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What is Shalom: the True Meaning
Author: Susan Perlman

What is that very elusive quality we call shalom? For it means different things to different people. The ancient Hebrew concept of peace, is rooted in the word “shalom,” meant wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity, carrying with it the implication of permanence.

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Holden Caulfield Was Right: We Are All Phonies
Author: Matt Sieger

Holden would like to save all the children before the world robs them of their innocence. He recognizes that we are all eventually stained by this world. We are polluted not only from without, but we soon discover that we are impure within. We are infected with a disease we inherited from the first to lose their innocence: Adam and Eve.

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Guilt, Action and Human Nature: Lessons from the Holocaust
Author: Moishe Rosen

What lessons can we learn from the Holocaust? Is guilt good enough? Human nature, history, the capacity for evil, and the ability to fight it. Read on here.

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A Groundhog Day Reflection on the Super Bowl
Author: Matt Sieger

What do the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day have in common? Absolutely nothing. What do the Super Bowl and the movie, Groundhog Day, have in common? Quite a lot, especially if you are the Seattle Seahawks.

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A GIANTS FAN PONDERS HIS TEAM’S FATE…
Author: Matt Sieger

When injuries downed many of our beloved San Francisco Giants, our super subs came through!

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Do Clothes Make the Man (or Woman)?
Author: Elizabeth Troolines

No matter what a person wears, to the Almighty, haute couture is irrelevant.

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Enlightenment
Author: Iris Adler

In a way, enlightenment has been a goal or achievement of both the Eastern and Western worldviews for quite some time. In Buddhism, starting with its founder in the fifth century B.C.E., individual enlightenment is a follower’s highest goal. “Buddha” means “awakened” or “enlightened one.” For the Buddhist, this means freeing oneself from the cycle…

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Questions in the Face of Suffering
Author: Andrew Barron

I have learned a lot about God from the Holocaust. This may sound unsettling, but I’ve come to feel that much can be learned in the crucible of that catastrophe of 40 years ago. The Founder of Jews for Jesus, Moishe Rosen, says…

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The Shocking Truth About Yom Kippur

In Judaism we take on the issue of sin once a year at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We break away from the busyness of life and take a hard look at our transgressions and mistakes which we’ve committed throughout the year.  We fast and go to synagogue and repent of our sins and…

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An Independence Problem

This month Israel is celebrating 63 years as a modern state. Yom HaAtzma’ut” (Israel’s national Independence Day) falls on May 9. With so much unrest in the Middle East and all the uprisings various countries have experienced over the last several months, one can only hope and pray for Israel to be joined by emerging…

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In The Little Shtetl Of Vaysechvoos: The Gaon of Vilna
Author: Susan Perlman

All were astir; the Gaon of Vilna was coming to Vaysechvoos! He would be staying in their modest village for one night on his way to Minsk. Who could have imagined that such a prince among Jews would want to visit this muddy little place?” marveled Lazar the Milkman. “Such a wise and holy man…

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Inception

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Marking Time for a Happy New Year

In His infinite wisdom, the eternal God marked time and counted the days as He created this world. He is not bound by time, but we, His creation, are. Think of the movies depicting prisoners locked away in solitary confinement or castaways stranded on a desert island. They always seem compelled to mark the days…

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MEET THE NEW ATHEISTS… same as the Old Atheists
Author: Matt Sieger

Move over Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Friedrich Nietzsche…

Make room for the new kids on the block—Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens! These “New Atheists” proclaim God’s non-existence with great fervor. But they’re not saying anything new…

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Ten Out of Ten Physicians We Know Say —

This Yom Kippur, for the relief of sin, YESHUA (JESUS) is indicated!” Yeshua—Jesus—is God’s remedy for the affliction of sin. The mitzvah (commandment) of afflicting one’s own soul can be helpful, but there is something even better. Isaiah the prophet says about the Messiah: “He was afflicted for our sins, he was bruised for our…

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In the Face of Terrorism: How Shall We Then Live?
Author: David Rose

When I was a little boy, terrorism had a real name and a real face: Joey,* the neighborhood tough guy.” He would pick on anyone regardless of size or age, and to my six-year-old frame, Joey loomed larger than life. So it came as a real surprise to everyone—and most of all to me—that one…

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Breaking and Entering: Thoughts on Suffering

When someone’s home is robbed, the victims often say they feel as though their house will never be the same again, as if the intruder has left a permanent scar upon a place once considered safe. Many of us felt that same sense of violation when our security and stability were violently stolen on September…

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The Universe is Broken… Who on Earth Can Fix It?
Author: Moishe Rosen

If the creation story is true, then should God and the Bible hold power in our lives?

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How Shall We Then Write?

One of my favorite college assignments came in a Children’s Literature class at San Francisco State University, when my professor asked us to read 100 assorted story and picture books. I spent several delightful Saturday afternoons in the public library, enmeshed in the mischievous mishaps of Curious George and fearless little Miss Madeline. Those were…

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Tolerance, Schmolerance!
Author: David M.

How today’s re-definition of tolerance enables us to avoid important truths. Is tolerance acceptable when truth is on the line?

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Eliezer: Abraham’s Servant and Friend

The story of a friend of the friend of God.

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Is There Hope for Peace?
Author: Susan Perlman

A biblical view of peace and how to attain it.

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My Search for the Messiah or, Why Did God Make Mosquitos?
Author: Leland Gamson

We will camp here,” our scoutmaster told us, “by the lake.” Eagerly we set up camp by Lake Goshen in Virginia. I was 15 then and was with other experienced scouts. We should have known the still waters of Lake Goshen would be a perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Throughout the night they attacked us…

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Book Review: The Universe Is Broken—Who On Earth Can Fix It?

Book Title: The Universe Is Broken—Who On Earth Can Fix It? Author: Moishe Rosen Date Published: 1991 Publisher: A Purple Pomegranate Pocket Book ISBN: 978-0961614881 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus Read this booklet online. This booklet is an attempt to grapple with some of the problems of everyday life, beginning with some hypothetical annoyances: Have you…

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Who’s Angry at Who?
Author: Rich Robinson

Steve was a good accountant, but it was hard to sit in front of a video display screen all day with nothing but numbers before his eyes. One day, when he was particularly tense and squinting, Steve stood up to take a break. He walked over to the water cooler—which was almost empty—and he tilted…

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