Theater Review Jesus the Jew as Told by his Brother James Playing now through March 26 at the Greenhouse Theater, Chicago I received an unexpected call from the marketing director of Greenwood Theater, a local theater here in Chicago. The owner of the theater, William Spatz, wrote a play called Jesus the Jew as Told […]
Following the surrender of Nazi Germany, a parade of SS officers testified before an international tribunal and described the details of their systematic plan to eradicate European Jewry. No story was more astonishing than the candid testimony of Rudolph Hoess, the commander of Auschwitz. He provided an international assembly of judges, reporters and witnesses the chilling details of how two million Jews had been murdered under his watchful eye.
The movie opens during the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. By October 31, 1940, the Nazis have forced all the Jewish residents to abandon their homes and move to the ghetto. The family has to sell its prized possession, the piano, for next to nothing.
Over the last decade and a half, my ministry with Jews for Jesus has focused on working with Jewish-Gentile couples.
Life is Beautiful, written, directed and starring Roberto Benigni (who won the Best Actor Oscar for this role), captures the power of love, family and imagination to conquer all.
Septembers of Shiraz is an adaptation of Dalia Sofer’s 2008 novel of the same name.
Book Title: The Sunflower Author: by Simon Wiesenthal Date Published: May 1, 1998 Publisher: Schocken; Rev Exp Su edition (May 1, 1998) Genre: 1. Judaism2. Ethics3. Christianity ISBN: 978-0805210606 Reviewer: Diane Halm Review Date: April 21, 2016 In his book, The Sunflower, renowned Jewish Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, recalls his encounter with […]
The day before Purim is traditionally a fast day in remembrance of Haman’s plot to kill the Jews. Purim itself is supposed to be a happy occasion, celebrating the subsequent deliverance of the Jewish people from genocide during the days of King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther.
It was different for some Jews in March of 1942.
A recent controversial decision by the Israeli government will affect men and women who pray at the Western (Wailing) Wall
The Jews and Jesus… Christmas concerns. Jews and Jesus seem to live in two different worlds. They appear to be representing two different religions.
Is the made-up holiday Chrismukkah a good idea? Does it meet the needs of kids growing up in mixed marriage homes? The writer suggests there’s a better way.
It could have been me. Right there next to the bullet-ridden door and behind the police tape that now decorates what was once the Bataclan café.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea…” (Psalm 46). The Lord reminded me of these words when our cherished city was attacked.
There is a surprising “back story” behind the Pilgrims’ celebration of the first Thanksgiving in the New World.
A quick look at the American holiday Veterans Day and what it has to do with Yeshua of Nazareth. Is there common ground between the soldier who sacrifices his life to save his friends and Jesus’ death?
Jewish kids celebrate Halloween, but why? Is it just for the candy? And what would have happened if Halloween had become a Jewish holiday? It’s interesting to think about!
Attention Jewish animal devotees: would you like to have your dog, cat, hamster or parakeet blessed, synagogue-style? You can! In fact, you don’t even have to be physically present at the synagogue to receive said blessing.
Yes, I’m Jewish, but truthfully, for most of my early life I had no idea what Simchat Torah was…
Whether you’re Orthodox, a “High Holiday Jew,” a self-proclaimed “bad Jew,” “Jew-ish,” or just have a Jewish relative or friend, you might find this season a suitable time to reflect on some spiritual possibilities.
I recently learned that the meaning of the phrase “Put up or shut up” comes from boxing, when one fighter would challenge another and require him to put up money for a match or stop his fighting words. I’m guessing that’s the same origin for another expression, “Put your money where your mouth is.”
When you think of past High Holidays celebrations, what do you remember most? Chances are, it’s your stomach that possesses the best memory.
History is about to be made this summer. The Maccabi Games, known as the Jewish Olympics, will be hosted in Berlin.
Did you know that sweatworking is the newest trend for closing a sales deal? It’s no longer over a dry martini or a glass of wine. Now it’s working up a sweat at your favorite gym while giving your sales pitch to a client.
Not loving our neighbor is as natural as the air we breathe. We’re born with a bent toward ourselves first and then maybe we’ll consider others.
Stepping off the plane, you land in the rumblings of an airport whose native tongue is far from what you’d describe as familiar. There are vibrantly dressed children, running around their mothers’ skirts.
“Stand up and move!” No, that’s not coming from your fitness trainer at the cardio-barre workout. It’s your desk talking to you.
Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, comes with many traditions. For example, tradition tells us: that on this holiday, God gave the Torah to Israel…
I discovered quickly, upon our first interaction over thirty years ago, Rose Price was an original. Anyone who knew her would tell you that. And even if you didn’t know her, you’d know it the moment you heard her story…
Years ago I remember approaching a toll booth at a bridge with cash in hand. “It’s been paid for,” the agent said. “Huh? Who?” I said. He motioned to the car ahead of me, which by that time had zoomed away.
Every ten years my Jewish family has a reunion, mostly to see who’s still alive, but also to catch up with the latest births, marriages and divorces.
Growing up in a Messianic Jewish family, I knew all about Passover, Hanukkah, Purim and Sukkot. But I didn’t hear about Lag B’Omer until I moved to New York City and took a Hebrew class. There I learned that for many religious Jews this holiday holds deep significance.
Ignore the underwhelming ratings on the movie web sites. Woman in Gold is a movie well worth seeing, despite critics’ complaints of heavy-handedness, bad accents, too many flashbacks, and emotional mawkishness. I found none of those things in this story of Maria Altmann, based upon actual events in the life of a Jewish Austrian who […]
On the eve of Yom HaShoah, an American Jew writes about his family’s fate in the Holocaust.
Does keeping order in the Passover really matter? What does the story spell out about God?
