belongs to Your chosen people. Though the Western Wall was removed from this resolution, Arabs will continue to push for it. We pray that You will remove the blinders from the United Nations and show them Who you are, revealing the truth of Your plan for Israel. We offer this prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua, amen.

- "The Lord will also roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel." (Joel 3:16)

4. Ryan has votes to become Speaker - The Hill

The House Freedom Caucus (HFC) stopped short of formally endorsing Rep. Paul Ryan for Speaker on Wednesday but said a "super-majority" of the group backs him, handing the Wisconsin Republican enough votes to win the top leadership post.

About two-thirds of the conservative group backs Ryan for the Speakership - just shy of the 80 percent threshold needed for the caucus to issue a formal endorsement, said Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), a co-founder and spokesman for the roughly 40-member bloc of conservatives.

"A super-majority of the Freedom Caucus has agreed to support Paul Ryan," Labrador told reporters after an hour-long, closed-door caucus meeting. "The ball is now in Paul Ryan's court." (Read more)

- Father, Paul Ryan supports many of the things we as Conservatives are opposed to. We pray that You will be done in this situation, and the You will choose the best person possible for this position. In Jesus' name, amen and amen.

- "The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools." (Proverbs 3:35)

5. Biden Says He's 'Unfortunately' Run Out of Time to Mount Presidential Campaign -

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will not run for president, putting an end to speculation that he would challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee for the Democratic nomination.

"As my family and I worked through the grieving process, I've said all along what I've said time and again to others, that it may very well be that that process--by the time we get through it--closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president, that it might close. I've concluded it has closed," said Biden. (Read more)

- Father we continue to pray that only the one person You have chosen for President. Let it be a Godly person who loves You that becomes our new leader. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

- "The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether." (Psalm 19:9)

6. 81 Major Corporations--Including Google, Facebook, Coca Cola, General Motors--Sign WH Pledge to Back Global Climate Change Deal -

Eighty-one major corporations with operations in the U.S.--including Google, Facebook, Apple, Coca Cola and General Motors--have taken a White House pledge "to demonstrate their support for action on climate change and the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future."

Signing the White House's American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge shows a continuing commitment to action preventing global warming and is intended to set an example for other companies to pursue similar policies, according to a statement released by the White House.

It also shows the signatories' support for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will be held this November in Paris. "The Pledge...voices support for a strong outcome in the Paris climate negotiations." (Read more)

- Lord we continue to pray that the agendas of this administration regarding climate change will be brought to nothing, and that we will be able to restore that which needs to be restored when they are gone. We ask for truth and not false "evidence" used to perpetuate lies. We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

- "I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved form my enemies." (Psalm 18:3)

7. Education Dept. Urges Schools to 'Better Support Undocumented Youth'--And Help Them Apply for DACA -

The U.S. Education Department is out with a new "Guide for Success" that suggests the "important" ways teachers and school administrators can support the growing number of "undocumented youth" in the nation's public high schools and colleges.

"The Department hopes that educators, schools, and campuses will, as they see fit, draw upon the tips and examples in this Guide to better support undocumented youth and, ultimately, move us closer to the promise of college and career readiness for all," the guidance says. Undocumented children "represent one of the most vulnerable groups served by U.S. schools," and therefore "it is imperative that educators and other personnel understand the unique needs of these students and receive high-quality training and support on how to best serve them."

The guide reviews the rights of undocumented students; explains non-citizen access to federal financial aid and private scholarships; and offers "tips for educators" on how to support undocumented youth in high school and college. At the top of the "tips" list: Share information about President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gives temporary legal status to children who were brought to this country illegally by their parents. (Read more)

- Father, we have children here in America who need help, who have worked hard for their grades in hopes of a scholarship or grant to go on to college. The bottom line here for these DACA youth is that they get preferred treatment over our own. We ask for justice, and fairness, Lord.

