Issues

We want to have honest conversations with open-minded Jewish people about issues that deeply affect our people and how these issues relate to Jesus.

We realize these are not static issues, but part of ongoing conversations our people have been having for thousands of years. We want to hear your voice too. Send us an email or chat with us live!

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Jesus and Sukkot (Feast of Booths)

A miracle on the Feast of Tabernacles and how the Jewish holiday points to great joy for the future.

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4 Ways to Reimagine Your Rosh Hashanah

We all know Rosh Hashanah for its autumn decor, delectable apples and honey, and lively party energy. But it’s also a deeply spiritual time. Here are four ways Jewish thinkers from around the world suggest we can re-examine this classic holiday with a renewed perspective.

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How We’re Loving Our Neighbors, Even During COVID-19

One of the most widely known commands of the Torah is to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. What does this look like during a year like 2020 with social distancing, lockdowns, closures, and neighbors who may or may not be following the established protocols?

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How I Became a Barista for Jews for Jesus

In the 1970s when Jews for Jesus was founded, if you had a message to get out, the way to do it was street corner-to-street corner. Today, those connections have shifted online or into “third spaces” that are designed to facilitate dialogue outside of home and work environments.

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4 Things You Don’t Know About Shavuot

Shavuot has been relegated to the status of a lesser-celebrated holiday on our Jewish calendar. Yet it is a festival that reminds us that God meets both our physical and our spiritual needs. Here are four interesting things about this holiday you might not know!

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Welcome to the Raging ’20s!

I woke up on January 1st to an unusually large number of text messages, the cleverest being, “Welcome to the roaring ’20s!” But three Jewish people had just been shot and killed less than 30 minutes from my house. Five more had been stabbed an hour away at a Hanukkah party. The progressive and prosperous era of the 1920s had never felt so far away.

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Did You Know? Christmas Facts

Christmas may not be considered a Jewish holiday but these fun facts are sure to broaden your knowledge of the history surrounding this celebration. You may even surprise party guests with your witty knowledge of the subject, making you "that guy" among the group.

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Chosen for What?

In order to be the light that we were called to be, we need to integrate the two most essential commands of the Torah into who we are and how we live. It was to love God and to love our neighbors that the Jewish people were chosen.”

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How do you respond when people say that the Jews killed Jesus?

Unfortunately, one of the most common phrases a Jewish person can hear is this: “The Jews killed Jesus.” Such condemnations have plagued the Jewish people for the last two thousand years, acting as the fuel behind countless anti-Semitic atrocities throughout history. And it has to stop.

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The Search for the Historical Jesus

Yes, Jesus existed. But he is much more than a historical figure. Both Jews and Gentiles have been gripped by the person of Jesus as they read the Gospel accounts. If even non-believers must acknowledge Jesus’ existence, then the Gospels make it evident that he has the power to change our lives.

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Finding Mindfulness in the Jewish Scriptures

Counter to contemporary Western culture, where meditation is often a therapeutic exercise for self-improvement, in the Scriptures it is a path to encounter God by giving attention to His message.

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Is Mindfulness Meditation Jewish?

Meditation in the Jewish Scriptures describes a different approach to mindfulness meditation: in the Scriptures, mindfulness meditation refers to applying one’s attention upon God, His Word, and His attributes.

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4 Things to Know About Jewish Healing

Interacting with a personal God who listens to our prayers and cares about our daily affairs feels foreign to many Jewish people. Thus the Jewish healing movement is an opportunity to explore one’s spiritual beliefs and develop new ways of relating to God.

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Spiritual but Not Religious?

Issues relevant to the "spiritual but not religious" movement are so ancient that the Jewish Bible addresses many of them—and so does Jesus in the “Newer” Testament.

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The Messiah Would be God!

The New Testament throughout shows that Jesus is indeed the “Mighty God” who has come among us as a human being. Jesus does things only God can do, such as forgive sins and command nature to obey him.

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Q&A: What Kind of Jew was Jesus?

The kind of Judaism Jesus represented is debated, but Judaism it was. For there was as yet nothing called “Christianity.”

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Will I Still Be Jewish If I Follow Jesus?

God made you Jewish on purpose. What if faith in Jesus enables you to discover the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the One who has the final say on what being Jewish means?

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Was Jesus the Founder of Christianity?

Scholars and theologians debate the particular kind of Judaism Jesus represented, but it was Judaism nonetheless. There was, as yet, nothing called “Christianity.”

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This Orthodox Jewish Psychotherapist Couldn’t Believe His Eyes…

Hans handed Rich the Bible. “In that millisecond,” Rich recalls, “my life was shattered. The name that I saw at the top of the page was Isaiah! Hans had been reading to me from MY Bible, from my Hebrew Scriptures, and I felt as though someone had taken a sword and cut me to pieces.”

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What Religion Was Jesus?

Did Jesus invent a new religion? The simple answer is that Jesus was a rabbi – a teacher of Judaism.

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