Blog http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:53:06 +0000 en-gb Fun Fact Friday - Chinese New Year http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/fun-fact-friday-chinese-new-year http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/fun-fact-friday-chinese-new-year

Jews have a calendar! Chinese people have a calendar! And so does God.  Both the Chinese and Jewish calendars go by lunisolar time measurement, as do many other cultures. These calendars go by the same counting system as the Tanakh (Old Testament) does, and in fact, God says in Genesis 1:14, “‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.’”

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Blog Fri, 20 Feb 2015 01:36:34 +0000
How to Find the Love You Crave http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-find-the-love-you-crave http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-find-the-love-you-crave

The Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 22. It’s an extravaganza of glitz, glamour and vicarious living.
It’s the yearly idol parade on the famous red carpet where actors show off their fashion, give their two-minute interviews and pose in front of a zillion clicking cameras.
Let’s face it - even cynics like me like to watch the show.

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Blog Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:37:33 +0000
Fun Fact Friday - Valentine’s Day (Fifteenth of Av) http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/fun-fact-friday-valentine-s-day-fifteenth-of-av http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/fun-fact-friday-valentine-s-day-fifteenth-of-av

Do Jews celebrate Valentine’s Day, or don’t they? Let’s find out.

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Blog Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:29:07 +0000
It's TuBishevat! http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/it-s-tubishevat http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/it-s-tubishevat

IT’S TU BISHEVAT!

That means that it’s the new year for trees. And it’s a day to eat some new fruit, or to eat some of the produce of Israel. Some enjoy planting trees, or having a special seder for which the menu includes fruits, nuts, or vegetables. In keeping with the agricultural theme of the holiday, we’d like you to —

MEET THE HUMAN VEGETABLE

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Blog Tue, 03 Feb 2015 04:56:01 +0000
A Groundhog Day Reflection on the Super Bowl http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-groundhog-day-reflection-on-the-super-bowl http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-groundhog-day-reflection-on-the-super-bowl

What do the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day have in common? Absolutely nothing. What do the Super Bowl and the movie, Groundhog Day, have in common? Quite a lot, especially if you are the Seattle Seahawks.

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Blog Tue, 03 Feb 2015 01:26:17 +0000
What Kind of Heart Are You? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/it-s-t-bishevat http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/it-s-t-bishevat

There’s a 68-year old man living in France with an artificial heart. According to Dr. Carpentier, the artificial heart’s inventor, the patient recovered sufficiently to go home from the hospital and is “pedaling like crazy” on a stationary bicycle.

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Blog Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:05:29 +0000
A Jewish Take on Deflategate in Light of the Super Bowl http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/welcome-to-groundhog-day-2015 http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/welcome-to-groundhog-day-2015

By now, everybody from Bill Nye the Science Guy to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has given an opinion on Deflategate. In case you’ve been hibernating the last two weeks, Deflategate is the controversy over whether the New England Patriots let air out of their footballs to gain a competitive advantage in their AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

It was only a matter of time until the rabbis weighed in.

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Blog Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:31:03 +0000
Welcome to Groundhog Day 2015 http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/what-kind-of-heart-are-you http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/what-kind-of-heart-are-you

As Groundhog Day aficionados know, if Punxsutawney Phil leaves his burrow and sees his shadow — we get six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow — spring is around the corner.

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Blog Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:26:58 +0000
What Are You Saying?? It’s Like Speaking a Different Language http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/what-are-you-saying-it-s-like-speaking-a-different-language http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/what-are-you-saying-it-s-like-speaking-a-different-language

Do you ever feel like you’re speaking a foreign language when trying to explain the gospel to someone who isn’t a Christian? That’s how it sounded to me, before I came to faith in Jesus from a traditional Jewish background. Christians would invite me to church to hear a sermon about Jesus? I’d just respond, “I’m Jewish.”

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Blog Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:42:42 +0000
Paris Attack Ignites Passion for Outreach http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/paris-attack-ignites-passion-for-outreach http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/paris-attack-ignites-passion-for-outreach

In this time of unrest and unease in France, we wanted to keep you informed on what’s going on with our Paris branch of Jews for Jesus. Jewish ministry is at a crucial point there. Please watch the brief update below from David Brickner.

For more, directly from our Paris director, Joshua Turnil, read:
"Peace I Leave With You".

REACH THE UNREACHED

Support our Cause

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Blog Wed, 14 Jan 2015 04:09:01 +0000
Peace I Leave with You http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/peace-i-leave-with-you http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/peace-i-leave-with-you

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." I was there above in the pictures you see...

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Blog Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:02:48 +0000
Reflections on Terrorism in Paris http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/reflections-on-terrorism-in-paris http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/reflections-on-terrorism-in-paris

Jews for Jesus Paris staffer, Karl DeSouza, reflected on the events of the past few days in a conversation with his young son...

