Barack Mandela
Barack Mandela
American Soldier/Israeli Soldier

Peace Prophet: Jewish Love, Mercy, and Grace

“Peace Pilgrim” was an American peace activist who spoke out in favor of peace, love, and kindness. (Friends of Peace Pilgrim)

This is the third article in my “Peace Prophet” series which is appearing exclusively in “The Times of Israel”. On August 18, 2021, I launched the “Peace Prophet Project” which is a mission to promote love, grace, mercy, human rights, compassion, inclusion, empathy, and equal opportunity. This international peace mission was inspired by “Peace Pilgrim” who was an American peace activist who passed away in 1981.

During the Second Intifada war, I was a combat soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I traveled to the Golan Heights, Judea & Samaria, and Gaza. While serving as an Israeli soldier, I was deeply inspired by many divine and angelic visions of peace and love. The God of Israel appeared to me in my dreams while I was undergoing advanced training at the ‘Mashda’ military base on the Golan Heights.

While lying in my bed, I sensed the voice of the God of Abraham say, “You must become a prophet of peace. You must unify Jews and Arabs and the world. You must fill the world with peace, mercy, grace, and love. You must heal the world.

After I woke up, I experienced a vision of the Angel Gabriel appearing before me. The Angel Gabriel told me not to be afraid. The angel then spoke the following words:

Unconditional love is the missing element in the peace process between Israel and the Arab world. True peace is impossible without unconditional love. The Arab world must love Israel unconditionally, and Israel must love the Arab world unconditionally.”

Since I was an active-duty combat soldier in the IDF, I did not share these powerful angelic visions with any of my fellow soldiers. If I had shared my divine visions, it’s possible my commanding officers would have referred me to the ‘katzin briyut nefesh’ (mental health officer) for evaluation.

In modern secular society, it may be considered psychotic and delusional to see divine visions and receive divine messages. In our Jewish faith tradition, however, the Prophet Abraham and other prophets reportedly heard the voice of God and saw divine visions. In the Jewish Bible (Tanakh), there are numerous miracles and other examples of divine intervention.

Barack O Mandela in “Sayeret Golani” at “Bezeq” military base near the Palestinian town, Jenin, during the Second Intifada.

After I completed my service in the Israeli army, I returned to America and enlisted in the United States Army. I underwent combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The Army issued me an M-16 anti-personnel assault rifle which I used during marksmanship training. During Army combat training, I was again visited by a vision of the Angel Gabriel.

While lying in my bed wearing my US Army uniform, I suddenly heard the song ‘Rachem’ (Have Mercy) by Yaakov Shwekey. As this spiritual song rained down from the heavens, a divine figure of light appeared in my room. The other American soldiers seemed to be sleeping. Only I appeared to be awake. The vision of the Angel Gabriel spoke the following words:

The United States and Israel must build their strategic relationship based upon divine mercy, spiritual grace, unconditional love, selfless sacrifice, and compassionate peace. America and Israel must become perfect examples of peace, grace, and love.

I therefore experienced spiritual visions during both my service in the Israel Defense Forces and the United States Army. In a deep sense, I believe I was chosen to bring forth world peace, world grace, and radical love.

The Jewish people and the Arab people must love each other unconditionally. We must love our enemies and transform conflict into mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. My spiritual awakenings opened a doorway or portal to divine love, mercy, and grace.

During this international ‘Peace Prophet Project’, I will continue to travel the world speaking out about world peace and nonviolence—an anti-war and anti-conquest campaign of mercy. I know that Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Druze, Shinto, Taoists, Jains, and other faiths all believe that God is loving, compassionate, and peaceful.

Let’s give peace a chance, because in the end, peace, love, and grace are all we need to heal our world.




About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias.
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