4 Things to Know About Jewish Healing
November 15, 2018
Author: Jacqui Meyer

Interacting with a personal God who listens to our prayers and cares about our daily affairs feels foreign to many Jewish people. Thus the Jewish healing movement is an opportunity to explore one’s spiritual beliefs and develop new ways of relating to God.

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A Messianic Girl’s Search for a Church
October 25, 2018
Author: Rachel Sanrelus

My church search was rough. I didn’t want to limit my faith. I wanted to be where the Bible was the center of the teaching, the people believed in a God who loved and cared for them. And I did not want to lose my Jewish identity.

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Spiritual but Not Religious?
Author: Ruth Rosen

Issues relevant to the “spiritual but not religious” movement are so ancient that the Jewish Bible addresses many of them—and so does Jesus in the “Newer” Testament.

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Jewish Father. Catholic Mother. Protestant Wife. My Cure for Spiritual Confusion

I had a semblance of Jewish education and a strong sense of Jewish identity. But since my home was a home without God – and since the Christians and the Jews I knew did not seem to truly believe – I assumed that God must be present elsewhere.

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Will I Still Be Jewish If I Follow Jesus?
September 27, 2018
Author: Samuel Rood

God made you Jewish on purpose. What if faith in Jesus enables you to discover the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the One who has the final say on what being Jewish means?

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You Just Found Out You’re Jewish – 3 Things You Need to Consider
May 8, 2018
Topics: jewish identity
Author: Arielle Randle

You Just Found Out You’re Jewish – 3 Things You Need to Consider In an unexpected plot twist to your life, you just found out you are Jewish. You may or may not already realize that in the twenty-first century this has become quite common. For several reasons, more...

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Why Aren’t Messianic Jews Accepted by the Jewish Community?
Author: Jews for Jesus

For 2000 years, Jewish community leaders have continued this tradition of excluding Messianic Jews. Despite the celebrated pluralism of today’s Jewish community, there remain tens of thousands of men and women, born of Jewish parents, who are being excluded from the rest.

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Why Do Most Jews Not Believe in Jesus?
March 28, 2018
Author: Stan Meyer

While there are Messianic Jews who do follow Him, the majority of Jews still do not recognize Jesus as messiah or as God. Read about the common cultural, historical and religious reasons here.

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Is a Messianic Jewish Family an Interfaith Family?
March 21, 2018
Author: Arielle Randle

What is interfaith? Does it describe Messianic Jewish life at all? Is an intermarried family automatically an interfaith family? Read about one mother’s experience, and her research and conclusions here.

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Jewish and Christian: Can It Be?
Author: Ruth Rosen

Can I be a Jewish Christian? What makes someone Jewish? What’s the difference between a Christian and a Gentile and a Jew for Jesus? All these answers and more, right here!

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The Diaspora Dilemma: How Do You Create a Jewish Home in the Middle of Nowhere?
February 2, 2018
Author: Rosie Richards

How do you survive and thrive living far away from a Jewish cultural center, like my family does in Southern Indiana? In our town, there is a very small Jewish population, and we are the only Messianic Jews that I know of. But nurturing my own identity—and building up...

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Jewish Identity: A Game of Hide and Seek
November 17, 2017
Topics: jewish identity

Jewish Identity: A Game of Hide and Seek A certain man walks into a Messianic congregation on Shabbat morning. He’s a total stranger, looks a little lost and, frankly, seems uninterested in what’s going on around him. The rest of us look askance at him, and, finally,...

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Guess which Jewish people are most open of all to hearing about Jesus?
October 5, 2017
Author: Jews for Jesus

Jews for Jesus worked with the Barna Group on a groundbreaking survey to learn what Jewish Millennials have to say about their spiritual identity. Their answers are shocking—in a good way! And helpful for having meaningful conversations about Jesus…

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An Israeli Soldier and a Believer in Jesus
Author: Yoel Bernstein

Afer Yoel and his five siblings, all born in the U.S., made aliyah with their mom and dad, he and his brother Dan served in an elite unit in the IDF, where both have narrowly escaped death in combat. Yoel, a Messianic Jew, shares his story and reflects on the difficult subject of God’s protection in battle.

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That’s Funny—You Don’t Look Jewish!
July 15, 2013
Author: Hannah Fenn

A growing number of people are interested in the possibility of having Jewish ancestry 1. DNA testing is available, affordable and can reveal evidence of Ashkenazi heritage. Individuals are eager to discover even a trace of this Jewish DNA, and some are being made...

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Redeemed

Redeemed
March 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

If you could choose just one word to describe what you want people to know about you, what would it be? Were you surprised by the first thought that came to your mind? Usually what we want others to know about us reflects what we most value in ourselves. All of us are...

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Wailing Wall with a dove

So Why’d You Switch Teams?
Author: Rich Robinson

I’m Jewish and I believe in Jesus. So I’ve often been asked: So … why’d you switch teams? You belonged to the Jewish people, you had a great thing going for you — why did you go over to the “other side”? The side of the Christians,...

