Here comes that dreaded day – Valentine’s Day. When everybody in a relationship rushes out to buy hearts, flowers and candy for their significant others. But does that really mean something? Yet woe to the poor schlemiel who doesn’t do it. He’ll be in the dog house faster than his next breath. I hate contrived […]
Groundhog Day has its groundhog, Thanksgiving has its turkeys, and Valentine’s Day has its Valentinus (or Valentine). It was on this day in the year 270 that
…according to tradition, Valentine, a priest in Rome during the reign of Claudius II, is beheaded along the Flaminian Way. One explanation for Valentine’s subsequent relationship to the romantic holiday is this: Claudius, seeking to more easily recruit soldiers, removed family ties by forbidding marriage. Valentine ignored the order and performed secret marriages—an act that led to his arrest and execution.
The romantic associations may have even come later:
The first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
Translation: For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird comes there to choose his mate.
It’s not clear who is responsible, but some of the ideas surrounding Valentine’s Day are a tad bit odd.
In Galatians 3:28, we find, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” If you look at this in context, the issue was that the Galatians had been told that they should start observing the Law, that […]
I’ve been a missionary for over 15 years, and it never ceases to amaze me how often God uses me in partnership with a believing brother or sister to introduce a Jewish person to his/her Messiah. I recently had the opportunity to experience that again. Not long ago I received a call from Lori, a […]
Don’t think of it as late for this year, think of it as early for next year! There are three free downloadable broadsides as well as some articles of interest for the season. Go to: -link removed-
Remember when you were a kid and classmates sent one another hand made construction paper cards with glue and glitter and sometimes those candy hearts? This year how about handing your classmates, colleagues, neighbors and friends a Valentine greeting that lets them know how much God loves them. We’ve got our old standby, “Valentine’s Day”, […]
I frequently meet Christians who exclaim, I wish I were one of the chosen people!” While I appreciate their love of Jewish people, I enjoy pointing out, “If you know Jesus, the Bible says you are one of God’s chosen people.” Then I might add, “Just remember that being chosen has its burdens as well […]
It may seem obvious to some and controversial to others but, regardless of how it seems, I need to say it loud and clear: we Jews for Jesus are part of the Church, the universal Body of Christ, the family of God. Through the shed blood of the Messiah Jesus, we are brothers and sisters […]