This month many Jewish people will join in mourning over an especially tragic date. According to Jewish tradition,Tisha b’Av—or the ninth day of the month of Av—is the date of destruction for both the first and second temples in Jerusalem.
What did Jesus have to say about the Temple? Will the Temple be rebuilt? And does it make any difference to you either way?
The nine days leading up to Tisha B’Av are a time of intensive mourning for observant Jews. Tisha B’Av is remembered as the most tragic day in Jewish history. It falls on July16 this year. On this day, the first and second temples in Jerusalem were destroyed (586 BCE and 70 AD)…
Essen Yuliya Hennenberg reports, "Lyudmila is a ‘good Jewish girl’ who believes in God but doesn’t recognize Jesus as Messiah. I visit her occasionally and when she invited me to meet her fiancT, who is also Jewish, I gladly agreed. "Lyudmila described me to her fiancT, Stiven, as being ‘like a rabbi’ to her, which […]
One of our readers posed this question: I have had a slight confusion for some time which was brought to the front burner when I read in the July 15 issue of JFJ Realtime* about Tisha b’Av. I have always” thought there were three temples, although reference is made in your article to two. I […]
On August 14, 2005, the Jewish people will participate in the annual commemoration of a communal tragedy. Tisha B’Av (the Ninth of Av, a Jewish calendar month) memorializes the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 B.C. and 70 A.D. respectively). There are many sites about Tisha B’Av. For example, the Jewish […]
When tragedy strikes, we can be overwhelmed with a flood of tears, regrets, shock, disbelief and more. Tragedy can be personal, as in the death of a loved one, or it can be en masse, as in the genocide of an entire community. On July 27, 2004, the Jewish people will participate in the annual […]
From Odessa, outreach worker Valery Bolotov reports, When I dropped in to visit Boris, his son Yaroslav answered the door and told me that his parents had moved to Germany. We talked briefly and as I told him the gospel, I sensed God’s Spirit was touching his heart. I invited Boris to pray to receive […]
On Tisha B’Av my fathers sat by gravesides and memorial, intent on grief, on a Polish mound under iron skies to stalk their prey. Overtaken, its bitter yield, salted by tears for their sins and Zion’s pain, strengthened them for exile’s task and nourished hope. They looked up from their graveside, and far in the […]
These days are observed only by traditional Orthodox Jews. Some non-Orthodox Jews tend to recognize them as important in Jewish tradition but do not encourage traditional observance. Sheva Asar be-Tammuz Meaning of Name: The 17th of Tammuz English Name: The Fast of Tammuz Calendar Month: June/July Jewish Calendar Date: Originally the 9th of Tammuz to […]
Recently I participated in a conference sponsored by Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding (EMEU). The purpose of the conference was to bring Middle Eastern Christians to the attention of the Church in the Western world. Originally, EMEU had forgotten that the Church in the Middle East includes Jews who love Jesus. Therefore, I was invited […]
How can you say you’re still a Jew?” I imagine that question is asked of many Jewish Christians. It was my sister who posed it to me. I believe that this question arises from the difficulty that most Jews have in reconciling the image of an infinite, all-powerful God with that of the man Jesus. […]