Issues

If you’re Jewish and want to figure out how Jesus relates to Jewish concerns, this is the publication for you. Also helpful for Jewish believers to read and give to family and friends. If you have a Jewish friend, roommate, co-worker, doctor, or poet laureate (okay, the last one may be a bit unlikely) who is curious and would like to hear from us, you can share our subscription link, or get ISSUES for yourself: click here to subscribe to ISSUES.

Lisa’s Story

I started being nagged with the idea of Jesus being the Jewish Messiah and the only way to know God. It wasn’t so much that it was a problem for me because I was Jewish and didn’t want to believe in Jesus. It was more that I didn’t want to close myself into what I thought was a narrow way of thinking.

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Jeff’s Story

I was happy for Lisa, and I’m certain that I already believed intellectually that Jesus was who he said he was. But I wasn’t ready to follow him.

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The Healing: Jeff and Lisa’s Story

The doctor had already come in that morning to tell me about the cancer. I got emotional and cried. But I was already prepared by the time Jeff came in. Then Jeff told me that he had received Jesus as his Messiah, and that God told him I was going to be okay. And I felt pretty confident that I would be.

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Healing, Health and the Ultimate Hope
Author: Rich Robinson

God brought us Messiah to restore things to the way they were meant to be. The time is coming when disease will no longer exist and all will be made new.

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Why Aren’t Messianic Jews Accepted by the Jewish Community?

For 2000 years, Jewish community leaders have continued this tradition of exclusion. Despite the celebrated pluralism of today’s Jewish community, there remain tens of thousands of men and women, born of Jewish parents, who are being excluded from the rest.

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Why Are the Jewish People Called the “Chosen People?”
Author: Avi Snyder

When God in the Hebrew Scriptures refers to the Jewish people as chosen, he’s saying that he selected them to serve a specific purpose and to carry out a particular task. So what is it we were set apart to do?

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The Claims of Jesus

What did Yeshua (Jesus) claim to be—Messiah, as powerful as God, God himself, atonement? What didn’t he claim to be, and what decision do we all need to make?

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Spiritual Secrets? A Messianic Jew Reflects on Kabbalah

When the crowd asked Jesus one day, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” he answered, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:28–29). And who is the one God has sent? Yeshua.

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Wrong Diagnosis or Answered Prayer? The Miracle that Changed My Life

We canceled hospice. Dad got better. Five weeks later he was in good health. To me, this was a miracle. Pain and despair brought me to the Messiah.

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Who is Jesus? Meet the most famous Jew who ever lived.
Author: Susan Perlman

A point by point look at Jesus’ claims, attitudes, actions and how he has affected the world.

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Guilt, Action and Human Nature: Lessons from the Holocaust
Author: Moishe Rosen

What lessons can we learn from the Holocaust? Is guilt good enough? Human nature, history, the capacity for evil, and the ability to fight it. Read on here.

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Was Hitler a Christian?
Author: Stan Meyer

Did Hitler and his followers carry out a theology that is Christian at its roots?

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Resurrection: Rabbinic Judaism, Hebrew Scripture and the New Testament
Author: Lyn Bond

Is resurrection only a Christian concept? Can it be traced to biblical and traditional Judaism–both the Hebrew Scriptures and the rabbis? Where does Jesus fit in? Read here.

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What’s a Jewish Girl to Do? I Wanted God, Not Jesus

By my third year of grad school, my life, externally, was great. I had friends and a boyfriend who made a lot of money. I was in great shape, competing in a triathlon. But inside I was miserable. I found myself questioning everything: If life has no meaning, what does it matter if I live another day? And what happens after I die?

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The Jewishness of the New Testament
Author: Avi Brickner

Can Jewish people read the New Testament? Discover why the New Testament draws from Hebrew Scripture, the Jewish Bible. Read about why a rabbi who considered the New Testament to be anti-Semitic changed his mind.

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Jewish and Christian: Can It Be?
Author: Ruth Rosen

Can I be a Jewish Christian? What makes someone Jewish? What’s the difference between a Christian and a Gentile and a Jew for Jesus? All these answers and more, right here!

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Escaping the Occult! Finding My Way Home
Author: Alisa T.

At that very moment, I heard a still, small voice in my heart that said, “Alisa, you have a choice. You can either trust me, or you can go your way . . . to your doom!”

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Orthodox Jew finds Jesus! How God Poured out His Love to Me… in a Cup of Coffee!
Author: Aden Friedman

I grabbed the New Testament from where I had hid it in the cupboard and opened it. It happened to open to the Gospel of Matthew, chapter one. I was completely overwhelmed when I read the very first sentence: “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

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Evidence for God’s Existence

While the existence of God is accepted by faith, this faith is based on dependable information. It’s not a leap into an abyss.

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Resolving the December Dilemma for Interfaith Couples and Families

Every year, around Christmas and Hanukkah, or even Easter and Passover, many Jewish-Gentile couples and families are finding themselves in a tough place to navigate. Here’s a helpful way to understand the difficulties and continue to work toward spiritual harmony in your home.

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Esther, Purim and Why It All (Still) Matters
Author: Andy Koenig

God is never mentioned in Esther, yet His fingerprints are all over the pages of this beloved book. In the same way, did we fail to recognize God among us when Yeshua (Jesus) walked the earth some 2,000 years ago? Did he, like Esther, come “for such a time as this?”

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A Persian Jew’s Series of Fortunate Events
Author: Miriam Koenig

We don’t always recognize the significance of events as they happen in our lives until we look back and see how everything fits together.

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From Iran to Tehrangeles: Five Generations of Jewish Faith in Jesus

The missionary asked my great-great-grandfather, Hakim, “Did you know that the Messiah you are expecting has already arrived?” and told him that Jesus was the Messiah. Hakim was so upset that he slapped the missionary in the face and threw him out of the synagogue. But that wasn’t the end of the story…

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A Future for Judaism?
Author: David M.

Will God fulfill his promise of sustaining the Jewish people? Several Jewish authors express concern about our survival.

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If I Were to Follow Yeshua…
Author: Robyn Wilk

Following Yeshua will mean going against the flow of the values and priorities of the world. It may cost us relationships with family and friends, our reputations and opportunities. We might encounter suffering, heartache and rejection. But God will never desert us.

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Rejected by his secular Jewish family and harassed by anti-missionaries, this Israeli Jew found healing in Messiah
Author: Dan Sered

I take comfort in Jesus’ words: “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:29­–30).

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