Matt Sieger is the editor of ISSUES: A Messianic Jewish Perspective. ISSUES is our publication for Jewish people who are willing to consider the question, Who is Jesus? Matt also writes blogs, articles, and reviews for our publications and has edited the book, Stories of Jews for Jesus.
I am as guilty as the next guy in labeling things “hell” too glibly. By contrast, there are some truly horrendous experiences that you or those close to you may have had to endure, for which hell may be an apt metaphor.
Whether it is the threat of nuclear attack or terrorist bombs, it is no wonder that many Israelis and Jews in the Diaspora question if there is any hope for peace in the Middle East or survival at all.
Occult forces? Evil entities? Isn’t that just medieval superstitious mishegoss? No, unfortunately, it’s not. Satan is real and out to destroy God’s greatest creation, humankind. His favorite target? Our Jewish people.
Looking back, I realize that probably 75 percent of the people in that occult encounter group were Jewish. Just as I believe there is a God, I believe that Satan is real and seeks to destroy the Jewish people.
The Hebrew Scriptures specifically warn us against dabbling in the occult: “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer [practitioner of the dark arts] or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12
As a young rabbi, Isaac Lichtenstein (1825–1908) reprimanded a young man for showing him a Bible containing a New Testament, took the book from him, and put it on a corner shelf. Thirty years later Lichtenstein opened the book… and it changed his life.
The Bible not only speaks of an end to this world, but also of a new beginning—a new heaven and a new earth. While the Hebrew Scriptures allude to this new world, the New Testament describes it in great detail.
The enigmatic musician has had much to say about Jesus in song and in interviews.
It’s not every day that a musician who played with famous big bands ends up becoming a rabbi.
Paul Liberman’s The Fig Tree Blossoms: Messianic Judaism Emerges has sold over 100,000 copies. ISSUES interviews Liberman, who was at the forefront of that movement in the 1970s.
ISSUES interviews Nancy Ellen Abrams, author of A God That Could be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of our Planet.
Lise Meitner, who helped discover nuclear fission in 1938, was as shocked as the rest of the world when the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
More and more Jewish people are open to discussing Jesus, including several Jewish scholars. Amy Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt, wrote a book about Jesus entitled The Misunderstood Jew and also helped put together The Jewish...
Susan Salzman, now the rebbetzin at Beth Messiah Congregation in Livingston, New Jersey, once worked in the heart of the fashion industry in New York City.
Prayer doesn’t have to be formal or fancy; it’s a conversation with God.
12 Questions and Answers from Jews for Jesus We have compiled a dozen frequently asked spiritual questions for Jewish seekers. Number 5, “What proof do you have that Jesus was the messiah,” has some of the highest traffic from our whole website. Note: These twelve...
Many Jewish refugees from Russia settled in Omaha, Nebraska, between the 1880s and World War I. Among them were Debbie Landers’ grandparents. Landers, born Deberah Schwartz in Omaha in 1951, and her younger sister were raised Orthodox by their parents. The...
A motorcycle accident at age 28 left David Farber with one functioning limb—his right arm—and one functioning eye and ear. But it didn’t deter his passion for travel and photography. He has journeyed to Alaska and Africa to photograph everything from moose to...