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A Jewish Psychiatrist Looks at Transsexualism

A Jewish Psychiatrist Looks at Transsexualism
Author: Irving S. Wiesner, M.D.

Sexuality is a core aspect of our identity and a part of the basis upon which we interact with others and even God Himself.

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a letter to my sister

A Letter to My Sister
Author: anonymous

A Jewish believer in Jesus pens a heartfelt letter to his sister, who is a lesbian.

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Multitudes: The Gospel of Matthew
Author: Matt Sieger

Jewish artist Steffi Geiser Rubin’s twenty paintings, commissioned especially for this project, dramatically portray the Jewish world of Jesus.

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The Beginning and End of Time
Topics: creation, endtimes
Author: Matt Sieger

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.

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Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein and the Discarded New Testament
Author: Matt Sieger

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.

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René Bloch: The Rabbi with Swing
Author: Matt Sieger

It’s not every day that a musician who played with famous big bands ends up becoming a rabbi.

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Dylan’s Biblical Lyrics
Author: Matt Sieger

Bob Dylan’s lyrics give us some insight into his religious beliefs.

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Thinking Twice about Bob Dylan
Author: Matt Sieger

The enigmatic musician has had much to say about Jesus in song and in interviews.

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What the L?
January 18, 2016
Author: Matt Sieger

WHAT THE ‘L’? SINCE SUPER BOWL V IN 1971THE NFL HAS USED ROMAN NUMERALS TO NUMBER THE GAMES. UNTIL NOW. THE NFL SAYS, “‘L’ ISN’T PLEASING TO THE EYE.” I GUESS WE BETTER GET RID OF ALL THOSE L-SHAPED HOMES, KITCHENS AND SOFAS SO… THIS YEAR THE NFL IS SUBSTITUTING THE # 50 FOR THE […]

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An Interview with Paul Liberman
Author: Matt Sieger

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.

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BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Call Me Christian: A Truly Jewish Story
Author: Matt Sieger

Paul Liberman feels so strongly about his Jewish identity that he changed the title of his autobiography to Don’t Call Me Christian.

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An Interview with Nancy Ellen Abrams
Author: Matt Sieger

ISSUES interviews Nancy Ellen Abrams, author of A God That Could be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of our Planet.

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Science and Morality: Lise Meitner and the Nuclear Bomb
Topics: science
Author: Matt Sieger

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.

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BOOK REVIEW | A God That Could be Real
Author: Matt Sieger

Author Nancy Ellen Abrams argues that the God of the Bible is not compatible with what scientists are discovering about our universe.

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Movie Review: Holocaust: Night Will Fall
March 11, 2015
Topics: movie reviews
Author: Matt Sieger

A shocking documentary about the concentration camps that was suppressed by the British in 1945 will be released in April to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. The film, German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, includes footage by British, American, and Soviet military cameramen of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, Magdanek, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and other camps.

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A Groundhog Day Reflection on the Super Bowl
February 2, 2015
Author: Matt Sieger

What do the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day have in common? Absolutely nothing. What do the Super Bowl and the movie, Groundhog Day, have in common? Quite a lot, especially if you are the Seattle Seahawks.

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A Jewish Take on Deflategate in Light of the Super Bowl
January 30, 2015
Author: Matt Sieger

By now, everybody from Bill Nye the Science Guy to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has given an opinion on Deflategate. In case you’ve been hibernating the last two weeks, Deflategate is the controversy over whether the New England Patriots let air out of their footballs to gain a competitive advantage in their AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

It was only a matter of time until the rabbis weighed in.

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Linus and Charlie Brown

If Jesus is Not the Messiah…
December 19, 2014
Author: Matt Sieger

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 Annotated New Testament. Many Jewish people now say that Jesus was a historical […]

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A Life Apart Movie Review

Movie Review A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
November 25, 2014
Topics: movie reviews
Author: Matt Sieger

Directed by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky

At the beginning of this fascinating documentary, Leonard Nimoy (who shares the narration with Sarah Jessica Parker) notes, “Hasidim are a minority within a minority. They arouse controversy among other Jews, no less than among gentiles.” The film explores some of that controversy, though filmmakers Daum (who lives in Crown Heights, home to the Lubavitch Hasidim) and Rudavsky paint a mostly loving portrait of this distinctive branch of Judaism.

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A Life Apart Movie Review

Movie Review: Shoah
Topics: movie reviews
Author: Matt Sieger

Shoah may be the most important historical film that no one has seen. While “no one” is an exaggeration, this iconic 1985 documentary about the Holocaust has not been widely viewed. Its 9 ½-hour length intimidated theater goers when it was first released and at its limited showings since that time. Although the Criterion Collection has recently made it available on DVD, it is now available for the first time online at the SundanceNow Doc Club.*

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