Happy Birthday Israel: Many Jewish Views
Author: Matt Sieger

Whether it is the threat of nuclear attack or terrorist bombs, it is no wonder that many Israelis and Jews in the Diaspora question if there is any hope for peace in the Middle East or survival at all.

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This Orthodox Jewish Psychotherapist Couldn’t Believe His Eyes…
April 26, 2018

Hans handed Rich the Bible. “In that millisecond,” Rich recalls, “my life was shattered. The name that I saw at the top of the page was Isaiah! Hans had been reading to me from MY Bible, from my Hebrew Scriptures, and I felt as though someone had taken a sword and cut me to pieces.”

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Do Jews Believe in Sin?
Author: David M.

What does Judaism say about sin? Is sin relevant to Jewish life? Read here.

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Truth Hurts
Author: Ruth Rosen

Hearing the truth can hurt. We admit it jestingly, but the old axiom has more meaning than most people want to know. When the truth hurts, one must choose either to endure pain or avoid truth—a distressing choice. What does this mean when we apply it to a spiritual reality?

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Is Christianity Anti-Semitic?
Author: Barry Leventhal

For a professing Christian to side with the anti-Semite is to side not only against the Jewish Apostles who penned the Christian New Testament, but against the Jewish Messiah.

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Is the New Testament Jewish?

A look at the Jewishness of the authors, focus, language, and content of the New Testament.

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True, Trustworthy and Relevant: Does the Bible Prove Itself?
Topics: bible, archaeology
Author: Jews for Jesus

The Bible is not only interesting, helpful and relevant: it is true. Keep reading to see the proof – historical, geological, and more!

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Jewishness and the Trinity
Topics: trinity, shema

There is a continuous body of teaching in both the Old and New Testaments relating to the Tri-unity of God.

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Who’s the Subject of Isaiah 53? You Decide!

Explore the passage of Jewish Scripture that the rabbis deemed too dangerous to keep in the regular synagogue calendar readings. Get the whole scoop on Isaiah 53.

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Did He Or Didn’t He? Jewish Views of the Resurrection of Jesus
Author: David M.

Jewish scholars have paid more attention to the person of Yeshua (Jesus) in the last hundred years than they have in the previous nineteen hundred.

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The Genealogy of the Messiah

The genealogies in Matthew and Luke present a portrait of the Messiah through four titles: Son of David, Son of Abraham, Son of Adam and Son of God.

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The Messianic Time Table According to Daniel the Prophet

More than any other book of the Hebrew Scriptures, the writings of the prophet Daniel confront us with evidence of the time of Messiah’s coming.

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Lisa’s Story
Author: Lisa Fruchtman

I started being nagged with the idea of Jesus being the Jewish Messiah and the only way to know God. It wasn’t so much that it was a problem for me because I was Jewish and didn’t want to believe in Jesus. It was more that I didn’t want to close myself into what I thought was a narrow way of thinking.

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Jeff’s Story
Author: Jeff Fruchtman

I was happy for Lisa, and I’m certain that I already believed intellectually that Jesus was who he said he was. But I wasn’t ready to follow him.

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The Healing: Jeff and Lisa’s Story
Author: Jeff Fruchtman

The doctor had already come in that morning to tell me about the cancer. I got emotional and cried. But I was already prepared by the time Jeff came in. Then Jeff told me that he had received Jesus as his Messiah, and that God told him I was going to be okay. And I felt pretty confident that I would be.

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Healing, Health and the Ultimate Hope
Author: Rich Robinson

God brought us Messiah to restore things to the way they were meant to be. The time is coming when disease will no longer exist and all will be made new.

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Why Are the Jewish People Called the “Chosen People?”
Author: Avi Snyder

When God in the Hebrew Scriptures refers to the Jewish people as chosen, he’s saying that he selected them to serve a specific purpose and to carry out a particular task. So what is it we were set apart to do?

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The Claims of Jesus
Author: Louis Goldberg

What did Yeshua (Jesus) claim to be—Messiah, as powerful as God, God himself, atonement? What didn’t he claim to be, and what decision do we all need to make?

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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 exclusion. 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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Spiritual Secrets? A Messianic Jew Reflects on Kabbalah
April 10, 2018
Author: Rachel Korycka

When the crowd asked Jesus one day, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” he answered, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:28–29). And who is the one God has sent? Yeshua.

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Wrong Diagnosis or Answered Prayer? The Miracle that Changed My Life
April 9, 2018
Author: Chip Himelhoch

We canceled hospice. Dad got better. Five weeks later he was in good health. To me, this was a miracle. Pain and despair brought me to the Messiah.

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Who is Jesus? Meet the most famous Jew who ever lived.
Author: Susan Perlman

A point by point look at Jesus’ claims, attitudes, actions and how he has affected the world.

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Guilt, Action and Human Nature: Lessons from the Holocaust
Author: Moishe Rosen

What lessons can we learn from the Holocaust? Is guilt good enough? Human nature, history, the capacity for evil, and the ability to fight it. Read on here.

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Was Hitler a Christian?
Author: Stan Meyer

Did Hitler and his followers carry out a theology that is Christian at its roots?

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Resurrection: Rabbinic Judaism, Hebrew Scripture and the New Testament
Author: Lyn Bond

Is resurrection only a Christian concept? Can it be traced to biblical and traditional Judaism–both the Hebrew Scriptures and the rabbis? Where does Jesus fit in? Read here.

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What’s a Jewish Girl to Do? I Wanted God, Not Jesus
March 16, 2018
Author: Amanda Higgins

By my third year of grad school, my life, externally, was great. I had friends and a boyfriend who made a lot of money. I was in great shape, competing in a triathlon. But inside I was miserable. I found myself questioning everything: If life has no meaning, what does it matter if I live another day? And what happens after I die?

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The Jewishness of the New Testament
Author: Avi Brickner

Can Jewish people read the New Testament? Discover why the New Testament draws from Hebrew Scripture, the Jewish Bible. Read about why a rabbi who considered the New Testament to be anti-Semitic changed his mind.

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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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Escaping the Occult! Finding My Way Home
March 9, 2018
Author: Alisa T.

At that very moment, I heard a still, small voice in my heart that said, “Alisa, you have a choice. You can either trust me, or you can go your way . . . to your doom!”

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Orthodox Jew finds Jesus! How God Poured out His Love to Me… in a Cup of Coffee!
March 6, 2018
Author: Aden Friedman

I grabbed the New Testament from where I had hid it in the cupboard and opened it. It happened to open to the Gospel of Matthew, chapter one. I was completely overwhelmed when I read the very first sentence: “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

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Evidence for God’s Existence
Author: Carolyne Rohrig

While the existence of God is accepted by faith, this faith is based on dependable information. It’s not a leap into an abyss.

