December 2007 Newsletter (5768:4)

Irresistible, Irrepressible Hope
December 1, 2007

Question: On which day (or night) of the year are Israeli Jews most likely to set foot in a church? Answer: Christmas Day (or Eve). Surprised? It’s true. Add to that the annual “December dilemma” discussions in synagogues, Jewish newspapers, magazines and websites about Jewish participation in cultural/secular Christmas activities . . . and you […]

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Handel’s Messiah in Hebrew? In Israel? Hallelujah!

David Loden is regarded by many as the father of Messianic music in Israel. He began his musical career in the United States, first as a singer and then in New York as a professional actor, writer and composer. Today he serves in pastoral ministry in northern Israel, while maintaining a heart for the performing […]

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Test Your Yiddishkeit* (*Jewishness)

What does the word Hanukkah” mean? Why are there so many ways to spell it? (Hannukah, Hanukkah, Chanuka, Chanukah, etc.) What are Maccabees? (rhymes with whack-the-knees) What are dreydels? (rhymes with grey-gulls) What are latkes? (rhymes with not-guss or got-keys, depending on how you were raised) Why does Hanukkah last for eight days? Where in […]

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Moishe’s Musings
Author: Moishe Rosen

I must have been four years old; certainly under five. It was the month of December. We listened to the radio in our home, and I heard the songs about a jolly old man. I saw pictures of him too, in the day-old newspaper we got from the neighbors. And I knew his name. Santa. […]

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Front Row
Author: Ruth Rosen

On a clear night Obscure they trudged through miles of layered grains. Shepherds seeking a Bethlehem shed; A hovel housing the promise of glory in straw and precious proximity; A king who would not be piqued by simple society offering rustic reverence. Crossing the sea of shifting sand peripheral people came To gaze at the […]

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Bits from the Branches

Chicago Heather Blecher reports, “Helen (not her real name) contacted our San Francisco headquarters and identified herself as a Jewish believer in Jesus. When I called and invited her to a local branch event, she told me that while she has been going to church for a few years, she still had questions she’d like […]

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