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.

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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Asaph and Me

My Jewish friend told me that he had found his Judaism and the God of Judaism at that church. He was now, for the first time, truly proud and excited to be Jewish. I was shocked but curiously intrigued.

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A Brooklyn-bred Jews for Jesus co-founder looks back on her journey to faith: “Jesus People,” Larry Norman, Breast Cancer, and Hope in Yeshua
Author: Susan Perlman

When I was diagnosed with cancer, my mother said to me, “Why you, Susan?” I remember replying, “Why not me? Would it be better if it were someone else’s daughter?

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Jewish Followers of Jesus Who Perished in the Shoah
Author: Elliot Klayman

Jews who believed in Jesus got no “exemption” from the Holocaust.

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Leon Rosenberg: the Tragedy of the Beth El Congregation

About 300 members of the Beth El Congregation of Hebrew Christians in Warsaw died in the Holocaust, including Leon Rosenberg’s daughter and her husband.

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Bazyli Jocz: Believer and Shoah Martyr

Bazyli Jocz, a Jewish believer in Jesus who worked with the Church’s Ministry among Jewish People (CMJ) in Warsaw, Poland, was betrayed to the Gestapo and shot.

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Theresienstadt: The Same Fate
Author: Kai Kjær-Hansen

It is estimated that as many as ten percent of the Jews in Nazi Germany believed in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. And they suffered and went to their deaths along with their fellow Jews.

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What Happened to Jewish Believers in Jesus in Nazi Germany?
Author: Judith Rood

Until she began teaching about the Holocaust at Christian colleges and universities, author Judith Mendelsohn Rood had no idea that many of the Jews killed in the Holocaust were professing Christians.

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves)
Author: Rich Robinson

We each have a paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience. What’s yours?

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves), Part Two
Author: Rich Robinson

We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.

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No More Religious Confusion
Author: Shimon Eitan

When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.

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Thinking Twice about Bob Dylan
Author: Matt Sieger

The enigmatic musician has had much to say about Jesus in song and in interviews.

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Dylan’s Biblical Lyrics
Author: Matt Sieger

Bob Dylan’s lyrics give us some insight into his religious beliefs.

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René Bloch: The Rabbi with Swing
Author: Matt Sieger

It’s not every day that a musician who played with famous big bands ends up becoming a rabbi.

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Walking Back to Happiness
Author: Helen Shapiro

In 1963, 16-year-old British singing sensation Helen Shapiro was so popular that the Beatles were her opening act on tour!

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Why Would I Want Jesus?
Author: Valerie Cymes

A California girl moves to England to pursue her passion to play rock and roll; then everything falls apart.

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An Interview with Shai Sol Hever

Young Israeli musician causes a stir on national television when she says she is a follower of Yeshua (Jesus).

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“So What’s a Messianic Jew, Anyway?”
Author: Lex Rofes

Lex Rofex, who writes for Jewschool, interviewed Aaron Trank of Jews for Jesus to find out just exactly what a Messianic Jew is, anyway.

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An Interview with Paul Liberman
Author: Matt Sieger

Paul Liberman’s The Fig Tree Blossoms: Messianic Judaism Emerges has sold over 100,000 copies. ISSUES interviews Liberman, who was at the forefront of that movement in the 1970s.

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The Ultimate Scapegoat
Author: Josh Sofaer

Someone has already taken the blame for all of our wrongdoing. But we must acknowledge him as God’s scapegoat, the atonement for our sins.

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Bored and Hungry: Why Millennials will be Falling Asleep in Services this Yom Kippur

When a third of Jewish Americans born after 1980 describe themselves as having no religion, how many of us will make an appearance at temple for the High Holidays this year?

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The Yom Kippur I Will Never Forget
Author: Jason Meyerson

A young Jewish man who loved arguing about religion was ready to dismantle the arguments of Jews for Jesus.

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Does Science Dispel Faith?
Author: James Tour

World-renowned chemist James Tour, a Jew who believes in Jesus, says that science has served to strengthen, not weaken, his faith.

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