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Esther, Purim and Why It All (Still) Matters
Author: Andy Koenig

God is never mentioned in Esther, yet His fingerprints are all over the pages of this beloved book. In the same way, did we fail to recognize God among us when Yeshua (Jesus) walked the earth some 2,000 years ago? Did he, like Esther, come “for such a time as this?”

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A Persian Jew’s Series of Fortunate Events
Author: Miriam Koenig

We don’t always recognize the significance of events as they happen in our lives until we look back and see how everything fits together.

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Holiday Outreach!

Here are some fun photos to inspire you to pray for our Purim outreaches this month

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For Such a Time as Purim 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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Courage Can be Contagious

The Jewish holiday based on the book of Esther has a message for Christians too!

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Bits from the Branches

Purim Quiz

Purim is early this year! This “minor” but very fun Jewish holiday begins at sundown on February 23.  Find out how much you know about Purim: Hegai, a less known character of the story, was: a person of strong philosophical leanings; his descendants eventually produced a guy who greatly influenced Karl Marx. a person of…

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Judgment Day

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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Why Ahmadinejad Will Fail
Author: Matt Sieger

In October 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a speech at the “World Without Zionism” conference in which he agreed with Ayatollah Khomeini’s statement that Israel “must be wiped off the map.” Some Farsi translators said that Ahmadinejad was actually referring to the “regime occupying Jerusalem,” not the land mass of Israel. They claim he…

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A Purim Lesson: Taking Risks
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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Purim: A Modern-Day Guide to Survival

These are trying times. As we’re confronted with an economic meltdown of global proportions, international terrorism, political upheaval and cultural decline, many can’t help wondering how we will survive such conditions. Jewish history has much to teach us about how God has preserved His people through times of upheaval and distress. This month, Jews around…

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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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We Are Grateful…

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
Topics: purim

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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Survivor Stories Video Is Bearing Fruit

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
Topics: purim

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
Topics: purim
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?
Topics: purim

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
Topics: purim
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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Have You Come to the Kingdom for Such a Moment?
Topics: purim
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
Topics: purim

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
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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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Short Straw
Author: Susan Perlman

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
Topics: purim
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

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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