We want to have honest conversations with open-minded Jewish people about issues that deeply affect our people and how these issues relate to Jesus.
I was conditioned to believe that unless we do our part, God can’t do His. But the Hebrew Scriptures don’t actually teach that.
In the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, the realization that Passover season is upon us feels foreign, kind of like a vague memory of a former life. But this food, family, and friend-filled holiday is intrinsic to the fabric of Jewish life. Even if celebrating it doesn’t look the same right now, we can still mark the occasion!
I had not even considered including God in my recently obsessive hand washing ritual. Pesach is a great reminder that this can be a beautiful spiritual practice.
Climate change is a hotly contested topic in our society. Though this charged issue can be polarizing, environmental ethics long predate political policies. Some might be surprised to learn that the Jewish Scriptures and traditions actually have quite a few things to say about our environmental responsibilities.
I woke up on January 1st to an unusually large number of text messages, the cleverest being, “Welcome to the roaring ’20s!” But three Jewish people had just been shot and killed less than 30 minutes from my house. Five more had been stabbed an hour away at a Hanukkah party. The progressive and prosperous era of the 1920s had never felt so far away.
Did You Know? Christmas Facts These four fast facts about Christmas are bound to make you “that guy” at your next dinner party. You’re welcome. When Santa Claus began coming down peoples’ chimneys The character of Santa Claus is actually based on a bishop named...
When Jesus Was Actually Born Christmas is the worst. And not in a “Bah! Humbug!” way. Why? Because the most anticipated event in Jewish history – the coming of the Messiah – has been hijacked and distorted beyond recognition. I’m Jewish and I follow Yeshua (Jesus),...
“When the 2013 Pew survey revealed that 4 percent of American Orthodox Jews reported having a Christmas tree, I was shocked! What’s more, the study indicated that one-third of all American Jews claim to have a Christmas tree, as well. I began to wonder if the Jewish relationship with Christmas was more complicated than I had realized.”
How to Celebrate the Holidays in an Interfaith Home Preparing for and rearing children is a difficult feat, but it can prove to be even more challenging for an interfaith household. Each parent may have unique hopes, dreams, and expectations for the lives they lead,...
Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Within the last year, there have been multiple synagogue shootings and countless reports of anti-Semitic incidents. In times like these, one’s initial reaction is to take action, but what should we do? Here are 9 ways you can fight anti-Semitism.
What is it like to be a Messianic Jew living in Paris during this time of heightened anti-Semitism? Here is a sobering look at it and an exploration of what’s at the root of this problem.
Cultural appropriation is a serious offense. Where is the line between appropriation and appreciation? Can Christians participate in traditional Jewish celebrations without it turning into appropriation or leading to anti-Semitism? Does belief in Jesus invalidate Messianic Jewish people from continuing to observe Jewish traditions?
Hatred of the Jewish people has been around as long as we have, and the Christian church has often been at the forefront of this persecution throughout history. Does this make Christianity anti-Semitic? What would Jesus have to say about how his people have been treated by those who claim to follow him?
The man who would one day lead his Jewish people to redemption and bring down the Torah from Sinai chose not to reveal that he was a Hebrew. He actively identified as an Egyptian, and that’s how he would have gone down in history if God had not intervened. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the textbook for Jewish identity, the definition of that identity always comes from God.
In order to be the light that we were called to be, we need to integrate the two most essential commands of the Torah into who we are and how we live. It was to love God and to love our neighbors that the Jewish people were chosen.”
We don’t want anyone to stop being Jewish. Jesus didn’t want that either. We think every Jewish person has the right to explore the identity of Jesus for themselves and draw their own conclusions rather than let that choice be made for them by rabbis 2,000 years ago.
Inclusivity should actually be a foundational part of our Jewish identity. And according to the Hebrew Scriptures, it’s nothing short of our destiny. Opening our arms to the nations and gathering those at the fringes doesn’t dilute our identity. If anything, it points us back to the heart of God’s calling for our people all along.
Finding Spiritual Harmony in Your Interfaith Relationship More than 50 percent of all Jewish marriages are to non-Jews, and over 70 percent of all Jewish romantic partnerships are with Gentiles. Unfortunately, research indicates that interfaith couples experience more...
Yes, Jesus existed. But he is much more than a historical figure. Both Jews and Gentiles have been gripped by the person of Jesus as they read the Gospel accounts. If even non-believers must acknowledge Jesus’ existence, then the Gospels make it evident that he has the power to change our lives.
No celebration of Purim is complete without the traditional reading of the story of Esther. She is one of the few, true heroines of the Tanach. And, from what we read, her story isn’t exactly as pretty as her face. It’s gritty and (unfortunately) relatable to readers who may have rocky histories of their own.
Unfortunately, one of the most common phrases a Jewish person can hear is this: “The Jews killed Jesus.” Such condemnations have plagued the Jewish people for the last two thousand years, acting as the fuel behind countless anti-Semitic atrocities throughout history. They have emerged from the mouths of self-proclaimed Christians, from atheists—from both those who consider themselves religious and those who do not. And it has to stop.
Meditation in the Jewish Scriptures describes a different approach to mindfulness meditation: in the Scriptures, mindfulness meditation refers to applying one’s attention upon God, His Word, and His attributes.
Counter to contemporary Western culture, where meditation is often a therapeutic exercise for self-improvement, in the Scriptures it is a path to encounter God by giving attention to His message.
Interacting with a personal God who listens to our prayers and cares about our daily affairs feels foreign to many Jewish people. Thus the Jewish healing movement is an opportunity to explore one’s spiritual beliefs and develop new ways of relating to God.
Issues relevant to the “spiritual but not religious” movement are so ancient that the Jewish Bible addresses many of them—and so does Jesus in the “Newer” Testament.
I had a semblance of Jewish education and a strong sense of Jewish identity. But since my home was a home without God – and since the Christians and the Jews I knew did not seem to truly believe – I assumed that God must be present elsewhere.