How I Googled My Way to God
November 30, 2018
Author: Sahar Sadlovsky

But what really made an impact was when I came across Jesus. No one on the entire spectrum of the human race, from the most spiritual to the atheist, can remain indifferent to him. You cannot help but like him – his wisdom, compassion, and love. Every time I read Jesus’ words and learned about his deeds, I wanted more. He was the Jesus I never knew.

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Is Mindfulness Meditation Jewish?
Author: Stan Meyer

Meditation in the Jewish Scriptures describes a different approach to mindfulness meditation: in the Scriptures, mindfulness meditation refers to applying one’s attention upon God, His Word, and His attributes.

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Finding Mindfulness in the Jewish Scriptures
November 16, 2018
Author: Stan Meyer

Counter to contemporary Western culture, where meditation is often a therapeutic exercise for self-improvement, in the Scriptures it is a path to encounter God by giving attention to His message.

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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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How a Nice Jewish Girl Escaped a Cult and Found Peace
November 13, 2018
Author: Robin Barbosa

The adrenaline coursing through my veins pulsed to the racing of my heart. I was completely caught off guard as I sat facing the enemy. Demon deprogrammers were going to try and bribe me out of the cult mindset.

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The Search for the Historical Jesus
October 23, 2018
Author: Andy Koenig

Yes, Jesus existed. But he is much more than a historical figure. Both Jews and Gentiles have been gripped by the person of Jesus as they read the Gospel accounts. If even non-believers must acknowledge Jesus’ existence, then the Gospels make it evident that he has the power to change our lives.

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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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The Messiah Would be God!
Author: Rich Robinson

The New Testament throughout shows that Jesus is indeed the “Mighty God” who has come among us as a human being. Jesus does things only God can do, such as forgive sins and command nature to obey him.

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Q&A: What Kind of Jew was Jesus?
Author: Jews for Jesus

The kind of Judaism Jesus represented is debated, but Judaism it was. For there was as yet nothing called “Christianity.”

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Millennials – the Most “Spiritual” Generation
October 15, 2018
Author: Jews for Jesus

Like other Americans of their generation, Jewish Millennials in general favor a less institutional, more mystical or open approach toward faith.

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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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Was Jesus the Founder of Christianity?
September 7, 2018
Author: Rich Robinson

Scholars and theologians debate the particular kind of Judaism Jesus represented, but it was Judaism nonetheless. There was, as yet, nothing called “Christianity.”

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What is Shalom: the True Meaning
Author: Susan Perlman

What is that very elusive quality we call shalom? For it means different things to different people. The ancient Hebrew concept of peace, is rooted in the word “shalom,” meant wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity, carrying with it the implication of permanence.

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I Applied the Scientific Method to the New Testament
August 13, 2018
Author: David Abramsky

I know that I am still Jewish. I don’t use the word “converted” because it implies that I’ve left something behind. I do not feel I have left anything.

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Is Jesus a Rabbi?

Yes, Jesus – Yeshua – was a rabbi, a teacher of Judaism in the first century A.D. But was he more than a rabbi?

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A Tale of Two Rabbis
Author: Rich Robinson

Like other rabbis, Jesus taught the importance of Jewish core values. One such value is kibud av va’em, honor of parents.

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Hell on Earth
June 29, 2018
Author: Matt Sieger

I am as guilty as the next guy in labeling things “hell” too glibly. By contrast, there are some truly horrendous experiences that you or those close to you may have had to endure, for which hell may be an apt metaphor.

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Holden Caulfield Was Right: We Are All Phonies
June 27, 2018
Author: Matt Sieger

Holden would like to save all the children before the world robs them of their innocence. He recognizes that we are all eventually stained by this world. We are polluted not only from without, but we soon discover that we are impure within. We are infected with a disease we inherited from the first to lose their innocence: Adam and Eve.

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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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What Religion Was Jesus?

Did Jesus invent a new religion? The simple answer is that Jesus was a rabbi – a teacher of Judaism.

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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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Jewishness and the Trinity
Topics: trinity, shema

Some claim that Jesus taught his followers to hate their mothers and fathesr. If true, that would obviously make Jesus an immoral and unethical teacher, since one of the Ten Commandments is to honor one’s parents. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” the Torah says in Exodus 20:12 NKJV.