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Resolving the December Dilemma for Interfaith Couples and Families
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Every year, around Christmas and Hanukkah, or even Easter and Passover, many Jewish-Gentile couples and families are finding themselves in a tough place to navigate. Here’s a helpful way to understand the difficulties and continue to work toward spiritual harmony in your home.

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Esther, Purim and Why It All (Still) Matters
Author: Andy Koenig

God is never mentioned in Esther, yet His fingerprints are all over the pages of this beloved book. In the same way, did we fail to recognize God among us when Yeshua (Jesus) walked the earth some 2,000 years ago? Did he, like Esther, come “for such a time as this?”

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A Persian Jew’s Series of Fortunate Events
Author: Miriam Koenig

We don’t always recognize the significance of events as they happen in our lives until we look back and see how everything fits together.

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From Iran to Tehrangeles: Five Generations of Jewish Faith in Jesus

The missionary asked my great-great-grandfather, Hakim, “Did you know that the Messiah you are expecting has already arrived?” and told him that Jesus was the Messiah. Hakim was so upset that he slapped the missionary in the face and threw him out of the synagogue. But that wasn’t the end of the story…

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A Future for Judaism?
Author: David M.

Will God fulfill his promise of sustaining the Jewish people? Several Jewish authors express concern about our survival.

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If I Were to Follow Yeshua…
Author: Robyn Wilk

Following Yeshua will mean going against the flow of the values and priorities of the world. It may cost us relationships with family and friends, our reputations and opportunities. We might encounter suffering, heartache and rejection. But God will never desert us.

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My Family’s Response: Disbelief, Denial and Expulsion
Author: Dan Sered

I take comfort in Jesus’ words: “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:29­–30).

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Me, My Jewish Family and Jesus
Author: Dave Lipkowitz

Although my faith made for some uncomfortable times with my parents, it also led to some thoughtful and fruitful discussions. And, much to their credit, they never allowed it to rupture our relationship.

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Jews and the Occult
Author: Matt Sieger

Occult forces? Evil entities? Isn’t that just medieval superstitious mishegoss? No, unfortunately, it’s not. Satan is real and out to destroy God’s greatest creation, humankind. His favorite target? Our Jewish people.

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Out of the Black Hole
Author: Matt Sieger

Looking back, I realize that probably 75 percent of the people in that occult encounter group were Jewish. Just as I believe there is a God, I believe that Satan is real and seeks to destroy the Jewish people.

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Book Review: Nobody’s Angel: A Story of Occult Bondage, Abuse and Redemption
Author: Matt Sieger

“Why didn’t God just kill me if He hated me so much? Why did He let this happen to me?” young Gregory silently screamed. How Greg came to believe in a God who loves him is at the heart of his autobiography.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Newborn
Author: Susan Perlman

But as the months progressed, so did Shifra’s frantic behavior. She would only wear clothing that was blue, said to be an unpleasant color to demons. Noise was also a good safeguard. So bells and clappers sounded incessantly in the home.

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The Occult: A Primer
Topics: supernatural, demons
Author: Matt Sieger

The Hebrew Scriptures specifically warn us against dabbling in the occult: “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer [practitioner of the dark arts] or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

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Running from the Truth
Author: Louis Goldberg

Below the surface were the unanswered questions, “Who am I? Can I know God? What follows death? Can I have the positive assurance that my sins are forgiven?”

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The Mysterious Us and Them

He asked if I wanted to pray. I replied, “Sure, where’s the prayer book?” “You don’t need one,” he explained. “Just talk to God from your heart.” I folded my arms across my chest, looked upwards, and said, “God, I don’t know who You are. But I’m tired of doing it by myself, so You have a go.”

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The Jew for Jesus Next Door
Author: Stan Meyer

Josh Leon lives and works in the Orthodox community. One of the things he enjoys most is plowing through the rabbinic texts and discovering what he believes is more evidence that Jesus fulfilled the messianic expectations of his Jewish people.

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Can Israel Survive ISIS
Author: David Brickner

Today’s threat from ISIS is not the first time Israel has faced radical fundamentalism from Syria. The modern-day fundamentalism is a flash forward of what the prophet Daniel predicted (and which came to pass in the second century b.c.). But today’s existential threat to Israel is building to a far greater crisis.

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Life in Israel: I Will Fear No Evil
Author: Shimon Eitan

In these times of stress and uncertainty, many people rely on one another to feel supported, holding onto each other for strength. But it is difficult to grip the arm of your friend when the ground seems to be shaking underneath your feet. For the few of us in Israel who believe in Yeshua, we know that the only thing reliable and strong enough to hold us is the Lord.

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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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Book Review – Future Hope: A Jewish Christian Look at the End of the World
Author: John Van Dyke

A review of Future Hope, a book by David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus and a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus. Brickner examines prophecies in the Scriptures concerning end times and tells how it is possible to have confidence and hope as these climactic and catastrophic world events unfold.

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The Good, the Bad and the Unleavened
Author: Aaron Lewin

“Why on this night do we only eat matzah?” It really is the million-dollar question. Why do we have to eat this dry, crumbly bread for eight nights?

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A Seder I’ll Always Remember
Author: Rob Wertheim

I was excited to be heading to the West Coast to visit my older brother Steve. My dad had returned to New York with the good news that Steve had found a place with a nice Jewish landlady who would “keep an eye on him.”

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Gedalia the Goat
Author: Susan Perlman

Gedalia was a kid (baby goat) with no future—no future, that is, other than being passed on a platter from one guest to the next at the Passover seder of Yossel and Shayna Rabinovitch.

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The Israelites Blew It—and So Do We
Topics: moses, golden calf
Author: Samuel Rood

I remember watching the closing moments of The Prince of Egypt, Stephen Spielberg’s animated telling of the Exodus story. Moses descends Mount Sinai carrying the Ten Commandments on two stone tablets, and uplifting music plays as the movie ends.

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When God Had Two Genders
Author: Rich Robinson

Humanity has brought sin into the world, resulting in estrangement from God, our own selves, one another and nature. We are no longer who God intended us to be—whether we identify as male, female, or one of Facebook’s 58 genders.

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A Jewish Psychiatrist Looks at Transsexualism

A Jewish Psychiatrist Looks at Transsexualism
Author: Irving S. Wiesner, M.D.

Sexuality is a core aspect of our identity and a part of the basis upon which we interact with others and even God Himself.

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A Letter to My Sister
Author: anonymous

A Jewish believer in Jesus pens a heartfelt letter to his sister, who is a lesbian.

