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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Moishe’s Musings on Pentecost: Go Power
April 26, 2013
Author: Moishe Rosen

  The following is excerpted from an archived reflection by Moishe Rosen. You can read the full article here. “[Today’s] church tends to regard its congregations and religious gatherings the way the ancient Hebrews regarded the Temple at Jerusalem—as...

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Fear Versus Concern
September 9, 2011
Topics: satan, fear
Author: Moishe Rosen

*Thanks to our readers who’ve requested that we continue to publish articles by Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen. The following was originally printed in our Newsletter in 1986, fifteen years before the 911 attacks. Ten years after those attacks, these words...

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Moishe’s Musings on Faithfulness
August 3, 2011
Author: Moishe Rosen

(Excerpted from some of his leadership lessons) Being faithful is taking a direction towards a destiny; it is trotting a path directed towards God’s will and God’s ways. Cynicism is the enemy of Faith and Faithfulness. It’s not enough to have the...

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Moishe’s Musings
July 1, 2011
Author: Moishe Rosen

The Fourth of July is always a great time to meet crowds of people with tracts about real freedom and dependence on God. It can also be a time to ponder issues like ‘rebellion versus revolution’ and to consider such things as conflict for Christ’s sake....

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Moishe’s Musings
March 6, 2011
Author: Moishe Rosen

The following are just a couple of extracts from some of Moishe’s leadership lessons. They are part of a collection that will probably appear as an index in the above mentioned biography. Competition If I’ve had any success in life, it’s that...

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On Thanks Giving
November 22, 2010
Author: Moishe Rosen

On Thanks Giving If you think that Thanksgiving is about turkeys and pumpkin pie… …you are about as smart as a turkey and as bright as a six week old jack-o-lantern without a candle. Sorry to insult you, but I thought maybe, perhaps, I could just shake you...

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“Goodbye Already”*
July 1, 2010
Author: Moishe Rosen

  In loving memory of Moishe Rosen, born April 12, 1932, and received into the eternal presence of his Lord, May 19, 2010. Yes, God does miracles, but I have no reason to expect that He’ll do a miracle in my case. I was talking to a friend who heard that my own days...

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Moishe’s Musings: The Missing Ingredient
March 1, 2010
Author: Moishe Rosen

The elements of what makes a thing to be what it is can’t be compromised.  Bread without yeast becomes matzoh.  Oceans without water become very long, very dry valleys of sand.  Marriages without love become a version of Hell. A church with a missing ingredient...

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Moishe’s Musings on Labels
February 1, 2010
Author: Moishe Rosen

I must be obsolete, because I like labels. After I became a Christian, through my early associations and through study, I decided that what I believed put me in the Baptist category. I’ve also belonged to churches that were known as Community Church,...

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Moishe is continuing to muse on the quality of “Christ-likeness”…
January 1, 2010
Author: Moishe Rosen

 “Oh, to be like Him,” those of my generation sing in the hymn, and our most earnest prayer is that we find within ourselves that quality of Christ-likeness. But I ask myself, how often do we wonder what it is that makes a person to be like Christ? When we think of...

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Moishe’s Musings on Christlikeness
December 1, 2009
Author: Moishe Rosen

Did you ever think you knew something … but when you thought about it more, you had to wonder? What about being Christlike? I’ve prayed that the Lord would help me to be Christlike. I’ve admonished people to be Christlike. Yet, I never asked myself,...

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Moishe’s Musings on Eccentricity Versus Convention
September 1, 2009
Author: Moishe Rosen

For years, people have tried to tame me, and I’ve resisted.  I’m an unashamed eccentric.  I prize this reputation of being eccentric! Conventional behavior might provide some lubricant between persons and peoples, but sometimes that lubricant can reduce...

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Moishe’s Musings: Childlike versus Childish
August 1, 2009
Author: Moishe Rosen

I hope it’s alright to say: I like myself.” At least I like some things about me. I like that I enjoy being around people who are having fun, even if they’re doing something I can’t do. I like it that I feel especially good when I tell a good...

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Moishe’s Musings on Nuclear Christianity
June 1, 2009
Author: Moishe Rosen

The first time that I heard the term Evangelism  Explosion,” I was confused. It seemed to me that  explosions cause destruction. Then, I pictured another  kind of explosion: that which takes place in the motor  block of a diesel engine or a gasoline motor. The...

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Moishe’s Musings
April 1, 2009
Author: Moishe Rosen

There’s an old saying I just made up: When you try to kill two birds with one stone, you might just make them both angry and drive them to flight.” Some people do try to “kill two birds with one stone.” They plan visits to out-of-town relatives...

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Moishe’s Musings: on Empathy
Author: Moishe Rosen

Empathy [from the Greek empatheia, affection, passion, from en-, in, and pathos, feeling.] I received a phone call from Dr. Earl Radmacher, former president of Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, telling me that the February More than a Musing” about loving...

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Moishe’s Musings on Relating to People
March 1, 2009
Author: Moishe Rosen

Try to give others more than you receive from them. Be suspicious of flatterers. Smile at people as much as you can, but never allow yourself to be disarmed by someone else’s smile, or salubrious words. Always help people appreciate their proper relational...

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More than a musing from Moishe
February 1, 2009
Author: Moishe Rosen

Ed note: When I asked Moishe to write a musing for the February newsletter, he was not sure he felt well enough to write much . . . but once he got started it wasn’t long before we had twice the usual column. I didn’t want to leave anything out so . . ....

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Moishe’s Musings
July 28, 2008
Author: Moishe Rosen

In times past, we have sometimes offered advice on witnessing by publishing a “What do I say when they say?” column. We’ve also invited our readers to submit their questions in that form. As Moishe has mused over one reader’s questions, he revised the format slightly...

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When Your Friends Function As Enemies
June 26, 2008
Author: Moishe Rosen

This month, the Festival of Pentecost will slip past most Jews and Christians unnoticed; yet it is one of the three most important Festivals in the Old Testament and it marks a pivotal point in the history of Christianity.

