branches of judaism
We each have a paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience. What’s yours?
We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.
If you want to share the gospel with Jewish friends, this article will help you understand some of the objections you are likely to face.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 no […]
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 […]
Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi’s Journey Through Religious Change in America, Carol Harris-Shapiro, Beacon Editor’s Note: Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro has written a book on messianic Judaism that is causing a stir in the Jewish community. Spokesmen from all the major branches of Judaism have strongly opposed it. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union of American […]
The teachings of Judaism contain a variety of viewpoints and cannot be looked upon as a monolithic explanation of what Jews believe.
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 […]
It wasn’t until after I had handed David a gospel broadside tract that I noticed his yarmulkeh (skull cap worn by Orthodox Jewish people). Not that it mattered. We Jews for Jesus don’t go out of our way to give or avoid giving our broadsides to anyone. And since it was noon at the corner […]
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, […]