Blog http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:24:05 +0000 en-gb How to Make Yom Kippur Every Day of Your Life http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-make-yom-kippur-every-day-of-your-life http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-make-yom-kippur-every-day-of-your-life

Looking for a better way to observe Yom Kippur?

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Blog Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:23:36 +0000
Kosher Goes Gourmet http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/kosher-goes-gourmet http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/kosher-goes-gourmet

Kosher Goes Hip for the Holidays

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Blog Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:21:20 +0000
The Jewish New Years —Collect Them All! http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-jewish-new-years-collect-them-all http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-jewish-new-years-collect-them-all

Check out the four Jewish New Years—or maybe even five!

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Blog Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:48:59 +0000
Feeling The Squeeze? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/feeling-the-squeeze http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/feeling-the-squeeze

Feel the squeeze. But not from God.

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Blog Fri, 05 Sep 2014 03:14:38 +0000
“Hey, Dude, Does that Resonate with You?” http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/does-that-resonate-with-you http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/does-that-resonate-with-you

Hey, Dude, Does that Resonate with You?

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Blog Wed, 03 Sep 2014 22:00:03 +0000
How to Make a Mess of Things http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-make-a-mess-of-things http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-make-a-mess-of-things

Gap living is not for sissies. It’s for those who have vision.

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Blog Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:29:03 +0000
Movie Review: Wish I Was Here http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/movie-review-wish-i-was-here http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/movie-review-wish-i-was-here

Movie Review: Wish I Was Here, directed by Zach Braff, 2014

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Blog Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:34:04 +0000
Reflections on the death of Robin Williams http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/reflections-on-the-death-of-robin-williams http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/reflections-on-the-death-of-robin-williams

"You sit down to dinner, and life as you know it ends," writes Joan Didion in her book The Year of Magical Thinking.  She captures what feels most punishing and cruel about our existence: that it might end without notice.

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Blog Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:53:18 +0000
So Are We Blood Brothers? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/so-are-we-blood-brothers http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/so-are-we-blood-brothers

We have this common bond and it sets us apart.

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Blog Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:29:21 +0000
Open Letter to Evangelical Christians from Jews for Jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/open-letter-to-evangelical-christians-from-jews-for-jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/open-letter-to-evangelical-christians-from-jews-for-jesus Now is the time to stand  with Israel

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our hearts are heavy as we watch the images of violence and bloodshed in Israel and Gaza.

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Blog Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:04:35 +0000
A Dronie Is Coming Near Your Face http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-dronie-is-coming-near-your-face http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-dronie-is-coming-near-your-face

The selfie is dead. Now it's the dronie, also known as the sky selfie.

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Blog Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:55:47 +0000
The (real) wall that divides http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-real-wall-that-divides http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-real-wall-that-divides

Conflicts are inevitable. I don’t know of any one family that doesn’t have them, so how could we expect the absence of conflict between entire people groups?

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Blog Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:02:27 +0000
Gaza and the God of Israel http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/gaza-and-the-god-of-israel http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/gaza-and-the-god-of-israel

Despite the circumstances, God is keeping Israel safe and reversing attempts to destroy her.

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Blog Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:42:22 +0000
How to Be Confident in Sickness and in Health http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-be-confident-in-sickness-and-in-health http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-be-confident-in-sickness-and-in-health

What is dying like? Only Jesus can tell us.

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Blog Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:03:00 +0000
How the World Cup Teaches Me about Jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-the-world-cup-teaches-me-about-jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-the-world-cup-teaches-me-about-jesus

It's in the overtimes of life where you discover if you have what it takes to live with your eyes fixed on the goal and to do it with grace and perseverance.

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Blog Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:08:20 +0000
Heaven: Experiencing It & Sean Trank http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/heaven-experiencing-it-sean-trank http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/heaven-experiencing-it-sean-trank

Two months ago my brother-like friend and co-worker, Sean Trank, asked me to write something about heaven for others to read. In light of his recent passing, I honor his request today.

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Blog Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:30:14 +0000
The Ultimate World Cup! http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-ultimate-world-cup http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-ultimate-world-cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup continues! Brazil vs. Columbia! France vs. Germany! Belgium vs. Argentina! They say over 715 MILLION people watched the final match of the 2006 World Cup—and that more people view the World Cup than the Olympics.