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Set Free from the Gay Lifestyle
December 21, 2016
Topics: our stories
Author: Sam Kofsky
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Hanukkah’s Historical Dilemma
Author: Stan Meyer

The Hebrew Scriptures predicted the specific events of the Hanukkah story hundreds of years before they occurred.

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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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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Heshie’s Dream
Author: Susan Perlman

Heshie thought it was a waste of time to study the Holy Book. Until he was transported to the time of Judah the Maccabee…

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The Night before Chrismukkah
Author: Diane Halm

‘Twas the night before Chrismukkah, when all through the house…

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Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein and the Discarded New Testament
Author: Matt Sieger

As a young rabbi, Isaac Lichtenstein (1825–1908) reprimanded a young man for showing him a Bible containing a New Testament, took the book from him, and put it on a corner shelf. Thirty years later Lichtenstein opened the book… and it changed his life.

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The Beginning and End of Time
Topics: end times, creation
Author: Matt Sieger

The Bible not only speaks of an end to this world, but also of a new beginning—a new heaven and a new earth. While the Hebrew Scriptures allude to this new world, the New Testament describes it in great detail.

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Multitudes: The Gospel of Matthew
Author: Matt Sieger

Jewish artist Steffi Geiser Rubin’s twenty paintings, commissioned especially for this project, dramatically portray the Jewish world of Jesus.

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Asaph and Me
Author: Jack Sternberg

My Jewish friend told me that he had found his Judaism and the God of Judaism at that church. He was now, for the first time, truly proud and excited to be Jewish. I was shocked but curiously intrigued.

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From Loss to Life
Author: Susan Perlman

When I was diagnosed with cancer, my mother said to me, “Why you, Susan?” I remember replying, “Why not me? Would it be better if it were someone else’s daughter?

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Jewish Followers of Jesus Who Perished in the Shoah
Author: Elliot Klayman

Jews who believed in Jesus got no “exemption” from the Holocaust.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Sage Advice
Author: Jews for Jesus

A young man is hurrying home to prepare for Rosh Hashanah when he is accosted by two hooligans, beaten and robbed and left in the alley he had used for a shortcut.

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Leon Rosenberg: the Tragedy of the Beth El Congregation
Author: Jews for Jesus

About 300 members of the Beth El Congregation of Hebrew Christians in Warsaw died in the Holocaust, including Leon Rosenberg’s daughter and her husband.

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Bazyli Jocz: Believer and Shoah Martyr
Author: Theresa Newell

Bazyli Jocz, a Jewish believer in Jesus who worked with the Church’s Ministry among Jewish People (CMJ) in Warsaw, Poland, was betrayed to the Gestapo and shot.

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Theresienstadt: The Same Fate
Author: Kai Kjær-Hansen

It is estimated that as many as ten percent of the Jews in Nazi Germany believed in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. And they suffered and went to their deaths along with their fellow Jews.

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What Happened to Jewish Believers in Jesus in Nazi Germany?
Author: Judith Rood

Until she began teaching about the Holocaust at Christian colleges and universities, author Judith Mendelsohn Rood had no idea that many of the Jews killed in the Holocaust were professing Christians.

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves)
Author: Rich Robinson

We each have a paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience. What’s yours?

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves), Part Two
Author: Rich Robinson

We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.

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No More Religious Confusion
Author: Shimon Eitan

When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Wise Stranger
Author: Jews For Jesus

In the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos, a wise stranger passes through and confounds the local rabbi.

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Thinking Twice about Bob Dylan
Author: Matt Sieger

The enigmatic musician has had much to say about Jesus in song and in interviews.

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Dylan’s Biblical Lyrics
Author: Matt Sieger

Bob Dylan’s lyrics give us some insight into his religious beliefs.

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René Bloch: The Rabbi with Swing
Author: Matt Sieger

It’s not every day that a musician who played with famous big bands ends up becoming a rabbi.

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Walking Back to Happiness
Author: Helen Shapiro

In 1963, 16-year-old British singing sensation Helen Shapiro was so popular that the Beatles were her opening act on tour!

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Why Would I Want Jesus?
Author: Valerie Cymes

A California girl moves to England to pursue her passion to play rock and roll; then everything falls apart.

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An Interview with Shai Sol Hever
Author: Jews for Jesus

Young Israeli musician causes a stir on national television when she says she is a follower of Yeshua (Jesus).

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You Are Home Music Review
Author: Seth Richards

The travels of three young Jewish musicians to Israel, India, Nepal and Thailand serve as inspiration for You Are Home, their second full-length album.

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“So What’s a Messianic Jew, Anyway?”
Author: Lex Rofes

Lex Rofex, who writes for Jewschool, interviewed Aaron Trank of Jews for Jesus to find out just exactly what a Messianic Jew is, anyway.

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BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Call Me Christian: A Truly Jewish Story
Author: Matt Sieger

Paul Liberman feels so strongly about his Jewish identity that he changed the title of his autobiography to Don’t Call Me Christian.

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An Interview with Paul Liberman
Author: Matt Sieger

Paul Liberman’s The Fig Tree Blossoms: Messianic Judaism Emerges has sold over 100,000 copies. ISSUES interviews Liberman, who was at the forefront of that movement in the 1970s.

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The Ultimate Scapegoat
Author: Josh Sofaer

Someone has already taken the blame for all of our wrongdoing. But we must acknowledge him as God’s scapegoat, the atonement for our sins.

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Bored and Hungry: Why Millennials will be Falling Asleep in Services this Yom Kippur
Author: Arielle Randle

When a third of Jewish Americans born after 1980 describe themselves as having no religion, how many of us will make an appearance at temple for the High Holidays this year?

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The Yom Kippur I Will Never Forget
Author: Jason Meyerson

A young Jewish man who loved arguing about religion was ready to dismantle the arguments of Jews for Jesus.

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Does Science Dispel Faith?
Author: James Tour

World-renowned chemist James Tour, a Jew who believes in Jesus, says that science has served to strengthen, not weaken, his faith.

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A Bridge over the Chasm
Author: James Tour

A famous Jewish chemist made the most important discovery of his life when he opened up the New Testament.

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Human Cloning: In Our Image
Author: Naomi Sternberg

What does the Bible say about human cloning or any technology that threatens to destroy life on its way to achieving a “greater good”?

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BOOK REVIEW | A God That Could be Real
Author: Matt Sieger

Author Nancy Ellen Abrams argues that the God of the Bible is not compatible with what scientists are discovering about our universe.

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An Interview with Nancy Ellen Abrams
Author: Matt Sieger

ISSUES interviews Nancy Ellen Abrams, author of A God That Could be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of our Planet.

