teachings of judaism

Is Jesus a Rabbi?

Yes, Jesus – Yeshua – was a rabbi, a teacher of Judaism in the first century A.D. But was he more than a rabbi?

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A Tale of Two Rabbis
Author: Rich Robinson

Like other rabbis, Jesus taught the importance of Jewish core values. One such value is kibud av va’em, honor of parents.

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What Religion Was Jesus?

Did Jesus invent a new religion? The simple answer is that Jesus was a rabbi – a teacher of Judaism.

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Why Did Jesus Need to “Die for Our Sins?”

One of the popular myths about Judaism is that there is no place in Jewish thought for the idea that someone can die for the sins of another person, yet both the Bible and Jewish tradition have much to say about dying so that another might have forgiveness.

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The Three Branches of Judaism

Here is an in-depth overview of the similarities, differences and changes over time between the three primary branches of Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative and Reform.

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves)
Author: Rich Robinson

We each have a paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience. What’s yours?

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves), Part Two
Author: Rich Robinson

We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.

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No More Religious Confusion
Author: Shimon Eitan

When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.

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Why Would I Want Jesus?
Author: Valerie Cymes

A California girl moves to England to pursue her passion to play rock and roll; then everything falls apart.

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Judaism teaches… or does it?
Author: Moishe Rosen

If you want to share the gospel with Jewish friends, this article will help you understand some of the objections you are likely to face.

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Human Cloning: In Our Image
Author: Naomi Sternberg

What does the Bible say about human cloning or any technology that threatens to destroy life on its way to achieving a “greater good”?

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Lilies

Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and The Bible

Meaning of birth Buddhism We are reborn from a previous life until we reach nirvana (extinction of all desire and release from suffering). Hinduism We are reborn from a previous life until we realize our oneness with Brahman. The cycle of death and rebirth is called samsara. Traditional Judaism We are created in the image…

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Kabbalah’s Best Kept Secret?

“God as a trinity? No way!” “We Jews don’t believe in the idea of a divine incarnation!” For many Jews, these statements are givens. Or are they?

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Heat and Light: A review of The Christian and the Pharisee

Book Title: The Christian and the Pharisee Author: R.T. Kendall and David Rosen Date Published: January 3, 2007 Publisher: FaithWords ISBN: 978-0446697347 Reviewer: David Brickner In today’s “politically correct” environment, honest and respectful debate over religious differences is an increasingly endangered species. This is especially true in the long tradition of theological disputations between Jews…

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Atonement: Questions and Answers
Author: Karol Joseph

Note: Elaine the correspondent is fictional, but Karol Joseph is real and serves on the staff of Jews for Jesus. She can be reached

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Thus Saith the Lord: Is the Oral Law Sacred?
Author: David M.

Like Douglas Rushkoff, we Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah deem it acceptable to question things, even those things within Judaism that many hold to be sacred. One example of this is the Talmud. In traditional Judaism, the portion of Scripture known as the New Testament is often condemned because it claims to be…

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Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner

Book Title: Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life Author: Lauren Winner Date Published: January 20, 2004 Publisher: Shaw Books Genre: 1. Messianic Judaism2. Educators3. Other Religions, Practices & Sacred Texts ISBN: 978-0877881070 Reviewer: Naomi Rothstein The word spiritual” has come to mean many things; or rather; it has come to mean…

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Question Authority, Part Two
Author: Moishe Rosen

In the last issue of Havurah we talked about questioning authority, particularly where the Jewish religion is concerned. We observed a shift in authority following the destruction of the Temple. That shift occurred at the council of Yavneh, where the rabbis appointed themselves as the leaders of Judaism in place of the priestly system established…

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Walk Genesis! In the Beginning
Author: Derek Leman

Book Title: Walk Genesis! Author: Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg Date Published: 1998 Publisher: UMJC Press Reviewer: Derek Leman Review Date: Jan 1, 2003 Walk Genesis! is no ordinary commentary on the first book of the Bible. Based upon the weekly portions read in the synagogue, the commentary is as much about the traditional divisions of Scripture…

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Question Authority
Author: Moishe Rosen

In the ’70s many of us were inspired, instructed and even informed by bumper stickers. Some people used their bumpers to speak out, others to talk back. One Christian group had a bumper sticker that proclaimed, We found it,” to which a group of Jewish people countered with their own bumper sticker declaring, “We never…

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To the Jew First: A Biblical Analysis of the ‘Two-Covenant’ Theory of the Atonement
Author: Rich Robinson

Book Title: To the Jew First: A Biblical Analysis of the ‘Two-Covenant’ Theory of the Atonement Author: Joseph P. Gudel Date Published: July-September 1998 Reviewer: Rich Robinson The two-covenant theory has circulated for some years among non-evangelicals and even among some conservative Christians. If you’ve ever been told that Jews don’t need Jesus because they…

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In Our Own Image: Human Cloning

Is cloning “kosher?” What do the scriptures say?

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Jewish Spirituality and the Holy Spirit
Author: Moishe Rosen

A look at the Jewish yearning for spirituality questions whether increased spiritual practices will provide a real connection with God.

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Kabbalah: Fact or Fiction?
Author: Lev Leigh

A look at Kaballah’s teachings concerning alienation from God and redemption.

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A History of the Kabbalah

Kabbalah” means “received teachings” or simply “traditions” and is derived from the Hebrew “kabel” which means “to receive.” It originally applied only to the Oral Law “received” after the destruction of the Second Temple, in the form of the Talmud. However, in the twelfth century the term “kabbalah” was also used to denote various mystical…

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Judaism Teaches that … or Does It?
Author: Moishe Rosen

The teachings of Judaism contain a variety of viewpoints and cannot be looked upon as a monolithic explanation of what Jews believe.

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