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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God With Us
September 25, 2013

While it may be more reminiscent of a Christian holiday that’s still a few months off, the phrase “God with us” actually has quite a bit to do with our current season of Sukkot. Please take a moment to read this article which emphasizes that God wishes to be close to His creation at all […]

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Rosh Hashanah

Jewish Facts of Life: Yom Kippur and Sukkot
September 11, 2012

Last month we mentioned that Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 16. If you missed that, you can catch up on Rosh Hashanah info and get some free downloads here. Rosh Hashanah ushers in the Ten Days of Awe, culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is the most solemn day on […]

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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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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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Sukkot Celebration
October 12, 2007

Typical Brookyn scene: vendors were selling etrogs (lemon-like fruit) and lulavs (“bouquet” of three types of foliage) on just about every corner of the neighborhood! This boy is selecting a lulav for his celebration. Karol Joseph, head of our Brooklyn branch, is shopping for an etrog and lulav as well. Jhan and Melissa Moskowitz in […]

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An Ashkenazic Look at Sephardic Sukkot Customs (What one Reform Jew from Brooklyn learned)
September 1, 2007
Author: Rich Robinson

I come from an Ashkenazic family, which means we have an Eastern European Jewish background. Sephardic Jews come from Spain, Portugal, the Mediterranean, North Africa and Iraq. This chart compares the customs our family knew to those of Sephardic Jews who’ve come to North America from Sephardic regions.* Traditions change over time, and also from […]

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Phoenix First Fruits
November 1, 2006
Author: Bruce Rapp

During our BYG campaign this past July I heard about Mitch, a Jewish man in Phoenix who had become interested in Jesus. I emailed him during the campaign, told him that my wife Tracy and I would be moving to Phoenix in August and suggested that we get together then and talk about Jesus. He […]

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“Kathy” Draws Close to the Kingdom
October 1, 2006
Author: Rob Wertheim

I’ve served with Jews for Jesus for over 18 years. Like my brother Steve, I appreciate our brothers and sisters in Christ who entrust their Jewish friends to us for ministry. Mel Hellman’s The people we work with or live next door to have the same deep spiritual need for the Lord that you and […]

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September 20, 2006

Ushpizin” is the Aramaic word for “guest.” It is also the title of a 2004 Israeli film, directed by Gidi Dar and written by Shuli Rand. Rand, who also starred in the film, won the Best Actor award from the Israeli Film Academy for the role of Moshe. On a side note, Shuli Rand is […]

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Christ in the Feast of the Tabernacles
Author: Seth Richards

Book Title: Christ in the Feast of the Tabernacles Author: David Brickner Date Published: May 1, 2006 Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition Genre: 1. Messianic Judaism2. Judaism3. Ritual ISBN: 978-0802413963 Reviewer: Seth Richards You probably know that the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, is the final of the three Harvest Festivals and concludes the […]

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More About This Month’s Jewish Holidays
October 1, 2005

As you receive this edition of Real Time, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, passed less than a week ago (it began this year on the night of October 12 and ended the following evening). Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles will begin tonight (the evening of Oct. 17) and lasts for eight days. Is there […]

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The Holiday Driven Life
September 23, 2005
Author: Deanne Ebner

Ah, the holy days; a phrase that brings to mind thoughts of honeycakes, sukkahs and the hope of Messiah’s return…the hope, that is, of Messiah’s very soon return, like before lunch maybe? But this time of year also carries its own unique weight in my home, combining our family’s personal traditions with the honor of […]

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All People Eat

All people eat, but for Jewish people eating is an event! What holiday would be complete without food? Even Yom Kippur ends with a break fast. Food provides sustenance, strength and a sense of nurture, and even helps bring meaning and sanctity to Jewish life and community. As food is prepared in the Jewish home—whether […]

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Bits from the Branches
November 1, 2004

Paris Stephen Pacht reports, A pastor friend referred Philippe, a Jewish lawyer, to us. Philippe has been attending our weekly Bible study and was shocked to discover that the French Rabbinate’s translation of the Hebrew Bible seemed to intentionally mistranslate certain key messianic prophecies. Pray for Philippe’s salvation and for that of his Gentile wife. […]

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Portrait of Michael Sischy

Jews for Jesus, South Africa
October 1, 2004

In 1981 The Liberated Wailing Wall came to Johannesburg and visited the University of the Witwatersrand. The opposition was so strong—with musical cables and equipment ripped up and vandalized—that it seemed like the devil did not want us Making the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to the Jewish people of South Africa”! We returned […]

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Learn More about the Jewish Holidays
September 1, 2004

The Jewish New Year begins this year on the evening of September 15. To learn more online, start by visiting our

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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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Interesting facts about a Jewish holiday going on this week
October 1, 2003

As you receive this, the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is in progress. Sukkot, along with two holidays that follow closely on its heels, ends Sunday October 19. This holiday commemorates God’s presence and His provision and is a time that Jesus not only celebrated, but used to explain who He is. Find out more about […]

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Living Water
September 1, 2003

Jesus used the symbols of Sukkot to make some unique claims about himself. We read about one of these symbols, light, in the lead article. Jesus also used water, another main element of Sukkot, to show that he was the fulfillment of the feast. In Jesus’ day, special observances and traditions were developed to mark […]

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Joy at Sukkot
Author: Susan Perlman

Elusive joy For those who wait And know not what they wait for A promise, a path, a person? Unfulfilled joy For those who dream And know not what to dream for Success, satisfaction, a savior savior? Unbridled joy For those who submit And know to whom they humbly submit The Anointed One, Yeshua our […]

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The Scarlet Cord of Redemption
October 1, 2001

A slim scarlet cord dangling in a window might not trigger thoughts of deliverance. That is, unless you were Rahab, a Gentile woman living in a home built into the wall of the ancient city of Jericho over three thousand years ago. Rahab’s scarlet cord was a sign to the approaching Hebrew armies to spare […]

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Editor’s Note
September 1, 1999

Last month’s Bits from the Branches” reported that Melanie Rose prayed with an electrician, Chris, to receive the Lord. She was thrilled because it was the first time in six years of working with Jews for Jesus that she had led someone to faith. What we forgot to mention, for those of you who do […]

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Keeping Up with the Calendar

Three major Jewish holidays fall this month. A note about pronunciation: There is more than one way to pronounce most of these words, depending on whether one is using Yiddish or Hebrew, and depending on the traditions where one grew up. The following pronunciations are the editor’s choice. Rosh Hashanah begins sundown, September 10 The […]

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Bits from the Branches
November 1, 1998

From Los Angeles, missionary Holly Meyer reports, I was reading Moishe and Ceil’s Witnessing to Jews while riding a bus. It was the chapter that explains the ‘WOW’ (Witnessing on the Way) approach, and how ordinary situations can provide opportunities to see if a person is interested in the Lord. Well, a young woman sitting […]

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