This year Hanukkah and Christmas collide. But what is the spiritual connection between the two holidays?
Reprinted from Havurah (Jews for Jesus publication for Jewish believers in Jesus) 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hate scouring for parking space? Languishing on lines? Getting crushed in the crowds? That’s what it takes to give and receive holiday presents. Maybe this year, you’d like to receive some Christmas or Hanukkah “presence” instead. Download our PDF to find out more. For printing and distribution, download this PDF.
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.
Toronto Marcello Araujo reports, It was the New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign of 1993, and as I was handing out gospel tracts a Jewish man walked by and said loudly, ‘Traitor!’ As he continued walking, I replied, ‘Coward.’ Five minutes later the young man came back and asked, ‘What would happen if I decked […]
Jewish comedian Jackie Mason was a guest on the December 2 edition of The O’Reilly Factor, in which the war on Christmas” was discussed. In defense of freedom to celebrate Christmas, Mason was quoted as saying: “You can’t stop a rap singer from telling people to kill every Jew in the world, every gentile, every […]
How can you possibly believe that God made a dirty diaper?” The man was mocking my faith, and particularly the belief in what we call the Incarnation. Like many Jewish people, he insisted that it is blasphemy to believe that a man could become God—and that much is true—it would be idolatry to worship a […]
Christmas is such an all-consuming event in the United States that it almost seems like an American institution. Christians who truly stand in awe of the Incarnation are saddened by the cheap commercialization of this holiday. It seems there is very little of Christ left in Christmas. But for many Jewish people who don’t yet […]
Every year at this season Jewish newspapers and magazines feature articles about the Hanukkah/Christmas dilemma.” The “dilemma” is the magnetic appeal of Christmas, which can either draw in Jewish children (and adults) or else leave them feeling left out of all the fun. Many see the beautiful lights, the lovely carols, the colorfully wrapped presents […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Find out why without Hanukkah, there would be no Christmas.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Net News In New Jersey, a university student named David was curious about Jesus, so he was excited to find our home page on the internet. He read the testimonies we had posted, then asked God to show him if Jesus is real. A week later, God did. David is so excited about his new […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]