December 2012 Newsletter (5773:4)

Who is the Shammash?
November 30, 2012

Shammash is a Hebrew word that means servant. In the Jewish community, shammash (also spelled “shammas”) commonly refers to the sexton—the person who manages the synagogue facilities and keeps things running smoothly. In the Middle Ages the term referenced a more prestigious position. The shammash helped to conduct prayer, lead the worship services and even […]

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Remembering Jhan Moskowitz 1948-2012
November 29, 2012

In the early 1970s, Jews for Jesus Founder Moishe Rosen was blessed to invest in a core group of very special people. These men and women were fully committed to making the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people—even before our ministry was officially up and running. These were the cofounders of […]

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Operation Light of the World
November 28, 2012

In Russia and Ukraine, our staff has a name for their annual Hanukkah outreach: “Operation Light of the World.” Your newsletter was mailed before this year’s outreach began, but here are a few highlights from last year to help you pray for the work that is going on there this month. From Moscow, Olga Ammosova […]

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To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate
November 27, 2012
Author: Ceil Rosen

This past summer, in reading Revelation 2, I came across mention of the Nicolaitans. Of course I had seen the word before, but this time I looked it up on Google. I discovered it refers to people in the early church who combined pagan practices of worship with Christian worship, something that God says He […]

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Bits from the Branches
November 26, 2012

Los Angeles Ofer Levy reports: “Rami moved to L.A. from Israel about four years ago. I met him while at the auto mechanic, and briefly shared the gospel. When we met several weeks later, I learned that Rami is a musician about my age, and since I used to play music in Israel, we were […]

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Jews for Jesus Prayer Prompters
November 25, 2012

Please pray for: all of us to have servant hearts as we share the light of Messiah with others those who are facing the first holiday season after the loss of a loved one, and particularly for the Moskowitz family for Melissa Moskowitz’s continuing ministry with us “Operation Light of the World” outreaches now taking […]

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Hanukkah Quiz
November 24, 2012

Why are there so many ways to spell this holiday (Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hannuka, and that’s just for starters)? When the Temple was destroyed, all the genealogical records were lost, so each tribe of Israel chose a way to spell the holiday; that way, generations later, the different tribes of Israel would be able to identify […]

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