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MOISHE’S MUSINGS
February 1, 2008
Author: Moishe Rosen

I enjoy a nicely phrased admonition, and one that I like is, “Practice random acts of kindness.” Perhaps this came from Anne Herbert who said, “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” Nevertheless the practical streak in me says, “Practice constant...

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MOISHE’S MUSINGS
January 1, 2008
Author: Moishe Rosen

A Capsule Lesson on Witnessing 1 Peter 3:15 provides an ideal pattern for witnessing: “. . . sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” Sanctify...

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Moishe’s Musings
December 1, 2007
Topics: poetry
Author: Moishe Rosen

I must have been four years old; certainly under five. It was the month of December. We listened to the radio in our home, and I heard the songs about a jolly old man. I saw pictures of him too, in the day-old newspaper we got from the neighbors. And I knew his name....

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Moishe’s Musings
November 1, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

If Calvary was an isolated event, it would be an episode of horror in the history of humanity; a shocker and an ignoble end to a noble man. But of course, Calvary is not an isolated event, and it’s certainly not the end, for Christ is risen indeed. Calvary is a...

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Moishe’s Musings
October 3, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

Opening the Door to Communication Adapted from one of Moishe’s training lectures. Maybe you can adapt it for your own use . . . How do we open communication on a first-time visit? Salute the other person. The word “salutation” is related to “salubrious,” which means...

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Moishe’s Musings
September 1, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

In heaven there will be little, if any, preaching. We won’t need admonitions or reproof because we’ll all know the Lord and how to please Him. On the other hand, if I understand the book of Revelation correctly, there will be a lot of singing and praise. I think...

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Difficult Professions
August 1, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

When I think about difficult professions, I think about mining. I can’t imagine harder work that an ordinary person could do than mining: going down into the inhospitable Earth; digging deeper and deeper; moving mud and muck; working through stone under hot conditions...

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Moishe’s Musings
May 1, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

Moishe Rosen continues to do a great deal of musing and we will continue to share with you some of his current thoughts. However, some of his best musings appear in a book titled Witnessing to Jews that he co-authored with his wife, Ceil. Since David Brickner has just...

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Moishe’s Musings
March 30, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

The following statements and questions are fairly common, especially at this time of year: “At an ecumenical luncheon, the rabbi of a local synagogue condemned Jews for Jesus for ‘misusing Jewish religious symbols.’ He claimed that your organization uses Jewish...

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Moishe’s Musings
February 1, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

In Galatians 3:28, we find, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” If you look at this in context, the issue was that the Galatians had been told that they should start...

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Moishe’s Musings: Friends for Life, or Friends for LIFE?
December 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

Some people hesitate to witness because they are afraid they will lose friends. Maybe they don’t know that witnessing is not an attempt to press someone into belief, but rather to announce something that applies to everybody and anybody. When we say, All have...

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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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Israel and the Church – A Replacement?
October 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

Every serious Christian needs to ask, “Who and what is Israel? What should it mean to me?”

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Moishe’s Musings: The Courtesy Quagmire
Author: Moishe Rosen

Politeness is not always such a good thing. Sometimes, courtesy can be confusing. I recall inviting a British friend to my home. We were having a meal together, and were down to the last piece of the main course. He said to me, “Would you like to have that?” pointing...

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Moishe’s Musings: The Missing Ingredient to Successful Evangelism
June 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

After Yeshua rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples over a period of forty days to encourage and instruct them. On one occasion, He told them they must wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the promised Holy Spirit who would then empower them to go out and...

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Moishe Rosen’s Story
May 2, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

Moishe Rosen’s Story I wasn’t looking for Jesus or God or anything ontological. I kept my nose to the grindstone. My goal in life was nothing big: I wanted to earn a good living and be able to afford a middle-class lifestyle. But even if I wasn’t...

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Moishe’s Musings
May 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

I have heard many people’s testimonies over the years, some very dramatic. I remember accounts of people who were drug addicts, unable to work, stealing from relatives, and worse things than I care to write about here. These people came to Christ; they cleaned...

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Moishe’s Musings: The Missing Ingredient
April 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

The elements that make a thing to be what it is can’t be compromised. Bread without yeast becomes matzoh. Oceans without water become very long, very dry valleys of sand. Marriages without love become a version of Hell. A church with a missing ingredient becomes...

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Moishe’s Musings
March 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

The question was common enough—Christians often ask us: What is the best way to witness to a Jewish person?” In this case, the lady who asked me was well dressed, down to hat and gloves, which seemed very proper for the Sunday morning church service. I was the...

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Christmas Is a Jewish Holiday (or at least it should be)
December 14, 2005
Topics: christmas
Author: Moishe Rosen

Christmas Is a Jewish Holiday (or at least it should be) If Christmas isn’t exactly a Jewish holiday — then it ought to be Jews should be able to join in with others in celebrating the birth of the greatest Jew that ever lived maybe some of us Jews...

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Moishe’s Musings
December 1, 2005
Author: Moishe Rosen

On Paltalk,” I frequently open a chat-room titled “Jews for Jesus.” I do this under the category of Christianity so that no one will think that we’re flying under false colors. After all, we are Christians. But from time to time, I go to other...

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Moishe’s Musings (Two for the Price of One)
September 1, 2005
Author: Moishe Rosen

A friend wanted help answering her son, who says that Jesus died for everyone, so all will be saved whether or not they receive Him in this life. He points out that some people have never heard about Jesus and asks, Are they going to hell because they didn’t...

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Myths That Can Keep You from Witnessing
August 1, 2005
Author: Moishe Rosen

You love the Lord. You know from Scripture that God wants you to tell everyone you can about salvation in Jesus, and that includes Jewish people. Yet you approach witnessing with at least some degree of fear and doubtfulness. You feel vulnerable and somewhat...

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Moishe’s Musings
May 1, 2005
Author: Moishe Rosen

Question: What is the right thing to do when you want to witness to someone with whom you have a professional relationship, like a doctor, or a teacher, or even a boss at work? Answer: Society says one thing, but the Holy Spirit says something else. Society says that...

