The Peripheral, the Spiritual and the Brain
July 1, 2015
Author: Arielle Rothbard

Stepping off the plane, you land in the rumblings of an airport whose native tongue is far from what you’d describe as familiar. There are vibrantly dressed children, running around their mothers’ skirts.

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

The High Holy Days of Fashion

New York Fashion Week and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, can find themselves tangled together in a ball of devotion and duty.

Continue Reading Reading Time: 3 minutes

So Are We Blood Brothers?
August 13, 2014

We have this common bond and it sets us apart.

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

Gaza and the God of Israel
July 18, 2014

Despite the circumstances, God is keeping Israel safe and reversing attempts to destroy her.

Continue Reading Reading Time: 1

Heaven: Experiencing It & Sean Trank
July 7, 2014

Two months ago my brother-like friend and co-worker, Sean Trank, asked me to write something about heaven for others to read. In light of his recent passing, I honor his request today.

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

June 12, 2014

In a way, enlightenment has been a goal or achievement of both the Eastern and Western worldviews for quite some time. In Buddhism, starting with its founder in the fifth century B.C.E., individual enlightenment is a follower’s highest goal. “Buddha” means “awakened” or “enlightened one.” For the Buddhist, this means freeing oneself from the cycle…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

Walking with the Enemy: Movie Review
April 21, 2014

Walking with the Enemy, a new Holocaust-centered film by a new director and a new production company, officially releases on the 25th.

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

Spring Cleaning That Affects Your Heart, Soul and Might
April 3, 2014

It seems, especially on the U.S. coasts, that major city dwellers are continuing to opt for more meat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-added-free, paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, raw food dining options, whether at home or out. A fixation on fresh, raw eats with substitutions galore is trending. Food is one major part of existence, and this goes for…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 1

10 Ways to Pray If Your Sins Are Already Forgiven
September 12, 2013
Topics: yom kippur, prayer

You might be surprised to learn that as Jewish believers in Jesus, many of us consciously choose to fast each Yom Kippur even though we believe our sins are already covered—and not just covered for the year, but for eternity. Our prayers are along the lines of 2 Chronicles 6:21 where Solomon, at the Temple’s…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 1

Jews in the Grass

Grassroots 2013 was an event that almost was not. A self-proclaimed “nonference” (“it’s not a conference”), Grassroots curates interaction between 80–100 young Jewish believers, with an emphasis on Messianic leadership. I attended my first nonference in August 2012 after the Asheville Music Festival, Grassroots’ auditory offspring. Grassroots was to conclude at that concert, yet it…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

Same Love for Jewish Christians as for Gay Jews?
June 26, 2013

Cousin Gay is out of the closet. Cousin Messianic, still there. I often light-heartedly compare having a Messianic Jewish relative to “having that gay cousin.” Either might live an alternative lifestyle far from the family’s epicenter, and therefore far from judgment. My extended Jewish family claims both. Many extended Jewish families can. However, contemporary Jewish…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

Book Review: Keeping My Hope
May 13, 2013

Book Title: Keeping My Hope Author: Christopher Huh Date Published: February 18, 2013 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition Genre: 1. Historical & Biographical Fiction2. Children’s Books ISBN: 978-1479348831 Reviewer: Arielle Blackburn Review Date: May 13, 2013 Several moments ago I read a profound, illustrated narrative that captures Holocaust history with fresh eyes…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

Yoga Studio

Yoga: A Union with God. But Which God?

Yoga has steadily gained cachet in the West over the last fifty years. It is found in high school gym class. It was part of a family-geared Easter Sunday event on the White House front lawn in 2010, not to mention health clubs in some of our Jewish community centers. Yes, yogis are everywhere, including…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 3 minutes

No Place On Earth

No Place on Earth — Movie Review
April 18, 2013

Movie Title: No Place on Earth Director: Janet Tobias Writers: Janet Tobias, Paul Laikin Primary Actors (stars): Chris Nicola, Fruzsina Pelikán, Saul Stermer Date released: May 9, 2013 Genre: Documentary, War MPAA rating: PG-13 Duration: 1h 23min Reviewer: Arielle Blackburn Last Friday, on opening day for Janet Tobias’ No Place on Earth, I had several…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

Social Media @work

View PDF version

What do Twitter, Facebook, Google+, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Foursquare, Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, Wordpress, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, LinkedIn, MySpace and Meetup have in common? An imposing list of new and evolving technology, they’re the current face of social media networking.

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

How to Approach the Unapproachable Jesus
January 25, 2013

Why Jesus is unapproachable, but you should approach him anyway. His Holiness His Perfection His Loftiness His Wrath His Power to Intimidate His Status His Ability His Deity His Love Your Personal Cost His Holiness God’s essence is centered around relating to a holy people, Israel, a holy city, Jerusalem, a holy place, the temple….

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes

Why Jesus is More Approachable Than You Think
January 16, 2013

Here is a top ten list we came up with. What do you think? Jesus was an outcast He was homeless He was Jewish He got indignant about injustice He communed with a motley crew He wasn’t judgmental, but judged fairly He was misunderstood by his own family Jesus was born on “the wrong side…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes
I Kings 17: Food for Thought

Food is a focal point. It’s true today, and it was true in the ninth century B.C. when Elijah the prophet lived. Back then, the situation was graver than on Yom Kippur, when we fast and quickly learn to appreciate our fuller pre-Temple hours. In Elijah’s time, there was drought, more drought and famine. Then…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 2 minutes
Yeshua, Eve & The Deep: not just window dressing

White foam core. Eight-inch high panels. At ninety-degree angles to one another. You will completely cover each panel with a photograph. Your combined photographs will create a cohesive environment. I look forward to seeing your final project. Drafting project two from our favorite professor,” I sigh, scanning the directions again. I begin brainstorming topics for…

Continue Reading Reading Time: 3 minutes