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.
Jews and Christmas: An International Perspective
"When the 2013 Pew survey revealed that 4 percent of American Orthodox Jews reported having a Christmas tree, I was shocked! What’s more, the study indicated that one-third of all American Jews claim to have a Christmas tree, as well. I began to wonder if the Jewish relationship with Christmas was more complicated than I had realized."Read ›
Nine Ways to Fight
Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Within the last year, there have been multiple synagogue shootings and countless reports of anti-Semitic incidents. In times like these, one’s initial reaction is to take action, but what should we do? Here are 9 ways you can fight anti-Semitism.Read ›
Anti-Semitism in France: Where Ancient History Meets Modern Rhetoric
What is it like to be a Messianic Jew living in Paris during this time of heightened anti-Semitism? Here is a sobering look at it and an exploration of what’s at the root of this problem.Read ›
Why Including Christians in Jewish Traditions is Key to Fighting Anti-Semitism
Cultural appropriation is a serious offense. Where is the line between appropriation and appreciation? Can Christians participate in traditional Jewish celebrations without it turning into appropriation or leading to anti-Semitism? Does belief in Jesus invalidate Messianic Jewish people from continuing to observe Jewish traditions?Read ›
Is He Jewish Enough?
The man who would one day lead his Jewish people to redemption and bring down the Torah from Sinai chose not to reveal that he was a Hebrew. He actively identified as an Egyptian, and that’s how he would have gone down in history if God had not intervened. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the textbook for Jewish identity, the definition of that identity always comes from God.Read ›
Inclusivity should actually be a foundational part of our Jewish identity. And according to the Hebrew Scriptures, it’s nothing short of our destiny. Opening our arms to the nations and gathering those at the fringes doesn’t dilute our identity. If anything, it points us back to the heart of God’s calling for our people all along.Read ›
Finding Spiritual Harmony in Your Interfaith Relationship
More than 50 percent of all Jewish marriages are to non-Jews, and over 70 percent of all Jewish romantic partnerships are with Gentiles. Unfortunately, research indicates that interfaith couples experience more threats to their marital stability than same-faith couples.Read ›
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. They have emerged from the mouths of self-proclaimed Christians, from atheists—from both those who consider themselves religious and those who do not. And it has to stop.Read ›
Five Things About Esther That Nobody Talks About
Purim is not complete without the reading of the story of Esther. She is one of the few, true heroines of the Tanach. But 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.Read ›
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.Read ›
Jewish Father. Catholic Mother. Protestant Wife. My Cure for Spiritual Confusion
I had a semblance of Jewish education and a strong sense of Jewish identity. But since my home was a home without God – and since the Christians and the Jews I knew did not seem to truly believe – I assumed that God must be present elsewhere.Read ›