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A Valentine’s Day story for you
February 9, 2017
Author: Jews for Jesus

This love story is shareable on so many levels, and not only for Valentine’s Day.

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When God Had Two Genders
Author: Rich Robinson

Humanity has brought sin into the world, resulting in estrangement from God, our own selves, one another and nature. We are no longer who God intended us to be—whether we identify as male, female, or one of Facebook’s 58 genders.

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Renee and Richard: A True Love Story
Author: Richard Abend

I never thought I’d get married, for the simple reason that I never thought I would ever meet someone who would love me just for who I am, faults and all. And then I met Renee Shulman…

Renee and I met one afternoon at Queens College through the Hillel group on campus. I was studying geology and had just returned from a field trip. My jeans were filthy and the rest of me wasn’t too clean either. I walked into the room where Hillel was meeting, sort of wondering why I was there. Truth be told, I would have rather been by myself or playing table tennis, but someone had told me I should drop by Hillel and so here I was.

From what I was told later, I understand that Renee, who had been chatting with a group of her girlfriends, stopped mid-conversation when she saw me. Then she pointed me out to her friends and said, “I’m going to marry that guy.” Grubby jeans and all.

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Jewish-Gentile Couples: becoming one flesh and one spirit
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

In 1972, the sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie,” which had at its nexus a Jewish husband and a Gentile wife, was cancelled after one season because the intermarriage theme was considered too controversial. Evidently immune to the fuss, the stars of the show, Meredith Baxter (Gentile) and David Birney (Jewish) caused quite a stir when they […]

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Ministry-Minded Matches
February 1, 2007
Author: Jews for Jesus

You can learn a lot about people from the context of their courtship and marriage. Did you know, many many couples have met in various ways through the ministry of Jews for Jesus? I thought it might be nice to share one couple’s story at length, and to highlight a few others. Jeanne and David […]

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Moishe’s Musings
Author: Moishe Rosen

In Galatians 3:28, we find, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” If you look at this in context, the issue was that the Galatians had been told that they should start observing the Law, that […]

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Two Sides to the Story
Author: Oded Cohen

As an Israeli-Chinese couple, Oded and Bimini’s story is a fitting illustration of Tuvya’s thesis that Jesus truly transcends all cultural barriers. Bimini My brother called me resilient” because as a baby I fell out of my mother’s car as she made a quick turn. As I lay beneath the car behind her, my mother […]

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New Book Available to Minister to Jewish/Gentile Couples
September 1, 2004
Author: Jews for Jesus

Jewish-Gentile Couples: Trends, Challenges and Hopes was written by Enoch Wan and Tuvya Zaretsky. Dr. Wan is Chairman of Intercultural Studies and Director of the Doctor of Missiology program at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Zaretsky is Director of the Jews for Jesus office in Los Angeles, California. If you are not Jewish and […]

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A Family Reconciled: The Story of Elaine Lewis
Author: Elaine Lewis

My mother shaped my Jewish upbringing more than anyone else. She diligently ensured that our family celebrated Shabbat and went to our synagogue on Chicago’s North Shore for the High Holidays, as well as faithfully sending my two sisters and me there for Sunday school each week. However, by the time I was a teenager […]

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Twice Married (to each other!), Twice Blessed, An Interview with Jack and Renee Diamond
Author: Jews for Jesus

Tell me about your upbringing. RENEE: I grew up in a loving Jewish home. I remember enjoying Christmas carols and wondering who Jesus was, but in my house we were told that Jesus wasn’t for us. JACK: Unlike Renee, my upbringing was quite turbulent. My mother suffered from emotional and mental problems that caused her […]

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Unequally Yoked: What Does God Say About Mixed Matches?
Author: Stephen Katz

You may have heard it called evangelistic dating.” You may have heard it called “throwing caution to the wind.” Either way, serious problems arise when believers date and marry non-believers. Perhaps you know someone who is contemplating such a relationship. If you have children old enough to date, perhaps it is becoming a family concern. […]

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The Art of Messianic Ketubot
Author: Leah Snyder

Nancy Jardine is a Detroit-born artist who has infused the art of making ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts) with a personal spiritual dynamic. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Madonna University and currently works as an art teacher at a Christian school. Nancy first encountered a ketubah when she was asked to repair one […]

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Tovya and Michelle Rose: A First Fruits Marriage
Author: Leah Snyder

After their first one-and-a-half years of marriage, the Rose’s are now leading the newest Liberated Wailing Wall team. Here’s how the Lord brought the Roses together: What kind of family did you grow up in? TOVYA: Both of my parents are Jewish. For the first few years of their marriage, they were really seeking spiritual […]

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The Best of Both Worlds [interview with Ron and Liessa Randle]
Author: Jews for Jesus

Some might think that Liessa broke the chain of her Jewish heritage. Others might conclude that Ron watered down his African-American culture. But as far as this couple is concerned, they have the best of both worlds. How did they overcome the disapproval of one parent? What happens in a mixed” marriage when there is […]

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Bits From the Branches
March 1, 1996
Author: Jews for Jesus

Sometimes You Need to Eavesdrop In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Missionary David Rothstein was handing out broadsides (our gospel tracts) when he overheard a young couple discussing Jews for Jesus. David turned around and said, Pardon?” The young man was taken aback and slightly embarrassed when David asked to be included in the conversation. He reluctantly […]

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Oops! Wrong Anatomy
February 1, 1996
Author: Jews for Jesus

In our December Newsletter, in speaking of Christ’s return, we wrote that every head shall bow. Though it was not a direct quote, it was meant to be based on Scripture and therefore should have been every knee”! Thanks to Mrs. Virgie Nelson of Peoria, Illinois, for drawing our attention to this error.

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Grace Upon Grace
May 1, 1991
Author: Ellen Zaretsky

If you said to the average Christian, Isn’t it wonderful how God extends his grace to people in the New Testament?” you would probably get an immediate affirmation of, “Yes, it is!” But if you said to the same person, “Isn’t it wonderful how God extends his grace to people in the Old Testament?” the […]

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Perspectives on Messianic Marriage
Author: David Brickner

A world-class concert pianist was approached by an admirer after a stunning performance. I would give my life to play the way you played this evening,” declared the adoring fan. “I have given my life,” responded the virtuoso. Stop and think for a moment: why do we respect individuals who have achieved superexcellence? Certainly we […]

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Should Jewish Believers Marry Other Jewish Believers?
Author: Moishe Rosen

Do you think that Jewish believers should marry other Jewish believers? Is it a better story? The Bible says we should not be unequally yoked together in matters of faith and in this there is not room for an opinion. Other kinds of unequal yoking” which are not forbidden in the New Covenant can still […]

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