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Rabbis have often built a wall around Jesus—but certain truth can break even that boundary. Read how these followers of traditional Judaism discovered the One of whom the prophets wrote.

Seeking the Truth
November 22, 2016
Author: Jews for Jesus

Find out how this Modern Orthodox man discovered that Jesus is God

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Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein and the Discarded New Testament
August 8, 2016
Author: Matt Sieger

As a young rabbi, Isaac Lichtenstein (1825–1908) reprimanded a young man for showing him a Bible containing a New Testament, took the book from him, and put it on a corner shelf. Thirty years later Lichtenstein opened the book… and it changed his life.

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Why Aren’t Our People Told This?
August 6, 2013
Author: Matt Sieger

Many Jewish refugees from Russia settled in Omaha, Nebraska, between the 1880s and World War I. Among them were Debbie Landers’ grandparents. Landers, born Deberah Schwartz in Omaha in 1951, and her younger sister were raised Orthodox by their parents. The Schwartzes were one of just four Jewish families in a primarily Catholic neighborhood. Unfortunately, […]

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Herb Opalek: The Day the Rabbi Met Yeshua
December 27, 2012
Author: Matt Sieger

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Herb Opalek was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home which boasts many rabbis in the family tree. He attended Hebrew day school and by age ten was fluent in both modern and ancient Hebrew. He had a near photographic memory and wangled quite a few free dinners by performing his […]

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The Name I Could Not Mention
March 2, 2012

I was only five years old and had no idea what was going on as our family crowded into my grandparents’ living room on the day before Yom Kippur. I can still remember how my father picked up a chicken, tied up by its feet, and swung it over our heads, the chicken cackling and […]

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A Hassidic Couple Encounters their Messiah
February 8, 2010

Yoel and Adel Ben David live in San Francisco. Now both aged 30, they married when they were 20 and were involved in the Hassidic Breslov movement. Here is their story. I was born in Israel and lived there for the first three years of my life,” Yoel begins. “My father worked for a hotel […]

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An Orthodox Jew’s Unexpected Encounterby Sharon Sommer
October 1, 2009

I was brought up in a modern Orthodox Jewish family. We went to synagogue every Shabbat and on every major Jewish holiday. My family kept kosher and I had twelve years of yeshiva education. I learned how to read and write Hebrew fluently and I learned many Jewish subjects, including the myriad of laws and […]

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A Jewish Believer and Atonement
March 1, 1996

An Agnostic Jew finds complete forgiveness for his sins.

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What One Rabbi Discovered
January 1, 1987

In a small town in eastern Hungary, young Leopold Cohn lost both of his parents at the age of seven. His life became a struggle for existence, and he learned to trust in God with all of his heart. At 13 he decided to study to become a rabbi, and when he graduated from the […]

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