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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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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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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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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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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Stan Meyer’s Story
August 18, 2017
Author: Stan Meyer

Stan Meyer's Story Should I admit to my Orthodox Jewish friends that I was a secret believer in Jesus? Perhaps I hoped they would challenge my belief. After all, life would be simpler if I did not believe in Jesus. But my experience with Orthodox Judaism pointed me...

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How a 30-Year Search for Truth Brought Deb to Jesus
August 1, 2017
Author: Deb Dubin

As a native New Yorker from Long Island, our Jewish identity and culture were a big part of family life. I went to synagogue, attended Hebrew school, and celebrated the Jewish holidays. Around the age of seven, my best friend Chris (a Gentile) invited me to church...

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How Dan Sered, an Israeli, Found Love and Messiah at the Same Time
July 10, 2017
Author: Dan Sered

How Dan Sered, an Israeli, Found Love and Messiah at the Same Time I was born in Israel on the holiest of Jewish festivals, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. I believe God has had His hand on me ever since, to show His grace and wonderful mercy. I grew up in a secular...

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Why Melissa chose to believe in Jesus for herself, and not for her parents
June 1, 2017

Melissa Weinisch was born to Messianic parents. Melissa accepted Jesus as the Messiah at age five for herself and not just for her parents. This article and video share Melissa’s journey of not just being a believer in Jesus but rather being pursuer of God, seeking Him with all of her body, soul, and spirit.

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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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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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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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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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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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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
November 8, 2013
Author: Lynn McCoy

OK, I’m just going to say it. I love Christmas. I don’t have a problem, as a Jew, proclaiming that. I admit I have a Christmas tree, I love singing Christmas carols, and if you come to my house in December, you will hear Handel’s...

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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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Jews in Pakistan?!
January 1, 2005
Author: Karl deSouza

Jews in Pakistan?! There are Jews in Pakistan?!?” is the common reaction I get when I tell people I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. My father, a Catholic, was of Goan origin (Goa is a western province of India), and my mother comes from the Bene-Israel Jewish...

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Rich Robinson: Coming In Through the Back Door
Author: Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson: Coming In Through the Back Door Like many Jewish people, I was raised in a home where Jewishness was more cultural than religious. Our family celebrated Passover and Hanukkah at our home in Brooklyn, we went to the Temple on the High Holy Days, and...

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Hineni: Here Am I, God, But Where Are You?
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

A despairing Jewish drug counselor finds hope in an unlikely place.

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Not For Us
Author: Ellen Zaretsky

If I had remained in the city of my birth (Buffalo, New York) my neighbors, my friends and my surroundings would have been Jewish. But when I was six, my family moved South (of Buffalo, anyway) to a town called East Aurora, where the Jewish population numbered six: my...

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The ONLY way to know if Jesus is the Messiah
Author: Stephen Katz

The ONLY way to know if Jesus is the Messiah Rhetoric was a required course at the University of Illinois at Urbana and I was not a happy camper. As a Jewish kid from Chicago who considered Bob Dylan my idol, I found it difficult to reconcile being a no-name college...

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Why Are You So Angry?
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

My father was a first generation North American. He grew up in Canada in a home heavily accented with the culture and customs of Eastern Europe, and a Jewry which was quickly shedding the religious orthodoxy of the Old World. He certainly didn’t believe in...

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Through Their Eyes

When I think about my family tree, my thoughts turn first to my grandmother. I was a little girl when she died, so most of what I know about her is from stories my mother told me. Bubbe was a small woman; her heavy, rimless glasses all but covered her face. Whenever I...

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

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

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My Name Change

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

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I Needed a Better Explanation

As I grew up, every Friday night my family would gather about the table. Mother lit the Sabbath candles. It was a special tradition, not for religious reasons, but because it was time we spent together. My brother and I learned of the holidays and traditions through...

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One Coincidence Too Many
Author: Matt Sieger

It was January 1976 and I was sitting in the university clinic waiting for a doctor. Woozy from a bout of mononucleosis, I had just wobbled in from the arctic gusts and glacial snowdrifts of an upstate New York winter, and had taken my seat among the other coughing,...

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Facts Are Facts
Author: Jeff Fritz

I am by profession an electrical engineer. I was trained to rely on scientific data. I learned that facts were facts, theories were theories and all else was either unknown or hocus-pocus. There was not much room for the unexplained or the miraculous—only analytical...

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Ner Tamid

The memories of one’s childhood combine to form a picture either sweeter or perhaps more bitter than what is warranted by the real experience. Yet, except for time-worn photographs, a parent’s dusty recollections, or maybe more luckily, a diary that was...

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Son of Commandment
Author: Bob Mendelsohn

I remember being nervous. My mouth felt dry, and the palms of my hands were sticky with sweat. I had just completed a whole year of intensive training to prepare me for just these next few hours. Would I remember my speech, the only part I was to present in English?...

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The Chain
Author: Zhava Glaser

Seventeen pairs of eyes looked to me to teach them the Hebrew language as I continued the chain of tradition. I grew up in Argentina, but I felt that I was a member of a worldwide Jewish community. Yet I had a particular perspective of what it meant to be Jewish. I...

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A Dream Shared
Author: Susan Perlman

I realized I couldn’t turn my back on all the injustices around me.” “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon him.” “I have a dream…”...

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Not Even A Minyon
Author: Ellen Zaretsky

When I was six years old, my world changed. If I had remained in the city of my birth, Buffalo, New York, my neighbors, my friends, my surroundings, my culture, most associations would have been Jewish in the way that my parents’ and their parents’...

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The Parable of the Three Rings
Author: Jews for Jesus

When I was a child growing up in New York City, some of my playmates in the neighborhood were of different religious backgrounds. Some were Protestant; some were Catholic. I wasn’t quite sure what the differences between the religions were. My friends seemed to be interested in the same sports I was, went to the same schools I did, and had the same difficulties in their studies. But, when the holidays arrived, each of us celebrated different ones. So, I approached my father and asked him what the difference was between what we believed and what my friends believed. He began to tell me the story of the three rings.

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How Big Is Your God?
Author: Ceil Rosen

From the time I was old enough to understand anything, I believed in God. He was a big omniscient Jewish Grandfather in the sky who could fix everything and make it right if He chose. I knew He was there because I often heard my mother talking to Him in Yiddish. If...

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Would God Forgive?
Author: Amy Rabinovitz

It was Yom Kippur. I was twelve, and I was fasting for the first time. I woke up early that morning, feeling especially holy and begging my parents to hurry and get dressed. I wanted to be in synagogue to spend the day praying and fasting like other Jews. We sat side...

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