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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 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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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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Rejected by his secular Jewish family and harassed by anti-missionaries, this Israeli Jew found healing in Messiah
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
Topics: supernatural, demons
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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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 Jewish family’s turn to faith: Synagogue, Bar Mitzvahs, Bible studies, and a “Christian” Seder
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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The Israelites Blew It—and So Do We
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

Set Free from the Gay Lifestyle I am Jewish by birth. But I was not raised in the traditions of Judaism. I did not attend Hebrew school or synagogue. The only time God was mentioned around the house was as a swear word. My mom and dad were atheists, though they had a...

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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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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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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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A Brooklyn-bred Jews for Jesus co-founder looks back on her journey to faith: “Jesus People,” Larry Norman, Breast Cancer, and Hope in Yeshua
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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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The Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Connection: Who Knew?
Author: Hannah Fenn

The Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Connection: Who Knew? 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...

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

Delivered from Fear: a Jewish Thanksgiving Story 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...

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The Mathematics of the Holiday Collision
Author: Jews for Jesus

The Mathematics of the Holiday Collision Hanukkah 2013 was 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....

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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This Burger Comes with Matzah Ball Soup
Author: Matt Sieger

This Burger Comes with Matzah Ball Soup Judy Burger - Dorothy Gish Judy Burger - Gloria Swanson Judy Burger - Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller Museum in Tuscumbia, Alabama Judy (Joseph) Burger has seen a lot of the United States – much of it by accident. At...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Seeing Jesus through the Jewish Lens

Seeing Jesus through the Jewish Lens My parents are Jewish. I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in New York and attended Hebrew day school. When I was in the second grade, my parents realized I was falling behind other children my age in reading and math. They decided...

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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...

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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...

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Gordon Family 2010

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...

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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...

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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....

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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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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...

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

Rebecca Gottesman: 'A Very Happy Hebrew Christian' 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...

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Is God a Crutch?
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...

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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....

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Lifting the Dark Curtain
Author: Carole Cohen

Lifting the Dark Curtain 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...

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Renouncing the Stigma of Mental Illness
Author: Jews for Jesus

Renouncing the Stigma of Mental Illness “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...

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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...

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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....

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Jewish ‘Green’ Architecture

The world is meant to decay, or perhaps, is destined for it. Even the best and most qualified efforts to sustain our environment must be tempered by the realization that sustainability will not bring permanence.

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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...

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Unlearning Christian anti-Semitism: Orthodox Jew from the Bronx breaks family tradition and goes to Bible School

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...

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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....

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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

Are We in the End Times? 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...

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Immanuel: God With Us

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...

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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...

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What’s a Nice Jewish Boy Like You Doing in the Kitchen?
Author: Clive Berkman

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....

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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...

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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...

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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 =...

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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...

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

Evolution: Fact or Theory? By Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld “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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Answering to a Higher Authority: The Life and Legacy of Harold J. Berman
Author: Matt Sieger

Berman’s main contention is that law is a foundational principle of Western society that derives its moral and religious dimension from God as the first lawgiver.

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The Law and the Tablets
Author: Matt Sieger

The Law and the Tablets How do the interpreters of the law handle the Law these days? A 2009 case before the Supreme Court regarding free speech concerned a group named Summum, which wanted to post its Seven Aphorisms” alongside a Ten Commandments monument in a...

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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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A Transformed Celebration

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

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Is Proselytizing Bad for the Jews?
Author: Ruth Rosen

Is proselytizing (presenting the “good news”) bad for the Jews?The answer goes beyond agreeing on the meaning of words, concern for Jewish survival or coming to conclusions based on the misdeeds of some followers. It really depends on whether it’s true.

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NEGATIVE SPACE: What is Missing in Today’s Judaism
Topics: jewish art, art, mediator
Author: Jews for Jesus

by Iris Adler During the spring of my senior year of high school, my photography teacher invited our art class to a gallery. There were 50 pieces: all different sizes, shapes, colors and textures. Each had a subject and space around that subject. One...

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That’s Hot! Jews For Jesus In Popular Culture
Author: Matt Sieger

Why are there so many references to Jews for Jesus in Pop Culture?

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Mark Greene: a copywriter’s series of extraordinary events
Author: Matt Sieger

The concept of Jews believing in Jesus has penetrated the culture in part because Jews for Jesus and other Messianic Jewish groups have made some very public pronouncements of their belief. Jews for Jesus launched its work in the United Kingdom with a full-page ad in...

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Yartzheit for the Cardinal
Author: Joshua Turnil

Jean-Marie Lustiger walked nervously up to the dais to preside over his first mass. The church was packed and the silence palpable. Just as the young priest was about to speak, someone from the crowd yelled, “Get the Jews out!” Lustiger’s reply broke the stunned...