Back in the day when Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem, taxes were a hated part of life, especially by the Jews. It reminded them they were subjected to foreign (Roman) rule, just like God had warned them if they did not obey and follow him.
Divergents are misfits in a system that seeks to control everyone. And now Tris, the most divergent of all in Veronica Roth’s best selling book and movie trilogy, is forced to be insurgent as well.
Did spring cleaning start as a Jewish tradition or didn’t it? Let’s find out.
A shocking documentary about the concentration camps that was suppressed by the British in 1945 will be released in April to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. The film, German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, includes footage by British, American, and Soviet military cameramen of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, Magdanek, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and other camps.
England has shocked the world by announcing they are going to allow a new medical procedure that could lead to designer babies.
Did you know this is the month of Adar*? But what is the month of Adar? Is it the last month in the Jewish calendar? Let’s find out.
Anti-Semitism seems to be at a high right now. After the horrific Paris attacks and the general anti-Jewish sentiment throughout Europe, perhaps Israel’s Prime Minister (his country has the largest Jewish population in the world) has concerns that are warranted. Iran (Persia of old) has a long history of looking to get rid of Jews. […]
Jews have a calendar! Chinese people have a calendar! And so does God. Both the Chinese and Jewish calendars go by lunisolar time measurement, as do many other cultures. These calendars go by the same counting system as the Tanakh (Old Testament) does, and in fact, God says in Genesis 1:14, “‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.’”
The Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 22. It’s an extravaganza of glitz, glamour and vicarious living.
It’s the yearly idol parade on the famous red carpet where actors show off their fashion, give their two-minute interviews and pose in front of a zillion clicking cameras.
Let’s face it – even cynics like me like to watch the show.
Do Jews celebrate Valentine’s Day, or don’t they? Let’s find out.
What do the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day have in common? Absolutely nothing. What do the Super Bowl and the movie, Groundhog Day, have in common? Quite a lot, especially if you are the Seattle Seahawks.
There’s a 68-year old man living in France with an artificial heart. According to Dr. Carpentier, the artificial heart’s inventor, the patient recovered sufficiently to go home from the hospital and is “pedaling like crazy” on a stationary bicycle.
Watch this video about the “Backgrounds to the Current Israeli Conflict” featuring Darrell L. Bock, David Brickner, Jim Sibley, and Mitch Glaser.
As Groundhog Day aficionados know, if Punxsutawney Phil leaves his burrow and sees his shadow — we get six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow — spring is around the corner.
By now, everybody from Bill Nye the Science Guy to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has given an opinion on Deflategate. In case you’ve been hibernating the last two weeks, Deflategate is the controversy over whether the New England Patriots let air out of their footballs to gain a competitive advantage in their AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
It was only a matter of time until the rabbis weighed in.
Do you ever feel like you’re speaking a foreign language when trying to explain the gospel to someone who isn’t a Christian? That’s how it sounded to me, before I came to faith in Jesus from a traditional Jewish background. Christians would invite me to church to hear a sermon about Jesus? I’d just respond, “I’m Jewish.”
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." I was there above in the pictures you see…
Jews for Jesus Paris staffer, Karl DeSouza, reflected on the events of the past few days in a conversation with his young son…
Currently two standoffs are taking place, one near the Paris airport and the other in a kosher supermarket just a few blocks from our Juifs Pour Jesus office…
If you’ve grown up in a Jewish family or lived in a Jewish neighborhood or had a Jewish grandmother, then most likely Yiddish is part of your DNA. You probably grew up with, “I need it like a hole in the head,” or “All right already”, or “You should live so long”. These and many […]
More and more Jewish people are open to discussing Jesus, including several Jewish scholars. Amy Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt, wrote a book about Jesus entitled The Misunderstood Jew and also helped put together The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Many Jewish people now say that Jesus was a historical […]
The Folio Society, a London based publisher of beautifully crafted hard copy editions of the world’s best literature, announced this week that a British poll voted the Bible to be more valuable to humanity than Darwin’s Origin of the Species. The reason—the British public believes the Bible “contains guidelines on how to be a good person.”
Shoah may be the most important historical film that no one has seen. While “no one” is an exaggeration, this iconic 1985 documentary about the Holocaust has not been widely viewed. Its 9 ½-hour length intimidated theater goers when it was first released and at its limited showings since that time. Although the Criterion Collection has recently made it available on DVD, it is now available for the first time online at the SundanceNow Doc Club.*
Directed by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky
At the beginning of this fascinating documentary, Leonard Nimoy (who shares the narration with Sarah Jessica Parker) notes, “Hasidim are a minority within a minority. They arouse controversy among other Jews, no less than among gentiles.” The film explores some of that controversy, though filmmakers Daum (who lives in Crown Heights, home to the Lubavitch Hasidim) and Rudavsky paint a mostly loving portrait of this distinctive branch of Judaism.
If Madison can be the name of a pitcher, why can’t Jesus be the name of the Messiah? Check out our World Series blog and leave us your comments.
My local Starbucks has recently been playing Paul McCartney’s cover of the Harold Arlen–Johnny Mercer song “Accentuate the Positive.” According to Wikipedia, the song “was published in 1944. It is sung in the style of a sermon, and explains that accentuating the positive is key to happiness.”
When injuries downed many of our beloved San Francisco Giants, our super subs came through!
For Jewish people, the Day of Atonement (which begins this Friday at sundown) is the holiest day of the year. It is the day when the books are opened in heaven and God determines who gets their name written in the Book of Life and who doesn’t. It is a day to fast, to contemplate, to pray, to ask forgiveness, to make atonement for wrongs done to others and to God. But what is atonement? And how does one get it?
"You sit down to dinner, and life as you know it ends," writes Joan Didion in her book The Year of Magical Thinking. She captures what feels most punishing and cruel about our existence: that it might end without notice.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our hearts are heavy as we watch the images of violence and bloodshed in Israel and Gaza.
