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For Such a Time as Purim 2015
March 2, 2015
Author: Susan Perlman

Anti-Semitism seems to be at a high right now.  After the horrific Paris attacks and the general anti-Jewish sentiment throughout Europe, perhaps Israel’s Prime Minister (his country has the largest Jewish population in the world) has concerns that are warranted.  Iran (Persia of old) has a long history of looking to get rid of Jews. […]

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Megillas Lester
March 10, 2014

If you celebrate Purim, the next major Jewish holiday, you might like Megillas Lester, a new, animated feature from Kolrom studios. As might be inferred, the movie is a departure from the book of Esther from which Purim is based. In fact, Queen Esther never materializes throughout the course of the film. Instead, the narrative […]

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Bits from the Branches
April 1, 2009

Washington, D.C.  What a joy to see God answer prayer as Jews for Jesus staff and volunteers brought the gospel to those who converged onWashington, D.C. to celebrate the presidential inauguration! Our staff and volunteers (totaling 201 people, including the largest network of volunteers we’ve had for any single event) handed out 113,200 copies of […]

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Lessons from Leaven
March 1, 2007
Author: Rich Robinson

Next month is Passover, which lasts for one night and is immediately followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which lasts for seven. In preparation for these holidays, we have an in-depth look at leaven. The word “leaven” (chametz, ) actually refers to the final product that contains leaven, such as leavened bread. Leaven per […]

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Bits from the Branches

Los Angeles Rob Wertheim reports, “Steve lives in Chula Vista (near San Diego) and had been exploring who Jesus is via our website. I met with him and learned that he’d been raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, with a Jewish mother and a Gentile father. Because he’d experienced anti- Semitism from what he believed […]

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Jewish Facts of Life
February 1, 2007

Purim, the Jewish holiday based on the book of Esther is Sunday, March 4. As with all holidays it begins at sundown the previous night.

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Bits from the Branches
April 1, 2006

New York These are the kinds of stories we remind ourselves of when we find it tough to hand out tracts: Gregory Furman reports, One Saturday after services at my congregation, a gentleman named Anatoly approached me and said, ‘You don’t remember me but about two years ago during the summer you were handing out […]

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Jewish Facts of Life: Purim
March 1, 2006

Purim began sundown, March 13, ends sundown today, March 15. Of all the joyful holidays in the Jewish calendar, Purim—the Feast of Esther—is a favorite. This two-day holiday gives us the chance to relate to the ancient history of our people in a personal way. And our participation allows an opportunity to reflect on the […]

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Haman, Hitler, Hussein

Evil Has a Name and It Begins with H” Many people don’t want to acknowledge that evil exists; they believe that people do bad things because circumstances or environment or conditioning leaves them no choice. Others know that evil exists but see it as a vague, unnamed malevolent force that somehow preys on innocent people. […]

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This month’s Jewish holiday is Purim
March 1, 2005

This year, Purim–the holiday commemorating events recorded in the Book of Esther–falls on March 25. Beginning March 18, Jews for Jesus will have a special Purim section online

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We Are Grateful…
September 1, 2004

Some of you have just begun receiving the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and some of you have been reading, praying and giving for years. To those who are new, thank you for taking an interest in our ministry and for giving us the opportunity to tell you about our mission. For those who have been […]

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Meet Jack and Alice Meadows
March 1, 2004

Jack and Alice Meadows are joint chaplains for our ministry, and Dr. Jack” is also a vital part of our missionary training program. Jack is Jewish and received Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah in September of 1959, in Portland, Oregon. Alice received the Lord in a Southern Baptist church in Georgia at a young age. They […]

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Purim
February 1, 2004

This year Purim, (the Feast of Lots), falls on March 7 (technically sundown, March 6th) You’ll find the Purim story in the book of Esther. Scripture does not command us concerning this holiday, but it certainly is a tale worth retelling, as it narrates the wicked Haman’s attempted genocide of the Jewish people and God’s […]

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Survivor Stories Video Is Bearing Fruit
March 1, 2003

We are so thankful for the believing Holocaust survivors who were willing to give their recollections and testimonies on the Survivor Stories” video. Little by little we are hearing back from those whose lives it is touching. From Dnepropetrovsk, Valera Bolotov reports, “Olga is a Christian married to a Jewish man who does not believe […]

