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Small church, big ministry
January 18, 2017

Mikhail Vayshengolts reports from Tel Aviv, “The small church I attend asked me to speak at our evangelistic Christmas service for Russian-speakers. My topic was ‘Christmas is a Jewish holiday.’ At the end of the service three people prayed the Sinner’s Prayer. “The first was Maya, who, a few days earlier, had been to our […]

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A Jewish watchmaker realizes it’s time to think about Jesus
January 5, 2017

What are the chances that, of all the people at a crowded Moscow subway station, our evangelist would stop this particular man as he was passing by?

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Hanukkah’s Historical Dilemma
November 9, 2016
Author: Stan Meyer

The Hebrew Scriptures predicted the specific events of the Hanukkah story hundreds of years before they occurred.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

Heshie thought it was a waste of time to study the Holy Book. Until he was transported to the time of Judah the Maccabee…

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Without the Faith to Fuel, the Holidays Fizzle
December 11, 2012

Garland. Menorahs. Tinsel. Dreidels. It’s the start of the holiday season and New York City is dressed accordingly. Along with the the crisp aroma of impending snow and icy air comes the smells of latkes and lamb, candy canes and honeyed ham. The Big Apple is home to over eight million inhabitants, many of which […]

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Missiles, Messiahs and Maccabees
November 20, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

A Hanukkah Meditation It’s Almost Hanukkah Hanukkah will soon be arriving (December 8, 2012 to be exact). The erev of the holiday falls on the night of December 7 — which happens to be the “date that will live in infamy” when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Which brings me to another possible war, the escalating […]

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Book Review
January 19, 2011
Author: John Van Dyke

Future Hope: A Jewish Christian Look at the End of the World by David Brickner (San Francisco: Purple Pomegranate Productions) 155 pp. What quality is most essential to a meaningful life? A recent survey of college students demonstrated that “from a clinical standpoint, it appears that hopeful thought may be an important part of what […]

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TRADITION, TRADITION
November 10, 2010


It’s always interesting to watch the range of expressions that flash across a person’s face when they hear that I am a “Messianic Jew.” Sometimes, I try to clarify: “I’m Jewish, and a Christian.” This doesn’t seem to help. They wonder if I’m a mutt, some strange crossbreed of two animals that shouldn’t reproduce. That is usually how the conversation begins… “

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Meet Our Trainees!
November 28, 2008

Deb Dubin, was raised in a secular Jewish home on Long Island where she attended Hebrew school for ten years. When she was seven, Deb went with a friend to church. This raised a question in her mind: why was there a different God for the Gentiles than for the Jews? Thus began what turned […]

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Bits from the Branches
January 1, 2007

Montreal Karl deSouza reports, “I was handing out tracts with a volunteer at a subway stop when a Jewish man took exception to my ‘Jews for Jesus’ Tshirt. He turned out to be a rabbi who claimed that I was not Jewish because of my faith in Jesus and that I was destroying the Jewish […]

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Jewish Facts Of Life
December 1, 2006

Hanukkah begins at sundown December 15 and lasts for eight days. It’s a great time for you to send holiday greetings to your Jewish friends. We have free ecards to help you do just that. We also have a downloadable Hanukkah broadside that you can photocopy and distribute, and a link to David Brickner’s Hanukkah […]

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WITNESSING TIPS

Did you know that Christmas can be a very lonely time for us Jewish people? All the advertisements, shopping, decorations and caroling remind us that we live in lands whose cultures are not our own. And so, as we watch our non-Jewish friends and neighbors immerse themselves in all the customs and traditions of Christmas, […]

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News Flash: Driving to the Mall Driving Shoppers Crazy
November 29, 2006

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.

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Chanukah and the Moshiach
May 15, 2006
Author: Stephen Katz

Chanukah is about many things, but central to the holiday is how Hashem preserved the Jewish people, both physically and spiritually. Antiochus, returning from Roman humiliation in Egypt and hearing that the Jews in Jerusalem had rebelled against the high priest Menelaus (who pushed for assimilation and collaborated with Antiochus), ordered his troops to crack […]

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Christmas and Hanukkah on the Same Day
December 1, 2005

Why do Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same day this year? For an explanation, see this article. Though the two holidays do not coincide every year (in fact they rarely do), they do fall in the same approximate season of the year. This has given rise to the so-called “December Dilemma.” We have mentioned […]

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Bits from the Branches
January 1, 2005

Boston Nici Smith reports, We had a wonderful debate between Dr. Michael Brown, one of the foremost apologists in the Messianic movement, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a well known countermissionary. Originally we planned to have the debate on the campus at Boston University, but as the time for the debate approached, authorities yielded to pressure […]

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Tough Jews: Hanukkah, Heroism and the Identity of the Messiah
December 10, 2004
Author: Rich Robinson

There is more than one way to view strength when it comes to the Jewish people and the Jewish Messiah.

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Hanukkah Highlights

Last month’s Real Time mentioned Hanukkah and suggested that you send Jewish friends a holiday greeting. Hanukkah ended Tuesday night, December 14. Several of our branches planned Hanukkah events for local Jewish believers to celebrate together, and also for inquirers to come and investigate. Here are highlights from a few of last week’s gatherings: Boston […]

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Moishe’s Musings; The Six-Year-Old Scrooge Was Me
Author: Moishe Rosen

The first grade classroom was a wonderful world of discovery. For example, I discovered I could give my desk or my seat a shove and neither would move—they were bolted to the ground. The walls had big pieces of slate with a shelf at the bottom and they called them blackboards” even though they were […]

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Holiday Stuff
November 1, 2004

Thanksgiving Find two Jews for Jesus Thanksgiving broadsides (gospel tracts) on our Thanksgiving page, and send an e-“Thank You” card featuring the Hebrew word for thanks, “todah.” (You can also order printed versions of the same cards suitable for mailing). In today’s secular society, it may surprise you to know that there was ever any […]

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The Real Hanukkah/Christmas Dilemma
December 1, 2003

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 […]

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Cool Jewish Holiday Stuff

Send a free Hanukkah card, play virtual dreidel and see more cool Jewish holiday stuff Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication” mentioned in John 10:22, begins on Friday evening, December 19, and ends on Saturday evening, December 27. Our special web section includes articles, games, recipes, and lets you select a free Hanukkah e-card to send […]

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About Christmas and Paganism

Every time we mention Christmas or Easter in this Newsletter, some of our very best friends write us a word of caution, pointing out the pagan origins of these holidays. We do not dispute the fact that there were pagan holidays at these times of year. (The very name Easter is derived from Ishtar or […]

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A Message from Moishe
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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The BYG Pic
December 1, 2002

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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