- "For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him." (Isaiah 38:18c)

8. HEAVY SNOW WARNING: Worst El Nino in recorded HISTORY means UK faces winter WHITE-OUT -

The knock-on effects around the globe, which include unusually cold winters in Britain, could be catastrophic. The last El Niño , six years ago, saw the UK crippled by the worst winter for decades with widespread harsh frosts, sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow setting in from early December and lasting until March. (Read more)

-Abba Father, You alone control the heavens and the weather. We, in California, are desperate for rain because of the four year drought. El Niño promises to bring rain to our parched land, but Abba we ask that it would be a gentle rain that would eliminate our drought. We ask for mercy for all the countries affected by El Niño . We pray that all the countries that might be affected by El Niño would be prepared to weather the storms that are predicted. In His Name we pray, Amen

- "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding." (Job 38:2-4)

9. Recent studies show Ebola virus lingers on in the body, perhaps forever - Riverside Today

A new study, prompted by experiences Ebola survivors have been having a relapse, has shown that there is a lot to learn about Ebola disease and the need to eradicate it not only from villages and the city but clean it out from patients' bodies for good. (Read more)

- Abba Father, we thank You that You have given wisdom, knowledge and understanding to these doctors who are researching the Ebola virus. We ask that You would shine Your light on these labs and give insight to these research doctors that they would be able to fully learn all about Ebola and help those who are having relapses. In His Name we pray, Amen.

- "Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." (Daniel 12:3)

10. Migrant crisis: Slovenia eases border restrictions for thousands - The Daily Star UK

Slovenia says it has allowed into the country most of the 5,000 people who were stranded in wet and muddy conditions on its border with Croatia on Monday. It had previously vowed to take in only 2,500 migrants per day. Croatia has also opened its border with Serbia, where thousands more migrants are trying to reach northern Europe. (Read more)

- Abba Father, You know that the situation with the migrant/refugees is desperate. Abba the world needs wisdom on what to do to help these people who are escaping from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries. Abba, we pray that You will give insight to those in the United Nations, Turkey, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the EU. We pray that rich nations will provide money to take care of these people where they are. Have mercy on the babies, children, and women.

Father, we continue to ask for Your wisdom and discernment to rest upon the gatekeepers of these nations, as it has now been confirmed that ISIS operatives are also flooding through these borders, as well. Father, separate the sheep from the goats, so that only the sheep might find refuge for themselves and their loved ones during this crisis. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

- "And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles' feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need." (Acts 4:32-35)

The Daily Jot

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The "president's" 21st Century Christian holocaust

This week, The Daily Jot has been pointing out policies of the current US "president" that have resulted in persecution, rape, mutilation, beheadings, crucifixions, displacement, human trafficking and a host of other humanitarian crimes perpetrated by Islam against Christians. It is difficult for many to suspend their disbelief long enough to understand that these policies are purposeful and appear to be aimed at the extermination of Christians in Muslim-dominated countries throughout the Middle East and Africa. To these families who have been murdered or have had to watch their children or parents tortured and murdered, the persecution is real. It is true tribulation. Every Christian has a duty to stand against it.

Enough of giving the benefit of the doubt. There is no doubt. The doubt is erased with each Christian life being snuffed out by these bloodthirsty beasts. What did Jesus say in Matthew 25:40, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me"? These Muslims torturing and killing our brethren are doing this to us as well. We just don't see it or feel it. But we need to be made aware and uncomfortable because it is the new holocaust. That our "president's" policies have empowered and enabled these atrocities not only makes him culpable, but any who have the ability to do something to stop it, responsible. We all must unite together and make this a national discussion.
Think about this: On November 29, 2011, Pamela Geller wrote about US policy that allowed the UN to pick what refugees come to the US from the war-torn Middle East. Of course, the UN was and is choosing Muslims to resettle here by the hundreds of thousands. The State Department and Customs have repeatedly said that they have very little way to determine whether there are terrorists among them. Common sense answers that question. But get this: Geller wrote in 2011, " . . . we are sentencing thousands of Christians to martyrdom . . ." Now a report by Aid to the Church in Need documents that US policies are contributing to the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East and Africa.
History is going to judge us. Moreover, the Lord is going to judge us. Are we the generation that allows the collapse of the only political body on earth that despite its flaws stands for religious freedom and freedom of speech, and protects those who have no ability to protect themselves? Are we the generation that will say from the comfort of inside the four walls of our self-improvement churches, "I'll pray for them," instead of taking action? Are we the generation that will be identified with those of the 20th Century and turn a blind eye to the holocaust of the 21st Century? Our brothers and sisters are being tortured and killed in the name of Christ and our "president" and Congress are allowing it. What say we? What can you do? Everything you can--get on your pastor about it, talk about it to everyone, make it an issue. Lives are in the balance.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

About Paul Ryan

About Paul Ryan . . .