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Science and Morality: Lise Meitner and the Nuclear Bomb
Author: Matt Sieger

Lise Meitner, who helped discover nuclear fission in 1938, was as shocked as the rest of the world when the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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Ever Again
Author: Avi Snyder

 The Jewish people have always had opponents, because God’s plans have always had an opponent, one whom the Scriptures call the adversary. 

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Interview with Josh Turnil
Author: Jews for Jesus

 The real evil behind anti-Semitism is that the Jewish people have been blamed for the earth’s woes throughout the centuries, but they are actually the solution to the earth’s problems. 

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An Open Letter to Christian Friends from a Jew in France
Author: Joshua Turnil

Anti-Semitism threatens the foundations of the Christian faith and undermines the saving message of the gospel.

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I Shook Hitler’s Hand
Author: Anton Schreiner

 Many Jewish people are afraid to open the New Testament because of what so-called “Christians” have done in the name of Jesus. 

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Anti-Semitism Couldn’t Choke Out the Truth
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

 A young man encounters virulent anti-Semitism in college, but discovers that Christians who truly follow Jesus love the Jewish people. 

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No Longer Gambling with My Life
Author: Joseph Cohen

A seemingly harmless game of cards in high school led to a long-term gambling addiction…

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Rebel with a Cause
Author: Jews for Jesus

A young man wonders if his life of dropping out and drugs has left him totally without hope…

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Nothing to Fear
Author: Karol Joseph

One area that always got the best of Karol was food, which had become an addiction and obsession.

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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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Finding Spiritual Harmony
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

“My Jewish husband doesn’t believe in Jesus, so how can I find spiritual harmony in our case?”

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December Conundrum…and Solution
Author: Susan Perlman

Who is the One who can unite us during the Hanukkah/Christmas season?

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A Kosher Christmas?
Author: Rich Robinson

If Jesus is the Messiah, maybe instead of Chinese food and comedy, we should think about celebrating his birth in Jewish style.

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Online Extras
Author: Jews for Jesus

Watch two funny Hanukkah/Christmas videos, enjoy our potato latke recipe, and learn why “Christmas is a Jewish Holiday” and why “Without Hanukkah There Would Be No Christmas.”

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Jews and Fashion
Topics: jewish culture
Author: Matt Sieger

Historically speaking, Jews and fashion proved to be the perfect match.

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Do Clothes Make the Man (or Woman)?
Author: Elizabeth Troolines

No matter what a person wears, to the Almighty, haute couture is irrelevant.

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The High Holy Days of Fashion
Author: Iris Adler

New York Fashion Week and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, can find themselves tangled together in a ball of devotion and duty.

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Meet the Highly Fashionable Rebbetzin
Author: Matt Sieger

Susan Salzman, now the rebbetzin at Beth Messiah Congregation in Livingston, New Jersey, once worked in the heart of the fashion industry in New York City.

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Verses on Fashion
Author: Jews for Jesus

Here are a few verses from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament regarding clothing and fashion.

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A Tiny Dot of Pure White Paint
Author: Edward Brown

God spoke to me just as clearly as in a conversation you might have with your friend over a cup of coffee.

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How to Talk With (and Listen To) God
Author: Matt Sieger

Prayer doesn’t have to be formal or fancy; it’s a conversation with God.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Leah’s Dreams
Author: Susan Perlman

Leah’s dreams about the shtetl always came true. Except once.

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Auschwitz, Mengele, and the God Who Was With Me
Author: Ruth Gottlieb

Ruth Gottlieb escaped the roundup of Jews in France, fled by foot over the Alps – and that’s just the beginning of her adventures.

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Son of a Holocaust Survivor
Author: Barry B.

Jealous of the peace he saw in Christians, Barry B. was afraid he would be betraying his people – until he met a Jewish believer in Jesus.

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My Father the Nazi
Author: Werner Oder

The son of an SS officer, Werner Oder is now grateful to God for the privilege of standing for Israel and the Jews in a world of increasing anti-Semitism.

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Daughter of the Holocaust
Author: Andrea Zaretsky

In some cases, Holocaust survivors have not even told their children they are Jewish. I am one of those children.

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Sobibor’s Sock Knitters
Author: Heatherly Walker

Knitting is just a hobby for me. But in the Nazi death camp of Sobibor in Eastern Poland, knitting saved several Jewish women from death.

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Saturday the Rabbi Read the New Testament
Author: Rich Robinson

The New Testament should resonate with us Jews, not least because it reflects Jewish core values that are part of Jewish life to this day.

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Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World
Author: Stan Meyer

Tikkun olam has become a favorite Hebrew catch phrase for repairing the world. But this is not possible until our own hearts are repaired. Is there someone who can do that?

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Junk Dealer
Author: Susan Perlman

When the junk dealer’s goods appeared to be magically restored, the good citizens of Vaysechvoos was sure Messiah was at the door!

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The Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Connection: Who Knew?
Author: Hannah Fenn

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…

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Delivered from Fear: a Jewish Thanksgiving Story
Author: Robin Blaha

I know that most people don’t think of Thanksgiving as a Jewish holiday. But I always will. That’s because during Thanksgiving weekend 1973, I experienced the most wonderful, most mind-boggling—and most Jewish—moment of my entire life. It made me truly thankful on that Thanksgiving and every day since. Believe me, what happened that weekend was…

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The Mathematics of the Holiday Collision
Topics: hanukkah
Author: Jews for Jesus

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![1] Thanksgiving was formally established by President Lincoln in 1863 as the…

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Bonus Features!
Author: Jews for Jesus

Watch an exciting episode of our animated feature, “Kosher Joe: Do you Believe in Chrismukkah?” And find a great recipe for latkes (to serve with your Thanksgiving turkey!).

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Rabbis, Skeptics and the Suffering Messiah
Author: Daniel Mann

If anyone was a skeptic about Jews believing in Jesus, I was. Born to second-generation Jewish American parents in Brooklyn, I experienced much anti-Semitism growing up in the 1950s and ’60s. Since my persecutors weren’t Jewish, I assumed they were Christian. When I was fourteen, there was talk that a certain Jewish family in my neighborhood had converted to Christianity. I was filled with disgust. How could Jews do such a thing?

