Issues

If you’re Jewish and want to figure out how Jesus relates to Jewish concerns, this is the publication for you. Also helpful for Jewish believers to read and give to family and friends. If you have a Jewish friend, roommate, co-worker, doctor, or poet laureate (okay, the last one may be a bit unlikely) who is curious and would like to hear from us, you can share our subscription link, or get ISSUES for yourself: click here to subscribe to ISSUES.

A Persian Jew’s Series of Fortunate Events
Author: Miriam Koenig

We don’t always recognize the significance of events as they happen in our lives until we look back and see how everything fits together.

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From Iran to Tehrangeles: Five Generations of Jewish Faith in Jesus

The missionary asked my great-great-grandfather, Hakim, “Did you know that the Messiah you are expecting has already arrived?” and told him that Jesus was the Messiah. Hakim was so upset that he slapped the missionary in the face and threw him out of the synagogue. But that wasn’t the end of the story…

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If I Were to Follow Yeshua…
Author: Robyn Wilk

Following Yeshua will mean going against the flow of the values and priorities of the world. It may cost us relationships with family and friends, our reputations and opportunities. We might encounter suffering, heartache and rejection. But God will never desert us.

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Rejected by his secular Jewish family and harassed by anti-missionaries, this Israeli Jew found healing in Messiah
Author: Dan Sered

I take comfort in Jesus’ words: “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:29­–30).

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Me, My Jewish Family and Jesus

Although my faith made for some uncomfortable times with my parents, it also led to some thoughtful and fruitful discussions. And, much to their credit, they never allowed it to rupture our relationship.

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Jews and the Occult
Author: Matt Sieger

Occult forces? Evil entities? Isn’t that just medieval superstitious mishegoss? No, unfortunately, it’s not. Satan is real and out to destroy God’s greatest creation, humankind. His favorite target? Our Jewish people.

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Out of the Black Hole
Author: Matt Sieger

Looking back, I realize that probably 75 percent of the people in that occult encounter group were Jewish. Just as I believe there is a God, I believe that Satan is real and seeks to destroy the Jewish people.

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The Occult: A Primer
Author: Matt Sieger

The Hebrew Scriptures specifically warn us against dabbling in the occult: “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer [practitioner of the dark arts] or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

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Running from the Truth

Below the surface were the unanswered questions, “Who am I? Can I know God? What follows death? Can I have the positive assurance that my sins are forgiven?”

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The Mysterious Us and Them

He asked if I wanted to pray. I replied, “Sure, where’s the prayer book?” “You don’t need one,” he explained. “Just talk to God from your heart.” I folded my arms across my chest, looked upwards, and said, “God, I don’t know who You are. But I’m tired of doing it by myself, so You have a go.”

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The Jew for Jesus Next Door
Author: Stan Meyer

Josh Leon lives and works in the Orthodox community. One of the things he enjoys most is plowing through the rabbinic texts and discovering what he believes is more evidence that Jesus fulfilled the messianic expectations of his Jewish people.

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Can Israel Survive ISIS

Today’s threat from ISIS is not the first time Israel has faced radical fundamentalism from Syria. The modern-day fundamentalism is a flash forward of what the prophet Daniel predicted (and which came to pass in the second century b.c.). But today’s existential threat to Israel is building to a far greater crisis.

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Life in Israel: I Will Fear No Evil
Author: Shimon Eitan

In these times of stress and uncertainty, many people rely on one another to feel supported, holding onto each other for strength. But it is difficult to grip the arm of your friend when the ground seems to be shaking underneath your feet. For the few of us in Israel who believe in Yeshua, we know that the only thing reliable and strong enough to hold us is the Lord.

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An Israeli Soldier and a Believer in Jesus

Afer Yoel and his five siblings, all born in the U.S., made aliyah with their mom and dad, he and his brother Dan served in an elite unit in the IDF, where both have narrowly escaped death in combat. Yoel, a Messianic Jew, shares his story and reflects on the difficult subject of God’s protection in battle.

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The Good, the Bad and the Unleavened
Author: Aaron Lewin

“Why on this night do we only eat matzah?” It really is the million-dollar question. Why do we have to eat this dry, crumbly bread for eight nights?

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A Jewish family’s turn to faith: Synagogue, Bar Mitzvahs, Bible studies, and a “Christian” Seder
Author: Rob Wertheim

I was excited to be heading to the West Coast to visit my older brother Steve. My dad had returned to New York with the good news that Steve had found a place with a nice Jewish landlady who would “keep an eye on him.”

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The Israelites Blew It—and So Do We
Author: Samuel Rood

I remember watching the closing moments of The Prince of Egypt, Stephen Spielberg’s animated telling of the Exodus story. Moses descends Mount Sinai carrying the Ten Commandments on two stone tablets, and uplifting music plays as the movie ends.

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jews and gender

When God Had Two Genders
Author: Rich Robinson

Humanity has brought sin into the world, resulting in estrangement from God, our own selves, one another and nature. We are no longer who God intended us to be—whether we identify as male, female, or one of Facebook’s 58 genders.

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A Jewish Psychiatrist Looks at Transsexualism

A Jewish Psychiatrist Looks at Transsexualism
Author: Irving S. Wiesner, M.D.

Sexuality is a core aspect of our identity and a part of the basis upon which we interact with others and even God Himself.

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a letter to my sister

A Letter to My Sister
Author: anonymous

A Jewish believer in Jesus pens a heartfelt letter to his sister, who is a lesbian.

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Set Free from the Gay Lifestyle
Topics: our stories
Author: Sam Kofsky

Set Free from the Gay Lifestyle I am Jewish by birth. But I was not raised in the traditions of Judaism. I did not attend Hebrew school or synagogue. The only time God was mentioned around the house was as a swear word. My mom and dad were atheists, though they had a...

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Hanukkah’s Historical Dilemma
Author: Stan Meyer

The Hebrew Scriptures predicted the specific events of the Hanukkah story hundreds of years before they occurred.

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The Hanukkah/Christmas Connection
Author: Diane Halm

Some years Hanukkah and Christmas collide. But what is the spiritual connection between the two holidays?

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The Night before Chrismukkah
Author: Diane Halm

‘Twas the night before Chrismukkah, when all through the house…

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Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein and the Discarded New Testament
Author: Matt Sieger

As a young rabbi, Isaac Lichtenstein (1825–1908) reprimanded a young man for showing him a Bible containing a New Testament, took the book from him, and put it on a corner shelf. Thirty years later Lichtenstein opened the book… and it changed his life.

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The Beginning and End of Time
Author: Matt Sieger

The Bible not only speaks of an end to this world, but also of a new beginning—a new heaven and a new earth. While the Hebrew Scriptures allude to this new world, the New Testament describes it in great detail.

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