To share or not share Christmas with Jewish friends?
November 20, 2018
Author: Jews for Jesus

Check out our responses to frequently asked questions about Jewish people and the Christmas season.

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Joy to Jerusalem: A Christmas Reflection
November 13, 2018
Topics: christmas, jerusalem, joy
Author: David Brickner

Most people confuse joy with feelings of satisfaction and personal well-being based on favorable circumstances or fun occasions. But circumstances can change and occasions can disappoint. Joy is different.

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The Hanukkah/Christmas Connection
Author: Diane Halm

Some years Hanukkah and Christmas collide. But what is the spiritual connection between the two holidays?

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Born that Man No More May Die
Author: Lynn McCoy

When Harry Chapin led the crowd in singing a Christmas carol, this young Jewish woman found herself crying unexpectedly.

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A Transformed Celebration

I read the Bible, and its truth took hold of my heart. I saw the Messianic promise in the Jewish Scriptures and its fulfillment in Yeshua (Jesus). I accepted this Jewish Messiah into my life, and everything, including my appreciation of these celebrations, was transformed.

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Jews for Christmas: Paradox, Propaganda or Perhaps a Legitimate Choice?
Author: Moishe Rosen

When people call themselves Messianic Jews, or Jews for Jesus or Jewish believers in Jesus, it has to do with culture and ethnicity. It is the way they identify themselves and their people.

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The Wrong Address?
Author: Jews for Jesus

I ran to my father’s shop as fast as my legs could carry me and yelled, “Daddy, Daddy! Somebody made a big mistake. OUR king is on THEIR lawn!”

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Christmas Is a Jewish Holiday (or at least it should be)
December 14, 2005
Topics: christmas
Author: Moishe Rosen

Christmas Is a Jewish Holiday (or at least it should be) If Christmas isn’t exactly a Jewish holiday — then it ought to be Jews should be able to join in with others in celebrating the birth of the greatest Jew that ever lived maybe some of us Jews...

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Christmas Is Still a Jewish Holiday
Topics: christmas
Author: Ruth Wardell

It was my joy to share Yeshua with Jewish people in New York City as far back as 1946! As a missionary with the American Board of Missions to the Jews, I recall that some of our greatest times of outreach were through holiday services. I’m not talking about Rosh...

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Christmas Would Be Impossible Without Hanukkah
December 1, 2002
Topics: christmas, hanukkah
Author: David Brickner

Find out why without Hanukkah, there would be no Christmas.

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The BYG Pic
Topics: christmas, hanukkah
Author: Jews for Jesus

In case you are new to Jews for Jesus, Operation Behold Your God is our five-year dream of reaching every city* of 25,000 or more Jewish people (*outside of Israel, where we do have a flourishing work). Our month-long Los Angeles BYG campaign will run from December...

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The BYG Pic
March 1, 2002
Author: Bob Reynolds

Our church, Valley Baptist, in San Rafael, California has a strong emphasis on missions. As an annual part of our church outreach, our board selects special projects to support with offerings above our normal giving. These are normally missions projects of some kind...

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John’s Gospel in Jewish Evangelism
January 1, 1993
Topics: christmas
Author: Steve Wertheim

The gospel of John was written for the purpose of evangelizing the reader. The author clearly states, …these [things] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). Not...

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She Really Wanted the Truth
December 1, 1992
Topics: christmas
Author: Laura Barron

I met Patricia when her friend suggested that she contact Jews for Jesus. The friend had heard one of our missionaries give a presentation at her church and had recognized our ministry as a solution to Patricia’s problems. Patricia, a Jewish woman, was married...

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The Common and the Elite—An Advent Meditation
Topics: christmas
Author: Lois Solberg

I’m so glad it’s Advent season so I can write about a wonderful discovery a friend and I made about the Christmas story. We were listening to a slightly off-beat analysis of that great event. The narrator described the shepherds as the common laborers of...

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Season of Wonder, Season of Light
Topics: christmas
Author: Steve Wertheim

I am troubled by the commercialism that surrounds the commemoration of Yeshua’s birth. If tinsel, toys, candy canes, artificial snow and shopping for gifts are the only components of the holiday season, perhaps Dr. Seuss’ legendary Grinch, who tried to...

