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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.

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Tikkun Olam: God Repairs our World
February 6, 2019
Author: Aaron Trank

Revival and reparations 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...

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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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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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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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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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Designer Babies Coming Your Way
March 9, 2015
Author: Carolyne Rohrig

England has shocked the world by announcing they are going to allow a new medical procedure that could lead to designer babies.

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Fun Fact Friday – Chinese New Year
February 19, 2015
Author: Anthony Bucci

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.’”

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Linus and Charlie Brown

If Jesus is Not the Messiah…
December 19, 2014
Author: Matt Sieger

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...

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Atonement of the Highest Order
October 1, 2014
Author: Sarah Mebasser

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?

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Gaza and the God of Israel
July 18, 2014
Author: Iris Adler

Despite the circumstances, God is keeping Israel safe and reversing attempts to destroy her.

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Heaven: Experiencing It & Sean Trank
July 7, 2014
Author: Iris Adler

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.

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If Jesus is the Messiah
May 22, 2014
Author: Susan Perlman

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....

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The Christ of Marc Chagall
April 1, 2014
Author: David Jeffrey

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...

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