Ruth Rosen | San Francisco

Newsletter Editor, Missionary

Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, visit our online store. Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie whom she rescued. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues." You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.

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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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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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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Prerequisites to sharing your faith?
July 1, 2017
Author: Ruth Rosen

When is it okay to share your faith in Jesus? Are there prerequisites? What about earning the right to speak into people’s lives? These are great questions, and we’ve given them alot of thought. Please take a few minutes to check out our point of view.

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Passover—Jews for Jesus style
April 27, 2017
Author: Ruth Rosen

During our series of Passover celebrations in Odessa, 25 Jewish people and sixteen Gentiles prayed to begin a new life with God based on what Jesus did for us through His death and resurrection.

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So What?
October 27, 2015
Author: Ruth Rosen

You or someone you know might be more successful than you think.

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So What? Reflections on David Brickner’s “Dare to Hope” article
September 22, 2015
Author: Ruth Rosen

Unpacking some of David’s article, Dare to Hope, what do we do when we’re caught in a hateful circumstance?

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Who’s your (Bible) hero? A devotional look at Jonathan
June 23, 2015
Author: Ruth Rosen

If you could have any Old Testament hero for a personal role model or mentor, who would you choose? Don’t make up your mind till you read this article!

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So What? Keeping silent about the gospel
March 23, 2015
Author: Ruth Rosen

I get angry when Christians say we should not witness to Jewish people because of the Holocaust, and I imagine them trying to explain that to Jesus… 

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Are You Insurgent?
March 20, 2015
Author: Ruth Rosen

Divergents are misfits in a system that seeks to control everyone. And now Tris, the most divergent of all in Veronica Roth’s best selling book and movie trilogy, is forced to be insurgent as well.

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So What? New ways and means to share the gospel
October 1, 2014
Author: Ruth Rosen

Discover how this month’s Bits from the Branches might encourage you to share your own faith.

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So What
July 11, 2014
Author: Ruth Rosen

Like David says, we’re not in control. So how in the world are we supposed to “be anxious for nothing”?

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So what? The conformity of a non-conformist
May 16, 2014
Author: Ruth Rosen

David’s article about Holy Spirit Revival has me thinking… God’s Spirit will move in you mightily when you accept the conformity of a Christian non-conformist.

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So What?
April 8, 2014
Author: Ruth Rosen

The chord David Brickner’s article struck goes beyond my interest in how to segue these popular stories into gospel conversations. There are some very real applications to everyday life on earth as we know it…

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Are you divergent?
March 24, 2014
Author: Ruth Rosen

You’re a misfit. You don’t belong. That’s what it means to be “divergent” in the dystopian world created by Veronica Roth, a world where . . .

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When the Truth Hurts
August 7, 2013
Author: Ruth Rosen

Even if it’s true that Jesus is messiah, what does it matter? Why should absolute truth affect us personally? The following is an excerpt from Ruth Rosen’s article “Truth Hurts,” published in ISSUES in July 2011. Few people would actually...

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Judicious or Judgmental?
May 31, 2013
Topics: ruths ramblings
Author: Ruth Rosen

These two words may sound similar but how we affect others when we are judicious could not be more different than how we affect them when we are judgmental. Who wouldn’t want a reputation for being judicious? Wouldn’t you? On the other hand, I don’t...

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What Will You Be Wearing this Yom Kippur?
September 20, 2012
Author: Ruth Rosen

What Will You Be Wearing this Yom Kippur? Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is a Jewish holy day that is supposed to deal with our shortcomings and get us right with God and each other. Kippur is literally “covering.” Which is interesting b/c apparently,...

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Leaping Over the Rejection Hurdle
August 20, 2012
Author: Ruth Rosen

What’s your favorite book (besides the Bible)? Try googling the author, and include the word “rejection.” You might be surprised to find the book was rejected multiple times before someone decided it was worth publishing. C.S. Lewis allegedly...