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Barry and Cindie

Who Am I?
Author: Barry Gardner

My parents, Sy and Frieda Gardner, who have passed now, were both Jewish. My mother was raised in an Orthodox home and said we were descended from the priestly Levites. Her mother and father spoke Yiddish and English, kept a kosher kitchen, regularly attended...

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Sy and Cyndie

You are Precious
Author: Cyndie Warner-Gardner

I am gentile and my husband, Barry, is Jewish. Both of us believe in Jesus. Barry’s parents, Sy and Frieda, tolerated Barry’s faith but did not like to discuss it. Frieda was terminally ill with ovarian cancer, and my mother wanted Frieda and Sy to know...

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Loyal to Whom?
September 30, 2012
Author: David Brickner

My friend and colleague, Jhan Moskowitz has a one-word answer for those who ask, “What is the most difficult obstacle facing a Jewish person considering Christ?” He says, “Loyalty.” He then adds, “Loyalty is a virtue but when employed in the service of a lie, it...

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Michael Medved Goes to Bat for Jews for Jesus? Sort Of
September 29, 2009
Author: Matt Sieger

Michael Medved, the Orthodox Jewish radio talk show host and movie critic, recently stated that, for the majority of American Jews, “the core of their Jewish identity isn’t solidarity with Israel; it’s rejection of Christianity.”

Medved’s remarks were part of his reflections in Commentary magazine on the new book by Norman Podhoretz, Why are Jews Liberals? Medved’s answer to that question…

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Jewish and Catholic: Shaun’s Story
Author: Matt Sieger

As Shaun Buchhalter notes, being a Jewish Puerto Rican is probably more common in New York City than elsewhere. But that didn’t make it any easier, especially during the December holidays. Born to a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican Catholic mother, 30-year-old...

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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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Tough Jews: Hanukkah, Heroism and the Identity of the Messiah
Author: Rich Robinson

There is more than one way to view strength when it comes to the Jewish people and the Jewish Messiah.

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Spiritual Amnesia and the Jewish People
Author: Naomi Rothstein

From Mosaic times to today, the problem of Jewish memory loss regarding God and how to follow him.

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From the Desert to the Living Water: The Odyssey of a Tunisian Jew
Author: William Raccah

A secular, Tunisian Jew becomes convinced of the messiahship of Jesus.

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Jewish Survival in a Changing World
Author: Jews for Jesus

A close look at assimilation and what it means to be committed to Jewish survival.

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Jewish Buddhists: A Meld of Mezuzahs and Mantra?
Author: Rich Robinson

A challenge to Rodger Kamenetz’s idea of the “JUBU,” Jewish Buddhists.

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My Identity as a Jew: An Interview with Jodee Steiner
Author: Jews for Jesus

Editor: When did being Jewish first hold meaning for you? Jodee: I can’t remember it not meaning something to me, so I guess it always did. But I think it started causing problems when I entered school. When I was at home with my mom and dad, I thought everybody...

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How Jewish Can a Jew for Jesus Be?
Author: Louis Goldberg

How Jewish Can a Jew for Jesus Be? Jewish believers in Jesus are often accused by fellow Jews of not being Jewish enough in their practice. At the same time, there have always been believers in Jesus who labeled as legalism” any attempts by Jewish believers to...

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My Name Change

Most children are given the regular complement of names at birth. For me, however, having been born into a Jewish home, I was given another name along with the regular designations. Not only was I Fred Goldstein” but at my bris my parents added a Yiddish...

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The Faith of the Second Generation
Author: Larry Rich

My parents were both Russian born Jews who emigrated to the United States during their teens. They met and were married in Chicago, and although both had been raised in Orthodox families, they spent the first twelve years of their married life in a fairly nonreligious...

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Issues and Answers
Author: Jews for Jesus

An Open Letter to the Issues Readership Dear Reader: This may be the first edition of Issues you’ve ever received, or you may be a long-time reader of this publication. To date, Issues has printed a number of articles representing Jewish Christian viewpoints on...

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If I Forget You, O Jerusalem
Author: Jhan Moskowitz

I’ll never forget the very first time I stood before the Western Wall in the ancient city of Jerusalem. I was seventeen years old and had just finished my first year in college. It was the summer of 1967. I had come to Israel as a volunteer along with thousands...

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The First Impressions of Israel, As Told By a Jewish Christian
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

The wings of the TWA jetliner lifted and dipped as we made our final approach over the coast of Israel. I could see a mixture of sand dunes, scrub oak and faded cement structures. Houses quickly gave way to massive apartment buildings, which in turn blended into the...

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An ISSUES Interview [with Dr. Simon Green]
Author: Jews for Jesus

The following is an interview with Dr. Simon Green, a professor of philosophy at one of the largest state universities in the country. Because the questions are pointed, the answers are candid and his position is sensitive, we have changed his name. Q: As a Jew who...

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Apple Trees and Jews for Jesus
Author: Ruth Rosen

From apple trees you get apples and from Jews you get Jews…even if they do believe in Jesus. A child’s first realization that someone does not understand him often causes much wonder and confusion. I remember that day so clearly; I was standing in the...

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