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Pedaling with a Purpose
Author: Hans Myors

  I’m not famous like three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, I’ve never cycled competitively. But since 1993, I’ve cycled the equivalent of almost nine times around the equator! Why? I have always loved touring on my bike. But on four consecutive nights in February 1993 I dreamt I was traveling by bicycle. Except…

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Why Aren’t Our People Told This?
Author: Matt Sieger

Many Jewish refugees from Russia settled in Omaha, Nebraska, between the 1880s and World War I. Among them were Debbie Landers’ grandparents. Landers, born Deberah Schwartz in Omaha in 1951, and her younger sister were raised Orthodox by their parents. The Schwartzes were one of just four Jewish families in a primarily Catholic neighborhood. Unfortunately,…

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All Creatures Great and Small: Who Made Them All?
Author: Matt Sieger

A motorcycle accident at age 28 left David Farber with one functioning limb—his right arm—and one functioning eye and ear. But it didn’t deter his passion for travel and photography. He has journeyed to Alaska and Africa to photograph everything from moose to wildebeest to hippos. Before the accident, Farber was an avid hiker. “My…

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Keeping It Real in Life and Art
Author: Matt Sieger

“The greatest hindrance to creativity,” says painter and photographer Will Rosenberg, “is worrying what others think. If you walk into a kindergarten class and say, ‘Who here is an artist?’ every kid will raise their hand. A couple of years later the percentages go down. By the time kids get to college, nobody’s an artist,…

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This Burger Comes with Matzah Ball Soup
Author: Matt Sieger

Judy (Joseph) Burger has seen a lot of the United States—much of it by accident. At age eighteen, she got lost hitchhiking to a communal farm in Illinois and ended up in California! She has also lived on Washboard Way off of Dead Dog Drive in Atmore, Alabama. Along the way, she attended art school,…

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Shelley Skoropinski
Author: Jews for Jesus

Shelley Skoropinski, 63, was raised in a Conservative Jewish home in Philadelphia. She grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and was bat mitzvah. Her father, Irvin Korotkin, passed away when Shelley was sixteen. Her older sister, Lana, read the New Testament and at age 21 came to believe in Jesus. Lana prayed for her family…

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Rebecca Redinger
Author: Jews for Jesus

Rebecca Redinger, 26, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, in a Messianic Jewish home in which both her Jewish mother and gentile father believed in Jesus. They raised Rebecca and her siblings to know both Yeshua (Jesus) and their Jewish background. She came to believe in Jesus when she was seven. They also instilled in her…

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Heather Silverman
Author: Jews for Jesus

Heather Silverman, 24, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, grew up in a Messianic Jewish home. Her father is the leader of a Messianic congregation. She says she began to truly follow Yeshua (Jesus) when she was eighteen. “My grandfather and father always had a camera out,” Heather remembers. “Granted they were always taking pictures of…

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David Philipson
Author: Jews for Jesus

David Philipson, 29, was born in North Carolina and currently resides in Southern California. He grew up in a home where both his Jewish mother and gentile father believed in Jesus, and David came to believe in him at a very young age. “I grew up with a ton of Jewish culture and symbolism, but…

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Discovering The Nature Of Existence
Author: Jews for Jesus

I was born into a beautiful Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. My father was a research chemist and my mother a writer. As a child, I was inquisitive about everything and asked all the impossible questions. My parents, I soon realized, did not have all the answers. I spent my childhood focusing…

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From Kung Fu to Kabbalah … to Messiah
Author: Cyril Gordon

As in the ancient days of the Pharaoh, my mother’s family was forced to flee from Egypt in 1952, a time when Jews were hated and feared there as Israel’s statehood became a fact. The “promised land” to our family was Paris, France. There my mother, a beautifully exotic woman with green eyes, olive skin…

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Spiritual Journey Home
Author: Jews for Jesus

  Book Review: Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall Nathan Katz (Jersey City, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 2009), 192 pages While the mere mention of a Jew believing in Jesus still raises eyebrows in the Jewish community, here a Jewish Buddhist (JUBU) gets a respectful hearing, as evidenced by the mostly…

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Lilies

Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and The Bible
Author: Jews for Jesus

Meaning of birth Buddhism We are reborn from a previous life until we reach nirvana (extinction of all desire and release from suffering). Hinduism We are reborn from a previous life until we realize our oneness with Brahman. The cycle of death and rebirth is called samsara. Traditional Judaism We are created in the image…

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Yoga: A Union with God. But Which God?
Author: Iris Adler

Yoga has steadily gained cachet in the West over the last fifty years. It is found in high school gym class. It was part of a family-geared Easter Sunday event on the White House front lawn in 2010, not to mention health clubs in some of our Jewish community centers. Yes, yogis are everywhere, including…

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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, the non-Jews, with their goyische lives, their goyische kups,…

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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 synagogue and observed all the Jewish holidays. My father’s family was…

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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 what the Scriptures say about eternal life. But when…

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Book Review: Jesus through Jewish Eyes
Author: Matt Sieger

Book Title: Jesus Through Jewish Eyes Author: Beatrice Bruteau Date Published: August 6, 2001 Publisher: Orbis Books; First Edition edition Genre: 1. Christology2. Comparative Religion3. Judaism ISBN: 978-1570753886 Reviewer: Matt Sieger Jesus through Jewish Eyes: Rabbis and Scholars Engage an Ancient Brother in a New Conversation In the preface to Jesus through Jewish Eyes, editor…

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Herb Opalek: The Day the Rabbi Met Yeshua
Author: Matt Sieger

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Herb Opalek was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home which boasts many rabbis in the family tree. He attended Hebrew day school and by age ten was fluent in both modern and ancient Hebrew. He had a near photographic memory and wangled quite a few free dinners by performing his…

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Here Comes the New Wave
Author: Rich Robinson

The Latest Generation of Jewish Scholars Gives Us Its Take on Jesus The past several years have seen a “new wave” of Jewish publications about Jesus and the New Testament. In 2011, The Jewish Annotated New Testament (JANT) was published, the first time the entire New Testament has been presented to Jews and Christians by…

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Rebecca Gottesman: ‘A Very Happy Hebrew Christian’
Author: Jews for Jesus

By Marylee Shrider Rebecca Gottesman moved to California from New York a half century ago, but her hard-boiled upbringing is still evident in her New Jersey accent and countless stories of an age gone by. “I grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan in a Jewish neighborhood, side-by-side with all sorts of people,”…

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Is God a Crutch?
Topics: depression
Author: Jews for Jesus

Many of us who believe in Jesus (especially those of us who are Jewish) hear from our non-believing friends and relatives that he is “only a crutch.” Robert Rosett, a family physician in California, remembers the first time, as a child, that he asked his father about God: I don’t recall the question, but I…

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What I Thought Was Me*
Author: Sally O'Connor

I was born into a middle class, Jewish American family, which would have made me a princess except my father was a florist, not a doctor. We celebrated the traditional Jewish holidays in a superficial way. While I was taught there was a God, I never really knew him. For the first few years of…