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ALEXANDRE GLASBERG
Author: Jews for Jesus

Alexandre Glasberg was born to a Jewish family in the Ukraine in 1902. He and his brother, Vila, came to believe in Jesus and emigrated to France in the early 1930s. Alexandre attended seminary and was ordained a priest in 1938. In 1940 he began hiding political...

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MAX JACOB
Author: Jews for Jesus

Max Jacob, an important French poet of the early 20th century, was born to Jewish parents in 1876. Also a painter, he lived in extreme poverty. Jacob met Pablo Picasso in 1901. They shared a studio and later lived three doors from each other in Paris. Jacob had a...

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EDITH STEIN
Author: Jews for Jesus

Edith Stein, the first Jew to be declared a saint by the Catholic Church, was born in Breslau, Germany, on Yom Kippur, 1891. Her father died when she was two and her mother, a devout Jew, raised her and her six siblings. Stein earned a doctorate in philosophy at the...

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EUGENIO ZOLLI
Author: Jews for Jesus

Born Israel Zoller in 1881, he was appointed chief rabbi of Trieste, Italy, in 1918. In the 1930s, he helped German Jews fleeing the Reich. As World War II broke out, he became Rome’s chief rabbi. In September 1943 the Nazis demanded gold for the lives of the Jews of...

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Adding a few more questions to the mix this Passover
Author: Rich Robinson

The number four plays a significant role in Judaism. There are the four species of plants for Sukkot; four kingdoms in the book of Daniel; four Torah portions in the tefillin; four Matriarchs in the book of Genesis. At Passover, we find this number in abundance. In the course of the seder we have four sons, four cups of wine, four expressions of redemption (Exodus 6:6-7) and perhaps the most famous “four” of all—the Ma Nishtana, known in English as the Four Questions…

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A Seder To Remember
Author: Rob Wertheim

I was excited to be on the West Coast and to see my older brother Steve. Dad had been there earlier when Steve found an apartment, and had returned to New York with the good news that my brother had found a place with a nice Jewish landlady who would “keep an eye on...

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Don’t All Good People Go to Heaven?
Author: Matt Sieger

Many people do not believe in a literal heaven so for them, the question “Who goes there?” is moot. The late Dr. Louis Goldberg once told of the time that he went into the store of a Jewish proprietor:

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What Jews Should Know about Evangelical Christians
Author: Jews for Jesus

In this edition of ISSUES, we would like to offer a smorgasbord of material to help Jews who don’t believe in Jesus better understand evangelicals who do. What do evangelicals actually believe and how does it affect their life choices? What are the underpinnings of...

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From an Evangelical Perch
Author: David Neff

American Evangelicals constantly debate among themselves what it means to be an Evangelical. The question has no easy answer. Rabbi Yehiel Poupko courageously treads on disputed territory, and he gets it mostly right. Poupko definitely gets this right: Central to the...

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Have you ever felt mystified by beliefs and actions of evangelical Christians?
Author: Rebekah Harvey

Have you ever felt mystified by beliefs and actions of evangelical Christians? Perhaps you can relate to some of the following questions. The answers are not comprehensive, but we hope they will be helpful. (Compiled by Rebekah Harvey) I am so tired of hearing that I...

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Why I, a German, Love the Jewish People
Author: Irmhild Barend

Love often begins with a discovery. We discover someone to whom we feel deeply drawn and who then inspires our devotion. My love for my Jewish brothers and sisters started with a discovery. Discovery and an empty chair. The conference dining room was filled with the...

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

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

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The Wrong Address?
Author: Jews for Jesus

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

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A look at one of the predictions of the Messiah’s coming in the Hebrew Scriptures
Author: Jews for Jesus

Critics have said that Mary and Joseph arranged to have Jesus born in Bethlehem to fulfill the prophecy, but the historical events of that day refute that.

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The New Testament: Contradictory or Consistent?
Author: Rich Robinson

Some efforts to resolve various difficulties the Bible presents have been simplistic, naive or sometimes even seemingly desperate.

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Marcia, Jesus was a Jew; he came for the Jewish people. He came for you.
Author: Allison S.

Those words were spoken to my mother by my friend’s mother when I was nine years old, and while they made a distinct impression on me, it wasn’t until sixteen years later that I considered them in a personal way. I grew up in an upper middle-class,...

