Mikhail Vayshengolts reports from Tel Aviv, “The small church I attend asked me to speak at our evangelistic Christmas service for Russian-speakers. My topic was ‘Christmas is a Jewish holiday.’ At the end of the service three people prayed the Sinner’s Prayer. “The first was Maya, who, a few days earlier, had been to our […]
What are the chances that, of all the people at a crowded Moscow subway station, our evangelist would stop this particular man as he was passing by?
The Hebrew Scriptures predicted the specific events of the Hanukkah story hundreds of years before they occurred.
This year Hanukkah and Christmas collide. But what is the spiritual connection between the two holidays?
Heshie thought it was a waste of time to study the Holy Book. Until he was transported to the time of Judah the Maccabee…
Picture this. You and your extended family – aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and grandparents – are gathered for a meal. The table is beautifully set, and a huge feast has been prepared. Many wonderful smells mix in the air. Everyone is eager to eat. The dining room has been decorated with bright, fall-colored leaves and […]
Hanukkah 2013 will be quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime event. That’s because the first night of Hanukkah, November 27, will fall the night before Thanksgiving. So the first day of Hanukkah will fall on Thanksgiving Day. And it won’t happen again until the year 79,811! Thanksgiving was formally established by President Lincoln in 1863 as the […]
You probably know that November 28 is Thanksgiving … but did you know it is also the first day (and second night) of Hanukkah? These two holidays coincided only once before (125 years ago). And they will not do so again until the year 79,811 but I think the Messiah will return well before then! […]
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 […]
Shammash is a Hebrew word that means servant. In the Jewish community, shammash (also spelled “shammas”) commonly refers to the sexton—the person who manages the synagogue facilities and keeps things running smoothly. In the Middle Ages the term referenced a more prestigious position. The shammash helped to conduct prayer, lead the worship services and even […]
Why are there so many ways to spell this holiday (Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hannuka, and that’s just for starters)? When the Temple was destroyed, all the genealogical records were lost, so each tribe of Israel chose a way to spell the holiday; that way, generations later, the different tribes of Israel would be able to identify […]
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 […]
As David mentioned, one way that we deal with the Christ-less Christmas culture around us is to step up efforts to engage people in meaningful conversations about Jesus. That includes extra sorties (tract-passing expeditions). In Russia and Ukraine, our evangelists usually conduct what they refer to as mini-Hanukkah campaigns. Last year they named their special […]
Our print newsletter is edited well in advance, so the seasonal stories tend to be from the previous years—but be encouraged for Christmases past and know that stories just like these are presently unfolding in Jews for Jesus branches around the world! San Francisco Rob Wertheim, who heads up our evangelism in the City by […]
It’s always interesting to watch the range of expressions that flash across a person’s face when they hear that I am a “Messianic Jew.” Sometimes, I try to clarify: “I’m Jewish, and a Christian.” This doesn’t seem to help. They wonder if I’m a mutt, some strange crossbreed of two animals that shouldn’t reproduce. That is usually how the conversation begins… “
December’s landscape is dominated by the artistry of light. In cities and suburbs, from store windows to neighborhoods strung with holiday decor, the beauty and attraction of light is wonderfully inescapable, inviting all to embrace the festive mood. Would that those lights might point beyond their own beauty to the deeper significance found in God, […]
Deb Dubin, was raised in a secular Jewish home on Long Island where she attended Hebrew school for ten years. When she was seven, Deb went with a friend to church. This raised a question in her mind: why was there a different God for the Gentiles than for the Jews? Thus began what turned […]
Montreal Karl deSouza reports, “I was handing out tracts with a volunteer at a subway stop when a Jewish man took exception to my ‘Jews for Jesus’ Tshirt. He turned out to be a rabbi who claimed that I was not Jewish because of my faith in Jesus and that I was destroying the Jewish […]
Hanukkah begins at sundown December 15 and lasts for eight days. It’s a great time for you to send holiday greetings to your Jewish friends. We have free ecards to help you do just that. We also have a downloadable Hanukkah broadside that you can photocopy and distribute, and a link to David Brickner’s Hanukkah […]
Did you know that Christmas can be a very lonely time for us Jewish people? All the advertisements, shopping, decorations and caroling remind us that we live in lands whose cultures are not our own. And so, as we watch our non-Jewish friends and neighbors immerse themselves in all the customs and traditions of Christmas, […]