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Lifting the Dark Curtain
Author: Carole Cohen

I was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 23, 1949, to a Jewish mother and gentile father. When I was two, they divorced. My mother, Harriet, was very liberal and not very interested in Judaism. She cooked bacon, ham and sausage. She read the Bhagavad Gita and books about Zen Buddhism. We even celebrated Easter…

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Renouncing the Stigma of Mental Illness
Topics: healing, disability
Author: Jews for Jesus

“It’s said that people with mental illness face a double-edged sword,” writes Margarita Tartakovsky. “Not only do they have to contend with serious, disruptive symptoms, they still have to deal with rampant stigma. Sadly, mental illness is still largely shrouded in stereotypes and misunderstanding.”1 But here are the facts, according to the National Alliance on…

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A Step of Faith
Author: Laurie Ornstein

I was born a normal healthy Jewish child on November 17, 1963, in Huntington, New York, the youngest of three daughters. And while my childhood memories include receiving presents on Hanukkah, enjoying shul on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and our family seder on the first two nights of Pesach, and my bat mitzvah when…

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A Messianic Jewish Look at Sustainability
Author: Susan Perlman

Tending the Garden of Life? “Is the environment a Jewish concern?” asks Rabbi Eric Lankin, chief of institutional advancement and education for the Jewish National Fund. “Under tikkun olam, we have an obligation and need to restore the broken world. We have an obligation to love all of God’s creatures. When we endanger something, we…

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Jewish ‘Green’ Architecture

Will it Redeem Our World? “… seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7). The greatest of all architects was not Frank Lloyd Wright, but God. His creation was intended to…

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Tikkun Olam
Topics: ecology, environment
Author: Jews for Jesus

What you can do Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and shaving. Turn your thermostat up three degrees (in summer) or down three degrees (in winter). Change incandescent light bulbs in your home to compact fluorescents. Lower the temperature of the water in your water heater. Clean or replace furnace filters regularly. Install…

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On the Road to Dharamsala
Author: Sterling Reed

Here where the grass grows free, wild is awakened in my heart And nature’s skin is unashamed. It bares its innocence and purity and harshness and apathy. Here where man has failed to tame mountains high and unborn trees bursting forth with the green of new life. Here where forces unseen are loosed upon the…

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An Interview with Dan Sered
Author: Jews for Jesus

Dan Sered grew up in Herziliya, Israel, and came to believe in Jesus while a university student in the States. He lives in Israel with his wife, Dinah, and their three children. What were you taught about Zionism growing up in the Israeli school system? Zionism, just as a definition, is a love for Zion….

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An Excerpt: Bound for the Promised Land

Prologue The air was heavy and hot. A thick, drowsy calm engulfed us. Scarcely a sound broke the monotony of the languid Sabbath afternoon. My husband and I were resting in our small apartment facing an empty courtyard. The rows of sleepy blocks of flats behind us formed a jagged square. They too seemed to…

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The Name I Could Not Mention

I was only five years old and had no idea what was going on as our family crowded into my grandparents’ living room on the day before Yom Kippur. I can still remember how my father picked up a chicken, tied up by its feet, and swung it over our heads, the chicken cackling and…

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Jesus was Very Cool!

As my husband, Stewart, says, we met while I was on staff with Jews for Jesus in the summer of 1984 in New York City. We were both handing out pamphlets—Stewart with another organization called Chosen People—in front of Bloomingdales on 59th Street in New York City. From that moment I thought, “He is perfect…

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Hurdles to Faith
Author: Jews for Jesus

Stewart and Susan Weinisch encountered a number of obstacles on their way to believing in Yeshua (Jesus). Here are some of the ideas they had to confront: “Christians hate Jews.” This is what Stewart’s father told him, and many people do point to “Christian anti-Semitism” as a reason to dismiss Jesus. When our people start…

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Philip Stanley Klein: Healed of Spiritual Leprosy
Author: Philip Klein

Performing music is in my genes. My father, Max, was in vaudeville. My mother, Millie, taught piano. But I could never have guessed the path on which my music would lead me. I was born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1940. My father’s father came from Kiev. He was a rabbi. But you can’t come…

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Dan and Melissa David: A Messianic Musical Match
Author: Dan David

Dan’s Story I was born Dan David Aronovich in the Ukraine on December 28, 1977, but I go by Dan David. I have a younger brother, Ron, who is now a surgeon. My family moved to Israel when I was a year and a half. We were not religious Jews, but we celebrated the holidays…

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Stage Fright
Author: Susan Mendelson

How a nice, Jewish country music-singing girl from Long Island came to a crossroads. Stage fright led her to consider a huge taboo in her family and community: Jesus.

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Handel’s Messiah – in Hebrew!
Author: Jews for Jesus

  You probably knew that Handel’s oratorio is about Jesus. But, perhaps because it is usually sung at Christmas time, music lovers may forget a few important facts. Like the fact that Jesus is Jewish. And that the Jewish prophets predicted the coming of the Messiah, and Handel put their words to music. “Behold a…

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Joel Weiskopf

Joel Weiskopf
Author: Matt Sieger

Jazz pianist Joel Weiskopf, 49, has performed with jazz greats such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day and Clark Terry. He has recorded CDs with renowned jazz musicians such as John Patitucci and Brian Blade for the highly-respected Criss Cross jazz label. But it’s what he expresses through his music that is most important…

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Andrew Klavan
Author: Jews for Jesus

The Serious Business of Storytelling

Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by and starring Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, made into a film starring Michael Douglas. Klavan has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world.

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Come Meet the Author of Life
Topics: poetry, music
Author: Michael O'Connor

  It was one of those quite unspectacular days That sneak up and catch you off guard The kind that you usually let slip away Like leaves blowing out of the yard I was taking my usual brisk morning walk Through fog you could cut with a knife Caught a sign in the window of…

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What Other Jewish Authors Say About Jesus
Author: Jews for Jesus

Read the lead article to see what Jewish novelist Andrew Klavan says about Jesus. Sholem Asch (1880-1957), who wrote in Yiddish, was one of the most famous Jewish writers of his day. He wrote historical novels about New Testament themes; his Nazarene in 1939 propelled him to world prominence. He wrote more than 50 novels,…

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And the Award Goes To…
Author: Jews for Jesus

It’s a fact that we are called the chosen people because God has chosen us to communicate his truth to the nations. He chose our people to write and preserve and proclaim the Scriptures. Sometimes, God called on his prophets to act out a message to his people. He instructed Ezekiel to lie on his…

