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Blog topics range from experiencing the Jewish holidays to studies on Jewish life to reviewing a recent books and film. We create and curate content especially for this site with our blog content, even as we create new content for specific publications regularly. Feel free to skim through the list until you find something of interest to you, or type a specific search into the search box above to see what we have available.
Jews for Jesus Takeaways: a Companion to Barna’s Jewish Millennials —The Beliefs & Behaviors Shaping Young Jews in America
September 29, 2017
Author: Rich Robinson

Introduction This bonus chapter to Jewish Millennials: The Beliefs and Behaviors Shaping Young Jews in America is written for practitioners in the field of Jewish evangelism. Statistics and charts and analyses by demographers and academicians can only tell so much....

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Authentic Jewish Bubba’s Honey Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook)
May 22, 2017

Authentic Jewish Bubba’s Honey Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook) 3 eggs 2 C sugar 1 C brown sugar, packed 1 16 oz honey, slightly warmed (clover honey is good) ½ C cold, strong coffee 1 C peanut oil 1 tsp vanilla 5 ½ C flour, sifted 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp...

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Apple Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook)
May 18, 2017

Apple Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook) 3 eggs 1 ¼ C vegetable oil (safflower or corn—no canola, it’s fake) 1 ¾ C sugar 3 C sifted flour 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp vanilla ¾ tsp salt 3 C diced apples (Granny Smith & Gravenstein are the best) 1 C chopped...

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A Response to “Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder Meal”
April 11, 2017
Topics: passover, seder
Author: Rich Robinson

It becomes rather moot, then, whether it is proper to describe Jesus’ Passover meal as a seder. It was a proto-seder, a pre-70 seder, a seder-in-formation; it was seder-like, it was seder-ish, it was kind-of-like-a-seder, it had elements of a seder—any way you put it, seder is the most relevant way to speak of it.

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Jesus the Jew as Told by his Brother James
March 10, 2017

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...

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Five Things About Esther That Nobody Knows
March 1, 2017
Author: Jews for Jesus

No celebration of Purim is complete without the traditional reading of the story of Esther. She is one of the few, true heroines of the Tanach. And, from what we read, her story isn’t exactly as pretty as her face. It’s gritty and (unfortunately) relatable to readers who may have rocky histories of their own.

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Movie Review: Denial (2016)
January 4, 2017
Author: Stan Meyer

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.

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Movie review | The Pianist
November 16, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

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.

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He Said then She Said: Helping Jewish-Gentile Couples Find Spiritual Harmony
September 21, 2016
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Over the last decade and a half, my ministry with Jews for Jesus has focused on working with Jewish-Gentile couples.

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Movie review | Life is Beautiful
July 29, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

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.

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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

Book Review: The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
April 21, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

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...

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Christmas and the Jewish People
December 21, 2015
Author: Bob Mendelsohn

The Jews and Jesus… Christmas concerns. Jews and Jesus seem to live in two different worlds. They appear to be representing two different religions.

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It Could Have Been Me
November 24, 2015
Author: Joshua Turnil

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. 

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A Jewish Halloween?
October 27, 2015
Author: Jews for Jesus

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!

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Re-Booting Is Not Just for Tech Devices
August 28, 2015
Author: Carolyne Rohrig

Everything needs a re-boot every once in a while.

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Shavuot – What’s Your Connection?
May 18, 2015
Author: Rich Robinson

Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, comes with many traditions. For example, tradition tells us: that on this holiday, God gave the Torah to Israel…

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In Memory of Rose Price
Author: Susan Perlman

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…

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It’s Been Paid For
May 6, 2015
Author: Carolyne Rohrig

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.

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Two Curve Balls at One Party
Author: Carolyne Rohrig

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.

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Lag BaOmer – A great day for a Messianic wedding!
May 5, 2015
Author: Samuel Rood

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. 

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