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Moishe’s Musings
February 1, 2005
Author: Moishe Rosen

When I first became a believer in Jesus, I was taught that the way to witness to Jewish people was to cite the many messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. Even though I personally had not been influenced by those prophecies, I accepted the wisdom of those who...

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Moishe’s Musings
January 1, 2005
Author: Moishe Rosen

Ispend a lot of time reading and answering posted messages about Jews believing in Jesus on [e-mail] bulletin boards. If nothing else, these bulletin boards show how many Jewish people think. For example, one woman stated, as part of a long chain of discussion, I am...

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A Personal Glimpse at Our Early History
Author: Moishe Rosen

Throughout the ages, there have always been some Jews who have believed in Jesus. Most people know Jews for Jesus were a reality in apostolic times and that the Christian era began with converted Jews” preaching the gospel to Gentiles. But, in a sense, they were...

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A Message from Moishe on Knowing How Best to Serve God
September 1, 2004
Author: Moishe Rosen

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 I want to commend David Brickner for the job that he is doing as Executive Director. He has the courage to reach...

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A Message from Moishe: Suggestions on Praying for Loved Ones
April 1, 2004
Author: Moishe Rosen

If I sent out prayer advisories, the following would be an urgent one regarding the members of your family. Yes, your family. I know that I’m a religious fanatic because if we are just meeting, I’ll ask you: Are all of your family members saved?” I...

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How Can Someone Be Jewish and Christian?
March 1, 2004
Author: Moishe Rosen

  Do you feel uncomfortable with the idea that Jews can be Christians? I think this unease stems from many things, but perhaps most of all, as Jews we learn that we must always remain Jews. Then we are indoctrinated that being Jewish and believing in Jesus are...

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In Praise of Small Churches
February 1, 2004
Author: Moishe Rosen

Lately I have been wondering about the relationship between the size of a church and how effective that church is. Of course that depends on many things, but my opportunities to minister in some 4,000 different churches since 1956 have helped me gain a somewhat...

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A Message from Moishe – New Year’s Resolutions?
January 1, 2004
Author: Moishe Rosen

If New Year’s Day is the only time that we make resolutions, we’re bound to fail by January 3. No, the kind of resolve we need in order to serve God and be His person has to be made daily, and sometimes, moment by moment. We must continually decide if we...

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Letter from Moishe Rosen
December 1, 2003
Author: Moishe Rosen

Dear friends and fellow laborers with Jews for Jesus: It hardly seems possible that we are approaching our thirtieth year anniversary as an organization. But then Jews for Jesus has been more than an organization to some of us. I wanted to take a moment and share some...

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A Message from Moishe on the Occasion of Jews for Jesus 30th Year Anniversary
September 1, 2003
Author: Moishe Rosen

The following is an open letter that our founder wrote to all those who have at one time been part of the Jews for Jesus ministry. It also appears on our web site. Dear friends and fellow laborers with Jews for Jesus: It hardly seems possible that we are celebrating...

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A Message from Moishe on Pseudo-Spiritual Ophthalmology
June 1, 2003
Author: Moishe Rosen

In an attempt to be holy, some seek a degree in Spiritual Ophthalmology—and the tuition is cheapest at the Splinter Picker College. Graduates of this college feel they are righteous as long as they can help humanity by picking splinters out of other people’s...

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Lessons from Leaven: A Message from Moishe
April 1, 2003
Author: Moishe Rosen

God uses everyday items, the familiar and mundane, to teach many truths. Throughout the Old Testament we see how He gave the Hebrews symbols and metaphors to make something small mean much. For example, leaven or hometz was forbidden from most sacrifices, and it was...

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Question Authority
Author: Moishe Rosen

In the ’70s many of us were inspired, instructed and even informed by bumper stickers. Some people used their bumpers to speak out, others to talk back. One Christian group had a bumper sticker that proclaimed, We found it,” to which a group of Jewish...

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Isn’t It Sad
October 1, 2002
Author: Moishe Rosen

There is a fine line between tact and timidity. In dealing with unbelievers, there are always those who say, We should not evangelize at this time; we should just show Christian love.” This is a phony dilemma based on the false assumption that the motives for,...

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Happy New Year in September?
September 1, 2002
Author: Moishe Rosen

Happy New Year on September 7? Not for most of you! But for religious Jews, it’s the first day of the seventh Hebrew month, Tishri, which according to the rabbis, marks the beginning of the 5,763rd year since the Creation. In the Bible (Leviticus 23:24,25), the...

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Moishe’s Musings: How We Got Our Name
May 1, 2002
Author: Moishe Rosen

Jews for Jesus” started out as an experiment in communications. I was a missionary with the American Board of Missions to the Jews in New York when a zealous new believer took out an ad in the Village Voice. The ad said, “We are a group of Jews for Jesus...

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Moishe’s Musings
January 1, 2002
Author: Moishe Rosen

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 Another calendar exhausted, a year passed, a month gone, and today’s opportunities become yesterday’s “should haves.” We promised ourselves we would do this...

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Satisfactions from Afar
November 1, 2001
Author: Moishe Rosen

I can’t imagine any type of worker ever gaining the kind of satisfaction that comes to us in ministry. It is not just that we get to bring a life-giving message that matters for all eternity, but now and then we hear about the continuing impact. When one sows...

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The Universe is Broken… Who on Earth Can Fix It?
Author: Moishe Rosen

If the creation story is true, then should God and the Bible hold power in our lives?

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How God Met a Need
August 1, 2001
Author: Moishe Rosen

It was the summer of 1982. I had become concerned over the fact that the name of Jesus was kept out of public view. If people heard the name of Jesus at all it was likely to be a swear word. Somehow, it was all right to talk about God, but it was politically incorrect...

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A Message From Moishe: Hell has Nothing to Do With Our Preferences
June 1, 2001
Author: Moishe Rosen

Before there was a Jews for Jesus ministry I worked for another mission. One of my tasks was to arrange church meetings for that mission’s speakers. Speaking to God’s people is always best done through the church and in a church setting. We hoped that as...