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From Happy Days to Happier Days
Author: Jews for Jesus

by Joe Glauberg I remember my high school science teacher telling me, “You’ll never be a scientist.” When I protested, citing my excellent grades in science and math, he replied, “Joe, you’ve got show business in your blood.” I guess he was right. In my late twenties, I got into a comedy-writing workshop in the…

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Mark Friedlander: Freeing the Imagination
Author: Matt Sieger

You don’t have to be Jewish to play a part in the stage production of The Diary of Anne Frank. But it helps. Mark Friedlander played the role of Henk Gies who, with his wife Miep, hid the Frank family from the Nazis. Most of the cast was not Jewish. So when they got to…

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David Suchet: Looking for Something Beyond
Author: Matt Sieger

Somewhere right now someone is watching David Suchet portray Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. An estimated 600-700 million people watch the television series worldwide. The reruns get better ratings than many new programs. Suchet has filmed more than 60 episodes, with only six to go to complete Christie’s entire body of work about…

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Hide and Seek: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Maria Weinstein

Outside, she could hear the matches scratching. As the village around them exploded in flames, the Nazis attempted to set the last house alight. Within these walls, Maria Weinstein huddled in the embrace of her newly adopted family. There, amid the chaos, Jew and gentile united as one family in fervent prayer.

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In Their Own Words: Messianic Jewish Holocaust Survivors
Author: Jews for Jesus

Vera Schlamm One of the questions I was asked frequently when I first came to this country is: Was it really as bad in the camps as they say in the news?” Now the question is: “Was it as bad as was shown in films such as ‘The Hiding Place’ or ‘The Holocaust’?” My answer…

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: How Gittel Saved the Shtetl
Author: Susan Perlman

Gittel, everyone in Vaysechvoos agreed, was a true beauty. Besides this she was bright, vivacious and as innocent as freshly fallen snow. Why, one glance from her deep, smiling brown eyes was enough to melt the heart of any yeshiva bocher. But that was not to be. One day Gittel disappeared. Her mother, Frumah-Ruchel, had…

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The Three Symbols of Passover
Author: Jews for Jesus

The following excerpt is from the Messianic Family Haggadah.* This haggadah retains the essential elements of the traditional seder service, but weaves in some New Testament understandings that explain the Passover/Jesus connection. The Three Symbols of Passover Leader:  Rabbi Gamaliel said that in order to tell the Passover story properly, we must mention three important…

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A Chronological Look at How Jesus Spent his Last Week Leading up to Passover
Author: Jews for Jesus

Learn how Jesus spent his last week leading up to Passover, culminating in his death and resurrection.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Pogrom that Wasn’t
Topics: vaysechvoos, pogrom
Author: Susan Perlman

For those who lived in the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos, no event of the year brought as much joyous anticipation as the first seder night. Each house was made spotless and bright. For the days leading up to the holiday, all chometz was removed and all the special Pesach dishes and utensils were brought out….

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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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Are We in the End Times?
Author: David Brickner

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Since time began, people have been craning their necks, trying to get a glimpse of the future. In ancient days kings had diviners, prophets…

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Future Hope Book Review
Author: John Van Dyke

Book Title: Future Hope: A Jewish Christian Look at the End of the World Author: David Brickner Date Published: July 2002 Publisher: Moody Publishers Genre: 1. Messianic Jusaism 2. Prophecies 3. Eschatology ISBN: 978-0802428653 Reviewer: John Van Dyke What quality is most essential to a meaningful life? A recent survey of college students demonstrated that…

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The Book Eli Just Couldn’t Put Down
Author: Matt Sieger

Movie Title: The Book of Eli Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes Writers: Gary Whitta Primary Actors (stars): Dezel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson Date released: January 15, 2010 Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller MPAA rating: R Duration: 1h 58min Reviewer: Matt Sieger Review date: January 18, 2011 As Eli (Denzel Washington) listens to How Can…

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In The Little Shtetl Of Vaysechvoos: The Gaon of Vilna
Author: Susan Perlman

All were astir; the Gaon of Vilna was coming to Vaysechvoos! He would be staying in their modest village for one night on his way to Minsk. Who could have imagined that such a prince among Jews would want to visit this muddy little place?” marveled Lazar the Milkman. “Such a wise and holy man…

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Immanuel: God With Us

The notion that God would want to appear alongside his creation to care for and instruct us is not just a comforting thought. That a Creator would not want to be close to what he created is contrary to instinct and understanding. The theological term that designates Yeshua (Jesus) as the presence of God in…

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Unto Us A Son Is Given*

Isaiah 9:6-7 6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On…

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TRADITION, TRADITION


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… “

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A Year for Jewish Athletes
Author: Jews for Jesus

It’s been quite a year for Jewish athletes.

In October 2009, Omri Casspi of the Sacramento Kings became the first Israeli-born basketballer to play in the NBA. Weeks later, Orthodox rabbinical student Yuri Foreman won a world boxing championship, the first Israeli to do so. Then in March, tennis player Shahar Pe’er became the first Israeli woman to compete in a professional sporting event in the United Arab Emirates, which had denied her a visa a year earlier. Though unseeded, Pe’er advanced to the semi-finals, where she fell to eventual champion Venus Williams.

If Jewish athletes seem rare, what about those who believe in Jesus? In this edition we profile three—a major league baseball player, an Olympic cyclist, and an aspiring basketball player—with religious backgrounds as diverse as their chosen sports. But their common faith has helped them overcome some formidable obstacles, both athletic and personal.

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What’s a Nice Jewish Boy Like You Doing in the Kitchen?” by Clive Berkman”
Author: Jews for Jesus

My father was a straight-laced chemical engineer, my mother an actress. Their relationship was like vinaigrette. On the first night of their honeymoon, my mother cooked a rump roast, which she burnt to a crisp. My father glared at it and pronounced, “Maureen, you’d better learn how to cook.”

She took his criticism as a challenge, and became one of the best cooks I’ve ever known. She started a catering business and taught cooking classes. As a young boy, I was fascinated by my mother’s cooking and would sit and watch her for hours, captivated by the aromas of the kitchen. Growing up in a South African Jewish home, I loved everything that had to do with food. “

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Kabbalah’s Best Kept Secret?
Author: Jews for Jesus

“God as a Trinity? No way!” “We Jews don’t believe in the idea of a divine incarnation!” For many Jews, these statements are givens. Or are they?

