No More Religious Confusion

When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.

Why Would I Want Jesus?

A California girl moves to England to pursue her passion to play rock and roll; then everything falls apart.

My Jewish Nose

In this country where everyone is an American first, I am different, because I am a descendant of Abraham

Jewish and for Jesus: Is Separation Inevitable?

What would it be like to be a Jewish believer in Jesus in the first century? How would it have affected your relationships with family members? With friends? What would the implications have been regarding participation in the larger Jewish community? Does it matter...

The Son of God

Looking at several scriptures in the pentateuch, prophets, and writings, we see a specific motif, “son of God.” Upon closer inspection, the glory and divinity of this figure, based on the text, points to a somewhat startling conclusion. Read more...

We Had Questions…Oy! So Many Good Answers!

This was the most fun article to put together, because it’s all about YOU! We recognize that not all of our Havurah readers worship at a Messianic congregation, or live so far out in Yennevelt that they don’t have the option. Many in our Messianic family...

Renee and Richard: A True Love Story

I never thought I’d get married, for the simple reason that I never thought I would ever meet someone who would love me just for who I am, faults and all. And then I met Renee Shulman…

Renee and I met one afternoon at Queens College through the Hillel group on campus. I was studying geology and had just returned from a field trip. My jeans were filthy and the rest of me wasn’t too clean either. I walked into the room where Hillel was meeting, sort of wondering why I was there. Truth be told, I would have rather been by myself or playing table tennis, but someone had told me I should drop by Hillel and so here I was.

From what I was told later, I understand that Renee, who had been chatting with a group of her girlfriends, stopped mid-conversation when she saw me. Then she pointed me out to her friends and said, “I’m going to marry that guy.” Grubby jeans and all.

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Resolving the December Dilemma

I don’t know where I first heard the term “December dilemma,” but it accurately describes a Jewish conundrum at this time of year. It refers to the cross-cultural tension that intermarried, specifically Jewish-Gentile couples and their children, experience at the winter holiday season.

Many intermarried couples find these days particularly distressing. Familiar cultural symbols seem to scratch across the grain of a partner’s ideal for celebrating the season…

Yartzheit for the Cardinal

Jean-Marie Lustiger walked nervously up to the dais to preside over his first mass. The church was packed and the silence palpable. Just as the young priest was about to speak, someone from the crowd yelled, “Get the Jews out!” Lustiger’s reply broke the stunned...

A Seder To Remember

I was excited to be on the West Coast and to see my older brother Steve. Dad had been there earlier when Steve found an apartment, and had returned to New York with the good news that my brother had found a place with a nice Jewish landlady who would “keep an...

Bits from the Branches

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...

The Misunderstood Jew

Update: I’ve continuing reading through The Misunderstood Jew. Chapter Two is From Jewish Sect to Gentile Church” and is the least satisfactory of all the chapters. It pretty much rehashes older, non-conservative views of the history of the early church....

Jews for Christmas : Paradox, Propaganda or Perhaps a Legitimate Choice?

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.

My Spiritual Journey

Until three years ago, I had never in my life been on national television. Nor had I been on radio but for a few small shows. But when my first political thriller, The Last Jihad, was published in November of 2002, suddenly I found myself interviewed on more than 160...

Not Half and Half, But Whole

When my sister and I talked about getting tattoos, and my father asked us not to, at first I couldn’t understand why. After all, he’s the laidback, ex-hippie type, so I couldn’t see why he would be so against it. It is only recently that I realized...

Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner

Recent and Recommended—Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life by Lauren F. Winner (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), 303 pp. The word spiritual” has come to mean many things; or rather; it has come to mean nothing in particular. All sorts of people...
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