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Blog Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00:29:03 +0000
Jews for Jesus Paris branch responds to the ongoing story of terrorism in their midst. http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/jews-for-jesus-paris-branch-responds-to-the-ongoing-story-of-terrorism-in-their-midst http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/jews-for-jesus-paris-branch-responds-to-the-ongoing-story-of-terrorism-in-their-midst

Currently two standoffs are taking place, one near the Paris airport and the other in a kosher supermarket just a few blocks from our Juifs Pour Jesus office...

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Blog Fri, 09 Jan 2015 23:21:26 +0000
David Brickner on Point of View Radio http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/david-brickner-on-point-of-view-radio-2 http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/david-brickner-on-point-of-view-radio-2

David Brickner on Point of View Radio with Kerby Anderson

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Blog Sat, 03 Jan 2015 00:05:30 +0000
Backgrounds to the Current Israeli Conflict http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/backgrounds-to-the-current-israeli-conflict-3 http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/backgrounds-to-the-current-israeli-conflict-3

Watch this video about the “Backgrounds to the Current Israeli Conflict” featuring Darrell L. Bock, David Brickner, Jim Sibley, and Mitch Glaser.

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Blog Sat, 03 Jan 2015 00:05:30 +0000
The Life of Jesus: Faith Leaders On Jesus' Meaning http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-life-of-jesus-faith-leaders-on-jesus-meaning http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-life-of-jesus-faith-leaders-on-jesus-meaning

Susan Perlman on Huffington Post Live
Susan Perlman, associate executive director of Jews for Jesus, engaged in a spirited discussion on Huffington Post Live with a rabbi, an imam, and a Catholic priest on the question, "What Does Jesus Mean to You?"

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Blog Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:44:44 +0000
The Ties That Bind http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-ties-that-bind http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-ties-that-bind

If you’ve grown up in a Jewish family or lived in a Jewish neighborhood or had a Jewish grandmother, then most likely Yiddish is part of your DNA.

You probably grew up with, “I need it like a hole in the head,” or “All right already”, or “You should live so long”. These and many more expressions are English translations of Yiddish phrases.

I’ve often wondered where Yiddish came from, but I never got very satisfying answers from anyone in my family. It seemed everybody had their own take on the history of the language.

Finally in June, Tablet Magazine showcased the late historian Cherie Woodworth’s comprehensive article on the origins of the Yiddish language, highlighting the research and findings of late Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich.

According to Weinreich’s History of the Yiddish Language, Yiddish was born out of Jewish self-imposed isolation from surrounding cultures as a means to preserve a distinct cultural and religious life together. Using linguistic and historical evidence, he claimed that the Jews wanted to live a life of intentional separateness, and Yiddish was the language that tied them together.

When I read that I asked myself, “What ties us together today?” Is it our traditions, the religious holidays, the food? After all, Hanukkah is two weeks away and a lot of us will be celebrating with friends and family.

We’re a people of God tied to one another by history, language, religious observances and the Scriptures. 

On the other hand, for every two Jews there are three opinions. There’s a whole lot we don’t agree on. We have Reform, Conservative, ultra-Orthodox, agnostic and atheistic Jews. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one thing we could all agree on?

Many of us still believe the Messiah is coming. Even agnostics think there might be a God out there. And atheists spend a lot of energy not believing.

I think we can all agree that Messiah coming will be a good thing – if we are ready for him.

Some of us believe he already came 2,000 years ago, and is coming again.

We are known as Jews for Jesus.

Wait a minute, you say, how could we all possibly agree with THAT? Well, if it’s true, why wouldn’t you want to believe it? Because the outcome for all of us would be peace with God, with ourselves, and with each other. Wouldn’t you like that?

At one point in our history, the Yiddish language might indeed have unified us, but in truth it is a relationship with Yeshua (Jesus) that gives us an even greater union and transcendence beyond language and cultural traditions. 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

So excuse the expression, Vos iz der tachlis? (What’s the point?)

A relationship with Messiah is for today and every day. In knowing him we are made true Jews, knitted together with one another, no matter what country we live in.

Talk to me.

 

 

 

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Blog Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:15:35 +0000
If Jesus is Not the Messiah... http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/if-jesus-is-not-the-messiah http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/if-jesus-is-not-the-messiah

Linus and Charlie Brown

More and more Jewish people are open to discussing Jesus, including several Jewish scholars. Amy Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt, wrote a book about Jesus entitled The Misunderstood Jew and also helped put together The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Many Jewish people now say that Jesus was a historical figure who was a good rabbi, an inspirational teacher or even a great prophet.

But they do not believe he is the Jewish Messiah.

Messiah means “anointed one.” Christ is not Jesus’ last name. It is the Greek word for “Messiah.” So Jesus Christ simply means Jesus the Messiah or, in Hebrew, Yeshua HaMashiach.

If you have come to believe that Jesus was just a great teacher or even a prophet but not the Messiah, consider the implications.

As a Jewish person who once knew next to nothing about Jesus, I don’t think most Jews intend to insult the Christian religion when they say that Jesus is not the Messiah. Most of us have been taught from childhood—either directly or by osmosis—that Jesus is not for the Jews. But let’s see where it leads us, logically.

