Movie review | The Pianist

by Diane Halm | Nov 16, 2016Movie review The Pianist Director, Roman Polanski 2002; running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes Adapted from Wladyslaw Szpilman’s autobiography, The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski, tells the story of Szpilman, a Jewish pianist for Polish Radio, from Warsaw, Poland. The...

History & Timeline

History & Timeline Here's a little look at our history as an organization If you view the timeline of the Jews for Jesus ministry, you’ll notice that in the 1970s, Jews for Jesus opened several branches in the United States. We also began our first secular...

Movie review | Life is Beautiful

by Diane Halm | Jul 29, 2016

Life is Beautiful, written, directed and starring Roberto Benigni (who won the Best Actor Oscar for this role), captures the power of love, family and imagination to conquer all.

The Day Purim Wasn’t Happy

The day before Purim is traditionally a fast day in remembrance of Haman’s plot to kill the Jews. Purim itself is supposed to be a happy occasion, celebrating the subsequent deliverance of the Jewish people from genocide during the days of King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther.

It was different for some Jews in March of 1942.

It’s Chrismukkah Season! Huh?

Is the made-up holiday Chrismukkah a good idea? Does it meet the needs of kids growing up in mixed marriage homes? The writer suggests there’s a better way.

It Could Have Been Me

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. 

A Paris Reflection

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea…” (Psalm 46).  The Lord reminded me of these words when our cherished city was attacked.

Wartime and the Ultimate Sacrifice

A quick look at the American holiday Veterans Day and what it has to do with Yeshua of Nazareth. Is there common ground between the soldier who sacrifices his life to save his friends and Jesus’ death?

A Jewish Halloween?

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!

The Blessing of Animals

Attention Jewish animal devotees: would you like to have your dog, cat, hamster or parakeet blessed, synagogue-style? You can! In fact, you don’t even have to be physically present at the synagogue to receive said blessing.

May You Be Inscribed with Possibility

Whether you’re Orthodox, a “High Holiday Jew,” a self-proclaimed “bad Jew,” “Jew-ish,” or just have a Jewish relative or friend, you might find this season a suitable time to reflect on some spiritual possibilities.

Put Up Or Shut Up

I recently learned that the meaning of the phrase “Put up or shut up” comes from boxing, when one fighter would challenge another and require him to put up money for a match or stop his fighting words. I’m guessing that’s the same origin for another expression, “Put your money where your mouth is.”

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