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Called to Controversy Sneak Preview
March 1, 2012
Topics: ruths ramblings
Author: Ruth Rosen

The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus Since the heart-wrenching session a year earlier with the elder Rosens, Moishe and Ceil had honored Ben’s edict that they have no direct contact with them. They had, however, made it possible for...

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Sneak Preview …
January 1, 2012
Topics: ruths ramblings
Author: Ruth Rosen

from the soon-to-be-published biography of Moishe Rosen Over the hum of an old air conditioner and the muted yet audible din of street traffic and sirens, a loud voice burst from the other side of a closed office door. The words were muffled, but the tone was...

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Ruth’s Ramblings: courageous ways of communicating the gospel keep up with the times
July 1, 2011
Author: Ruth Rosen

My father once said something to the effect of, “If we are doing all the same things to proclaim the gospel ten years from now, we will be obsolete.” Maybe that’s why I’ve been an unabashed fan and supporter of our Massah program since the...

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Sneak Preview: Excerpted from the Moishe Rosen biography
October 1, 2010
Author: Ruth Rosen

This month’s excerpts from the yet-to-be published Moishe Rosen biography gives a glimpse into what happened after his wife Ceil came to faith in Jesus… [Moishe] hoped the rabbi would not think badly of his wife. Ceil is an intelligent person,” he...

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Breach of Contract a Purely Financial Matter?
February 8, 2010
Author: Ruth Rosen

I was listening to the radio and was surprised to hear that while some people live in dread of impending home foreclosures, others are impatient with the banks for not foreclosing on their homes quickly enough. Why? Because the value of their home has dropped so significantly that they do not want to pay their mortgage anymore. They’d rather let the bank take the property so they can buy a similar home at a fraction of the cost…

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Shamash
November 28, 2008
Author: Ruth Rosen

Hanukkah (which means dedication) is known both as the Feast of Dedication and the Festival of Lights. Mentioned only once in the Bible (John 10:22), it commemorates the victory over the Syrian forces of Antiochus, who had desecrated the Temple and demanded to be...

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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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Musing over Moishe’s Musings
May 29, 2008
Author: Ruth Rosen

Editor’s Note: I was getting the Newsletter ready after a two-week speaking tour and realized I had not given Moishe any lead time to write a “Musing” for this month. So I thought as a Pentecost reflection, I would “muse” over a couple of things I’ve often heard him...

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Front Row
December 1, 2007
Author: Ruth Rosen

On a clear night Obscure they trudged through miles of layered grains. Shepherds seeking a Bethlehem shed; A hovel housing the promise of glory in straw and precious proximity; A king who would not be piqued by simple society offering rustic reverence. Crossing the...

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D’oh! It’s the Simpsons!
July 31, 2007
Author: Ruth Rosen
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A Steward for all Seasons
September 1, 2006
Author: Ruth Rosen

Reggie Douglas is not happy that this was the final Behold Your God campaign. It is barely an exaggeration to say he has made a career out of these witnessing campaigns: beginning with the first BYG campaign in San Francisco in 2001, he’s participated in 15 Jews for...

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Why Words Are Important
August 1, 2006
Author: Ruth Rosen

Do you remember teachers who seemed overly picky in correcting your word choices? You’d ask, Can I go to the bathroom?” and the teacher’s reply would be something like, “Are you questioning your physical ability to get to the bathroom or did...

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Resources to Consider: Why Care About Israel by Sandra Teplinsky and Arabs in the Shadow of Israel by Tony Maalouf
Author: Ruth Rosen

Book Title: Why Care About Israel Arabs in the Shadow of Israel Author: Sandra Teplinsky Tony Maalouf Date Published: June 1, 2004 November 10, 2003 Publisher: Chosen Books Kregel Academic & Professional Genre: 1. Pentecostal & Charismatic2. Judaism3....

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Thanksgiving Thoughts
November 1, 2005
Author: Ruth Rosen

Maybe you have heard a variation of this joke: Herbie is driving in Manhattan. He’s very late for an important meeting, he’s looking for a parking place and, of course, can’t find one. He’s frantic. In desperation, he turns towards heaven and...

