Blog topics range from experiencing the Jewish holidays to studies on Jewish life to reviewing a recent books and film. We create and curate content especially for this site with our blog content, even as we create new content for specific publications regularly.

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Tikkun Olam: God Repairs our World
February 6, 2019
Author: Aaron Trank

Revival and reparations In a far corner of the Roman Empire, a native Jewish teacher led a grassroots spiritual revival among the working class people across the Galilee and Judea with sermons advocating personal devotion to God that manifests in obedience to...

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Jews for Jesus Takeaways: a Companion to Barna’s Jewish Millennials —The Beliefs & Behaviors Shaping Young Jews in America
September 29, 2017
Author: Rich Robinson

Introduction This bonus chapter to Jewish Millennials: The Beliefs and Behaviors Shaping Young Jews in America is written for practitioners in the field of Jewish evangelism. Statistics and charts and analyses by demographers and academicians can only tell so much....

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Authentic Jewish Bubba’s Honey Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook)
May 22, 2017

Authentic Jewish Bubba’s Honey Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook) 3 eggs 2 C sugar 1 C brown sugar, packed 1 16 oz honey, slightly warmed (clover honey is good) ½ C cold, strong coffee 1 C peanut oil 1 tsp vanilla 5 ½ C flour, sifted 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp...

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Apple Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook)
May 18, 2017

Apple Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook) 3 eggs 1 ¼ C vegetable oil (safflower or corn—no canola, it’s fake) 1 ¾ C sugar 3 C sifted flour 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp vanilla ¾ tsp salt 3 C diced apples (Granny Smith & Gravenstein are the best) 1 C chopped...

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A Response to “Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder Meal”
April 11, 2017
Topics: passover, seder
Author: Rich Robinson

It becomes rather moot, then, whether it is proper to describe Jesus’ Passover meal as a seder. It was a proto-seder, a pre-70 seder, a seder-in-formation; it was seder-like, it was seder-ish, it was kind-of-like-a-seder, it had elements of a seder—any way you put it, seder is the most relevant way to speak of it.

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Jesus the Jew as Told by his Brother James
March 10, 2017

Theater Review Jesus the Jew as Told by his Brother James Playing now through March 26 at the Greenhouse Theater, Chicago I received an unexpected call from the marketing director of Greenwood Theater, a local theater here in Chicago. The owner of the theater, William...

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Five Things About Esther That Nobody Knows
March 1, 2017

No celebration of Purim is complete without the traditional reading of the story of Esther. She is one of the few, true heroines of the Tanach. And, from what we read, her story isn’t exactly as pretty as her face. It’s gritty and (unfortunately) relatable to readers who may have rocky histories of their own.

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Christmas and the Jewish People
December 21, 2015

The Jews and Jesus… Christmas concerns. Jews and Jesus seem to live in two different worlds. They appear to be representing two different religions.

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It Could Have Been Me
November 24, 2015
Author: Joshua Turnil

It could have been me. Right there next to the bullet-ridden door and behind the police tape that now decorates what was once the Bataclan café. 

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A Jewish Halloween?
October 27, 2015

Jewish kids celebrate Halloween, but why? Is it just for the candy? And what would have happened if Halloween had become a Jewish holiday? It’s interesting to think about!

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Re-Booting Is Not Just for Tech Devices
August 28, 2015

Everything needs a re-boot every once in a while.

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Shavuot – What’s Your Connection?
May 18, 2015
Author: Rich Robinson

Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, comes with many traditions. For example, tradition tells us: that on this holiday, God gave the Torah to Israel…

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In Memory of Rose Price
Author: Susan Perlman

I discovered quickly, upon our first interaction over thirty years ago, Rose Price was an original.  Anyone who knew her would tell you that. And even if you didn’t know her, you’d know it the moment you heard her story…

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It’s Been Paid For
May 6, 2015

Years ago I remember approaching a toll booth at a bridge with cash in hand. “It’s been paid for,” the agent said. “Huh? Who?” I said. He motioned to the car ahead of me, which by that time had zoomed away.

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Two Curve Balls at One Party

Every ten years my Jewish family has a reunion, mostly to see who’s still alive, but also to catch up with the latest births, marriages and divorces.

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Lag BaOmer – A great day for a Messianic wedding!
May 5, 2015
Author: Samuel Rood

Growing up in a Messianic Jewish family, I knew all about Passover, Hanukkah, Purim and Sukkot. But I didn’t hear about Lag B’Omer until I moved to New York City and took a Hebrew class.  There I learned that for many religious Jews this holiday holds deep significance. 

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Woman in Gold
April 14, 2015
Author: Rich Robinson

Ignore the underwhelming ratings on the movie web sites. Woman in Gold is a movie well worth seeing, despite critics’ complaints of heavy-handedness, bad accents, too many flashbacks, and emotional mawkishness. I found none of those things in this story of Maria...

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Are You Insurgent?
March 20, 2015
Author: Ruth Rosen

Divergents are misfits in a system that seeks to control everyone. And now Tris, the most divergent of all in Veronica Roth’s best selling book and movie trilogy, is forced to be insurgent as well.

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Designer Babies Coming Your Way
March 9, 2015

England has shocked the world by announcing they are going to allow a new medical procedure that could lead to designer babies.

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Fun Fact Friday – Chinese New Year
February 19, 2015
Author: Anthony Bucci

Jews have a calendar! Chinese people have a calendar! And so does God.  Both the Chinese and Jewish calendars go by lunisolar time measurement, as do many other cultures. These calendars go by the same counting system as the Tanakh (Old Testament) does, and in fact, God says in Genesis 1:14, “‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.’”

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Fun Fact Friday – Valentine’s Day (Fifteenth of Av)
February 13, 2015
Author: Anthony Bucci

Do Jews celebrate Valentine’s Day, or don’t they? Let’s find out.

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Backgrounds to the Current Israeli Conflict
January 30, 2015

Watch this video about the “Backgrounds to the Current Israeli Conflict” featuring Darrell L. Bock, David Brickner, Jim Sibley, and Mitch Glaser.

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David Brickner on Point of View Radio
January 2, 2015

David Brickner on Point of View Radio with Kerby Anderson

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Susan Perlman on Huffington Post Live

The Life of Jesus: Faith Leaders On Jesus’ Meaning
December 23, 2014

Susan Perlman, associate executive director of Jews for Jesus, engaged in a spirited discussion on Huffington Post Live with a rabbi, an imam, and a Catholic priest on the question, “What Does Jesus Mean to You?”

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The Ties That Bind
December 19, 2014

If you’ve grown up in a Jewish family or lived in a Jewish neighborhood or had a Jewish grandmother, then most likely Yiddish is part of your DNA. You probably grew up with, “I need it like a hole in the head,” or “All right already”, or “You should live so long”....

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Linus and Charlie Brown

If Jesus is Not the Messiah…
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...

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