The New Testament explicitly states that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah. At this time of year, many of us, even us Jews, will hear the Christmas story as related in the Gospel of Luke (remember Linus’s explanation in A Charlie Brown Christmas?):

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ (Messiah) the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8–12)

The angel says that the baby who will be born in the manger in Bethlehem is the Messiah. Maybe you don’t believe in New Testament angels. But there are plenty of angels in the Hebrew Scriptures, such as those that spoke with Abraham and Daniel. So you will have to disavow them as well.

Jesus himself claimed to be the Messiah. When a woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming." he replied, "I who speak to you am he." (John 4:25–26).

To say that Jesus is not the Messiah is to call Jesus a liar. It would be the same as someone telling you that Moses was a liar. In the Hebrew Scriptures, after God speaks with Moses at the burning bush, we read, “Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed” (Exodus 4:30-31). They didn’t call Aaron and Moses liars. They believed.

The New Testament says that Jesus rose from the dead. Not only that, but he also predicted his own resurrection, saying “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Luke 9:22).

You might say this sounds like a fairy tale. But someone might tell you that God parting the Red Sea sounds like a fairy tale. If that would offend you, consider that when you dis the veracity of the New Testament.

To deny what the New Testament says about Jesus is to deny the New Testament Scriptures as a whole. It would be the same as a Christian telling you that he or she does not believe in the Hebrew Scriptures. But for a true Christian that is impossible, because the Hebrew Scriptures are the foundation for all that is recorded in the New Testament.

Could these Christians and Messianic Jews be on to something? Could both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament be true, one complementing the other? Could the Hebrew Scriptures predict the coming of the Messiah, with the New Testament showing the fulfillment of those prophecies?

There’s only one way to find out. Open the New Testament this holiday season and learn what the birth of Yeshua (and his death and resurrection) are really all about. Maybe you will decide it is not for you.  Or maybe you will share the excitement of the disciple Andrew when he came to his brother Nathanael and exclaimed, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (John 1:45).

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Blog Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:15:25 +0000
Movie Review A Life Apart: Hasidism in America http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/movie-review-a-life-apart http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/movie-review-a-life-apart A Life Apart Movie Review

Directed by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky

At the beginning of this fascinating documentary, Leonard Nimoy (who shares the narration with Sarah Jessica Parker) notes, “Hasidim are a minority within a minority. They arouse controversy among other Jews, no less than among gentiles.” The film explores some of that controversy, though filmmakers Daum (who lives in Crown Heights, home to the Lubavitch Hasidim) and Rudavsky paint a mostly loving portrait of this distinctive branch of Judaism.

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Blog Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:16:26 +0000
Movie Review: Shoah http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/movie-review-shoah http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/movie-review-shoah

A Life Apart Movie Review

Shoah may be the most important historical film that no one has seen. While “no one” is an exaggeration, this iconic 1985 documentary about the Holocaust has not been widely viewed. Its 9 ½-hour length intimidated theater goers when it was first released and at its limited showings since that time. Although the Criterion Collection has recently made it available on DVD, it is now available for the first time online at the SundanceNow Doc Club.*

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Blog Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:16:26 +0000
The Scriptures Win! http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-scriptures-win http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-scriptures-win

The Scriptures Win

The Folio Society, a London based publisher of beautifully crafted hard copy editions of the world’s best literature, announced this week that a British poll voted the Bible to be more valuable to humanity than Darwin’s Origin of the Species. The reason—the British public believes the Bible “contains guidelines on how to be a good person.” 

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Blog Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:16:26 +0000
Did You Miss Kosherfest? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/kosherfest-is-here http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/kosherfest-is-here

Did You Miss Kosherfest?

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Blog Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:25:47 +0000
If Madison Can Be the Name of a Pitcher, Why Can’t Jesus be the Name of the Messiah? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/if-madison-can-be-the-name-of-a-pitcher-why-can-t-jesus-be-the-name-of-the-messiah http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/if-madison-can-be-the-name-of-a-pitcher-why-can-t-jesus-be-the-name-of-the-messiah

If Madison can be the name of a pitcher, why can't Jesus be the name of the Messiah? Check out our World Series blog and leave us your comments.

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Blog Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:12:51 +0000
Juggle at the Circus Not the Office http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/juggle-at-the-circus-not-the-office http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/juggle-at-the-circus-not-the-office

Tired of multitasking? God agrees with you!

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Blog Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:58:43 +0000
The Gospel According to Starbucks (or at least the Starbucks playlist) http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-gospel-according-to-starbucks-or-at-least-the-starbucks-playlist http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-gospel-according-to-starbucks-or-at-least-the-starbucks-playlist

My local Starbucks has recently been playing Paul McCartney’s cover of the Harold Arlen–Johnny Mercer song “Accentuate the Positive.” According to Wikipedia, the song “was published in 1944. It is sung in the style of a sermon, and explains that accentuating the positive is key to happiness.”

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Blog Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:34:54 +0000