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Christmas Questions
Topics: christmas
Author: Jews for Jesus

Advent season often makes Jewish people uncomfortable. All the talk and celebrations about Jesus make many feel out of synch” in a largely Gentile society. Yet though they may feel threatened by Christmas, thinking Jewish people cannot help but wonder at times...

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The Christmas Dilemma
Topics: poetry, christmas

Why can’t we have a Christmas tree? All of my friends have one! Why do we have to be different?” Every year the Christmas dilemma plagues Jewish families who live in countries that are oriented to Christian culture. Throughout the year Jewish people all...

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Complete Surrender
January 1, 1991
Topics: christmas
Author: Mimi Bernstein

High visibility is an integral part of our Jews or Jesus ministry. Through T-shirts or jackets that say “Jews for Jesus,” and matching logos on our vehicles, we raise a banner to proclaim that a person can be Jewish and believe in Jesus. Several months ago...

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Of Fish and Men
January 1, 1990
Topics: christmas
Author: Fred Wertheim

Of Fish and Men Laura and I like driving on our vacations because it gives us the freedom to stop wherever we want. As we were headed up to Vancouver, Canada last summer, we stopped in Seattle, Washington to look up an old friend of Laura’s. After checking into...

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Late-Breaking News!
December 1, 1989
Topics: christmas
Author: Jews for Jesus

After the major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04 p.m. on October 17, we received many phone calls from concerned friends. People from all over the world wanted to know if we were all right. Yes, we are all right. No, no one was injured. Sure,...

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The Light of Two Faiths
Author: Susan Perlman

The Light of Two Faiths “The purpose of the celebration of Hanukkah is to welcome the Messiah. Peace is the Messiah. We light candles of peace to renew our faith in the ultimate triumph of peace over war. And we rededicate ourselves and our efforts to bringing...

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Frieda Zuckerman’s Christmas

In our home, as in most Jewish homes, we had a mezuzah on our doorpost. I stood before it and asked God, if he really existed, to explain these things to me.

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You and Your House
January 1, 1989
Topics: christmas
Author: Jeanne Waterman

I used to be the Art Director at Jews for Jesus’ San Francisco Headquarters, but the Lord called me to full-time missionary staff. January 1989 marks the completion of my first year as a missionary in the New York Branch of Jews for Jesus. Two of the women I led...

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Advent Rage
December 1, 1988
Topics: christmas
Author: Moishe Rosen

Kettle bells jingle. Toes, ears and noses tingle. Carols waft , through the air, and everyone is trying to project joy, peace and goodwill. The spirit of the Advent season is upon us, and most people are enjoying it. Once again it’s time to extend our gospel...

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Merry Christmas—Jewish Style: How to Include Jewish Friends and Neighbors in Your Celebration
Author: Moishe Rosen

Christians can use this special season to share the good news of Messiah in a sensitive manner. Here are some answers to the most frequent questions concerning the Christmas season and the Jewish people.

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God’s Timing
Topics: christmas
Author: Rob Wertheim

Working with Jews for Jesus I have come to see how God superintends his will upon our lives as well as on those to whom we minister. Sometimes I see myself as a tool God is using to repair lives, and his timing is always perfect. Over the past month, I have had the...

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We’re Glad You Asked…
December 1, 1986
Topics: christmas
Author: Jews for Jesus

QUESTION: From reading your Newsletter I’ve gotten the impression that your staff considers Jews superior to Gentiles because the Jews are God’s chosen people.” I see the phrase “to the Jew first” quite a bit. I believe that God takes us...

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The Crisis of Christmas
Topics: christmas
Author: Mitch Glaser

One of my first real jobs was working for one of my mother’s friends, named Morris. Each November Morris’ Christmas store would reopen and I would busy myself with stocking the shelves. I saw to it that the brightly colored balls, the tinsel, the lights...

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His Pilgrimage and Ours
December 1, 1985
Topics: christmas
Author: Moishe Rosen

There are many pleasures in having adult children. One special joy I receive from my grown daughters is that frequently they can teach me something new or give me some fresh insight. Such was the case when my younger daughter Ruth came back from her first trip to...

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The Genealogy of Messiah, Son of David
Author: Jews for Jesus

Some have raised the question: “If, as the New Testament declares, Yeshua was born of Mary while she was still a virgin, how could he inherit the Davidic line from Joseph, who was not his physical father?”

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