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Resurrection Reflections
April 1, 2001
Author: Moishe Rosen

If you want to worship a dead Jew, that’s up to you. The man’s glib remark passed without malice, indeed, without thought. I couldn’t blame him—a reasonable, Jewish man—because he didn’t know what I know: it’s true that Jesus is a Jew,...

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Moishe’s Musings on Lifestyle Evangelism
November 1, 2000
Author: Moishe Rosen

Far be it from me to disparage any kind of evangelism. But I have noticed that in some circles, lifestyle” or “friendship evangelism” has become a euphemism for, “Be nice and don’t mention Jesus until they ask.” Now don’t get...

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The Name of Jesus
September 1, 2000
Author: Moishe Rosen

You know, we could have found a less controversial name for our mission than Jews for Jesus.” But lifting up the name of Jesus is really what we are all about. And finding kindred spirits who feel the same way is so encouraging that I wanted to pass this along...

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What Do You Say When…
August 1, 2000
Author: Moishe Rosen

My Jewish friend asked me why the issue of sacrifice is such a big deal to Christians since it is not a big deal to Jews. Then she quoted Psalm 51:16,17: ‘For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The...

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A Message from Moishe on Prayer
July 1, 2000
Author: Moishe Rosen

Ilearned to protect my intimacy with God early on in my Christian life. It is not that I hoard my relationship with God for fear that another person will become His favorite. It is just that somehow the very intimate aspects of a relationship seem to me to become...

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A Message from Moishe on Personal Barriers to the Gospel
May 1, 2000
Author: Moishe Rosen

At the invitation of a Christian wife, I went to visit her Jewish husband at their home. We had a delightful meal and as soon as we finished (before I could say anything), he started telling me why it was impossible for him to believe in Jesus and raised the usual...

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Moishe’s Musings
February 1, 2000
Author: Moishe Rosen

I believe the most important thing for each blood-bought child of God is the issue of obedience. I became an evangelist-missionary because God called me into His service. I felt like I was drafted into God’s Army and I wasn’t going to be a draft dodger. I...

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A Parable
January 1, 2000
Author: Moishe Rosen

Some people were concerned that not enough folks were responding to the message of Christ and so they decided to form a committee. The committee then called in the experts, the consultants, the authors and all sorts of people who knew how to be successful. Everyone...

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Jewish Spirituality and the Holy Spirit
Author: Moishe Rosen

A look at the Jewish yearning for spirituality questions whether increased spiritual practices will provide a real connection with God.

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What Do You Say When They Say…
October 1, 1999
Author: Moishe Rosen

I can’t consider Jesus because the prophecies that you say describe Him are all talking about someone or something other than the Messiah. Isaiah 53 (actually 52:13-53:17) refers to Israel. The word you point to in Isaiah 7:14 is technically not...

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Message from Moishe
September 1, 1999
Author: Moishe Rosen

A dear friend who had been an overseas missionary sent me a personal prayer request. He wanted prayer for boldness—to witness to the people at his new job. Of course, I’m happy to pray for him, but if you are like my friend and you want boldness, let me tell you...

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What to Say When They Say…
August 1, 1999
Author: Moishe Rosen

My rabbi told me: ‘Christians take messianic prophecies out of context to try to persuade Jews that Jesus is the Messiah.’ He says that if you take passages out of context you can prove anything you want, and that if you don’t know the original...

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What to Say When They Say…
July 1, 1999
Author: Moishe Rosen

After all my parents have done for me, how could I allow myself to believe something that would hurt them so much? They would be devastated if I believed in Jesus.” One of the Ten Commandments is to honor your father and your mother and, throughout the Bible, we...

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Moishe Rosen Suggests Have Your Own Personal Witnessing Campaign!
June 1, 1999
Author: Moishe Rosen

Hey, if you don’t know any Jewish people, you can look in the phone book for surnames that are always Jewish: Cohen, Katz, Levy, Rosen (and anything that begins with Rosen, like Rosenberg, Rosenbloom or Rosenfeld). Decide how many people you want to call each...

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Excellence Is Better Than Success
April 1, 1999
Author: Moishe Rosen

In recent months, we have been looking at our list of Jews for Jesus Core Values, examining them one by one. These values are fundamental to the identity, actions and commitments of our ministry. This month’s core value is: striving for excellence in all that we...

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Jewish Evangelism Then and Now part 6
March 1, 1999
Author: Moishe Rosen

Part six in a series, condensed from a paper presented to the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism OUTDOOR GOSPEL MEETINGS At the turn of the century, the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago used to hitch up a gospel wagon and bring it down to Maxwell Street, a...

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Jewish Evangelism Then and Now part 5
February 1, 1999
Author: Moishe Rosen

Part five in a series, condensed from a paper presented to the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism Children’s Work Every large mission had a children’s work, and the philosophy that if you provided something good for the children, mothers and...

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Jewish Evangelism Then and Now part 4
November 1, 1998
Author: Moishe Rosen

Part four in a series, condensed from a paper presented to the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism By the end of World War II, there was no longer a need for the large institutional missions that provided relief and aid to the poor on a regular basis. That need...

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Jewish Evangelism Then and Now part 3
October 1, 1998
Author: Moishe Rosen

Part three in a series, condensed from a paper presented to the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism The methodologies used by the previous generation of Jewish mission agencies varied greatly. For example, in Denver, Colorado, there was an organization known as...

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Myths That Can Keep You from Witnessing
May 1, 1998
Author: Moishe Rosen

You love the Lord. You know from Scripture that God wants you to tell everyone you can about salvation in Jesus, and that includes Jewish people. Yet you approach witnessing with at least some degree of fear and uncertainty. You feel vulnerable and somewhat uncertain....

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A Message from Moishe: We Had Nothing… to Lose
March 1, 1998
Author: Moishe Rosen

Some of the success of Jews for Jesus in the early days was because of our willingness to take risks. Most were single, a few were married but with no children. None had much by way of personal possessions, at least nothing worth stealing. Because we were determined...

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A Message from Moishe: What to Expect When Sowing Gospel Seed
January 1, 1998
Author: Moishe Rosen

You would not think much of a person who decides to become a farmer, buys acres upon acres of land and then goes down to the store to ask for just a few seeds. The seed merchant asks why he is buying so little in view of the vast fields he has. Well,” says the...