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Purim in Israel

Two of Our Tel Aviv Staff Tell of the Opportunities This Holiday Presents In Israel the festival of Purim (which falls on March 7 this year) is a truly joyous time. While it is a religious holiday, it is not commanded in the Law of Moses so it does not have the serious overtones of […]

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Tribute to the Real Hero
February 1, 2000
Author: Stephen Katz

There I stood, “Super Mordechai,” in my red-dyed long underwear, sporting a cape and a big “M” emblazoned on my thermal undershirt. I’m not sure if the costume shaped my understanding of Purim or vice versa, but for most of my life I have seen Mordechai as the hero of the story. As we read […]

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Messianic Scribal Arts: Megillot in North Carolina?

The hills of western rural North Carolina seem an unlikely home for Messianic Scribal Arts, a ministry which produces hand-scribed Hebrew scrolls of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures. Lisa and Deborah Bisol—who are both sisters and artists—also create mezzuzot, machzorim (worship books for holy days), and scriptural art pieces such as illuminated manuscripts, […]

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We Dared to Tell Them His Gospel
March 1, 1998
Author: Lynn McCoy

Handing out tracts at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. has never been an easy endeavor. We face our share of opposition from the Jewish student body, who would like to see us give up our attempts to share our faith. But as Victoria Lannon, our Russian outreach worker pointed out to me, Americans are […]

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Facts about Passover
April 1, 1993

Facts about Passover This year (1993) Passover will be celebrated April 5-13. Don’t forget to wish your Jewish friends a Happy Passover! If you are fortunate enough to be invited to a Passover celebration, you may want to brush up on some of the basic terminology. Here is a short glossary to help you feel […]

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Have You Come to the Kingdom for Such a Moment?
March 1, 1993
Author: Moishe Rosen

Someone once said, Everyone gets to be a celebrity for at least 15 minutes in his or her lifetime.” I cannot recall who said that, but it sounds reasonable if you take into account limelight occasions like birthdays, baptisms, christenings, bar mitzvahs and weddings. Nevertheless, what about those whose lives may not include such celebrated […]

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My Search for Truth

At the age of 33 I was a Jewish physician living in Little Rock, Arkansas. I had finished my medical oncology training at M.D. Anderson Tumor Institute, Houston, Texas, and was already board certified. I had been in private practice in medical oncology for more than three years, and my practice was successful beyond my […]

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A Messianic Look at Purim

Such a Curse: A Messianic Look at Purim
January 1, 1993
Author: Mark Stover

Purim is the Jewish holiday which is most carnival-like. Children drown out Haman’s name with greggers. Young Jewish girls participate in Queen Esther beauty pageants. Plays are enacted called Purimspiels. And everyone noshes on poppyseed and prune hamantaschen. Yet, behind the feasting and drinking and partying lies a somber message: the near destruction of the […]

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A Letter from Queen Esther

The scene is the bed chamber of Queen Esther on the night before she attempts to approach the king’s throne uninvited. The following letter by Bonnie Wilks is fictitious, yet might well express some of Esther’s sentiments from the background of a Jew, an exile, and an adopted child. She is penning a letter to […]

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Vaysechvoos

Vaysechvoos is not the kind of place that would have a theater. And though theaters existed somewhere else in the world, it was doubtful that many people in Vaysechvoos had ever heard of them. But plays they knew about. At least one drama was presented each year, though hardly in a manner elaborate enough to […]

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If God Lived on Earth, They Would Break His Windows
January 1, 1991
Author: Moishe Rosen

There’s an old Yiddish saying: If God lived on earth, they would break his windows.” As believers we know that God does live on earth. As we receive him and yield ourselves to him, he walks where our feet walk and touches what our hands touch. But it was not always so. In order to […]

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The Mystery of the Megilla

A Mystery in the Megillah
March 1, 1986

A megillah is one of the five scrolls of the Bible (Ruth, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther). However, most often the term refers to the scroll of Esther, which is read in its entirety at Purim. Because the scroll of Esther is ten chapters long, the phrase “whole megillah" has come to mean the entirety or […]

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