The selfie is dead. Now it’s the dronie, also known as the sky selfie.
Conflicts are inevitable. I don’t know of any one family that doesn’t have them, so how could we expect the absence of conflict between entire people groups?
Despite the circumstances, God is keeping Israel safe and reversing attempts to destroy her.
It’s in the overtimes of life where you discover if you have what it takes to live with your eyes fixed on the goal and to do it with grace and perseverance.
Two months ago my brother-like friend and co-worker, Sean Trank, asked me to write something about heaven for others to read. In light of his recent passing, I honor his request today.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup continues! Brazil vs. Columbia! France vs. Germany! Belgium vs. Argentina! They say over 715 MILLION people watched the final match of the 2006 World Cup—and that more people view the World Cup than the Olympics.
Face-to-face is the original social media. Conversations that used to take place over a meal or drinks after work is now happening on Facebook, Skype and Tweets. Whatever the delivery system, online gurus say it has to have at least these four components to be meaningful: relevance practical value emotion stories But even if all […]
In a way, enlightenment has been a goal or achievement of both the Eastern and Western worldviews for quite some time. In Buddhism, starting with its founder in the fifth century B.C.E., individual enlightenment is a follower’s highest goal. “Buddha” means “awakened” or “enlightened one.” For the Buddhist, this means freeing oneself from the cycle […]
According to a recent news report, US military researchers are developing a brain implant that could one day restore a wounded soldier’s memory and even tackle Alzheimer’s disease. Whether these researchers succeed at their goal will be interesting, but if you can fix a fading memory not only will you be on every talk show […]
It’s easy for a message to get lost in miscommunication, so how can we trust that the Bible is true and accurate?
Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, has been in the news recently. Well, he’s often in the news, but two recent articles come to mind. First, there is “Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A.” (New York Times, April 15, 2014), mostly about his plans for financing gun control. […]
Why all the suffering in the world? Why isn’t there real and lasting peace? Why all the persecutions in the name of Jesus? Why don’t rabbis believe in him? Why doesn’t he say so? There is an answer for each of these questions, if you are interested. Of course, if you’re only looking to disprove […]
Check out an edition of our publication, ISSUES, “Jewish Atheism… and what God thinks about it“
Walking with the Enemy, a new Holocaust-centered film by a new director and a new production company, officially releases on the 25th.
It seems, especially on the U.S. coasts, that major city dwellers are continuing to opt for more meat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-added-free, paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, raw food dining options, whether at home or out. A fixation on fresh, raw eats with substitutions galore is trending. Food is one major part of existence, and this goes for […]
EXPLAINING THE JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN SYMBOLISM IN CHAGALL’S WORK. It recently became widely known that the favorite painting of Pope Francis is the White Crucifixion by Marc Chagall. The news stirred up considerable speculation and controversy. Chagall, born Moishe Segal in the Polish-Lithuanian village of Vitebsk (now in Belarus), was probably the most prominent Jewish […]
If you’re wondering how Passover crept up on you this year, and you’re not ready, relax. Your worries are over. If you live in Chicago, Max’s Deli in Highland Park wants to do the cooking for you. Max is inviting guests of all religions to enjoy classic Jewish dishes and to learn about Passover with […]
You’re a misfit. You don’t belong. That’s what it means to be “divergent” in the dystopian world created by Veronica Roth, a world where . . .
Movie Title: Megillas Lester Director: CJ Kramer Writers: Malka Josephs (script editor), CJ Kramer (written by), Kayla Rabinowich (script editor) Primary Actors (stars): Michael Bihovsky, Noah Bird, Jeanne Intile Burns Date released: March 3, 2014 Genre: Animation Duration: 1h 5min Reviewer: Arielle Blackburn Review date: March 10, 2014 If you celebrate Purim, the next major […]
When I get sick I pray. When there’s an accident in the family, I pray. When someone is discouraged, I pray. But when I sin badly, I don’t pray. Why not ? I think it’s because my conscience tells me God is angry with me and I better not go near him. Just like Adam […]
More and more these days the human body is becoming a user interface for technology. For example, Google recently revealed a radical smart contact lens for diabetics that monitors tears and warns of dropping sugar levels. Another tech company has engineered a prosthetic hand, with a rotating thumb, that you can control using your smart […]
The Super Bowl is being played on Groundhog Day (February 2) this year at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. What’s the connection? Well, with all the pre-game festivities, the Super Bowl is as big an event in the five burrows of New York City as it is in New Jersey. And you may want to hibernate for six more weeks if your team […]
In this country where everyone is an American first, I am different, because I am a descendant of Abraham
In the minds of most Jews and quite a few non-Jews, for a Jew to profess faith in Messiah involves a repudiation of Jewish allegiance. But is this actually the case?
There is nothing more liberating than to know that we have been freed from the power of sin and death through our Messiah Jesus. We hope you will use this season to reflect on the power God wants to have in your life. Read More
From a Messianic Jewish perspective, check out this “vintage” video from our senior researcher, Richard Robinson. Extra points if you can figure out from which year Rich’s glasses originate.