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A Message from Moishe: God Wants us to Rejoice But…
December 1, 1997
Topics: hanukkah
Author: Moishe Rosen

God wants us to rejoice every day, but often we find ourselves rejoicing more when we celebrate particular holidays or life events. While there is nothing wrong with using particular occasions as a time to rejoice, I think we need to be careful how we celebrate. Too...

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Thanksgiving Is an Event
November 1, 1997
Topics: thanksgiving
Author: David Brickner

Thanksgiving Is an Event THANKSGIVING should be a special event, but for many it is reduced to a ho-hum, hum-drum knot in a string of otherwise endless days. For those people, Thanksgiving merely means ingesting and digesting another traditional turkey before watching...

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A Challenge: To Let Yourself Grow
Topics: sukkot, peace
Author: Moishe Rosen

Dear Friends, In Bible times, those who wanted the higher view, the deeper understanding, the straighter walk with God and the energy to enjoy it followed a spiritual exercise—SACRIFICE! We no longer need those animal sacrifices because Jesus has atoned for sin. All...

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Abandoned: What is God’s Will for the Jewish People and the Church?
September 1, 1997
Author: Moishe Rosen

Book Title: Abandoned: What is God’s Will for the Jewish People and the Church? Author: Stan Telchin (Author), Arthur Glasser (Foreword) Date Published: March 1, 1997 Publisher: Chosen Books Genre: 1. Church Institutions & Organizations 2. Evangelism 3. Judaism...

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A Prophet Like Unto Moses
Author: Moishe Rosen

When we see Yeshua in heaven, certainly Moshe Rabeynu will be there too, because he was the one who knew and foretold his coming and trusted in him.

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Still on the Cutting Edge
June 1, 1997
Author: Moishe Rosen

In May, 1996, I stepped down from being executive director of Jews for Jesus. Since then, several people have written to me for assurance. They wanted to know that Jews for Jesus would go on in the same bold directions we have always taken, and that creative...

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Moishe’s Musings
May 1, 1997
Author: Moishe Rosen

When I preach in churches, I seldom preach about Jews for Jesus. I’m there to proclaim Christ, even to those who already know Him. It’s a joy to be able to show how wonderful, how adequate, how all together exalted is our Lord. Maybe you can tell, I like...

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A Word From Moishe
April 1, 1997
Author: Moishe Rosen

Please don’t leave but… We hope you’ll wait with us until the Lord comes and we can all go home together. But in case you do find it necessary to leave this planet before He comes, we’ll understand and be reunited in His presence. Some of you have...

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Judaism Teaches that … or Does It?
Author: Moishe Rosen

The teachings of Judaism contain a variety of viewpoints and cannot be looked upon as a monolithic explanation of what Jews believe.

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Sayings of Chairman Moishe: a Message to Jews for Jesus Supporters
December 1, 1996
Author: Moishe Rosen

I’ve repeated over and again to our missionary staff what I believe to be an axiomatic truth from which Jews for Jesus should take our directions. The axiom is: It’s much easier to raise support than to be worthy of it. This has a far broader meaning than...

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Moishe’s Musings on Leadership
Author: Moishe Rosen

As you read this, Jews for Jesus is in transition. In May, David Brickner was elected the new Executive Director of Jews for Jesus! David decided to remain in New York until after the Summer Witnessing Campaign since he was slated to lead the Campaign before he was...

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We’re Glad You Asked
June 1, 1996
Author: Moishe Rosen

Question: I have a Jewish friend at work. When I told her what the Lord and the church meant to me, she indicated an interest in hearing more. I told her how I came to Jesus and how God had answered prayer in my life, and she still seemed very interested. The next...

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We’re Glad You Asked: Why Emphasize Witnessing to Jews?
May 1, 1996
Author: Moishe Rosen

Question: I’ve seen letters to the editor in newspapers where rabbis seem very upset that Jews for Jesus targets Jews.” I know that you believe what other evangelical Christians believe. Why the emphasis on witnessing to Jews? Is there really a need to...

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We’re Glad You Asked
Author: Moishe Rosen

Question: I’ve seen letters to the editor in newspapers where rabbis seem very upset that Jews for Jesus targets Jews.” I know that you believe what other evangelical Christians believe. Why the emphasis on witnessing to Jews? Is there really a need to...

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Resurrection Reflections
April 1, 1996
Author: Moishe Rosen

If you want to worship a dead Jew, that’s up to you.” The man had prefaced his remark by saying that he respected what I believed, and I’m sure he thought he did. His glib remark seemed to pass through his lips without malice, indeed, without...

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Did Jesus Prey on the Vulnerable?
March 1, 1996
Author: Moishe Rosen

Perhaps you have noticed that those who stand against the gospel often appear very concerned for the welfare of others. Some who oppose evangelizing Jews say that missionaries like Jews for Jesus prey” on the weak and vulnerable. They present themselves as...

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What Do You Say When…
February 1, 1996
Author: Moishe Rosen

What do you say when someone tells you, I’d like to believe in Jesus, but I’m too old to change.” I begin by asking, “Do you really mean that? Do you really want to believe?” (Some people will say they would like to believe because they...

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God Appreciates Us
November 1, 1995
Author: Moishe Rosen

When I say God appreciates us, I mean something more than just the common usage of the term. For example, I might say that I appreciate the extra cup of coffee in a restaurant or my wife’s patience with me when I’m late for dinner, and often I write to...

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Please Note…
Author: Moishe Rosen

Jews for Jesus is accredited by several outstanding organizations: the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism, World Evangelical Fellowship and many others. Perhaps the one that requires us to be most...

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Love Your Church
September 1, 1995
Author: Moishe Rosen

I love my church! I find it sad when I meet other Christians who do not seem to love theirs. Maybe they don’t know they are supposed to love their churches. Some treat the local church as a garment to try on for fit or discard according to changing styles....

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Come Aside and Rest a While
August 1, 1995
Author: Moishe Rosen

In my early days as a Christian, we often sang a hymn at church called Work, for the Night Is Coming.” It was based on the passage where Yeshua (Jesus) told His disciples, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when...