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How Dare They Call Us Sinners?
October 5, 2005
Author: Ruth Rosen

In a letter to the editor of JewishTimes.com, Baltimore resident Sarah J. Rosenbloom expressed chagrin that Jews for Jesus has the “gall” to suggest “we” (meaning the Jewish community) are sinners. Her letter seemed particularly interesting to...

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Seeing Anyone Special?
Author: Ruth Rosen

Is there any group of people within the Jewish community or, at times, even the Messianic Jewish community, whose family status is as much discussed as those who have “married out”? I think that those who have not married at all run a close second....

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Choices, Choices…
August 1, 2004
Author: Ruth Rosen

With elections coming up we are more aware than ever of the choices before us. For an interesting perspective, take a moment and see how the Bible uses the word choose.” It probably won’t surprise you that in the Old Testament, the word...

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An Answer (or Two) to Prayer
July 1, 2004
Author: Ruth Rosen

Sunday would be a long day, with six-plus hours of driving in order to get to and from my morning and evening speaking engagements. Thankfully, friends were praying for a special blessing on that day. So when I got an e-mail that Mike, a Christian, might be bringing...

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Provoking to Jealousy
June 1, 2004
Author: Ruth Rosen

We feel the best way to reach Jewish people is to provoke them to jealousy as the Scripture says.” Recently, we find more and more people quoting this verse as they explain why they would rather not take part in a Jews for Jesus outreach coming to their town....

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Remembering 9/11-Changing the Landscape
September 1, 2002
Topics: rosh hashanah
Author: Ruth Rosen

Taken from a special edition of our internal staff report, Staff-Wise Stirrings, last year It is September 12, 2001 and I wonder how long the shock of yesterday’s horrors will last. It probably won’t be long before newscasters and grief counselors begin...

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The Christmas-Resurrection Connection
March 1, 2002
Author: Ruth Rosen

As I write, it’s December and we’ve barely finished celebrating Jesus’ birth. But in the land of newsletter editing, it’s March—time to think about Jesus’ death and Resurrection. It’s all part of the joy of publications—doing...

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Pigs Off the Altar
December 1, 2001
Author: Ruth Rosen

This year Hanukkah falls on December 10 through 17. Send your Jewish friends a Hanukkah greeting if you can! Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication, also known as the Festival of Lights, reminds us of a time when God fought for His people and how they responded. The...

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Past Oppression, Present Excuse?
Author: Ruth Rosen

What can happen when we take our sufferings out of their historical context.

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Stuff I’m Still Learning About Being Right and Wrong
September 1, 2000
Author: Ruth Rosen

The more I allow myself to fear that others will mistake me for wrong, the more wrong I am likely to be. What I should really fear is being wrong and not knowing it. I can always gain from seeing where I am wrong, whether the person pointing it out is young or old,...

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Get Your Unlimited Anytime Minutes
June 1, 2000
Author: Ruth Rosen

We were laughing so hard I was afraid my parents might choke on their bagels. I’d picked up the bagels and schmear (schmear is slang for cream cheese, since that’s what you do to get it on the bagel). It’s become a tradition to bring my...

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Seeds of Meolotry
March 1, 2000
Author: Ruth Rosen

I don’t know if meolotry is a real word, but if it isn’t it ought to be. Whether it’s in any dictionary, you can guess what meolotry means: the worship of me. Take Haman, for example. He somehow got the idea that he was worthy of praise and...

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Thanksgiving Reflections from the Editor
November 1, 1999
Author: Ruth Rosen

As I was editing David Brickner’s article (pp. 1, 2), I was especially impressed by his thought that when genuine thanksgiving flows from our heart, it refreshes those around us. I wanted to consider other ways that thanks-giving promotes good spiritual health...

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Resurrection Reflections
April 1, 1999
Author: Ruth Rosen

There is a kind of reverse—or maybe I should say perverse—resurrection whereby we sometimes bring back” that which is better left dead and buried: decaying desires, rotten self-righteousness (or its evil twin, self-loathing), resentments, all kinds of thoughts...

