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Heaven: Experiencing It & Sean Trank
July 7, 2014

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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What Will Happen In The New Year?
December 18, 2013
Author: David Brickner

In his newest book, Great By Choice author Jim Collins writes, "Life is uncertain, the future unknown. This is neither good nor bad. It just is, like gravity. Yet the task remains: how to master our fate, even so."

Really?

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Rick Warren, Matthew Warren

Mortality and Matthew Warren
April 10, 2013
Author: Jews for Jesus

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.

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A Life Well Lived

A Life Well Lived
January 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

In our fast-paced, frenetic world, taking time to reflect on the course of our lives may seem like a luxury. Some use the new year as an opportunity for a personal review of how they have measured up to certain ideals and goals. But sometimes opportunities to reflect come to us painfully unbidden through the […]

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The Hope of Eternal Life
July 5, 2012
Author: Lynn McCoy

Editor’s note: I was wondering what articles to include in this month’s edition that deals more than usual with the sensitive topic of hell, when I came across this article. I hope it encourages you as it did me. A few months ago, Carol, a Jewish woman I’ve been ministering to, came to faith.  I […]

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Sneak Preview: taken from the final chapter of Moishe Rosen’s yet-to-be published* biography
May 3, 2011
Author: Moishe Rosen

Tell her the doctors said it’s cancer,” I heard Dad coaching Mom from the background, but instead of repeating the news, Mom simply handed him the phone. “It’s cancer that’s spread to my bones,” he announced. After a brief pause I managed to say: “I’ll be right over.” When I was in my twenties and […]

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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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Ruth’s Reflections
April 1, 2010
Author: Ruth Rosen

Dad,” I asked, “Do you have any thoughts on resurrection?” I was hoping he might reach for his dictation machine and give me something for “Moishe’s Musings.” Even though it was only January, the April newsletter would soon be due. “No. I haven’t been having many deep thoughts lately.”Dad was tired from fighting cancer, tired […]

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Marking Time for a Happy New Year
December 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

In His infinite wisdom, the eternal God marked time and counted the days as He created this world. He is not bound by time, but we, His creation, are. Think of the movies depicting prisoners locked away in solitary confinement or castaways stranded on a desert island. They always seem compelled to mark the days […]

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Don’t All Good People Go to Heaven?
February 15, 2008
Author: Matt Sieger

Many people do not believe in a literal heaven so for them, the question “Who goes there?” is moot. The late Dr. Louis Goldberg once told of the time that he went into the store of a Jewish proprietor: He looked so depressed and dejected that I asked him what was wrong. He replied, “I […]

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Fragile Invincibility
November 1, 2006
Author: David Brickner

I am beginning this article in a hospital waiting room. It is August. Susan Perlman, my close colleague, First Assistant and very dear friend is undergoing surgery to remove a tumor that is probably malignant—20 years after having survived a bout with cancer. No stranger to that hospital, I’d sat anxiously awaiting word of my […]

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An Excerpt from Renee and Richard: A True Love Story
April 1, 2005
Author: Richard Abend

The following are excerpts from an article that appeared in the February edition of ISSUES, our bimonthly publication for Jewish seekers. 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 […]

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My Father’s Secret, My Story
Author: Leah Weinstein

A Jewish woman stumbles across a biblical discovery her father made before he passed on.

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Remembering September 11: Reflections from a Messianic Jewish Perspective
Author: Jews for Jesus

Five interviews from Messianic Jewish Americans about 9/11.

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Breaking and Entering: Thoughts on Suffering
Author: Jews for Jesus

When someone’s home is robbed, the victims often say they feel as though their house will never be the same again, as if the intruder has left a permanent scar upon a place once considered safe. Many of us felt that same sense of violation when our security and stability were violently stolen on September […]

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What Do We Do With Yizkor?
Author: Stephen Katz

What childhood images do the High Holidays stir in your memory? I remember my impatience over the seemingly endless synagogue services balanced with the excitement of knowing something special was happening. Then there was the unusual sight of Jews in uniform, piling in from a nearby naval base to worship with us. They helped pack […]

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In this World You Will Have Trouble…
Author: Daniel Botkin

While hard times are inevitable, some reflections on how God is ready to meet us personally.

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Tisha B’Av and Related Mourning Times
August 1, 1995
Author: Rich Robinson

These days are observed only by traditional Orthodox Jews. Some non-Orthodox Jews tend to recognize them as important in Jewish tradition but do not encourage traditional observance. Sheva Asar be-Tammuz Meaning of Name: The 17th of Tammuz English Name: The Fast of Tammuz Calendar Month: June/July Jewish Calendar Date: Originally the 9th of Tammuz to […]

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The Facts of Death
Author: David Brickner

Some believe that we are the same as other Jews and have merely added our faith in Jesus as an extension of Judaism. This is not true! Our faith in Yeshua causes us to be different in many ways, and those differences are not insignificant. They are matters of life and death.… I was too […]

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Questions and Answers on Jewish Law and Tradition Concerning Death
Author: Jews for Jesus

Why does Jewish law require that the deceased be buried within twenty-four hours of death? Are any exceptions allowed? The biblical basis for this law is questionable, as a portion of Deuteronomy 21:23 is cited: His body shall not remain overnight…, but you shall surely bury him that day.” If you read the command in […]

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