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A Hasidic Couple Encounters their Messiah
Author: Jews for Jesus

Yoel and Adel Ben David live in San Francisco. Now both aged 30, they married when they were 20 and were involved in the Hasidic Breslov movement. Here is their story. I was born in Israel and lived there for the first three years of my life,” Yoel begins. “My father worked for a hotel…

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David Newhan: Nothing to Hide
Author: Matt Sieger

Maybe it wasn’t quite Lou Gehrig replacing Wally Pipp, but when David Newhan got a chance to play for the Baltimore Orioles in the summer of 2004, he made the most of it. The left-handed swinging sparkplug belted a 435-foot pinch-hit home run in his first at bat for Baltimore on June 18. Previously a…

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Recent and Recommended

Book Title: Empty Bottle Moments: Cooking With Clive Author: Clive Berkman Date Published: March 1, 2009 Publisher: Baxter Press (Cooking with Clive) Genre: Celebrities & TV Shows ISBN: 978-1888237719 Reviewer: Melissa Moskowitz Most cookbooks begin with a table of contents to whet the appetite for the recipes within. Clive Berkman’s cookbook starts with the tale…

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Guess Who’s Coming to the Seder?

Every year Macabbi Tel Aviv faces off against its rival, Hapoel Tel Aviv, in a soccer match. The game is filled with tension and excitement as a packed house stands and cheers non-stop for ninety minutes. Accolades and bragging rights will fall to the winner. Yet the time on the clock has run out, and…

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You Don’t Need a PhD to Figure Out this Equation: Ziggy Rogoff’s Story
Author: Jews for Jesus

by Ziggy Rogoff, as told to Alison Barnett My life’s two passions have been mathematics and being Jewish. I viewed life as one big equation and was always looking for its solution! So how does Jewish boy + a traditional Jewish education + mathematics PhD = believer in Jesus? My paternal relatives, the Rogoffs, came…

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Comfortably Jewish by Garrett R. Smith
Author: Shoshanna Pucci

  Book Title: Comfortably Jewish Author: Garrett R. Smith Date Published: 2010 Publisher: Purple Pomegranate Productions; 1st edition ISBN: 978-1881022886 Reviewer: Shoshanna Pucci Questions about cultural identity have recently demanded my urgent attention, raising three young children who are soaking up all of the traditions and cultural cues that my husband and I present. Though…

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In The Little Shtetl Of Vaysechvoos: Mendel the Merchant
Author: Susan Perlman

When it came to a knowledge of gematria, no one in Vaysechvoos was as skilled as Mendel the Merchant. His father, Yossel, had taught him from early childhood how important it was to have an understanding of the numerical value of the alef bais. Reb Yossel explained to the boy, Mendel, my son, do you…

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Evolution: Fact or Theory?By Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Author: Jews for Jesus

“There are so many flaws in Darwinism that one can wonder why it swept so completely through the scientific world, and why it is still endemic today.” Sir Fred Hoyle1 Back in 1987 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1981 Louisiana law which mandated a balanced treatment in teaching evolution and creation in the…

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Movie Review: Expelled Revisited
Author: Matt Sieger

Movie Title: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Director: Nathan Frankowski Writers: Kevin Miller, Ben Stein Primary Actors (stars): Ben Stein, Lili Asvar, Peter Atkins Date released: April 18, 2008 Genre: Documentary MPAA rating: PG Duration: 1h 30min Reviewer: Matt Sieger Ben Stein, best known as the boring teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, is also an…

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Space Wasn’t the Final Frontier
Author: Andrew Barron

I spent the first year of my life in that bastion of Jewish civilization known as Brooklyn; then my family moved to Queens. We attended a Conservative synagogue, where I developed an early awareness of God and the fact that things pertaining to him were to be set apart from the ordinary. Everyone in New…

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Intelligent Design vs. Evolution
Topics: creation, evolution
Author: Jews for Jesus

  As one might expect, Jewish leaders have a wide variety of opinions on the subject: “All phenomena are traceable back to the Primary Cause in one of two ways: either directly from God’s will, or through intermediaries. An example of the first way is the order and assembly that is evident in living creatures, plant life,…

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Michael Blatchford: Nothing to Lose
Author: Matt Sieger

How does a skinny kid with asthma end up competing against brawny sprint cyclers in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing? Michael Blatchford, 24, grew up in southern California in Cypress, a suburb near Disneyland. Like any other kid, he rode his bike around town. But it held no fascination for him until age thirteen,…

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I Kings 17: Food for Thought
Author: Iris Adler

Food is a focal point. It’s true today, and it was true in the ninth century B.C. when Elijah the prophet lived. Back then, the situation was graver than on Yom Kippur, when we fast and quickly learn to appreciate our fuller pre-Temple hours. In Elijah’s time, there was drought, more drought and famine. Then…

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Ami Ortiz: No Hate
Author: Matt Sieger

Fifteen-year-old Ami Ortiz, who lives with his family in Ariel, Israel, stayed home from school on Purim, March 20, 2008. He was delighted to discover in the stairwell a gift basket with the message Happy Holidays.” But when he opened the package, it exploded in his face, filling his body with shrapnel, burning him all…

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Yom Kippur and the Jewish Athlete
Author: Matt Sieger

We are proud when a Jewish athlete succeeds, but a few have gained even more respect for refusing to play ball on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg recalled his 1934 decision: Both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur came in September… and since we were in the thick of…

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Five-Hour Sticky Roast Chicken
Topics: recipes, jewish food
Author: Jews for Jesus

Try one of Clive’s recipes! Spice Rub 4 teaspoons of sea salt 2 teaspoons of paprika 1 teaspoon of onion powder 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon of thyme 1 teaspoon of white pepper ½ teaspoon of garlic powder ½ teaspoon of black pepper Chicken 1 large roasting chicken 1 cup of chopped onion…

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An Orthodox Jew’s Unexpected Encounter
Author: Sharon Sommer

I was brought up in a modern Orthodox Jewish family. We went to synagogue every Shabbat and on every major Jewish holiday. My family kept kosher and I had twelve years of yeshiva education. I learned how to read and write Hebrew fluently and I learned many Jewish subjects, including the myriad of laws and…

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Is the Jewish Religion a Laughing Matter?
Author: Matt Sieger

Jewish comedians have gently poked fun at their own religion— or their own doubts about the existence of God—for a long time. In Woody Allen’s movie, Broadway Danny Rose, Danny has the following conversation with his love interest, Tina: Tina: Who’s got time for guilt? Danny: What are you talking about? Guilt is important. It’s…

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The Softening of a Cynic
Author: Jews for Jesus

Penn Jillette, the large, ponytailed half of the comedy/illusionist team, Penn & Teller, is another staunch cynic and an avowed atheist. The vanity plates on his car read ATHEIST. He frequently lambasts the Scriptures and those who believe in God on the television show he hosts for Showtime and in his video blog, Penn Says.”…

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