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Passover Ramblings
April 1, 1998
Author: Ruth Rosen

Growing up in a Jewish Jesus-believing family can make a kid scrappy, especially if said kid inherited scrappy genes from one or both parents to begin with. So if Passover found me patiently munching a peanut butter and jelly on matzoh sandwich (which clings to the...

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Shamash
December 1, 1997
Author: Ruth Rosen

Hanukkah, (which means dedication) is known both as the festival of dedication and the festival of lights. Mentioned only once in the Bible (John 10:22), it commemorates the victory over the Syrian forces of Antiochus, who had desecrated the Temple and demanded to be...

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To Our Faithful Friends
November 1, 1995
Author: Ruth Rosen

A word of thanks to those of you who have been caring and sharing with us for many years: We are grateful to have you standing with us, praying for us and giving your financial support to help us reach Jews and Gentiles for Jesus. Many of you know that it is crucial...

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The New Age: A Messianic View
Author: Ruth Rosen

A BASIC TRAINING IN JEWISH SPIRITUALITY: DIVINITY IN OURSELVES. That was the name of the class offered by the SFJCC (San Francisco Jewish Community Center) institute for Jewish Living and Learning. The instructors were Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ms. Eve Ilsen....

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Who Needs God?
Author: Ruth Rosen

Who Needs God? by Harold Kushner. Summit Books, New York City ?1989, pp. 208. Who needs God? A cursory glance through Harold Kushner’s newest bestseller might give the impression that the sensitive and compassionate author of When Bad Things Happen to Good...

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Blood Brothers
Author: Ruth Rosen

Book Title: Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel Author: Elias Chacour and David Hazard Date Published: April 15, 2013 Publisher: Baker Books; Updated edition Genre: 1. War & Peace 2. Middle East 3. Religion,...

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Promoters of the Silent Witness
Author: Ruth Rosen

A growing number of unbelievers have become more committed to stifling the gospel than believers are to telling it. When we accept the idea of a silent witness as the proper way to do evangelism, we fall into the very hands of those who want to neutralize our story....

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It Runs in the Family
Author: Ruth Rosen

Harry, come to bed. Harry, she doesn’t want to talk about it.” My grandmother was such a good natured woman; I think that was the first time in my 11 years I had ever seen her the slightest bit annoyed. My grandfather never raised an eyebrow. He continued...

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Certainly! But then again, no…
Author: Ruth Rosen

  Certainly the Jews would have been the first to acknowledge any person with all the good” characteristics Jesus Christ is alleged to have had (ignoring the hostile and cruel aspects of the person described in the Gospels.) You’d see the Gospels for what...

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Will the Witness Please Take the Stand?
Author: Ruth Rosen

So your family is hard-headed when it comes to Yeshua? Listen, I’ll tell you about hard-headed. Once when Papa (that’s what we called my mother’s father) was visiting us, he fell in the bathtub and his head hit the porcelain soap holder—you know, the...

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And God Came In
Author: Ruth Rosen

Book Title: And God Came In Author: Lyle W Dorsett Date Published: July 1, 2009 Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers; 1st Print, This Edition edition Genre: 1. Authors 2. Religious 3. Women ISBN: 978-1598563566 Reviewer: Ruth Rosen And God Came In chronicles the life of...

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Witnessing to Your Family This Passover
Topics: passover, haggadah
Author: Ruth Rosen

We all struggle with knowing how to witness to our unsaved families, and there are no easy answers. But Jewish holidays provide opportunities for witnessing that are too good to miss! Our redemption from Egypt is so typical of the way God works his salvation plans....

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Immanuel: God With Us
Author: Ruth Rosen

I have always enjoyed the tradition of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, although I must admit the reason why people do it has escaped me, if indeed it was ever within my grasp. But I do believe that Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection on this earth...

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Apple Trees and Jews for Jesus
Author: Ruth Rosen

From apple trees you get apples and from Jews you get Jews…even if they do believe in Jesus. A child’s first realization that someone does not understand him often causes much wonder and confusion. I remember that day so clearly; I was standing in the...

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