April 2013 Newsletter (5773:8)

The Rat
April 1, 2013

I have been living with a little terrorist. “Rattus Muridae” invaded my house late last October. At first I was merely annoyed. Having just returned from an overseas trip, I discovered my “little cuties” (small tangerines I had left in a basket on my kitchen counter) with their tops chewed off and most of the […]

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Eats, Shoots and Leaves
March 31, 2013
Author: Stephen Pacht

In her 2004 bestseller, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, UK author Lynne Truss laments the demise of good punctuation. Her title is based on a joke about a panda who eats in a restaurant, then shoots the patrons. As the panda heads towards the exit, a surviving waiter, surveying the carnage, asks the panda: “Why did […]

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My Personal Journey to Understand
March 30, 2013

Because the Lord has granted me a ministry to several Jewish people who survived the Nazi Holocaust, I am doing my best to learn about and better understand the loss, grief, guilt, and trauma that they suffered. Last week, Oded, a close friend, and I visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. –> Because the […]

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Ambiguity: A Defense Against Truth?
March 29, 2013
Author: Andrew Barron

Alan was spiritually hungry. He wanted me to know that he strongly identified as a Jew, yet he was not finding answers to spiritual questions that haunted and preoccupied him. I spent quite a bit of time with Alan. I told him that there were no easy answers to his questions. I shared my story […]

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Questions in the Face of Suffering
March 28, 2013
Author: Andrew Barron

I have learned a lot about God from the Holocaust. This may sound unsettling, but I’ve come to feel that much can be learned in the crucible of that catastrophe of 40 years ago. The Founder of Jews for Jesus, Moishe Rosen, says…

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Reopening Abraham’s Wells: Hungary’s Special Story
March 27, 2013
Author: Kata Tar

“And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them” (Genesis 26:18). Hungary’s history has developed a special type of Jew. Our […]

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Bits from the Branches
March 26, 2013

Sydney, Australia Bob Mendelsohn reports, “After preaching at a nearby church, I went into our office/storefront to handle some administrative details. After I finished, I decided to stay a bit longer. Within twenty minutes, in walked Noam and Yishai, two twenty-something Israelis. Noam explained that Yishai was curious, so we sat in the ‘conversation corner,’ […]

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Cartoon
March 23, 2013

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Online Extras
March 22, 2013

The expanded edition of our newsletter will connect you with: A timeless follow up to David’s lead article (“The Rat”) titled “Focused Prayer, Our Secret Weapon” by Ceil Rosen Bonus article: Andrew Barron’s thoughts on how the Holocaust has shaped Jewish thinking and how the problem of suffering affects Jews and Gentiles Take this Holocaust […]

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