There is a Yiddish expression, Hoch mir nit a chinik, which literally translates to "Don’t you hit me with a tea kettle!" Since Jewish people are not generally being inclined to smack one another with teapots, the phrase really comes to mean, "Stop nagging me!" Presumably at some point in history someone felt that their […]
"Human attainment v. divine accomplishment" is a phrase I heard this past weekend to describe the major paradigms of faith worldwide. Human attainment is a core value in Judaism, for example. Pharisaical law – layering around each of the 613 commandments in Torah – further complicated religious life for the Jewish people of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) […]
It’s not that I grew up as a bird and somehow claimed my humanity later on. I’m thinking instead of this passage in the Hebrew Bible, from the book of Job: "The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, but they cannot compare with the pinions and feathers of the stork. She lays her eggs on […]
We’re stuck with certain realities. On a basic level, the meat-and-matter body is greatly influenced by gravity. Have fun freeing yourself from that. You were born into a certain family, with biological parents, and most likely siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Enjoying them is preferable to the contrary, especially with the holiday season swiftly approaching. […]
Taking a break from my tales tonight to reflect on something that’s been both an inspiration and a frustration to me as I’ve been writing them. My husband and I recently discovered the ABC show, “Once Upon A Time.” We loved it from the first episode, and have been watching it almost every night for […]
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" burned up box offices, pulling in some 161.1 million dollars in just one weekend. Fans want to see Katniss, with her nearly superhuman survival skills outsmart evil President Snow get a clue about handsome hearthrobs Gale and Peeta destroy the despicable system of "reaping" innocent victims for the entertainment of […]
Saturday November 23rd marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who. When Daleks are determined to EX-TER-MI-NATE all other life forms… When a crack in your bedroom wall erases individuals and events from time and history … When the Silence manipulates humans who cannot remember ever seeing them … When you can’t blink without Weeping Angels […]
Support the grand opening of the Rosen Center in Israel. Your gift will fund evangelism events to reach Israel’s younger generation with the gospel. [Read More] [Donate Now]
Go Red Sox! 2013 World Series Champions! Wow! Our BoSox finally clinched the World Series at Fenway after 95 years! As 37-year-old World Series MVP David Ortiz told his teammates in his intense dugout speech during game four, you never know when you’ll get another chance. They took his message to heart and, as they […]
As the initial waves of autumn are rearing their heads, so are waves of “biters” in the new, fourth season of Walking Dead, slated to premiere on none other than the 13th (Sunday, not Friday) of this month, October. For those who happen to appreciate zombies, or at least the ones in the realms of […]
The findings of a Pew Research Center survey of 3,475 Jews, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” just released focused on issues of Jewish identity, culture and practice. Among the questions asked was “What is Compatible With Being Jewish?” The researchers concluded that a “sizable minority (34%)” indicated that a person can be Jewish even if he or she believes Jesus was the messiah…
The United States government has now shut down. One reason is the intractable debate over Obamacare. Jews for Jesus doesn’t take a position on the president’s health plan, but we do have something to say about God’s health plan. Here to guide you is Jews for Jesus’ FAQ on Yeshuacare – and what it means […]
I got hooked on Breaking Bad this past summer when I read an interview with the show’s creator. He said something like, it was hard for him to believe in heaven, but it was harder not to believe in hell. I have been following the ‘chemistry-teacher-turned-methamphetamine-kingpin" up to its conclusion last night. It has been […]
While it may be more reminiscent of a Christian holiday that’s still a few months off, the phrase “God with us” actually has quite a bit to do with our current season of Sukkot. Please take a moment to read this article which emphasizes that God wishes to be close to His creation at all […]
The “Torah is a Tree of Life” (TLV) Celebration
The King’s University at Gateway, September 26th 2013 @ 10:00am
September 23, 2013
A Sukkot Poem That Won’t Win Any Awards But the Author Enjoyed Writing It
You might be surprised to learn that as Jewish believers in Jesus, many of us consciously choose to fast each Yom Kippur even though we believe our sins are already covered—and not just covered for the year, but for eternity. Our prayers are along the lines of 2 Chronicles 6:21 where Solomon, at the Temple’s […]
Pop quiz: which name does not belong with the others? Julius Augustus Tiberius Creamy If you guessed "Creamy" – which I’m really hoping you did – then you’re right. But why? Well, the first three were renowned rulers of Rome who were considered to be divine. The last is, um, a salad dressing. From the […]
You may have seen our weekly Torah portion whirlwind YouTube channel, Parsha in 60 seconds, but have you gotten a chance to read the commentaries from our friend, Rabbi Glenn Harris? It takes longer than a minute, but is well worthwhile! Both are available in the Judaica section of our website under “Parsha.” Check out […]
Most people hate the dentist. Well, they detest seeing one. For me, I can say I’ve been genuinely upset enough of the times I’ve gone that the experience of squeaky-clean teeth after a bi-annual check up is ruined. Worst of all, I often find out crucial information about dental care or filling progression after the […]
There’s a recent phenomenon, particularly among the more savvy users of social media. Something’s “trending.” #FOMO, the fear of missing out, is popping up everywhere, even in everyday conversation (not unlike other hashtags). Combined with #YOLO, you only live once, the combination proves persuasive. Of course, it’s not unique from social experiences of any other […]
Even if it’s true that Jesus is messiah, what does it matter? Why should absolute truth affect us personally? The following is an excerpt from Ruth Rosen’s article “Truth Hurts,” published in ISSUES in July 2011. Few people would actually maintain a belief that there is no absolute truth if that idea was pushed to […]
Recently popular online is an octet of TEDTalks on "life hacks." The etymology of this buzz phrase comes from computer programming, where a programmer takes a shortcut—a hack—to save time and energy regarding a specific problem or set of information. Effectiveness outweighs elegance. One of these eight videos, "The game that can give you 10 […]
I have been reading the Long Journey Home by Os Guiness. The book is a seeker’s road map to the quest for meaning. Guiness, a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum in McLean, Virginia explores the great philosophies of life in a personal and profound way. He asks his readers five thought-provoking questions that are […]