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The Fear of the Lord
June 1, 1995
Topics: fear
Author: Moishe Rosen

Generally fear is not considered a virtue. Fear leads us to avoid what we ought to face, hide from what we ought to confront and deny what we need to affirm. We often link fear with cowardice, timidity and weakness. Yet one kind of fear is a strength rather than a...

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Politically Correct Words That Obscure the Truth: Some Politically Incorrect Observations
April 1, 1995
Author: Moishe Rosen

Sometimes reality is harsh. The truth often hurts. To soften the abrasive nature of certain truths, we invent euphemisms to avoid thoughts of what is unpleasant to us or to others. Sometimes these euphemisms or politically correct” terms are harmless; at other...

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A Word of Thanks
November 1, 1994
Author: Moishe Rosen

By the time this issue of the Newsletter reaches you, 1994 will be nearing its end. It has been an amazing year for our ministry— a time of paradox filled with victories and pain. We have experienced heavy disappointments from within and without. Nevertheless,...

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The Value of Prayer
August 1, 1994
Topics: temptation
Author: Moishe Rosen

Are things going easy for you in your life as a believer in Jesus? If they are too easy, you might be headed downhill. In the journey of faith, there is no such thing as “front sliding!” Easy coasting will only move you backward because moving forward takes effort....

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Sneak Attack Provides Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
July 1, 1994
Author: Moishe Rosen

Jews for Jesus must be doing something right! If not, the devil wouldn’t bother to attack us so often. The latest onslaught is an insidious campaign against our ministry that can only be described as diabolical. It came through the most innocent of channels— a...

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Am Yisrael Chai
Author: Moishe Rosen

Despite the Holocaust, the God and people of Israel live.

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We Should Apologize to Jacob
February 1, 1994
Author: Moishe Rosen

In the forty years that I’ve been listening to sermons, I have been amazed at the extent that Bible expositors tend to repeat one another. They do it continually, and if they were aware of it they might be embarrassed. Maybe preachers repeat one another so much...

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What Does It Take to Get Your Attention?
September 1, 1993
Author: Moishe Rosen

Moses was startled! He had spent forty years shepherding. He knew each rock and rill, each barren spot and where the grass grew tall. As shepherds do, he knew each of his sheep by name, and probably had named some of the predators as well. Not much happened during...

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Break Up That Cement
August 1, 1993
Author: Moishe Rosen

Some of God’s people who congratulate themselves on being firmly planted in the faith merely have their spiritual feet stuck in concrete. They are trapped in the rapidly drying cement of do-nothingness,” a compound of spiritual “wash water” and...

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Splinters and Ocular Lumber
June 1, 1993
Author: Moishe Rosen

The pastor called about two weeks after I had spoken at his church. As I listened to his words, I felt my defense mechanisms shifting into high gear. In my sermon I had used what I thought was a clever illustration. But the pastor pointed out that my illustration had...

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No Bargain Churches
May 1, 1993
Author: Moishe Rosen

The man and his wife summed up their varied church experiences with, We have yet to find a church we care to join.” I looked each of them in the eye and asked, “So, what kind of church do you think God intends for you to join?” I wasn’t...

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You Cannot Harvest What You Have Not Sown
August 1, 1992
Author: Moishe Rosen

Summertime is a gift from God. We enjoy long sunny days, flowers, delicious fruit and well-earned vacations, with time to relax in a shaded hammock and sip lemonade. People in the northern hemisphere are enjoying summer right now, while those in the southern...

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Growth and Balance
July 1, 1991
Author: Moishe Rosen

I think that being a general missionary with Jews for Jesus is more fun than being the executive director! Much of my work as the founder and chief executive officer of Jews for Jesus is desk work. It entails keeping everything connected so that our energy and...

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North Beach Echoes
May 1, 1991
Author: Moishe Rosen

About twenty years ago Jews for Jesus was only a slogan. It began with a group of loosely affiliated friends — Jesus freaks” we were called–and it was the time of the “Jesus revolution.” The Jesus revolutionaries wanted to make a sweeping...

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Heart Trouble in Holy People
January 1, 1991
Author: Moishe Rosen

Remember the time-worn nursery rhyme about the old woman in the shoe? There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.” In my childhood I thought that the shoehouse woman’s children went unloved and...

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If God Lived on Earth, They Would Break His Windows
Topics: purim
Author: Moishe Rosen

There’s an old Yiddish saying: If God lived on earth, they would break his windows.” As believers we know that God does live on earth. As we receive him and yield ourselves to him, he walks where our feet walk and touches what our hands touch. But it was...

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Love in Action
July 1, 1990
Author: Moishe Rosen

Some say that the way to win people to the Lord is to “love them to Jesus.” I don’t like being aggressive. I like behaving toward others in a way that will help them like me. I would rather love people than shove them. (Of course, no one ever shoves...

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In Appreciation Of Music Ministers
February 1, 1990
Topics: music, worship
Author: Moishe Rosen

Suppose someone had a great asset for achieving an important goal but seldom used it. Suppose this person was failing to accomplish by other means what the unused asset could achieve. The Body of Christ possesses such a God-given asset which it repeatedly neglects and...

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What’s Wrong With Being Nice?
January 1, 1990
Author: Moishe Rosen

I heard them at a conference for missionaries. They were not comfortable with that word because, as they patiently explained it, Jewish people see missionaries as those who are trying to convert them. They chortled on and on about their witness and how they showed...

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Still Cousins
Author: Moishe Rosen

Recently I had the strangest experience, and suddenly I feel a degree of personal fulfillment in this ministry I have not felt for a long time. Most of our ministry friends know about the personalized letter of witness that we send to Jewish people whose names are...

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Whose Party Is It?
December 1, 1989
Author: Moishe Rosen

The Christmas season seems to be both the happiest and saddest time of year. For some, Christmas provides an occasion for family warmth and togetherness. For others, however, it causes consternation. Some non-Christians see Christmas as an alien rite foisted on them...

