jewish identity

Why Aren’t Messianic Jews Accepted by the Jewish Community?
April 18, 2018

For 2000 years, Jewish community leaders have continued this tradition of exclusion. Despite the celebrated pluralism of today’s Jewish community, there remain tens of thousands of men and women, born of Jewish parents, who are being excluded from the rest.

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Why Do Most Jews Not Believe in Jesus?
March 28, 2018
Author: Stan Meyer

While there are Messianic Jews who do follow Him, the majority of Jews still do not recognize Jesus as messiah or as God. Read about the common cultural, historical and religious reasons here.

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Is a Messianic Jewish Family an Interfaith Family?
March 21, 2018

What is interfaith? Does it describe Messianic Jewish life at all? Is an intermarried family automatically an interfaith family? Read about one mother’s experience, and her research and conclusions here.

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Jewish and Christian: Can It Be?
March 14, 2018
Author: Ruth Rosen

Can I be a Jewish Christian? What makes someone Jewish? What’s the difference between a Christian and a Gentile and a Jew for Jesus? All these answers and more, right here!

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Jewish Identity: A Game of Hide and Seek
November 17, 2017
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Guess which Jewish people are most open of all to hearing about Jesus?
October 5, 2017

Jews for Jesus worked with the Barna Group on a groundbreaking survey to learn what Jewish Millennials have to say about their spiritual identity. Their answers are shocking—in a good way! And helpful for having meaningful conversations about Jesus…

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An Israeli Soldier and a Believer in Jesus
May 24, 2017

Afer Yoel and his five siblings, all born in the U.S., made aliyah with their mom and dad, he and his brother Dan served in an elite unit in the IDF, where both have narrowly escaped death in combat. Yoel, a Messianic Jew, shares his story and reflects on the difficult subject of God’s protection in battle.

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Movie Review: Wish I Was Here
August 14, 2014
Author: Elizabeth Troolines

Movie Review: Wish I Was Here, directed by Zach Braff, 2014

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That’s Funny—You Don’t Look Jewish!
July 15, 2013
Author: Hannah Fenn

A growing number of people are interested in the possibility of having Jewish ancestry 1. DNA testing is available, affordable and can reveal evidence of Ashkenazi heritage. Individuals are eager to discover even a trace of this Jewish DNA, and some are being made aware of their Jewish roots for the first time. It’s no…

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Redeemed

Redeemed
March 1, 2013

If you could choose just one word to describe what you want people to know about you, what would it be? Were you surprised by the first thought that came to your mind? Usually what we want others to know about us reflects what we most value in ourselves. All of us are complex combinations…

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Wailing Wall with a dove

So Why’d You Switch Teams?
February 6, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

I’m Jewish and I believe in Jesus. So I’ve often been asked: So … why’d you switch teams? You belonged to the Jewish people, you had a great thing going for you — why did you go over to the “other side”? The side of the Christians, the non-Jews, with their goyische lives, their goyische kups,…

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Barry and Cindie

Who Am I?
February 5, 2013
Author: Barry Gardner

My parents, Sy and Frieda Gardner, who have passed now, were both Jewish. My mother was raised in an Orthodox home and said we were descended from the priestly Levites. Her mother and father spoke Yiddish and English, kept a kosher kitchen, regularly attended synagogue and observed all the Jewish holidays. My father’s family was…

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Sy and Cyndie

You are Precious
February 4, 2013
Author: Cyndie Warner-Gardner

I am gentile and my husband, Barry, is Jewish. Both of us believe in Jesus. Barry’s parents, Sy and Frieda, tolerated Barry’s faith but did not like to discuss it. Frieda was terminally ill with ovarian cancer, and my mother wanted Frieda and Sy to know what the Scriptures say about eternal life. But when…

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Loyal to Whom?
September 30, 2012

My friend and colleague, Jhan Moskowitz has a one-word answer for those who ask, “What is the most difficult obstacle facing a Jewish person considering Christ?” He says, “Loyalty.” He then adds, “Loyalty is a virtue but when employed in the service of a lie, it ceases to be a virtue.” Jhan has put his…

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Show Me Your ID
March 6, 2011

Nowadays no one gets too far without personal identification (ID). Imagine if, rather than simply glancing at our driver’s licenses or passports, people in airports, border checkpoints and even the local grocery stores actually scanned our IDs. Now imagine waiting in line for airport security finally getting to the front of the line where you…

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Comfortably Jewish by Garrett R. Smith
December 22, 2009

  Book Title: Comfortably Jewish Author: Garrett R. Smith Date Published: 2010 Publisher: Purple Pomegranate Productions; 1st edition ISBN: 978-1881022886 Reviewer: Shoshanna Pucci Questions about cultural identity have recently demanded my urgent attention, raising three young children who are soaking up all of the traditions and cultural cues that my husband and I present. Though…

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Michael Medved Goes to Bat for Jews for Jesus? Sort Of
September 29, 2009
Author: Matt Sieger

Michael Medved, the Orthodox Jewish radio talk show host and movie critic, recently stated that, for the majority of American Jews, “the core of their Jewish identity isn’t solidarity with Israel; it’s rejection of Christianity.”

Medved’s remarks were part of his reflections in Commentary magazine on the new book by Norman Podhoretz, Why are Jews Liberals? Medved’s answer to that question…

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Jewish and Catholic: Shaun’s Story
December 1, 2008
Author: Matt Sieger

As Shaun Buchhalter notes, being a Jewish Puerto Rican is probably more common in New York City than elsewhere. But that didn’t make it any easier, especially during the December holidays. Born to a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican Catholic mother, 30-year-old Shaun grew up in what was then the very Jewish neighborhood of…

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What Rosenberg Can Learn From Rodriguez
February 28, 2008

A Satmar Orthodox Jewish man once told me, “Messianic Jews aren’t Jewish!” He went on to add, “Reformed, Conservative, Hassidic and most ‘Orthodox’ Jews aren’t really Jewish either. . . .” Jewish identity was a simple matter for him. Real Jews follow the teachings of the Satmar rebbe. But for most Jewish people, including Jewish…

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Bits from the Branches
June 26, 2007

Israel Yoel Ben David reports, “God brought an Orthodox man to our door asking for food for his family. I invited him in and as I looked for a few cans of food to give him, I mentioned that we were believers in the Brit Hadashah (New Covenant). He then asked if I would answer…

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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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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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The Challenge of Our Messianic Movement, Part One
May 1, 2003
Author: Rich Robinson

In the ’70s, the messianic movement” was understood as a moving of Jewish people to faith in Yeshua in the context of Jewish culture. “Messianic,” while not formally defined, had a clear connotation of “Jewish and a believer in Jesus.” For a variety of reasons, the landscape has changed significantly. The term “messianic” has been…

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Statistically Speaking: What’s New in Jewish Community Demographics
February 1, 2003
Author: Susan Perlman

It’s been said that, Statistics are like witnesses—they will testify for either side.” Of course, if one conducts a statistical study with a pre-conceived conclusion, that adage is appropriate. However, statistics, properly gathered and interpreted, can be very helpful. Those of us in the messianic community who are interested in understanding trends in the Jewish…

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