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A Jewish Psychiatrist’s Views on the Meaning of Life
Author: Irving Wiesner

What’s behind two prominent psychiatrists’ opposing viewpoints on humanity’s raison d’etre.

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Science and Faith
Author: Jews for Jesus

What some scientists have discovered… Robert Jastrow (self-proclaimed agnostic): For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as...

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Topics: poetry
Author: Irving Wiesner

     We come into consciousness, we know not from where      And we face eternity, we know not when or how      We come into consciousness, and eventually consciousness ends…      Or does it?      No wonder we are so angry, frightened, confused and depressed...

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My Spiritual Journey
Author: Joel Rosenberg

Until three years ago, I had never in my life been on national television. Nor had I been on radio but for a few small shows. But when my first political thriller, The Last Jihad, was published in November of 2002, suddenly I found myself interviewed on more than 160...

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The Turning Point in World History
Author: Naomi Rothstein

A brief commentary on Klinghoffer’s book Why the Jews Rejected Jesus.

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A Family Affair
Author: Jews for Jesus

A Family Affair The New Testament is fair in pointing out both Jewish rejection and acceptance of Jesus. Some, however, have chosen to emphasize Jesus’ times of tension and conflict with the Jewish community and have therefore concluded that Jesus’...

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Paul: Hero or Heretic?
Author: Jews for Jesus

If there is a villain in Why the Jews Rejected Jesus, it’s not Jesus himself, but Rabbi Shaul, also known as the Apostle Paul. Klinghoffer writes of Paul: He presented himself as an exponent of, and an expert in, [Jewish] faith, but what he really sought to do...

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Is Jesus Who He Said He Was?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Is Jesus Who He Said He Was? Consider...

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Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus
Author: Jews for Jesus

Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus Three Volume Series By Dr. Michael L. Brown Baker Book House Michael L. Brown (Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Literature, New York University) is a Jewish believer in Jesus who has done both believers in Jesus and skeptics a...

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From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home
Author: Steve Wertheim

From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home My name is Steven Peter Wertheim. I was born August 3, 1951 in the Bronx, New York—but our family actually lived in the upper west side of Manhattan, where it seemed like everyone was either Jewish or...

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Janie-sue’s Story

My name is Janie-sue (Arotsky) Wertheim. I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1955. Both of my parents are Jewish. My dad managed the auto parts departments of various dealerships in New Haven and Ansonia. Growing up, I knew more about cars than a lot of boys my...

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Jewish Humor in Not-so-Funny Times
Author: Susan Perlman

A look at the significance of Jewish laughter.

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Jewish Humor… In the Bible?
Topics: jewish humor
Author: Jews for Jesus

  God writes a lot of good comedy, it’s just that he has so many bad actors.” Garrison Keillor The purpose of the Bible is not to entertain, but to instruct and so its subtle humor serves a purpose-to show people what ought to be in comparison to what...

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In Her Own Words
Author: Renee Abend

Renee Abend wrote the following thoughts in 1997: As a child I listened to the prayers and reading from the Torah during a bar mitzvah service and thought it sounded beautiful. But what does it all mean?” I wondered. I always wanted to know more about God, but...

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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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Tough (?) Jews of the Tanakh
Topics: charts, tanakh
Author: Jews for Jesus

Tough (?) Jews of the Tanakh Think there’s no way a Jewish carpenter from Nazareth deserves the title of Messiah? The Hebrew Scriptures are full of people whom we’ve considered heroes for generations, but a closer look reveals that these people may have...

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Bruce Hamovitz: A New Source of Strength
Author: Bruce Hamovitz

I used to visualize the number of ways I could hurt people. As a trained Kung Fu instructor on my way to becoming a master of the martial art, I would often ponder the most effective and efficient ways of defeating my sparring opponents…or anyone who threatened me....

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A Forbidden Peace
Author: Naomi Rothstein

How certain Jews and Arabs have learned to love each other.

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What Is Peace?
Author: Susan Perlman

Everyone is for peace. No one is against it. Yet, how do we assess whether or not peace is possible in our day? Perhaps we can begin by asking ourselves, What is that very elusive quality we call peace?” To terrorists or tyrants, getting peace means eliminating...

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Breaking The Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone’s Asking
Author: Jews for Jesus

Book Title: Breaking The Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone’s Asking Author: Darrell L. Bock Date Published: April 4, 2006 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc Genre: 1. Saints 2. Deals in Books 3. Christianity ISBN: 978-0785280149 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus Of...

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