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A NEW APPROACH: DON’T ASK!
November 1, 1989
Author: Moishe Rosen

We Jews for Jesus seem to have a reputation in both Christian and non-Christian circles. Some who share our love for the Lord and our burden for Jewish evangelism see us as knights in shining armor. Others who feel threatened by us or our message see us as quite the...

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The Holy Spirit
Topics: trinity, holy spirit
Author: Moishe Rosen

Before they become believers, Jewish people cannot understand the Trinity. Some think that Father, Son and Holy Ghost means the Creator of the universe, a human hero to whom the Gentiles have attributed kind of “junior deity” status, and finally the...

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The Disintegrated Personality
September 1, 1989
Topics: yom kippur
Author: Moishe Rosen

God gave Israel the Day of Atonement as a time for soul-searching, repentance and restoring broken relationships with him. Today many consider this concept of returning to God and seeking his acceptance archaic and irrelevant. For the most part, our 20th-century...

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Enduring
August 1, 1989
Author: Moishe Rosen

It has been said that God loves the sinner but hates the sin. I love airplanes, but I hate flying. However, unlike God, who hates sin and never sins, though I hate flying, I fly a great deal. I fly because I love God and want to serve him, and in order to do that most...

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A Story for Passover
Author: Moishe Rosen

My hobby is photography. One of the photos I value highly is no prize-winning snapshot; I couldn’t exhibit it or sell it for publication. But I cherish it because it has special meaning for me. It was taken in the Egyptian room of the Museum of Natural History...

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Who Is the Adversary?
April 1, 1989
Author: Moishe Rosen

Passover is here again, the time we commemorate Israel’s redemption from Egypt and remember the sorrow that turned to joy. Surely at some point in their enslavement the Hebrews must have tried to resist Pharaoh’s tyranny, yet history makes no mention of it...

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Relating to Non-Believing Children and Grandchildren
Author: Moishe Rosen

My wife and I became believers in Jesus a few years ago. We are retired and live in Florida. We have lots of fellowship and have found a group of Messianic Jews with whom we worship. But, our hearts are broken for our children and grandchildren. Our three children are...

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Choosing Between a Local Church and a Messianic Congregation
Author: Moishe Rosen

Choosing Between a Local Church and a Messianic Congregation The below article contains a response written in 1989 by our founder, Moishe Rosen, to a question concerning Messianic congregations. To read our stance on why we support Messianic congregations, which can...

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Impositions
January 1, 1989
Author: Moishe Rosen

If you’re old enough to remember the Saturday Evening Post as a weekly publication, you probably remember the young men who solicited door-to-door for magazine subscriptions. One of my friends had three copies of the Saturday Evening Post delivered to his home...

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Moishe’s Musings
Author: Moishe Rosen

According to the Official Sage Handbook, sages should be skinny. Not only that, but a sage (especially when functioning as a prophet) should wear uncomfortable clothing and pursue a lifestyle of conspicuous self-deprivation. Many of you know that Moishe Rosen...

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Advent Rage
December 1, 1988
Topics: christmas
Author: Moishe Rosen

Kettle bells jingle. Toes, ears and noses tingle. Carols waft , through the air, and everyone is trying to project joy, peace and goodwill. The spirit of the Advent season is upon us, and most people are enjoying it. Once again it’s time to extend our gospel...

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Merry Christmas—Jewish Style: How to Include Jewish Friends and Neighbors in Your Celebration
Author: Moishe Rosen

Christians can use this special season to share the good news of Messiah in a sensitive manner. Here are some answers to the most frequent questions concerning the Christmas season and the Jewish people.

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Why Does Our Team Have All the Wimps?
November 1, 1988
Author: Moishe Rosen

Last summer in New York for the Summer Witnessing Campaign I was wearing a Jews for Jesus T-shirt and distributing tracts at the public library on Fifth Avenue. A man approached me and said, Christianity is for weaklings and wimps. You go to the average church, and...

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Conversion and the Jewish People
February 1, 1988
Author: Moishe Rosen

A mysterious disparity exists in the words of the rabbis. While their sermons usually urge tolerance of others and their ideas, when it comes to Jewish evangelism, they voice a furious intolerance, even calling it spiritual genocide.” Most novice evangelists are...

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First Things First
January 1, 1988
Author: Moishe Rosen

I like the New Year because the turning of the calendar always presents a new set of opportunities. Maybe this year I’ll do something I’ve never done before. Maybe I’ll buy my wife a Valentine’s Day present (though in the past I have always...

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Not Very Thankful
November 1, 1987
Author: Moishe Rosen

I am grateful to God for many things—for all he has done for me and all he has given me—and I certainly don’t need to wait for the Thanksgiving season to remember or tell him that. On the other hand, sometimes I don’t quite understand his thinking, and...

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God Doesn’t Make Excuses
September 1, 1987
Author: Moishe Rosen

God doesn’t make excuses, give excuses, nor does he need to be excused. People, on the other hand, seem to need excuses for what they do—or fail to do. Some of the excuses we make represent a great deal of creativity in the field of cosmogony (the branch of...

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Images
July 1, 1987
Author: Moishe Rosen

We just got a Macintosh computer. In fact this article is being typed on it. Learning how to use it was filled with all kinds of little surprises, including the unique use of certain words. One of those unusually used terms is icon.” In “computerese”...

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On the Cutting Edge
June 1, 1987
Author: Moishe Rosen

I am not a recreational shopper.” Wandering from store to store is not much fun for me. Seeing too much merchandise bewilders me and makes me weary. There is one kind of store, however, that grabs my attention and gets me excited. That is a cutlery shop. I like...

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Israel
May 1, 1987
Author: Moishe Rosen

Hammer blows of terrorist episodes and the Israeli response have sensitized the world to an awareness of that tiny bastion of democracy” at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean. Israel is many things to various people. During the Jesus Revolution, there was a...

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About Your Will…
Author: Moishe Rosen

We have noticed that many ministries include little notices in their publications to inform readers that they would welcome being mentioned in their readers’ wills. After thinking it over, we have decided to tell you that you can leave Jews for Jesus money in...

