christmas

To share or not share Christmas with Jewish friends?
November 20, 2018

Check out our responses to frequently asked questions about Jewish people and the Christmas season.

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Joy to Jerusalem: A Christmas Reflection
November 13, 2018

Most people confuse joy with feelings of satisfaction and personal well-being based on favorable circumstances or fun occasions. But circumstances can change and occasions can disappoint. Joy is different.

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The Hanukkah/Christmas Connection
November 9, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

Some years Hanukkah and Christmas collide. But what is the spiritual connection between the two holidays?

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Jews for Christmas: Paradox, Propaganda or Perhaps a Legitimate Choice?
November 15, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

When people call themselves Messianic Jews, or Jews for Jesus or Jewish believers in Jesus, it has to do with culture and ethnicity. It is the way they identify themselves and their people.

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The Wrong Address?

I ran to my father’s shop as fast as my legs could carry me and yelled, “Daddy, Daddy! Somebody made a big mistake. OUR king is on THEIR lawn!”

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Christmas Is a Jewish Holiday (or at least it should be)
December 14, 2005
Topics: christmas
Author: Moishe Rosen
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Christmas Is Still a Jewish Holiday
December 1, 2002
Topics: christmas
Author: Ruth Wardell

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 holiday services. I’m not talking about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and others…

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Christmas Would Be Impossible Without Hanukkah

Find out why without Hanukkah, there would be no Christmas.

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In case you are new to Jews for Jesus, Operation Behold Your God is our five-year dream of reaching every city* of 25,000 or more Jewish people (*outside of Israel, where we do have a flourishing work). Our month-long Los Angeles BYG campaign will run from December 16-January 11, making it our last campaign of…

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Parallels and Contrasts of Hanukkah and Christmas

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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March 1, 2002
Author: Bob Reynolds

Our church, Valley Baptist, in San Rafael, California has a strong emphasis on missions. As an annual part of our church outreach, our board selects special projects to support with offerings above our normal giving. These are normally missions projects of some kind for which the church sees a special need, something outside the normal…

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John’s Gospel in Jewish Evangelism
January 1, 1993
Topics: christmas

The gospel of John was written for the purpose of evangelizing the reader. The author clearly states, …these [things] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). Not only is John’s gospel written for evangelism, it…

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She Really Wanted the Truth
December 1, 1992
Topics: christmas
Author: Laura Barron

I met Patricia when her friend suggested that she contact Jews for Jesus. The friend had heard one of our missionaries give a presentation at her church and had recognized our ministry as a solution to Patricia’s problems. Patricia, a Jewish woman, was married to a non-Jewish man. When the time came to decide how…

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The Common and the Elite—An Advent Meditation
Topics: christmas
Author: Lois Solberg

I’m so glad it’s Advent season so I can write about a wonderful discovery a friend and I made about the Christmas story. We were listening to a slightly off-beat analysis of that great event. The narrator described the shepherds as the common laborers of their time. He said that in those days, if you…

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Season of Wonder, Season of Light
Topics: christmas

I am troubled by the commercialism that surrounds the commemoration of Yeshua’s birth. If tinsel, toys, candy canes, artificial snow and shopping for gifts are the only components of the holiday season, perhaps Dr. Seuss’ legendary Grinch, who tried to steal Christmas, was doing right after all. If our celebration of the Savior’s birth does…

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Christmas Questions
Topics: christmas

Advent season often makes Jewish people uncomfortable. All the talk and celebrations about Jesus make many feel out of synch” in a largely Gentile society. Yet though they may feel threatened by Christmas, thinking Jewish people cannot help but wonder at times if the carols and stories about Jesus just might be true. Advent season…

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The Christmas Dilemma
Topics: poetry, christmas

Why can’t we have a Christmas tree? All of my friends have one! Why do we have to be different?” Every year the Christmas dilemma plagues Jewish families who live in countries that are oriented to Christian culture. Throughout the year Jewish people all over the world struggle with the question of their Jewish identity,…

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Complete Surrender
January 1, 1991
Topics: christmas

High visibility is an integral part of our Jews or Jesus ministry. Through T-shirts or jackets that say "Jews for Jesus," and matching logos on our vehicles, we raise a banner to proclaim that a person can be Jewish and believe in Jesus. Several months ago a believer noticed our van as it was stopped…

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Of Fish and Men
January 1, 1990
Topics: christmas
Author: Fred Wertheim
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Late-Breaking News!
December 1, 1989
Topics: christmas

After the major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04 p.m. on October 17, we received many phone calls from concerned friends. People from all over the world wanted to know if we were all right. Yes, we are all right. No, no one was injured. Sure, it was scary. When you…

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The Light of Two Faiths
November 2, 1989
Author: Susan Perlman
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Frieda Zuckerman’s Christmas
November 1, 1989

I was born in New York City, which you would know from my accent if I were speaking to you, but since this is on paper, you’ll just have to take my word for it. I won’t say how old I am, but I will tell you that I grew up during the Great Depression….

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You and Your House
January 1, 1989
Topics: christmas

I used to be the Art Director at Jews for Jesus’ San Francisco Headquarters, but the Lord called me to full-time missionary staff. January 1989 marks the completion of my first year as a missionary in the New York Branch of Jews for Jesus. Two of the women I led to the Lord early in…

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Advent Rage
December 1, 1988
Topics: christmas
Author: Moishe Rosen

Kettle bells jingle. Toes, ears and noses tingle. Carols waft , through the air, and everyone is trying to project joy, peace and goodwill. The spirit of the Advent season is upon us, and most people are enjoying it. Once again it’s time to extend our gospel outreach through the secular media. Our ads will…

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Merry Christmas—Jewish Style: How to Include Jewish Friends and Neighbors in Your Celebration
Author: Moishe Rosen

Christians can use this special season to share the good news of Messiah in a sensitive manner. Here are some answers to the most frequent questions concerning the Christmas season and the Jewish people.

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God’s Timing
Topics: christmas
Author: Rob Wertheim

Working with Jews for Jesus I have come to see how God superintends his will upon our lives as well as on those to whom we minister. Sometimes I see myself as a tool God is using to repair lives, and his timing is always perfect. Over the past month, I have had the privilege…

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