"A King Is Born!" screamed the headline in the British newspaper yesterday. Prince William and his wife, Kate have a new son. Today they named the baby George Alexander Louis. He will be called His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. This child is the third in line to the British throne. Apparently all of […]
A growing number of people are interested in the possibility of having Jewish ancestry 1. DNA testing is available, affordable and can reveal evidence of Ashkenazi heritage. Individuals are eager to discover even a trace of this Jewish DNA, and some are being made aware of their Jewish roots for the first time. It’s no […]
In a far corner of the Roman Empire, a native Jewish teacher led a grassroots spiritual revival among the working class people across the Galilee and Judea with sermons advocating personal devotion to God that manifests in obedience to God’s command to love our fellow-man and even our enemy. This Jewish teacher was a carpenter […]
The nine days leading up to Tisha B’Av are a time of intensive mourning for observant Jews. Tisha B’Av is remembered as the most tragic day in Jewish history. It falls on July16 this year. On this day, the first and second temples in Jerusalem were destroyed (586 BCE and 70 AD)…
The following recipe is taken from The Jews for Jesus Family Cookbook. It’s a quick, easy and delicious addition to a BBQ dessert spread for this holiday weekend. It’s almost like a summer blintz. Best of all: it’s so easy, your grandmother can leave the task to someone else! Here are the details: Custard can […]
Which is the best-selling book in Norway? Fifty Shades of Grey The Bible Justin Bieber’s autobiography The Joys of Yiddish Only recently, if you had guessed 1) or 3), you would have been correct. But another book has become Norway’s number-one best seller. The Bible has overtaken both Bieber and Christian Grey. This is surprising […]
Cousin Gay is out of the closet. Cousin Messianic, still there. I often light-heartedly compare having a Messianic Jewish relative to “having that gay cousin.” Either might live an alternative lifestyle far from the family’s epicenter, and therefore far from judgment. My extended Jewish family claims both. Many extended Jewish families can. However, contemporary Jewish […]
This past May, the rather creative Ari Mandel of Teaneck, New Jersey tried selling “My Portion in Olam Habaah (heaven)”-rather than his soul-on Ebay. Both are considered violations of the “no item” policy on the site. That didn’t stop 181 bids on Mandel’s listing, skyrocketing the initial 99-cent bid to $99,900 shortly after posting. It […]
Most people’s definition of freedom goes something like this: the ability to choose what you want, live how you want, and think what you want, without any restrictions other than not hurting others in the process.
We could get into how realistic that is. For example, how well would that work at a busy airport with planes landing and taking off every 30 seconds?
The ceiling didn’t open and the walls didn’t collapse. No sea of relief engulfed my soul, as far as I could tell. No burdensome weight dropped from my heart. From the vantage point of my couch, I could see and feel no change. Yet a miracle had occurred. My sins had been forgiven, and my […]
Whether you are already a Superman fan or not, you won’t be disappointed by the updated Superman movie Man of Steel, directed by Zach Snyder. This new rendition of the comic-book classic is well written, well shot, well edited, and well… Jewish. To understand the Jewish Superman you must imagine two Jewish High School boys […]
Explanations of where we are from are often complicated and drawn out. There are caveats. There are footnotes. There are family and personal and cultural nomadic histories. We assign great significance to having a home base, even if it’s inexact. As we build relationships, we value knowing respective origins. Inevitably we ask, “Where’s home for […]
Looking at several scriptures in the pentateuch, prophets, and writings, we see a specific motif, “son of God.” Upon closer inspection, the glory and divinity of this figure, based on the text, points to a somewhat startling conclusion. Read more here!
I read a recent article titled, The Lethality of Loneliness by Judith Shulevitz in the New Republic. In it she examines the damage loneliness creates on the body and brain. She cites Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, Germanpsychiatrist and contemporary of Sigmund Freud; who immigrated to America duringWorld War II to escape Hitler. Fromm-Reichmann believed that loneliness was […]
Book Title: Keeping My Hope Author: Christopher Huh Date Published: February 18, 2013 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition Genre: 1. Historical & Biographical Fiction2. Children’s Books ISBN: 978-1479348831 Reviewer: Arielle Blackburn Review Date: May 13, 2013 Several moments ago I read a profound, illustrated narrative that captures Holocaust history with fresh eyes […]
There’s a new advertising campaign grabbing my eyeballs in the subway station these days.
Everywhere I look the walls are covered with large posters asking”, “Is your digital life worth saving?”
Clearly for this tech company the answer is yes.
Please enjoy a special post for National Poetry Month! What’s It To Me? By Susan Perlman So enough already, I don’t want to hear. They say you’ve got answers, well, I just don’t care. You talk about love, forgiveness and faith but what have you done to stop all the hate? What of the sorrow, the […]
Movie Title: No Place on Earth Director: Janet Tobias Writers: Janet Tobias, Paul Laikin Primary Actors (stars): Chris Nicola, Fruzsina Pelikán, Saul Stermer Date released: May 9, 2013 Genre: Documentary, War MPAA rating: PG-13 Duration: 1h 23min Reviewer: Arielle Blackburn Last Friday, on opening day for Janet Tobias’ No Place on Earth, I had several […]
Movie Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Director: Mark Herman Writers: John Boyne (novel), Mark Herman (screenplay) Primary Actors (stars): Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend Date released: November 26, 2008 Genre: Drama, War MPAA rating: PG-13 Duration: 1h 34min Reviewer: Matt Sieger Review date: April 11, 2013 April 7–14 marks Holocaust Remembrance Week […]
Currently, the Jewish community is in the midst of the 49-day period known as “counting the omer.” This tradition originates from two verses in Leviticus: From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after […]
In light of recent events—the passing of Rick Warren’s son—we would like to highlight the thoughts of Sean Trank, the head of our media department, as he reflects on loss and how we can trust God to redeem our pain. Read his blog here.
We recently observed Yom Hashoah—a day set aside to remember the 6,000,000 victims of the Holocaust. IIn Jewish practice, it is important to remember (yizkor) the dead on the date of their death and to say Kaddish, a traditional Hebrew prayer, in their memory. Today (April 9) is the anniversary of the martyrdom of Dietrich […]
The following article is from our publication, ISSUES, from over a decade ago. It deals with oppression and victimization of a minority. In our case, this would be the Jewish people, but there are ties to related groups within the text. In light of current supreme court activity, this question seems to have resurfaced: “Past […]
What’s Easter Got to Do with Rosh Hashanah?
