bits from the branches

Shamash
November 28, 2008
Author: Ruth Rosen

Hanukkah (which means dedication) is known both as the Feast of Dedication and the Festival of Lights. Mentioned only once in the Bible (John 10:22), it commemorates the victory over the Syrian forces of Antiochus, who had desecrated the Temple and demanded to be worshiped as a god in human form. Much of the Hanukkah…

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Moishe’s Musings
November 1, 2008

What I Found In Christ I didn’t become a Christian because I thought that Christianity was nicer than Judaism. The fact of the matter is that I was far more comfortable with Jewish customs and traditions. I became a Christian because I was convinced that Jesus was true, that He fulfilled the promise of Scripture…

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Reaching College Students on the INTERNET
August 26, 2008

Reaching College Students on the INTERNET Have you checked out our Jews for Jesus website at www.jewsforjesus.org? It’s full of resources for believers in Jesus interested in reaching out to Jewish people, but the overarching purpose of our site is to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide. In…

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Moishe’s Musings
July 28, 2008
Author: Moishe Rosen

In times past, we have sometimes offered advice on witnessing by publishing a “What do I say when they say?” column. We’ve also invited our readers to submit their questions in that form. As Moishe has mused over one reader’s questions, he revised the format slightly in order to give a more meaningful answer. So,…

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freedom in CHRIST
June 26, 2008
Author: Rob Wertheim

It’s easy to take our liberty for granted. Recently, I was reminded how very precious my freedom is to me. A few months ago I presented “Christ in the Passover” at one of the most famous prisons in the United States: San Quentin. I have to confess that I felt uncomfortable when I was first…

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Musing over Moishe’s Musings
May 29, 2008
Author: Ruth Rosen

Editor’s Note: I was getting the Newsletter ready after a two-week speaking tour and realized I had not given Moishe any lead time to write a “Musing” for this month. So I thought as a Pentecost reflection, I would “muse” over a couple of things I’ve often heard him say. Two of my favorite Moishe…

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A Prophet Like Moses
April 1, 2008

As Passover approaches, Jewish people around the world remember Moses and how God used Him to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt, out of bondage to Pharoah. Some do not realize that God promised to provide another prophet like Moses: “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their…

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MOISHE’S MUSINGS
January 1, 2008
Author: Moishe Rosen

A Capsule Lesson on Witnessing 1 Peter 3:15 provides an ideal pattern for witnessing: “. . . sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” Sanctify or hallow God…

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Front Row
December 1, 2007
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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Moishe’s Musings
November 1, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

If Calvary was an isolated event, it would be an episode of horror in the history of humanity; a shocker and an ignoble end to a noble man. But of course, Calvary is not an isolated event, and it’s certainly not the end, for Christ is risen indeed. Calvary is a picture, a projection, an…

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Moishe’s Musings
October 3, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

Opening the Door to Communication Adapted from one of Moishe’s training lectures. Maybe you can adapt it for your own use . . . How do we open communication on a first-time visit? Salute the other person. The word “salutation” is related to “salubrious,” which means good health, good feelings, good will. Use your opening…

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Authentic Jewish Bubba’s* Honey Cake
September 1, 2007

*Bubba, also bubbe or bobbe, is an affectionate term for a Jewish grandmother.

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Moishe’s Musings
Author: Moishe Rosen

In heaven there will be little, if any, preaching. We won’t need admonitions or reproof because we’ll all know the Lord and how to please Him. On the other hand, if I understand the book of Revelation correctly, there will be a lot of singing and praise. I think that music is something God enjoys….

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Difficult Professions
August 1, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

When I think about difficult professions, I think about mining. I can’t imagine harder work that an ordinary person could do than mining: going down into the inhospitable Earth; digging deeper and deeper; moving mud and muck; working through stone under hot conditions with bad air . . . but believe it or not, it…

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Moishe’s Musings
May 1, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

Moishe Rosen continues to do a great deal of musing and we will continue to share with you some of his current thoughts. However, some of his best musings appear in a book titled Witnessing to Jews that he co-authored with his wife, Ceil. Since David Brickner has just finished a series about the Great…

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Moishe’s Musings
March 30, 2007
Author: Moishe Rosen

The following statements and questions are fairly common, especially at this time of year: “At an ecumenical luncheon, the rabbi of a local synagogue condemned Jews for Jesus for ‘misusing Jewish religious symbols.’ He claimed that your organization uses Jewish holidays and symbols to mislead people into believing that you are still Jews when, in…

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Moishe’s Musings: The Courtesy Quagmire
October 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

Politeness is not always such a good thing. Sometimes, courtesy can be confusing. I recall inviting a British friend to my home. We were having a meal together, and were down to the last piece of the main course. He said to me, “Would you like to have that?” pointing to what I remember as…

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Not Much of a Witness? Not!
August 1, 2006

I love the little ironies of life; especially those that show how God’s been at work in our lives all along. I was not yet a follower of Yeshua while in college. At one point, I began a friendship with a coed named Gail, taking her to a couple of campus social events. Before the…

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Soul Pain
July 1, 2006
Author: Karen Myers

Pain is something I know intimately—three years ago I was assaulted.” The wisp of a woman in the hospital bed gasped in shock. Then as pain stabbed her, she clutched her abdomen. She finally caught her breath and asked me what happened. I’d just finished my sixth BYG campaign with Jews for Jesus (in Ft….

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Moishe’s Musings: The Missing Ingredient to Successful Evangelism
June 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

After Yeshua rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples over a period of forty days to encourage and instruct them. On one occasion, He told them they must wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the promised Holy Spirit who would then empower them to go out and witness (Acts 1:4-8). One of…

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Moishe’s Musings
May 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

I have heard many people’s testimonies over the years, some very dramatic. I remember accounts of people who were drug addicts, unable to work, stealing from relatives, and worse things than I care to write about here. These people came to Christ; they cleaned up; they got off drugs; they were able to show love…

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Moishe’s Musings: The Missing Ingredient
April 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

The elements that make a thing to be what it is can’t be compromised. Bread without yeast becomes matzoh. Oceans without water become very long, very dry valleys of sand. Marriages without love become a version of Hell. A church with a missing ingredient becomes a social club. The ingredients of the Church may not…

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Moishe’s Musings
March 1, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

The question was common enough—Christians often ask us: What is the best way to witness to a Jewish person?” In this case, the lady who asked me was well dressed, down to hat and gloves, which seemed very proper for the Sunday morning church service. I was the preacher that day, she was a visitor….

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