An Emergency Alert from Eagle Forum

PLEASE CALL: NO to Paul Ryan for Speaker!

After John Boehner announced his resignation as Speaker of the House and Kevin McCarthy withdrew from the race to succeed him, the Republican kingmakers turned in desperation to Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Ryan is a Republican the establishment can count on. He loyally sides with leadership over conservatives in the House, and has helped punish members who voted their conscience.

Furthermore, his own record includes support for liberal agenda items. He voted to grant homosexuals special rights in 2007 (ENDA), said yes to the 2008 Wall Street bailouts (TARP), and proudly supports amnesty. Just this year, while voting with the weak leadership to fund every one of President Obama's priorities, Ryan led the fight in the House to grant the president more power to negotiate trade deals. Ryan's Democratic fans include Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and pro-amnesty fanatic Rep. Luis Gutierrez.
If you have a Republican congressman, please contact him today and urge him or her to oppose Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House.

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US lawmakers slam UNESCO ruling

US lawmakers slam UNESCO ruling

The 19 Jewish members of the US House of Representatives issued a statement Wednesday denouncing the measure passed by a vote earlier in the day at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board to condemn Israel and designate Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarch's as "Moslem holy sites."

"The continued false allegations against Israel as having violated the status quo at the Temple Mount, which is under the custodianship of Jordan and the Wakf Muslim religious trust, and blaming Israel for the surge in violent attacks, must be condemned," said the statement. "Such accusations have been perpetrated by the Palestinian leadership to incite continued violence, and the resulting attacks targeting Israeli civilians in recent weeks are an outrage. There is zero justification for such acts of terrorism, and the world cannot remain silent and certainly must not take actions that could add to the false and inflammatory incitement of violence."
"As Jewish Members of the United States House of Representatives, we believe strongly in respecting the religious history and protecting the religious freedoms of Muslims, Jews, and Christians," the statement continued. "That means respecting the claims of both Jews and Muslims to holy sites which have significance for both religions. Designating Rachel's Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as exclusively Muslim sites is dismissive of other religious traditions, and the continued refusal to show any respect or recognition for the legitimacy of Jewish existence in the ancient Jewish homeland once again demonstrates a central obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians."
(Source: ICEJ News) Read more here.
- Father, we thank You for these Jewish members of Congress who have taken swift action to condemn this ruling by UNESCO. We now ask that a vast majority of the membership will join them in united voices of protest against this abominable decision by UNESCO. Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayer today, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
- "It is God who avenges me, And subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name." (Psalm 18:47-49)
Our Grandmothers' Songs

Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:


- "Thinking He was the gardener, she said, 'Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.'" (John 20:15)


I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.


And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.


I'd stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.



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Words and Music: C. Austin Miles, March, 1912

This hymn was sung in the mo­vie "Plac­es in the Heart," which won two Acad­e­my Awards in 1984.

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About the Hymn:

I read . . . the sto­ry of the great­est morn in his­to­ry: "The first day of the week com­eth Ma­ry Mag­da­lene ear­ly, while it was yet ve­ry dark, unto the se­pul­cher." In­stant­ly, com­plet­ely, there un­fold­ed in my mind the scenes of the gar­den of Jo­seph . . . Out of the mists of the gar­den comes a form, halt­ing, he­si­tat­ing, tear­ful, seek­ing, turn­ing from side to side in be­wil­der­ing amaze­ment. Fal­ter­ing­ly, bear­ing grief in ev­e­ry ac­cent, with tear-dimmed eyes, she whis­pers, "If thou hast borne him hence" . . . "He speaks, and the sound of His voice is so sweet the birds hush their sing­ing." Je­sus said to her, "Mary!" Just one word from his lips, and for­got­ten the heart­aches, the long drea­ry hours . . . all the past blot­ted out in the pre­sence of the Liv­ing Pre­sent and the Eter­nal Fu­ture. -- C. Austin Miles