You probably have heard of the Passover connection to Easter, that the Last Supper was a seder, etc. But do you know about the Rosh Hashanah connection?
I hate exams.
I’ve been rated since the day I was born. It began with pre-school applications, then kindergarten appraisals.
It continued all throughout my elementary school and high school years, and then into college.
Just when I thought I was through with them, they raised their ugly head again with job performance reviews at work…
Reminded of past atrocities against our Jewish people during the Passover/Easter season, can we look past that and see the truth that persecution has obstructed?
Unless there is an Irish parent involved, most Jewish people have no traditional meal for St. Patrick’s Day. We thought it would be fun to share with you a creative substitution for the seasonal fare of corned beef. It’s a rather unusual recipe by Melissa Moskowitz found in our Jews for Jesus Family Cookbook (available in our online store). It’s for Sweet and Sour Tongue.
People would be standing in line for corned beef and cabbage on rye.
The national flag of Israel would have been white and green…
On successive Fridays, March 1st, the 8th, and the 15th, a new documentary was released in areas with major Jewish populations (New York City, South Florida, and Los Angeles). You’ve probably heard Hava Nagila before. You’ve probably even danced to this traditional Jewish folksong. They’ve somehow made an entire movie about it. From the trailer, we think it looks awesome.
It’s time again to save a little daylight.
If only we can figure out what we’re supposed to do.
It’s 2013 and the “wizard of Oz” is certainly looking better than his predecessor of 1939 movie fame. But prequels are good that way; everyone is younger and better looking, even the witches.
The Sixth Day
You may have read that the United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to cut out Saturday mail delivery in an attempt to stay afloat. It would mean layoffs and early retirements for many. Alternatively, it might intrigue observant Jews into applying to the USPS for the first time. Regardless, it’s an outward sign of an internal structuring issue.
Have you read some online resumes lately? The applicants sound like they walk on water. By the time they’re 25, they have a Master’s degree and a PhD, with work experience since kindergarten. And let’s not overlook the myriad of tech certificates that make them eligible for the most exciting jobs out there. Have you […]
Here comes that dreaded day – Valentine’s Day. When everybody in a relationship rushes out to buy hearts, flowers and candy for their significant others. But does that really mean something? Yet woe to the poor schlemiel who doesn’t do it. He’ll be in the dog house faster than his next breath. I hate contrived […]
According to a Public Religion Research Institute survey taken one week before the Super Bowl, nearly 3 out of 10 Americans believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event. And 53% believe that God rewards those athletes who have faith with good health and success. If they are right, […]
Starting with a move just before my eighteenth birthday, I’ve lived my entire adult life in major cities. The prospect, energy and opportunity inspire. However, there’s a subtle trade off. Something that quickly becomes apparent is—unless your father is Trump—you can’t own much. In a city like New York, for example, you’ll probably move every […]
Why Jesus is unapproachable, but you should approach him anyway. His Holiness His Perfection His Loftiness His Wrath His Power to Intimidate His Status His Ability His Deity His Love Your Personal Cost His Holiness God’s essence is centered around relating to a holy people, Israel, a holy city, Jerusalem, a holy place, the temple. […]
My newspaper reading won’t be the same now that Dear Abby has died. I looked forward to her column every day. She was my entertainment at lunch at the office. One of us read her out loud and the rest of us chuckled between mouthfuls. Dear Abby seldom disappointed us. She was a caustic dispenser […]
Here is a top ten list we came up with. What do you think? Jesus was an outcast He was homeless He was Jewish He got indignant about injustice He communed with a motley crew He wasn’t judgmental, but judged fairly He was misunderstood by his own family Jesus was born on “the wrong side […]
“All change is first perceived as loss,” is a true saying a good friend of mine used to regularly utter. He had much wisdom. I’m finding it to be particularly true as I started off 2013 by moving from Brooklyn to San Francisco. What I’ve found to be equally true is that some change can […]
It’s that time of year again. I don’t mean Hanukkah. Or Christmas. I’m talking about those pesky New Year’s resolutions. This year I’m staying clear of them. I’ll let you make them. I’m not going to go on a diet, buy a gym membership, eat healthier, or be nicer to my brother. I am staying […]
Today’s the day—December 21, 2012. The day the world is supposed to end according to the Mayan calendar. It turns out that the Mayans aren’t the only ones to claim to know when the world will end. What Others are Saying Vladimir Putin claims to know: “I do know when the end of the world […]
And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed on into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the […]
Garland. Menorahs. Tinsel. Dreidels. It’s the start of the holiday season and New York City is dressed accordingly. Along with the the crisp aroma of impending snow and icy air comes the smells of latkes and lamb, candy canes and honeyed ham. The Big Apple is home to over eight million inhabitants, many of which […]
Une bouteille à la mer (A Bottle in the Gaza Sea) was shown at the recent Other Israel Film Festival sponsored by the Manhattan Jewish Community Center. It is a film about the friendship between a young Jewish woman living in Jerusalem and a young Palestinian man from Gaza sparked by a message in a […]
A Hanukkah Meditation It’s Almost Hanukkah Hanukkah will soon be arriving (December 8, 2012 to be exact). The erev of the holiday falls on the night of December 7 — which happens to be the “date that will live in infamy” when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Which brings me to another possible war, the escalating […]
One thing I know for certain this holiday season. I will sin. Like crazy. I always do. Reason #1. Worry It begins with Thanksgiving. Will the family like my cooking? Will there be enough food? Will it be better than my mother’s? Reason #2. Self pity I’ll be steaming mad when nobody volunteers to help […]
As of last night (at the time of this writing), the American presidential election has been decided, along with numerous state contests and local measures. In the modern world it’s considered a touchstone of democracy for there to be fair and free elections. Elections are about equal opportunity for all to have a voice, which […]
