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A triple play
September 22, 2016

With the World Series coming up, some might wonder if by “triple play” I mean that most rare event that makes baseball fans cheer ecstatically. I am an avid fan, but I’m actually referring to a Jewish triple play—because it’s rare that all three of the Fall Feasts of Israel occur in the month of October. Don’t worry, I’m not going to pronounce the end of the world… though there is plenty of prophetic significance to these feasts.

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Passover Plagues: Ten Days of Devotions by Laura Barron
March 25, 2015
Author: Laura Barron

These ten days of devotions give insight into parts of the Passover story that you might be overlooking.

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A three-in-one festival
October 4, 2013

You probably know that November 28 is Thanksgiving … but did you know it is also the first day (and second night) of Hanukkah? These two holidays coincided only once before (125 years ago). And they will not do so again until the year 79,811[1] but I think the Messiah will return well before then! […]

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Who is the Shammash?
November 30, 2012

Shammash is a Hebrew word that means servant. In the Jewish community, shammash (also spelled “shammas”) commonly refers to the sexton—the person who manages the synagogue facilities and keeps things running smoothly. In the Middle Ages the term referenced a more prestigious position. The shammash helped to conduct prayer, lead the worship services and even […]

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Christ in the High Holidays
September 8, 2012

This month, the holiest days of the entire Old Testament calendar will be observed in Jewish communities around the world. They are the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, otherwise known as the High Holidays.* God commanded Israel to have “a holy convocation” on both of these days (Leviticus 23: 24, 27). It […]

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Judgment Day
March 7, 2012

A little over four months ago the world watched in horror as news reports showed graphic images of Muammar Gaddafi’s capture and execution in Libya.  No doubt many felt mixed emotions.  It is hard to find pity for a brutal dictator who enthusiastically sponsored terror and was responsible for the mass murder of so many […]

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Christmas Is Still a Jewish Holiday
December 1, 2011
Author: Ruth Wardell

Reprinted from Havurah (Jews for Jesus publication for Jewish believers in Jesus) It was my joy to share Yeshua with Jewish people in New York City as far back as 1946! As a missionary with the American Board of Missions to the Jews, I recall that some of our greatest times of outreach were through […]

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Moishe’s Musings
Author: Moishe Rosen

Excerpted from Moishe’s December 1995 newsletter article, “The Reason for the Season.” God did not win the destiny for Abraham’s offspring through the might of armies or by the securing of Israel’s borders—but by the birth of a baby. Such a fragile thread from which to hang the heavy hopes and dreams of a people! […]

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Fall Forward*
October 1, 2011

The rule often cited for how to change our clocks for daylight savings time is “spring forward, fall back,” but when it comes to God’s timetable, as taught through the Jewish Festivals, it is always “fall forward.” Of each of the seven Feasts of Israel, the most often overlooked aspect of their rich symbolism is […]

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Rosh Hashanah
September 8, 2011

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) begins at sundown Sept 28. However you will not find Rosh Hashanah in the Bible, because there the holiday is referred to as the Feast of Trumpets, or Yom Teruah (pronounced “true-ah”). A couple of years ago, our executive director David Brickner wrote: … Despite the name change [from […]

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Pentecost in New York
June 1, 2011

This month marks the observance of Pentecost on both Jewish and Christian calendars. June also kicks off the New York Summer Witnessing Campaign on our Jews for Jesus calendar. I’ve been thinking about these events, and seeing Pentecost as a terrific context for our upcoming campaign. The story of Pentecost told in Acts 2 opens […]

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A Purim Lesson: Taking Risks
March 6, 2011
Author: Susan Perlman

Purim is all about survival—the survival of the Jewish people. It is as relevant today as is was in the sixth century b.c. when the story of Purim (recorded in the book of Esther) first unfolded. It remains relevant because, as a people, we’ve faced continual threats to our survival.  In ancient Egypt it was […]

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A Holiday Reflection: New Beginnings, by David Brickner, Executive Director
September 1, 2010

Why celebrate new beginnings? They create a sense of wonder and anticipation of what might be. New beginnings are promising; they give us something to look forward to. Yet they also help us reflect on the past, to thank God for the goodness we have experienced by His hand and to turn from past attitudes […]

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Festivals of Light
December 1, 2009

December’s landscape is dominated by the artistry of light. In cities and suburbs, from store windows to neighborhoods strung with holiday decor, the beauty and attraction of light is wonderfully inescapable, inviting all to embrace the festive mood. Would that those lights might point beyond their own beauty to the deeper significance found in God, […]

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Blow That Trumpet!
September 1, 2009

I am a trumpet player; I grew up practicing, playing and studying to become the best trumpet player I could be. While pursuing a career in orchestral performance at Boston University I was apprehended by God and called into His service. Early on I found many opportunities to play, including my time with the Liberated […]

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Proclaimed in the Synagogue
Author: Stan Meyer

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, means different things to different Jewish people. Traditional Jews hold the view that during the ten days between the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement, record books in heaven are opened and everyone is judged according to their deeds and works. Those who have earned merit have […]

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A Jewish Prayer for Repentance

We thought you might like to see excerpts from the prayer that Stan Meyer mentioned in his article. Jewish people the world over will be reciting this on Yom Kippur (which begins at sundown on September 27). Our God and God of our ancestors! Let our prayers come before You and do not hide Yourself […]

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The Sabbath: A Look Back, A Look Forward
August 1, 2009
Author: Rich Robinson

Most of our summer outreaches are over, and our campus outreach, High Holiday services and Fall Ingatherings are yet to come. Many people on our missionaries’ case loads are away for summer vacations. We are still continuing to do the work this month, but for many it’s a bit of a “breather.”  What better time […]

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The Festival of Redemption
April 1, 2009

Passover heads the list of yearly feasts that God commanded the Israelites to celebrate. It commemorates how God redeemed the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, while at the same time paving the way to understand an even greater redemption that Jesus offers to people of all backgrounds. The love and respect that some Christians […]

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Pentecost: a Holiday for Jews and Christians
June 1, 2006

Find out how the Jewish holiday Shavuot (Pentecost) became known as the birthday of the church.

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First Fruits in the Bible: What Does it Have to Do with Resurrection from the Dead?
March 1, 1997
Author: Rich Robinson

Explore the literal, spritual and prophetic aspects of “first fruits” in the Bible, as well as how this concept can apply to your faith today.

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