branches of judaism

What Religion Was Jesus?
April 26, 2018

Did Jesus invent a new religion? The simple answer is that Jesus was a rabbi – a teacher of Judaism.

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The Three Branches of Judaism
February 19, 2018

Here is an in-depth overview of the similarities, differences and changes over time between the three primary branches of Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative and Reform.

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves)
March 23, 2016
Author: Rich Robinson

We each have a paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience. What’s yours?

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves), Part Two
Author: Rich Robinson

We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.

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A Life Apart Movie Review

Movie Review A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
November 25, 2014
Author: Matt Sieger

Directed by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky

At the beginning of this fascinating documentary, Leonard Nimoy (who shares the narration with Sarah Jessica Parker) notes, “Hasidim are a minority within a minority. They arouse controversy among other Jews, no less than among gentiles.” The film explores some of that controversy, though filmmakers Daum (who lives in Crown Heights, home to the Lubavitch Hasidim) and Rudavsky paint a mostly loving portrait of this distinctive branch of Judaism.

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The Challenge of Our Messianic Movement, Part One
May 1, 2003
Author: Rich Robinson

In the ’70s, the messianic movement” was understood as a moving of Jewish people to faith in Yeshua in the context of Jewish culture. “Messianic,” while not formally defined, had a clear connotation of “Jewish and a believer in Jesus.” For a variety of reasons, the landscape has changed significantly. The term “messianic” has been…

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What in Yeshua’s Name Is Happening to the Ethiopian Jews?
May 1, 2000
Author: Lev Leigh

Between 1984 and 1985, a covert series of airlifts known as Operation Moses” transported more than 12,000 Ethiopian Jews from neighboring Sudan to the State of Israel.1 In 1989, diplomatic relations were restored between Jerusalem and Addis Ababa and, “At the heart of this agreement was a commitment on Ethiopia’s part to allow the Falashas2—all…

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Ethiopia

  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, the daughter of My dispersed ones, shall bring My offering” Zephaniah 3:10 It is best to have no expectations when visiting Ethiopia and it is vital to arrive there with a very open mind. Ethiopia is a mono-cultural, third-world nation. There are few conveniences and almost…

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Persecution of Ethiopian Believers in Israel

The Ethiopian messianic community in Israel developed as a result of Operation Solomon, beginning in 1990. Included in the earliest immigrations to Israel were some of the Jewish believers, pastors and elders from Ethiopia. Once settled in the Land, they organized home fellowships which grew and matured into congregations. Today, there is a network of…

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Kabbalah: Fact or Fiction?
November 1, 1998
Author: Lev Leigh

A look at Kaballah’s teachings concerning alienation from God and redemption.

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A History of the Kabbalah

Kabbalah” means “received teachings” or simply “traditions” and is derived from the Hebrew “kabel” which means “to receive.” It originally applied only to the Oral Law “received” after the destruction of the Second Temple, in the form of the Talmud. However, in the twelfth century the term “kabbalah” was also used to denote various mystical…

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Judaism Teaches that … or Does It?
March 1, 1997
Author: Moishe Rosen

The teachings of Judaism contain a variety of viewpoints and cannot be looked upon as a monolithic explanation of what Jews believe.

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Jewish Revival: Where To From Here?
September 1, 1988
Author: Rich Robinson

Secularization” is defined as the process in which those things religious transfer to nonreligious use, possession or control. To say that something is “secular” means that it is without religion or religious significance. Secularization has become a major concern to today’s Jewish community. It began with the Haskalah movement among Jews of Eastern Europe in…

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One New Man
March 1, 1984

For he (Messiah) himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace… (Ephesians 2:14, 15) Can anything be done to bring down the centuries old barrier between us? With increasing frequency,…

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