When a third of Jewish Americans born after 1980 describe themselves as having no religion, how many of us will make an appearance at temple for the High Holidays this year?
You might be surprised to learn that as Jewish believers in Jesus, many of us consciously choose to fast each Yom Kippur even though we believe our sins are already covered—and not just covered for the year, but for eternity. Our prayers are along the lines of 2 Chronicles 6:21 where Solomon, at the Temple’s […]
Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is a Jewish holy day that is supposed to deal with our shortcomings and get us right with God and each other. Kippur is literally “covering.” Which is interesting b/c apparently, the first thing people wanted to do about sin was cover up. Adam and Eve tried to design […]
Everyone’s going to be talking about it, so we might as well jump in here at Jews for Jesus. Over the past few days, the Internet has been ablaze in virtual neon over a discovery made by Harvard professor Karen King. Professor King has acquired a fragment of papyrus – the ancient equivalent of paper – that […]
In Judaism we take on the issue of sin once a year at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We break away from the busyness of life and take a hard look at our transgressions and mistakes which we’ve committed throughout the year. We fast and go to synagogue and repent of our sins and […]
I was called to jury duty the other day. After sitting through an orientation, a video, a roll call, and a wait outside the courtroom, we were finally admitted. Inside, we heard shouting from the front. It turned out to be the defendant, who was loudly, and repeatedly, insisting that he was not getting a fair trial. Unfortunately, he flubbed his chance of getting any trial, because after a few minutes of nonstop ranting, the judge had him removed and we were all dismissed.
I have no idea if the man in question ever had, or will have, a fair trial or not. Certainly the Jewish people throughout history have often been as it were on trial in the court of non-Jewish opinion, where a guilty verdict has been rendered for the ?crime? of … being Jewish.
October 11 marks Columbus Day, commemorating his voyage of 1492 that led to the discovery of the Americas. It was both a bad day and a good day for the Jews. Bad, because it coincided with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain (deliberately set for Tisha B?Av, the day of mourning over the loss of the Temples and other tragedies). Good, because it led to the discovery of what would become a safe haven for Jewish people…
Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, falls in 2009 on September 28 (but begins the previous evening). In English it is known as the Day of Atonement. On this day, many Jews whether religious or secular, will be in the synagogue praying to God to forgive their sins. They will listen to the chanting of the cantor and participate in responsive readings. Many will fast; some will walk to synagogue rather than drive; some will not wear leather shoes. A very few will do something many Jews are unfamiliar with: shlogn kapores…“
Happy New Year! The Jewish New Year, that is. It’s September, the end of summer, the beginning of school, and— according to the Jewish calendar—the 5769th year since God created the heavens and the earth. On the Gregorian calendar, Rosh Hashanah (literally head of the year”) spans 24 hours, commencing at sunset on September 29. […]
The tiny, one-room house was dark and musty. Narrow sunbeams poked through the cracks around a small draped window, and near the bed a solitary wick flickered in a little bowl of oil. Ruchelah lay in her bed. She had been infirmed for years, barely able to move or sit up, much less stand or […]
Yes, we know, there are several months left in 2007. According to the Hebrew calendar, however, it is soon to be the year 5768. The Hebrew calendar differs from the one most people use, first because it calculates how many years have passed since Creation, according to Jewish tradition. Also, the names of the Hebrew […]
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 […]
*Behold Your God is our plan to reach every city outside of Israel where there are 25,000 or more Jewish people. (We also have an outreach in Israel.) This month we have a Behold Your God campaign in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The people of Buenos Aires are known as porteños (people of the port), reflecting […]
Holiday seasons are often times of nostalgia, and I find myself looking back and reminiscing over them. The Jewish holidays meant a lot of things to me as a child. For one thing, twice a year we got new clothes. In the spring we got new clothes for Passover; in the fall we would get […]
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 […]
Every year as the calendar rolls around to the High Holidays, our minds are filled with memories of times past and anticipation of the traditions we are about to celebrate. We asked several Jewish believers to tell us what has made their holidays special and as some have reminisced with us, our hearts have nodded […]
The Jewish New Year begins this year on the evening of September 15. To learn more online, start by visiting our
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 […]
This year, the Jewish month of Elul falls on August 18 through September 15. (Technically, Elul is the sixth month of the Hebrew calendar, with Nisan (Passover), being the first, even though Rosh Hashanah is considered the Jewish New Year.) Elul precedes the month of Tishrei, which contains the High Holy Days: The Feast of […]
Yom Kippur can be somewhat of a conundrum to Jewish believers in Yeshua. Do we fast and confess our sins like the rest of the Jewish community or do we rejoice in the knowledge that we’re forgiven in Messiah? I remember my first Yom Kippur as a new believer. I had received the Lord in […]
I was raised in a traditional Jewish home in Melbourne, Australia. My grandparents were killed in the Holocaust. Our family were founding members of the Moorabbin and Districts Hebrew Congregation, where I attended weekly until I was 19. I married a Jewish woman in 1974, but we were divorced in 1989. I married again in […]
What do the rabbis tell us about the following key theological themes? And what can we learn from the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament understanding? This chart will help you prepare your heart for the High Holidays.
I observe the fast to the end that God would bang on the hearts of our unsaved families.
Explores the passage of Jewish Scripture the rabbis deemed too dangerous to keep in the regular synagogue calendar readings.