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!

The Messiah Would be God!
Topics: messianic prophecy, divinity of jesus, divinity of the messiah
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Author: Rich Robinson

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?
Topics: teachings of jesus, jewishness of jesus, practices of judaism
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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?
Topics: jewish identity, jewish views of jesus, jewishness of jesus
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Author: Samuel Rood

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?
Topics: teachings of jesus, claims of jesus, historical Jesus
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Author: Rich Robinson

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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What Is Shalom: The True Meaning
Topics: effects of sin, peace with god
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Author: Susan Perlman

What is that very elusive quality we call shalom? For it means different things to different people. The ancient Hebrew concept of peace, is rooted in the word “shalom,” meant wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity, carrying with it the implication of permanence.

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Is Jesus a Rabbi?
Topics: teachings of jesus, teachings of judaism
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Yes, Jesus – Yeshua – was a rabbi, a teacher of Judaism in the first century A.D. But was he more than a rabbi?

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This Orthodox Jewish Psychotherapist Couldn’t Believe His Eyes…
Topics: our stories, isaiah 53, stories of doctors
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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?
Topics: branches of judaism, teachings of judaism, practices of judaism
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Did Jesus invent a new religion? The simple answer is that Jesus was a rabbi – a teacher of Judaism.

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Do Jews Believe in Sin?
Topics: yom kippur, repentance, sin nature
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Author: David M.

What does Judaism say about sin? Is sin relevant to Jewish life? Read here.

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Truth Hurts
Topics: absolute truth, sin nature, peace with god
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Author: Ruth Rosen

Hearing the truth can hurt. We admit it jestingly, but the old axiom has more meaning than most people want to know. When the truth hurts, one must choose either to endure pain or avoid truth—a distressing choice. What does this mean when we apply it to a spiritual reality?

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Is Christianity Anti-Semitic?
Topics: who killed jesus, persecution, christian anti-semitism
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For a professing Christian to side with the anti-Semite is to side not only against the Jewish Apostles who penned the Christian New Testament, but against the Jewish Messiah.

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Is the New Testament Jewish?
Topics: anti-semitism, jewishness of the new testament, apostle paul
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A look at the Jewishness of the authors, focus, language, and content of the New Testament.

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Jewishness and the Trinity
Topics: trinity, monotheism, shema
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Some claim that Jesus taught his followers to hate their mothers and fathesr. If true, that would obviously make Jesus an immoral and unethical teacher, since one of the Ten Commandments is to honor one’s parents. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” the Torah says in Exodus 20:12 NKJV.

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True, Trustworthy and Relevant: Does the Bible Prove Itself?
Topics: bible, archaeology
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The Bible is not only interesting, helpful and relevant: it is true. Keep reading to see the proof – historical, geological, and more!

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Did He Or Didn’t He? Jewish Views of the Resurrection of Jesus
Topics: resurrection, jewish views of jesus, divinity of jesus, historical Jesus, death of jesus
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Author: David M.

Jewish scholars have paid more attention to the person of Yeshua (Jesus) in the last hundred years than they have in the previous nineteen hundred.

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The Genealogy of the Messiah
Topics: messiah ben david, genealogy of the messiah, genealogy of jesus
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The genealogies in Matthew and Luke present a portrait of the Messiah through four titles: Son of David, Son of Abraham, Son of Adam and Son of God.

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The Messianic Time Table According to Daniel the Prophet
Topics: messianic prophecy, messiah to die, end times
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More than any other book of the Hebrew Scriptures, the writings of the prophet Daniel confront us with evidence of the time of Messiah’s coming.

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Who’s the Subject of Isaiah 53? You Decide!
Topics: messianic prophecy, isaiah 53
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Explore the passage of Jewish Scripture that the rabbis deemed too dangerous to keep in the regular synagogue calendar readings. Get the whole scoop on Isaiah 53.

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The Healing: Jeff and Lisa’s Story
Topics: our stories, miracles, healing
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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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Why Aren’t Messianic Jews Accepted by the Jewish Community?
Topics: jewish community issues, jewish identity, rejection by jewish community
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For 2000 years, Jewish community leaders have continued this tradition of excluding Messianic Jews. 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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The Claims of Jesus
Topics: jewish views of jesus, divinity of jesus, claims of jesus
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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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Why Are the Jewish People Called the “Chosen People?”
Topics: abrahamic covenant, chosen people, promises of god for israel
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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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Spiritual Secrets? A Messianic Jew Reflects on Kabbalah
Topics: our stories, kabbalah, peace of mind
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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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Who is Jesus? Meet the most famous Jew who ever lived.
Topics: divinity of jesus, jewishness of jesus, claims of jesus
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Author: Susan Perlman

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

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Was Hitler a Christian?
Topics: dietrich bonhoeffer, christian anti-semitism, holocaust history
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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
Topics: resurrection, afterlife
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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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