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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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Christmas Past and Present
December 1, 2010

Our print newsletter is edited well in advance, so the seasonal stories tend to be from the previous years—but be encouraged for Christmases past and know that stories just like these are presently unfolding in Jews for Jesus branches around the world! San Francisco Rob Wertheim, who heads up our evangelism in the City by…

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Irresistible, Irrepressible Hope
December 1, 2007

Question: On which day (or night) of the year are Israeli Jews most likely to set foot in a church? Answer: Christmas Day (or Eve). Surprised? It’s true. Add to that the annual “December dilemma” discussions in synagogues, Jewish newspapers, magazines and websites about Jewish participation in cultural/secular Christmas activities . . . and you…

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

It was September of 2006. Jews for Jesus had just finished their largest-ever effort to proclaim to the people of New York that Jesus is the Messiah. They’d written many new pamphlets to draw attention to their message, using various icons from popular culture as the theme. They distributed the pamphlets in public venues throughout July, and were surprised to find a lawsuit filed against them in September from, of all people, Jackie Mason, the subject of one the pamphlets. To so many he was like their own Zeyde with such a superb and canny ability to see what is so funny in what is so ordinary.

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The Wrong Address?

I was raised in the Bronx and like many other Jewish boys who grew up there, I attended Talmud Torah daily from 3 to 6 P.M. There I learned Hebrew, Jewish history and Jewish culture, and I was taught the traditions and obligations of being a Jew. My father’s tailor shop was located only two…

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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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A Message from Moishe: how can you be Jewish and be a Christian?
January 1, 2003
Author: Moishe Rosen

Here’s a question that came to me from the e-mailbag. It’s an often asked question and perhaps you might find the answer helpful should you find yourself in a similar discussion. Recently picked up a pamphlet on my university campus called ‘Why You’re Important,’ and I have but one question: Isn’t a group called Jews…

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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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When Is a Christmas Ornament a Foreign Object?
Topics: christmas
Author: Adey Wassink

I am not putting one up. Just leave me alone!” “Honey, it’s a Christmas tree ornament! It’s not going to kill you to put it on the tree!” How could my husband Tom know what it was like growing up Jewish in Skokie, Illinois? Flashback: Each year at Christmastime all the regular television shows would…

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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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Christmas Would Be Impossible Without Hanukkah

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

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The BYG Pic

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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The BYG Pic
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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A Light in the Darkness
January 1, 1994
Topics: christmas

The Jews for Jesus Singers, Los Angeles Branch had just finished a musical presentation at a church in Yucca Valley, California. We had sung outside before dusk, on a hill overlooking the desert valley. Now the sun had set. The lights below us shimmered in the darkness of the night. I didn’t know it then,…

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The Truth Will Not Be Suppressed
December 1, 1993
Topics: christmas

Unbelievers have an agreement/disagreement problem among themselves. They all agree that Jesus is not who the Bible says He is—God who appeared in human flesh, died for the sins of the world and rose from the dead. Yet in trying to define who Jesus is, what really happened, what it meant and what is really…

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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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Not Pretty as a Picture
Author: Avi Snyder

I don’t object to the pictures on holiday greeting cards. There’s something very serene about the way most of the Nativity scenes are depicted. But there’s something a bit inaccurate about all that serenity. The prettier the picture of Yeshua’s birth, the more removed we are from the reality of the scene, and there are…

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