Home to Artists in the Jewish Messianic Community MONDAY, November 5, 2012 – The Messianic Artists Collective (MAC) launched its website today, unveiling its mission to offer a platform for Messianic artists of all mediums for the purpose of displaying art, networking, collaborating, and connecting to a wider audience. MAC is young, trendy, and unorthodox. […]
Making the most… So it’s day two without power [because of Hurricane Sandy] at our 31st Street center, and we decided to meet and pray together. Around a dozen of us gathered this morning in my living room to share prayer requests and ideas about how we can best use our time this week. Life in […]
The San Francisco Giants host the Detroit Tigers in the first game of the World Series tonight. The Giants starter, Barry Zito, came to faith in Jesus last year, and at least five other Giants—Ryan Vogelsong, Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt, Jeremy Affeldt, and Santiago Casilla—are also believers. In 1978 the Giants created a stir because […]
Making decisions is a big part of life. Some of the decisions are momentous, others are trivial, but no day passes without making them. A lot of them. Some people have the good fortune of making brilliant decisions. They bought a house before the housing bust, and now it’s paid for, and they avoided foreclosure. […]
I read a novella this week that has been described as “an existential detective story.” It was interesting, maybe too interesting; it left me with a barrage of mind-bending thoughts and kept me awake for an hour and a half last night. And in the end, I found that I had more questions than I had answers. […]
Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is a Jewish holy day that is supposed to deal with our shortcomings and get us right with God and each other. Kippur is literally “covering.” Which is interesting b/c apparently, the first thing people wanted to do about sin was cover up. Adam and Eve tried to design […]
Everyone’s going to be talking about it, so we might as well jump in here at Jews for Jesus. Over the past few days, the Internet has been ablaze in virtual neon over a discovery made by Harvard professor Karen King. Professor King has acquired a fragment of papyrus – the ancient equivalent of paper – that […]
In Judaism we take on the issue of sin once a year at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We break away from the busyness of life and take a hard look at our transgressions and mistakes which we’ve committed throughout the year. We fast and go to synagogue and repent of our sins and […]
Sunday, September 16 is Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It’s a time when we greet each other with “L’shanah tovah,” which means, “To a good year.” It’s also the most spectacular sugar-high of the year. We eat apples and honey, devour our bubbe’s honey cakes, teglach (honey balls) and a table […]
Have you had days when you feel despairing and hopeless? You wallow in self-pity accompanied by great heaving sobs? And to top things off, you know those thoughts don’t honor the character of God, which makes you feel even more wretched. Does God still love you in times like these? Did God love David, Elijah, Jeremiah, […]
What’s your favorite book (besides the Bible)? Try googling the author, and include the word “rejection.” You might be surprised to find the book was rejected multiple times before someone decided it was worth publishing. C.S. Lewis allegedly received 800+ rejection letters before a single one of his books was published. Imagine what the world […]
The trend today is to distill articles into formulas for achieving success. “Ten Tips To A Frizz-Free Hair Day” “Seven Ideas That Will Revolutionize Your Torah Reading” “The Three Best Ways To Make Your Bubbe’s Matzo Kugel” You get the idea. Everything gets reduced to a list of rules which you then have to do. […]
Betrayed! one of the most influential story books ever written, is now in its third decade! The Story Stan’s first wife Ethel was a huge part of this story, as well as a faithful partner in ministry until she died in 2000. Here the two are pictured shortly after they came to faith in Jesus. […]
Today on the subway a young woman gets on juggling two bags and a purse and sits across the aisle from me. She turns and asks, “What church do you go to?” I tell her. “How nice to see people reading the bible on the subway. I do that, too.” “How nice,” I say. I […]
Book Title: Kosher Jesus Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: February 1, 2012 Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition (US) First Printing edition Genre: 1. Theology2. Jewish Life3. Biographies ISBN: 978-9652295781 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: July 20, 2012 The Rest of Kosher Jesus in One Easy Blog The Gospel According to Shmuley Having read the […]
It is said that opposites attract, which seems to be a good thing in marriage. It’s certainly good for magnetism, which may have been the origin of the metaphor in the context of personal relationships. But not all opposites are created equal. In recent days, a certain presidential candidate has pledged to “do the opposite” […]
Rebecca Gottesman with a photo from her days as a fashion model. 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 […]
Traditional Jewish Sabbath observance includes reflection on a portion of Scripture known as the parsha, the weekly Torah reading. Many not-so-traditional Jewish people enjoy a Sabbath meal but skip the parsha and lose out on the opportunity to hear from God’s Word. Sean Trank has put together a fun, quick summary of this week’s parsha, […]
It is the 25th anniversary of the amendment rights case ruling that Jews for Jesus has the right to distribute literature at airports as a constitutionally-protected activity! Read the facts below from OYEZ.org: AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS v. JEWS FOR JESUS Facts of the Case The Board of Airport Commissioners of Los Angeles adopted an ordinance which […]
Do Jews Have a Divine Right to Israel’s Land? John Piper and David Brickner debate We are excited to give you a share that Christianity Today‘s online magazine is featuring a very key exchange between David Brickner and John Piper. The two men masterfully unpack the often volatile subject of Israel and the Land and […]
Stan Telchin, renowned author, public speaker, and missionary to the Jewish people, died June 4th in Sarasota, Florida. He was 87. His most popular book, Betrayed, tells the story of Telchin’s daughter Judy, who came to believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, and how Telchin, who served on the boards of many Jewish organizations, […]
