April 1, 2000

The command for the celebration of the feast of Passover is found in the twelfth chapter of Exodus. Here, the festival receives its name: It is the Lord’s passover (pesach)” (v. 11). We are given the reason for this name in verse 23: “For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians, and when…

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Excerpt from When Being Jewish Was a Crime

The following is an excerpt from Rachmiel Frydland’s autobiography, When Being Jewish Was A Crime. The time is 1938 in pre-war Poland. Mr. Frydland, a yeshiva student, has come to believe in Jesus. Inevitably, the time has come to tell his parents: When I was in the yeshiva, I rarely wrote home, but now I…

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The Rabbis’ Dilemma: A Look at Isaiah 53

We have a glorious future and an abundant present if we appropriate the salvation made possible by the One who “was wounded through our transgressions and bruised through our iniquities.”

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The Torah: God’s Indestructible Book: But It Can Be Broken

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the original Torah of God in his hands, he found out that his people had broken one of its commandments. For the Torah he held in his hands said, Thou shalt not make unto thee…any manner of likeness, of any thing that is…in the earth…Thou shalt not…

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January 1, 1980

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” We who believe that Jesus is truly the Messiah, the sinless virgin-born Son of God, treasure Isaiah 7:14 as a proof text for our faith. But mention this text to an…

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August 1, 1979

Modern students of the Bible tend to approach Bible study by accepting terms at face value. For example, when we read about Adam, we accept this as the name of the first created man. However, rabbinic study delves behind the surface statement and derives many varied meanings (and some might say far-fetched meanings) from words…

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