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ISSUES is a publication giving a Messianic Jewish perspective on a wide variety of subjects—from traditional Jewish occasions to the latest contemporary films. Plus delightful stories of "The Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos," and more.

The main readership of ISSUES consists of Jewish people who are willing to give consideration to the question, Who is Jesus?

This Burger Comes with Matzah Ball Soup
Author: Matt Sieger

Judy (Joseph) Burger has seen a lot of the United States—much of it by accident. At age eighteen, she got lost hitchhiking to a communal farm in Illinois and ended up in California! She has also lived on Washboard Way off of Dead Dog Drive in Atmore, Alabama. Along the way, she attended art school, […]

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Keeping It Real in Life and Art
Author: Matt Sieger

“The greatest hindrance to creativity,” says painter and photographer Will Rosenberg, “is worrying what others think. If you walk into a kindergarten class and say, ‘Who here is an artist?’ every kid will raise their hand. A couple of years later the percentages go down. By the time kids get to college, nobody’s an artist, […]

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Discovering The Nature Of Existence
Author: Jews for Jesus

I was born into a beautiful Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. My father was a research chemist and my mother a writer. As a child, I was inquisitive about everything and asked all the impossible questions. My parents, I soon realized, did not have all the answers. I spent my childhood focusing […]

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All Creatures Great and Small: Who Made Them All?
Author: Matt Sieger

A motorcycle accident at age 28 left David Farber with one functioning limb—his right arm—and one functioning eye and ear. But it didn’t deter his passion for travel and photography. He has journeyed to Alaska and Africa to photograph everything from moose to wildebeest to hippos. Before the accident, Farber was an avid hiker. “My […]

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David Philipson
Author: Jews for Jesus

David Philipson, 29, was born in North Carolina and currently resides in Southern California. He grew up in a home where both his Jewish mother and gentile father believed in Jesus, and David came to believe in him at a very young age. “I grew up with a ton of Jewish culture and symbolism, but […]

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Seeing Jesus through the Jewish Lens
Author: Jews for Jesus

My parents are Jewish. I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in New York and attended Hebrew day school. When I was in the second grade, my parents realized I was falling behind other children my age in reading and math. They decided I needed to be in a public school and have Hebrew education […]

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Heather Silverman
Author: Jews for Jesus

Heather Silverman, 24, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, grew up in a Messianic Jewish home. Her father is the leader of a Messianic congregation. She says she began to truly follow Yeshua (Jesus) when she was eighteen. “My grandfather and father always had a camera out,” Heather remembers. “Granted they were always taking pictures of […]

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Shelley Skoropinski
Author: Jews for Jesus

Shelley Skoropinski, 63, was raised in a Conservative Jewish home in Philadelphia. She grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and was bat mitzvah. Her father, Irvin Korotkin, passed away when Shelley was sixteen. Her older sister, Lana, read the New Testament and at age 21 came to believe in Jesus. Lana prayed for her family […]

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Rebecca Redinger
Author: Jews for Jesus

Rebecca Redinger, 26, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, in a Messianic Jewish home in which both her Jewish mother and gentile father believed in Jesus. They raised Rebecca and her siblings to know both Yeshua (Jesus) and their Jewish background. She came to believe in Jesus when she was seven. They also instilled in her […]

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From Kung Fu to Kabbalah … to Messiah
Author: Cyril Gordon

As in the ancient days of the Pharaoh, my mother’s family was forced to flee from Egypt in 1952, a time when Jews were hated and feared there as Israel’s statehood became a fact. The “promised land” to our family was Paris, France. There my mother, a beautifully exotic woman with green eyes, olive skin […]

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Lilies

Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and The Bible
Author: Jews for Jesus

Meaning of birth Buddhism We are reborn from a previous life until we reach nirvana (extinction of all desire and release from suffering). Hinduism We are reborn from a previous life until we realize our oneness with Brahman. The cycle of death and rebirth is called samsara. Traditional Judaism We are created in the image […]

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Spiritual Journey Home
Author: Jews for Jesus

Book Review: Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall Nathan Katz (Jersey City, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 2009), 192 pages While the mere mention of a Jew believing in Jesus still raises eyebrows in the Jewish community, here a Jewish Buddhist (JUBU) gets a respectful hearing, as evidenced by the mostly positive […]

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Yoga Studio

Yoga: A Union with God. But Which God?

Yoga has steadily gained cachet in the West over the last fifty years. It is found in high school gym class. It was part of a family-geared Easter Sunday event on the White House front lawn in 2010, not to mention health clubs in some of our Jewish community centers. Yes, yogis are everywhere, including […]

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So Why’d You Switch Teams?
Author: Rich Robinson

I’m Jewish and I believe in Jesus. So I’ve often been asked: So … why’d you switch teams? You belonged to the Jewish people, you had a great thing going for you — why did you go over to the “other side”? The side of the Christians, the non-Jews, with their goyische lives, their goyische kups, […]

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Barry and Cindie

Who Am I?
Author: Barry Gardner

My parents, Sy and Frieda Gardner, who have passed now, were both Jewish. My mother was raised in an Orthodox home and said we were descended from the priestly Levites. Her mother and father spoke Yiddish and English, kept a kosher kitchen, regularly attended synagogue and observed all the Jewish holidays. My father’s family was […]

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Sy and Cyndie

You are Precious
Author: Cyndie Warner-Gardner

I am gentile and my husband, Barry, is Jewish. Both of us believe in Jesus. Barry’s parents, Sy and Frieda, tolerated Barry’s faith but did not like to discuss it. Frieda was terminally ill with ovarian cancer, and my mother wanted Frieda and Sy to know what the Scriptures say about eternal life. But when […]

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Book Review: Jesus through Jewish Eyes
Author: Matt Sieger

Jesus through Jewish Eyes: Rabbis and Scholars Engage an Ancient Brother in a New Conversation Beatrice Bruteau, editor (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001) 191 pp. In the preface to Jesus through Jewish Eyes, editor Beatrice Bruteau offers her motivations behind this compilation: “Let me say at the outset, so that there be no misunderstanding, encouraging […]

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Herb Opalek: The Day the Rabbi Met Yeshua
Author: Matt Sieger

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Herb Opalek was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home which boasts many rabbis in the family tree. He attended Hebrew day school and by age ten was fluent in both modern and ancient Hebrew. He had a near photographic memory and wangled quite a few free dinners by performing his […]

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Here Comes the New Wave
Author: Rich Robinson

The Latest Generation of Jewish Scholars Gives Us Its Take on Jesus The past several years have seen a “new wave” of Jewish publications about Jesus and the New Testament. In 2011, The Jewish Annotated New Testament (JANT) was published, the first time the entire New Testament has been presented to Jews and Christians by […]

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Rebecca Gottesman: ‘A Very Happy Hebrew Christian’
Author: Jews for Jesus

By Marylee Shrider Rebecca Gottesman moved to California from New York a half century ago, but her hard-boiled upbringing is still evident in her New Jersey accent and countless stories of an age gone by. “I grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan in a Jewish neighborhood, side-by-side with all sorts of people,” […]

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