Havurah

Havurah comes from the Hebrew word “haver” which means “friend.” Havurah usually describes a community of friends who gather together to discuss their common interests and concerns. Jewish believers in Jesus face unique challenges and questions and this publication is one way of addressing them.
How do I integrate my ethnic heritage into my faith in Jesus? How can I best relate to family members who do not share my faith? How can I handle the sentiment of many other Jews that by believing in Jesus, I’m being a traitor to my people?
If these are your questions, then Havurah is for you. Havurah appears four times a year. You can subscribe here.

Has Hanukkah Passed Its Expiration Date? A Slightly Contrarian—But Not Really—Reflection
Author: Rich Robinson

Quick, when I say “Hanukkah,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I admit that I thought of latkes before anything else. I light a menorah each year, but it’s an electric one (a safety matter, plus I got a really nice one at Bed Bath & Beyond), so there’s no scent of burning […]

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“Strange” International Facts About Hanukkah and Christmas
Author: Rich Robinson

Jews might be surprised to learn about some Hanukkah and Christmas customs that take place in countries other than their own. For example: In nineteenth-century Alsace (a region of France), two-tiered menorahs holding sixteen candles were used: one tier for the father, the other for his son. In Morocco, Algeria, and sometimes India, menorahs used […]

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Recipe: Award-Winning Potato Pancakes (Latkes)
Author: Melissa Moskowitz

I don’t like to brag, but I did win first place for this recipe at a Hanukkah party held by the Chicagoland-area Messianic community. What won the judges over? “We loved the onions,” they said. Latkes are traditionally eaten with homemade applesauce or sour cream, but some prefer their latkes with ketchup. 4 large potatoes, scrubbed […]

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Death: How Do We Respond?
Author: Rich Robinson

This article is adapted from the original which appeared in the Winter 2012 print edition of Havurah. We are republishing it in this Tisha Be’Av season. Tisha Be’Av memorializes tragedies that befell the Jewish people as a nation. It is also an appropriate season to talk about the personal tragedies that come into our lives […]

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Nothing New Under the Sun

What Jewish Young Adults Today Have in Common with Their Parents’ Generation, and Why They Are Just as Open to The Gospel by Arielle Randle “How do we reach Millennials?” This is an important question to raise at a time when many people are analyzing the spiritual climate of 2016. It is not a question only about […]

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A Portrait of Messianic Jews
Author: Rich Robinson

Someone once perceptively said, “Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off.”

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A Profile of North American Messianic Jews

A Profile of North American Messianic Jews
A study conducted by Jews for Jesus
by Andrew Barron and Beverly Jamison
10/11/2014

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Missouri, Math, and Messiah: A Jewish Statistician’s Story
Author: Beverly Jamison

Beverly Jamison was the lead statistical researcher for our survey. She is 100% the mathematician, and since behind every statistic there lies a story, she agreed to tell hers for Havurah.

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English Translation of hodu.co.il Article

Media coverage of “India Night,” an exhibition by Jews for Jesus staff in Tel Aviv, Israel, about their travels in India.

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Movie Review: Flipping Out
Author: Gefen Ridley

Review of a 2008 documentary about Israelis who travel to India, get involved with the drug scene, and “flip out.”

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Havurah Round Table

Interviews with people who minister to Israeli trekkers in South/Central America and elsewhere.

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Israeli Traveler Ministry: An Intentional Missions Response to Contemporary Israeli Culture
Author: Aaron Trank

Each year 30,000–40,000 Israelis travel the world as a rite of passage. Many are uniquely open to considering the Messianic claims of Jesus.