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Rightly Resisting the Law
March 1, 1987
Author: Moishe Rosen

By the time you read this a crucial event may have taken place. Our case for proclaiming Christ in public places may already have been argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. The high court, however, will not deliver its verdict until July. Then we will...

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Curiosity Or…?
February 1, 1987
Author: Moishe Rosen

This morning I noticed a phenomenon that raised certain scientific questions in my mind. I frequently have such scientific questions. One time I wondered if plants might be made to grow faster by adding some tension to them. I thought of a device by which one could...

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The Trouble You Need
January 1, 1987
Author: Moishe Rosen

I have a New Year’s greeting for all my friends—one I know they will not receive from anyone else: In this coming year may you have as much joy, prosperity and happiness as you can contain, and may you have only enough trouble to produce in you the quality of...

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Blood Sacrifice
September 1, 1986
Author: Moishe Rosen

I had been a believer in Jesus for just a few weeks when a church member asked me, Since the Temple has been destroyed and the priesthood has been dispersed, what do Jews do for a blood sacrifice?” I didn’t know how to answer that question. I thought it...

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Price and Value
August 1, 1986
Author: Moishe Rosen

A few years ago, I read one of those newspaper fillers they use at the bottom of a column when they have nothing else to say. It was just a few lines that gave the value of a man in chemical terms. According to that little article, presuming that the subject were an...

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Liberty for All
July 1, 1986
Author: Moishe Rosen

The Lady is having a special birthday! It took years to get her back in shape, but then who wouldn’t need help after being rooted to one spot outdoors for a hundred years? Sporting her polished new look, Miss Liberty, the famous guardian of New York harbor, is...

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Stooping to Glory
June 1, 1986
Author: Moishe Rosen

During my before-Christ” years, I was trained by my family and schooling to be a businessman. I shared my family’s expectations. I felt it was my destiny to build a business, make a profit, manage others and be successful in the world of commerce. Then my...

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The Holocaust, Forgiveness and Evangelism
April 1, 1986
Topics: passover
Author: Moishe Rosen

The furor of spring 1985 has died down, but the injuries have not healed. President Reagan laid hold of a veritable hornet’s nest last year when he announced his impending visit to a German military cemetery to honor those killed in World War II. Shrill sounds...

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Excellence Is Better than Success
March 1, 1986
Author: Moishe Rosen

He was a wise young man—a coal miner who became a lawyer by studying at night school. First he learned shorthand. Then he found work in a law office. Later, when his shorthand improved, he became a court reporter. He attended law school at night and passed his bar...

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God Is Not A Sourpuss
February 1, 1986
Author: Moishe Rosen

Many people imagine God as some kind of cosmic faultfinder. They see him as a stern judge who is obsessed with their every defect, and is perpetually annoyed with them because they are not as perfect as the Adam he created. To counterbalance this image of stern...

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Fear Vs. Concern
January 1, 1986
Topics: satan, fear
Author: Moishe Rosen

During the dark days of World War II the free world was on the edge of panic. Hitler seemed invincible. Through the blitzkrieg technique, he amassed victory after victory until his vaunted might seemed a fact instead of a mere boast The blitzkrieg worked—not because...

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His Pilgrimage and Ours
December 1, 1985
Topics: christmas
Author: Moishe Rosen

There are many pleasures in having adult children. One special joy I receive from my grown daughters is that frequently they can teach me something new or give me some fresh insight. Such was the case when my younger daughter Ruth came back from her first trip to...

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Church Giving vs. Missionary Giving
November 1, 1985
Author: Moishe Rosen

The time of year has come when we begin to be inundated with appeal letters from Christian and not-so-Christian organizations, all dramatizing their needs. This can become a bewildering and even disillusioning experience for those who really want to serve God and...

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Why Campaign?
June 1, 1985
Author: Moishe Rosen

You can’t eat soup with a fork, and you can’t walk by using your ears instead of your legs. And don’t enter a kangaroo in a horse race or try to hitch a gorilla to a plow—not unless you are seeking a comic result. Absurdity is the very essence of...

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Go Power
May 1, 1985
Topics: shavuot
Author: Moishe Rosen

A 1975 publication that shook up mission leaders by its very title was James Engel’s What’s Gone Wrong With the Harvest? The book exposed the fact that despite all the effort and energy put into the church’s mission of evangelism, the harvest of...

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God’s Freedom Trail
April 1, 1985
Author: Moishe Rosen

Some rabbis who prefer to de-emphasize the blood-redemption aspect of Passover refer to it as the Festival of Freedom. Unfortunately, those who hear such a one-sided presentation can easily acquire a wrong idea of the freedom that God intended for the blood-bought...

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A Calendar That Tells More Than the Date
Author: Moishe Rosen

The central theme of the message which brought Jewish people together and bound us to one another is Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one God.” In this affirmation, there are many inferences to be understood. Some would look no further than the interpretation...

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A Calendar That Tells More Than the Date
Author: Moishe Rosen

The central theme of the message which brought Jewish people together and bound us to one another is Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one God.” In this affirmation, there are many inferences to be understood. Some would look no further than the interpretation...

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Conversion of the Gentiles—The Modernist Way
January 1, 1980
Author: Moishe Rosen

And the sons of foreigners shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee; for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favor have I had mercy on thee. -Isaiah 60:10 The Rabbi said to me, Why do you find it necessary to proselytize us?” I think my...

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Harvesting
October 1, 1979
Author: Moishe Rosen

“…..Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some of the seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth. And...

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Payday Some Day
August 1, 1979
Author: Moishe Rosen

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work.” – John 9:4 Long ago before God called me into the ministry, even before I was a Christian, I worked as a clerk in a sporting goods store . On our...

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Come Fishing With Me
May 1, 1979
Author: Moishe Rosen

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9 When I was a boy in Colorado , I loved to go fishing . Often very early before school time, I went to fish at Sloan’s Lake a few blocks...

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Old Leaven In The New Lump
April 1, 1979
Author: Moishe Rosen

“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us…” – I Corinthians 5:7 At this Passover time, we should all be mindful of the leaven that must be removed from our lives. The...

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