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.
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 here!
Comfortably Jewish by Garrett R. SmithPurple Pomegranate Productions, 134 pages. 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 my non-Jewish husband and I share a passion for Jesus, I was overwhelmed […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
There is more than one way to view strength when it comes to the Jewish people and the Jewish Messiah.
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 […]
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 […]
From Mosaic times to today, the problem of Jewish memory loss regarding God and how to follow him.
It’s 3:00 a.m. I’m sitting in a Jewish deli in New York City, eating blintzes with three high school-aged, second-generation Jewish believers. They are all on Halutzim, a teen mission trip I lead each summer, and we are in one of the most compelling conversations I’ve ever had. We’d been talking since 10:00 p.m. about […]
Generation J by Lisa Schiffman. Harper San Francisco, (1999) US $18.00 I hadn’t a clue about what it meant to be a Jew. I was lost, a Jew without a path.” And so begins 35-year-old Lisa Schiffman’s search. It’s a search for identity, for meaning, for answers. Generation J is an attempt to sort through […]
Mommy, does Grandma believe in Yeshua? “No, sweetheart, she doesn’t.” “But why not? She’s Jewish, isn’t she?!” All four of our children have initiated conversations much like the one above with my wife or me, and some of you who are parents have told me of similar interactions in your homes. Some messianic kids have […]
A secular, Tunisian Jew becomes convinced of the messiahship of Jesus.
A history of relations between Jews who do believe in Jesus and those who don’t, and why the struggle continues today.
By Lisa Schiffman. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1999. 166 pages. “I hadn’t a clue about what it meant to be a Jew. I was lost, a Jew without a path.” And so begins 35-year-old Lisa Schiffman’s search for identity, for meaning and for answers. Generation J is one woman’s attempt to sort through the confusion of […]
A close look at assimilation and what it means to be committed to Jewish survival.
Edited by Kai Kjµr-Hansen. Jerusalem: Caspari Center, 1996. 171 pages. $9.95, paper. Kai Kjµr-Hansen has put together another book of seventeen essays following The Death of the Messiah, which he edited in 1994. The theme this time is Jewish identity. For anyone who knows anything about the contemporary movement of Jews who believe in Jesus […]
A challenge to Rodger Kamenetz’s idea of the “JUBU,” Jewish Buddhists.
The meaning of the terms Jews, Gentiles, and Christians is explored in order to answer the title question.
By Michael Pollak. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1980. 440 pages. $12.95 paper. Jewish people in China? The notion will strike most American Jews as strange. But now in Mandarins, Jews, and Missionaries, Michael Pollak has given us a scholarly yet accessible overview of the history of China’s indigenous Jewish population (which is […]
The dining room table was laden with platters of roast chicken, green beans and potatoes. Our guests, a young Jewish couple, were not believers in Yeshua. There was a lull in the conversation, an almost awkward pause at the point where my family is accustomed to praying. I tried to think how I could lead […]
We attend a great church; our pastor cares about Jewish people and genuinely appreciates our desire to live as Jews. My two children are involved in the church’s youth ministry and both have accepted the Lord. The problem is, there aren’t many Jewish believers in our community and I am really worried that the children […]