December 1989 Newsletter (5750:2)

Not Pretty as a Picture
December 1, 1989
Author: Avi Snyder

I don’t object to the pictures on holiday greeting cards. There’s something very serene about the way most of the Nativity scenes are depicted. But there’s something a bit inaccurate about all that serenity. The prettier the picture of Yeshua’s birth, the more removed we are from the reality of the scene, and there are…

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A Transformed Celebration
Topics: hanukkah

As a child, I was always envious of my next-door neighbor who got to celebrate Christmas. Being Jewish, I had my own holiday, Hanukkah, but the Gentile holiday seemed so much bigger, so much better. I did not consider the meaning of either day, only the outward trappings, and my festivity did not measure up….

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A Hanukkah Story
Author: Stan Meyer

I remember growing up knowing somehow that God was very real. My family was Reformed Jewish. That meant we were not extremely observant, but we held onto our Jewish identity. Dad would hold services” in our living room, and we would read out of the standard Reform siddur—the Union Prayer Book. (We had these Sabbath…

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We’re Glad You Asked…

QUESTION: How do you deal with a Jewish person’s fear of loss of ethnic identity in becoming a Christian? Someone in our church just led a Jewish woman to Christ. Although she is now a Christian, she says, I want to keep my Jewish culture and tradition.” What should we say to her? ANSWER: First…

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Mother and Son
Author: Art Weiner

Several months ago a Christian woman called our office. Since one of our presentations at a church in her area, Dory had been receiving our Newsletter. She had recently met a Jewish woman named Lisa who was quite interested in Jesus, and they had discussed the subject a number of times. Some of Lisa’s questions…

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Give Them To Eat
Topics: christmas
Author: Lori Baron

It was late afternoon. I was sitting in front of the computer at the Shalom Center, our San Francisco missionary branch office. After a day of phone ministry and tract distribution, I was physically and emotionally drained, but I needed to tackle some administrative work. The doorbell rang and Dan Farris, my branch co-worker, went…

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Beyond the Barrier of Commercialism

Despite the commercialism and secularization of the Christmas season, it remains a special time of year to believers in Jesus. At Christmas we think more readily of the impact of Christ’s birth, the joy that heralded his arrival and the majesty he forfeited in order to come and live among us. Many who are not…

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Whose Party Is It?
Author: Moishe Rosen

The Christmas season seems to be both the happiest and saddest time of year. For some, Christmas provides an occasion for family warmth and togetherness. For others, however, it causes consternation. Some non-Christians see Christmas as an alien rite foisted on them annually, like it or not. Some who are not religious” still like the…

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Saludos! Is Spanish your first language? We are thinking about printing a Spanish edition of the Jews for Jesus Newsletter! If we can ascertain that at least 1 out of 20 of our Newsletter readers would prefer it, next year we will try to have a couple of our Newsletter editions translated into Spanish. If…

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Late-Breaking News!
Topics: christmas

After the major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04 p.m. on October 17, we received many phone calls from concerned friends. People from all over the world wanted to know if we were all right. Yes, we are all right. No, no one was injured. Sure, it was scary. When you…

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