Andrew Barron | Toronto

Missionary Director

Andrew Barron is the Director of Jews for Jesus Canada. He and his wife Laura live in Toronto with their children Rafael, Ketzia and Simona. Andrew first heard the Gospel while a science student at Florida Institute of Technology. A friend shared a Gideon’s New Testament with him and challenged him to read it. Andrew used to work as a crew activity planner and orbit designer on the early Space Shuttle Missions.

Reflections on the death of Robin Williams
August 13, 2014
Topics: depression
Author: Andrew Barron

"You sit down to dinner, and life as you know it ends," writes Joan Didion in her book The Year of Magical Thinking.  She captures what feels most punishing and cruel about our existence: that it might end without notice.

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Breaking Bad – a moral to the series?
September 30, 2013
Author: Andrew Barron

I got hooked on Breaking Bad this past summer when I read an interview with the show’s creator. He said something like, it was hard for him to believe in heaven, but it was harder not to believe in hell. I have been following the...

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Ambiguity: A Defense Against Truth?
March 29, 2013
Author: Andrew Barron

Alan was spiritually hungry. He wanted me to know that he strongly identified as a Jew, yet he was not finding answers to spiritual questions that haunted and preoccupied him. I spent quite a bit of time with Alan. I told him that there were no easy answers to his...

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Questions in the Face of Suffering
March 28, 2013
Author: Andrew Barron

I have learned a lot about God from the Holocaust. This may sound unsettling, but I’ve come to feel that much can be learned in the crucible of that catastrophe of 40 years ago. The Founder of Jews for Jesus, Moishe Rosen, says…

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Space Wasn’t the Final Frontier
Author: Andrew Barron

I spent the first year of my life in that bastion of Jewish civilization known as Brooklyn; then my family moved to Queens. We attended a Conservative synagogue, where I developed an early awareness of God and the fact that things pertaining to him were to be set...

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A Guide to High Holiday Thought
Topics: yom kippur, charts
Author: Andrew Barron

A Guide to High Holiday Thought What do the rabbis tell us about the following key theological themes? And what can we learn from the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament understanding? This chart will help you prepare your heart for the High Holidays. THEOLOGICAL...

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God Is Able to Mend a Marriage
February 1, 1996
Author: Andrew Barron

Thomas* called our office in a panic. He is Jewish and even though he did not believe in Jesus, he’d been going to church with Judy and her family. Judy is not Jewish, but confessed Jesus as Messiah. They had been married for only six weeks when Judy filed for...

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Epistolic Ministry for Hard Questions
June 1, 1993
Author: Andrew Barron

We all love to receive letters, but not many of us love to send them. Yet a significant part of our Jews for Jesus missionary work is a 20th-century epistolic” ministry of letter-writing. We pattern ourselves after the Apostle Paul, who, through letters defended...

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Ner Tamid: the Eternal Light
December 1, 1992
Author: Andrew Barron

It was about 168 years before the Messiah would come, and Israel was in trouble. Conquered by the Greeks about a century and a half earlier, the nation was living under Gentile rule. At first Alexander the Great had been good to the Jews, but in time he died and his...

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Referrals
July 1, 1988
Author: Andrew Barron

The key Jewish objection about Jesus is that most Jewish people, while not actively religious, are socially and culturally indoctrinated against faith in Jesus. As a result, there are many Jewish people in the Boston area whom I cannot easily reach because of the...

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Twilight
Topics: yom hashoah
Author: Andrew Barron

Twilight, by Elie Wiesel. 1987 Summit Books (NY, London, Toronto, Sydney, Tokyo), hardbound, 217 pages. Some of the most moving literature of the 20th century has been penned by Elie Wiesel, and Twilight is no exception. Twilight is Wiesel’s first book since his...

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The Book of Life: Roll Call for the Redeemed
September 1, 1987
Topics: book of life
Author: Andrew Barron

Once a year in the autumn millions of Jewish people around the world observe a solemn fast day—Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Ten days earlier, at Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, my people begin to greet one another with the traditional benediction,...

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I Always Wanted To Deliver Babies
February 1, 1987
Author: Andrew Barron

The typical Jewish mother of contemporary folk humor wants her son to grow up to be a doctor. In the case of my mother, this idea was not a joke. She really wanted me to go into medicine because she always felt that I had the warm personality it takes to treat the...

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