December 2011 Newsletter (5772:4)

Another December Dilemma
December 1, 2011

Right about now, Jewish newspapers, magazines, online blogs and even synagogue sermons are addressing the recurring theme of the “December Dilemma.” That phrase refers to the sense of alienation many Jewish people feel in the midst of a culture that makes so much of Christmas. Not only do many feel out of step or excluded, […]

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Bits from the Branches

San Francisco Rob Wertheim reports: “Thanks to those of you who prayed for Jeff* after seeing the September newsletter (we told about our witness to him in the ‘Back to School’ article.) He’d been meeting up with many of us on staff, and was even attending church, yet had not taken that step of faith. […]

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Christmas Is Still a Jewish Holiday
Author: Ruth Wardell

Reprinted from Havurah (Jews for Jesus publication for Jewish believers in Jesus) It was my joy to share Yeshua with Jewish people in New York City as far back as 1946! As a missionary with the American Board of Missions to the Jews, I recall that some of our greatest times of outreach were through […]

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Light in the Darkness

As David mentioned, one way that we deal with the Christ-less Christmas culture around us is to step up efforts to engage people in meaningful conversations about Jesus. That includes extra sorties (tract-passing expeditions). In Russia and Ukraine, our evangelists usually conduct what they refer to as mini-Hanukkah campaigns. Last year they named their special […]

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Moishe’s Musings
Author: Moishe Rosen

Excerpted from Moishe’s December 1995 newsletter article, “The Reason for the Season.” God did not win the destiny for Abraham’s offspring through the might of armies or by the securing of Israel’s borders—but by the birth of a baby. Such a fragile thread from which to hang the heavy hopes and dreams of a people! […]

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Prayer Prompters

Please pray for: God to bless the extra gospel seed that our missionaries are sowing among crowds of people who are shopping or attending outdoor Christmas or Hanukkah events (like the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center). Jewish seekers to attend the Hanukkah parties that many of our branches will be conducting God […]

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Parallels and Contrasts of Hanukkah and Christmas
December 1, 2002

Hanukkah Christmas MACABEES A small band of guerilla fighters supernaturally defeat the King of Syria and all his resources MESSIAH Baby Yeshua (Jesus) supernaturally survives despite Herod’s death warrant on all boys his age: “Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘Arise, take the […]

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