Book Title: Kosher Jesus Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: February 1, 2012 Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition (US) First Printing edition Genre: 1. Theology2. Jewish Life3. Biographies ISBN: 978-9652295781 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: July 20, 2012 I’ll keep this one short: “Huh?” According to Boteach, the New Testament tries to paint Jesus as […]
ARUTZ SHEVA APOLOGIZES AND SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT: JEWS FOR JESUS NEVER SAID REJECTION OF JESUS CAUSED THE HOLOCAUST One of the lead stories on April 25 from Arutz Sheva, a daily electronic Israeli news service, falsely accused Jews for Jesus of stating the following on its website: “… that the Jews are to blame […]
Book Title: The Real Kosher Jesus Author: Michael L. Brown Date Published: April 3, 2012 Publisher: Frontline; 3.4.2012 edition Genre: 1. Messianic Judaism2. Christology3. Apologetics ISBN: 978-1621360070 Reviewer: Matt Sieger Review Date: May 2, 2012 Kosher Jesus, Orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s latest book, has caused an uproar in the Jewish community. Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf of […]
Book Title: Kosher Jesus Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: February 2, 2012 Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition (US) First Printing edition Genre: 1. Theology 2. Jewish Life 3. Biographies ISBN: 978-9652295782 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: April 14, 2012 Chapter 4 – Jesus the Rabbi Rabbi Boteach’s takeaway in this chapter is simple: to […]
The “Foreskin Man” and the “Monster Mohel” characters are criticized as being anti-Semitic by opponents of a ballot initiative that would ban circumcision in San Francisco. (From Matthew Hess’s “Foreskin Man” online comic) In San Francisco, all it takes is 7,168 signatures on a petition to get a measure placed on the ballot. City resident […]
ARUTZ SHEVA PRINTS LIES ABOUT JEWS FOR JESUS & THE HOLOCAUST Ad Translation: yeshu=yeshua=yeshuah (Jesus=Yeshua=Salvation) To get a free book call or surf our website. This commercial ad is brought to you by Jews for Jesus http://www.yeshua4u.co.il Phone *5552 One of the lead stories on April 25th from Arutz Sheva, a daily electronic Israeli […]
Chuck Colson (1931-2012) Chuck Colson was a great man of God. He knew that if the Son sets you free, you’ll be free indeed! He knew what it meant to be imprisoned for a crime against society, but he also came to understand that even if he’d never committed a crime, he would still be imprisoned […]
Many were saddened at the passing on April 7 of Mike Wallace, veteran reporter for 60 Minutes. Jewish, outspoken, hard-hitting, and no stranger to personal tragedy — Mike Wallace epitomized the no-holds-barred style of journalism that stops at nothing to get at the often unsavory facts of a piece—and to get a television-worthy interview. Called by […]
Book Title: Kosher Jesus Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: February 2, 2012 Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition (US) First Printing edition Genre: 1. Theology2. Jewish Life3. Biographies ISBN: 978-9652295782 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: May 1, 2012 Chapter 3 – The Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Zealots Now as I’m back from yet another […]
At every Passover seder, one of the more dramatic moments is when the family recites the Ten Plagues that God sent against Egypt. Together everybody names each plague and pours out a drop from the aptly-named Cup of Plagues, the second cup of the evening. The idea is that we are prohibited from rejoicing over […]
by Matt Sieger The story has often been told… A little boy came back from Hebrew school one morning and his father asked him, “Well, what did you learn?” The boy replied, “How the people of Israel were kept in Egypt and used as slaves by this guy called Pharaoh.” “Oh?” said the father. “Then […]
Jews for Jesus does not hold conventions! Nor do we have politicians speak at our events! In a piece from Politico on March 22nd, Jews for Jesus was erroneously labeled as having paid $6,000 to have Rick Santorum speak at a 2010 convention. Well, it just isn’t true. Another group, unaffiliated with our organization did […]
Book Title: Kosher Jesus Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: February 2, 2012 Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition (US) First Printing edition Genre: 1. Theology2. Jewish Life3. Biographies ISBN: 978-9652295782 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: March 5, 2012 Chapter 2, “Romans and Jews” I’m back from my vacation hiatus in Las Vegas, where I took […]
In October 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a speech at the “World Without Zionism” conference in which he agreed with Ayatollah Khomeini’s statement that Israel “must be wiped off the map.” Some Farsi translators said that Ahmadinejad was actually referring to the “regime occupying Jerusalem,” not the land mass of Israel. They claim he […]
Book Title: Kosher Jesus Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: February 2, 2012 Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition (US) First Printing edition Genre: 1. Theology2. Jewish Life3. Biographies ISBN: 978-9652295782 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: February 6, 2012 Chapter 1, “The Rabbi and the Stranger” Boteach relies foundationally, as we saw last time, on scholar […]
Book Title: Kosher Jesus Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: February 2, 2012 Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition (US) First Printing edition Genre: 1. Theology2. Jewish Life3. Biographies ISBN: 978-9652295782 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: February 2, 2012 #1 Jesus Maccabee? I’ve begun reading Shmuley Boteach’s Kosher Jesus, having received my review copy a few […]
Book Title: You Take Jesus, I’ll Take God Author: Samuel Levine Date Published: June 1980 Publisher: Hamoroh Pr Genre: 1. Jewish Life2. Religious Studies3. Theology ISBN: 978-0960475414 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus Review Date: January 31, 2012 Overview As a Christian, it is difficult not to be offended by the presentation of Levine’s book. As a […]
A Religion Profile from International Students, Inc. The Numbers There is a distinction between the Jewish people and the religion of Judaism. Not all Jewish people consider themselves to be religious. Many profess to be atheists, agnostics, or secular. While not all Jewish people follow the religion of Judaism, when Jews choose to be […]
Main Passover brisket dish served with a delicious carrot and sweet potato side dish (Tzimmes) often slow cooked with dried fruit.