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To whom does the Prophet Refer?
Author: Rich Robinson

Aaron Trank’s conclusions may surprise some. But what does the text itself say? There are in fact valid reasons to see applications of Isaiah 53 to Israel as well as to the Messiah. First, Isaiah often identifies the servant as Israel, yet in some way as apart from Israel. In Isaiah 41:8, 44:1, 44:21, 45:4 […]

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Marc Chagall and Jesus

Marc Chagall’s extensive repertoire of artwork, in which Jesus and the crucifixion is the central subject, assuredly begs the question: “What’s a nice Jewish boy like you doing painting a nice Jewish boy like him?” The artist’s preoccupation with Jesus as a symbol of Jewish suffering and deliverance provides much fuel for discussion from both […]

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Jesus and Jewish Suffering: a Perspective from Paris
Author: Joshua Turnil

If one were to give a hard and honest look at the heritage of Israel’s heroes, one would be forced to concede that it is not a triumphant past. Moses, at his apogee, came down from a holy mountain experience only to be “welcomed” by collective and unmitigated disloyalty in the shadow of the infamous […]

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Jesus and Jewish Suffering: an Israeli Perspective
Author: Dan Sered

Suffering is international and cross-cultural. It is something that unites all human beings, because we all experience it at one point or another. Therefore, suffering is not specifically Jewish—although in Jewish history there has been a great deal of suffering. My country, Israel, was birthed from the pain of one of humanity’s greatest experiences of […]

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Check out this summer’s opportunities— To participate or for more information, contact: [email protected] The Americas New York City Campaign: June 29–July 26 — http://j4j.co/nyswc Brazil World Cup Outreach: June 13–July 12 Halutzim (ages 16-18): July 13–26 — www.halutzim.com Europe Campaigns Moscow (June 1–14) Berlin (July 3–19) Budapest (July 24–August 9) Israel Massah (June 8–August 12). […]

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Ruth Gottlieb: A Poignant Life. Paris: Juifs pour Jésus. 45 mins. In French with English subtitles

Ruth Gottlieb does not seem to be significantly different from any other octogenarian one might meet—other than her remarkable sharpness of mind. But then she begins to tell her story, one of sorrow upon sorrow. From the loss of nearly all her loved ones to the horrors of the Holocaust, Ruth has seen more suffering […]

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The Innocent Victim
Author: Avi Snyder

For Jews in some parts of the world, suffering has been an especially intimate part of life.Havurah asked three Jewish believers, from Eastern Europe, France, and Israel, to reflect on Jesus and Jewish suffering. Judit believes in the existence of sin. She’s certainly seen enough of it to be convinced. As a child, she escaped […]

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The Suffering of Jesus and the Suffering of Israel A Reflection on Isaiah 53
Author: Aaron Trank

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see […]

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Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation: Does Politics Trump Unity?
Author: Aaron Trank

Several issues ago in Havurah we addressed the topic of unity within the Messianic movement, namely reconciliation between Jewish believers in Jesus who are pursuing God in various ways from different corners of the Messianic community. The pursuit of Messianic unity and reconciliation resonates with our hearts and brings to mind the Jewish folk song […]

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Havurah Round Table

Havurah posed the following urgent questions to four individuals—three Jewish, one (Galen Peterson) gentile. All four have been involved in dialoguing with those whose positions on crucial issues sometimes differ greatly from their own, especially regarding Israel and the Middle East. Here are the questions; Havurah welcomes your feedback on their responses ([email protected] or facebook.com/HavurahMag). […]

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Review: Through My Enemy’s Eyes
Author: Josh Cohen

As its title suggests, Through My Enemy’s Eyes: Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine, promotes empathy as the virtue necessary for peace. Called to love their enemy by their Messiah, Israeli Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians are best suited to this task. The authors, Salim J. Munayer and Lisa Loden, a Palestinian Christian and an Israeli Messianic […]

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Reconcile Yourself to These! Camp Gilgal Wonderful Winter Weekend. It’s like summer camp without the mosquitoes! Southern California, Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2014 Northern California, Feb. 14–16, 2014 And now’s the time to consider: New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign, June 29–July 26, 2014 Massah, June 8–August 13, 2014 World Cup Outreach in Brazil, June 13–July […]

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