Signs and Wonders

Questions, answers on cluster of quakes near San Francisco

A swarm of small earthquakes has been rattling an area east of San Francisco, with more than 200 recorded since last week. All the quakes were centered around the city of San Ramon on either the Calaveras Fault or offshoots of it. The largest struck Monday and was logged as a magnitude-3.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No injuries or major damage have been reported.

Experts say such swarms are not unusual or cause for extra concern. Here are the basics on the temblors and what to expect:


The San Ramon, Danville and Alamo area has seen several swarms over the past 40 years, U.S. Geological Survey Research Geophysicist Brad Aagaard said. The largest earthquake in each was in the magnitude 3.5 to 4.4 range.
Based on this historical data, Aagaard says, the most recent swarm is unlikely to lead to a large, damaging earthquake.

Several of the swarms have lasted about 30 to 40 days, so East Bay residents likely will continue to experience light shaking for a couple more weeks. (AP) Read more here.

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)

The Good News Corner

Ingeborg Rapoport to Become Oldest Recipient of Doctorate After Nazi Injustice is Righted

102-year-old retired neonatologist submitted her doctoral thesis in 1938

Ingeborg Rapoport was denied her PhD at the University of Hamburg in 1938 for "racial reasons" due to her Jewish heritage. Last May, the 102-year-old Rapoport at long last had the opportunity to defend her doctoral thesis on diphtheria before an academic committee -- 77 years after she completed it. After she aced her oral exam, her PhD was approved and the degree was awarded to her in a ceremony in June in Hamburg. When this Nazi injustice from decades ago is finally righted, Rapoport is the oldest person in the world to ever receive a doctoral degree.

Rapoport was 25 years old when she submitted her thesis on diphtheria, an infectious disease that was a leading cause of death among children at the time. Her professor praised her work but, as Rapoport told The Wall Street Journal, "I was told I wasn't permitted to take the oral examination." Although she was raised as a Protestant, Rapoport's mother was Jewish which, according to the Nazis, made her "a first-degree crossbreed" and ineligible for academic advancement. "My medical existence was turned to rubble," she recalled. "It was a shame for science and a shame for Germany."

That year, she emigrated penniless to the US where she did several internships at hospitals and eventually received her M.D. from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. After working for several years in the US and starting a family, she returned to Europe and founded the first neonatology clinic in Germany at Berlin's Charité Hospital. Reflecting on her journey, she said, "I have never felt bitterness. I've been shockingly lucky in all this. For me it all came out well: I had my best teachers in the U.S., I found my husband, I had my children." But in recent months, she began to wonder about the possibility of receiving her long-denied degree.

A Hamburg colleague of her son learned about her story and presented her case to the current dean of the medical school, Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus. Koch-Gromus was determined that Rapoport should complete her degree -- and that she should earn it, not be granted an honorary Ph.D., even though the university's legal department said that was the simplest solution. Koch-Gromus arranged for Rapoport to do an oral examination on diphtheria, the subject of her original paper, and she began studying up on the past 70 years of diphtheria research. After her exam, Koch-Gromus said, "Frau Rapoport has gathered notable knowledge about what's happened since then. Particularly given her age, she was brilliant."

Rapoport received her doctorate at a ceremony in Hamburg on June 9, and in doing so set a new world record for the oldest person to receive a PhD. Rapoport is thrilled to receive her degree at long last and pleased that the university strove to amend this injustice. Koch-Gramus, she said, "has made a great effort to show that things are now different in Germany." Most importantly to Rapoport, however, is the chance to reflect on the circumstances that preventing her from receiving her degrees decades ago: "I am happy and proud, but this is not about me. This is in commemoration of those who did not make it this far." (Wall Street Journal) Read more here.
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