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Blog Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:56:17 +0000
Does God Like Social Media? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/does-god-like-social-media http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/does-god-like-social-media

Face-to-face is the original social media.

Conversations that used to take place over a meal or drinks after work is now happening on Facebook, Skype and Tweets.

Whatever the delivery system, online gurus say it has to have at least these four components to be meaningful:

  1. relevance
  2. practical value
  3. emotion
  4. stories 

But even if all these components are there, I've noticed something - people are hungry for human interaction, not just cyber chats. They want face-to-face. They need to feel connected to others they can see, hear, touch and laugh with.

And no virtual delivery system can produce what a personal encounter can.

God knew that.

God, with all his supernatural abilities, could have designed a mechanism (better than Skype or Zoom) whereby he could communicate with us without leaving heaven to do it.

He could have sent angel messengers.

He could have boomed his voice from heaven.

He could have scared the life out of us with flashes of lightning and peals of thunder.

Instead, he sent his own flesh and blood Son to live among us, suffer alongside us, and die a horrible death and conquer the grave.

Where's the value in that?

God knew the kind of mess we were in - we were dead in our sins and unable to rescue ourselves. So he fixed the problem by sending his Son Yeshua (Jesus) to live a life of perfect obedience to the law of God for us, and then die in our place and rise from the dead in order to pay the price for our sins.

So how is that relevant to me? 

If Jesus hadn't done that, you would have no hope of measuring up to God's standards and being loved by him.

Only Jesus measured up and secured your relationship with God, so when you place your faith in his finished work for you, God fully accepts you as his cherished child.

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua." – Ephesians 2: 4-7 ESV

By believing in him, for the first time in your life you have face-to-face communication with God through Jesus.

Now that beats anything you can have online!

Want to plug into the best conversation today?

Visit here: http://www.jewsforjesus.org/how-to-know-god

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Blog Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:43:12 +0000
Enlightenment http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/enlightenment http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/enlightenment

In a way, enlightenment has been a goal or achievement of both the Eastern and Western worldviews for quite some time. In Buddhism, starting with its founder in the fifth century B.C.E., individual enlightenment is a follower's highest goal. "Buddha" means "awakened" or "enlightened one." For the Buddhist, this means freeing oneself from the cycle of rebirth emptying oneself in meditation. The West has also emphasized the individual's role in enlightenment, though in the European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries. It weighed reason and individualism as of higher importance than revelation and tradition. Key individuals in the Western enlightenment included 17th-century philosophers such as René Descartes, John Locke, and Isaac Newton. This longing for enlightenment, it could be argued, is an essential component of being human, made in God's image.

A traditional Western text, Genesis, holds great wisdom that is universally applicable, especially here. Genesis includes the story of two individuals who experienced enlightenment. In fact, these were the first two people, the infamous Eve and Adam, the parents of all cultures. They gained great consciousness of themselves, but not through meditation.  It was through their actions. They reasoned against the only tradition around at that time, the one law that God had created for them. They violated that law by deciding to eat from a tree that held tantalizing fruit and promised with its ingestion, insight. Their eyes were opened to the difference between right and wrong. They then realized their stark nakedness and were suddenly ashamed of their vulnerability.

So, had they found what they were looking for? Without realizing it, Adam and Eve activated the catalyst for God's plan of salvation. This plan was to bring a future, divine messiah, whose arrival is subsequently predicted throughout all Hebrew Scripture, starting in Genesis 3. There Eve asks if she might be the mother of this child. Instead, history unfolds, centuries go by and the Jewish people are established and chosen to carry that promise on.

The Bible holds a universal truth about the search for enlightenment. Humans are drawn to it. Ultimately, the box of undesirable consequences that Adam and Eve—not Pandora—flung open, affects each human seeking truth. The Bible, in Genesis and beyond, outlines a narrative in which God is always seeking to be in harmony with creation. It creates a tradition of animal sacrifice and fulfills the need for it forever with God's own death and resurrection on our behalf.

Are you seeking the ultimate enlightenment? It's available now. God desires to give us insight if we fully seek Him.  His presence can fulfill the deepest needs with which we were designed. The illumination provided in Scripture of who He is and how we can know Him is the most crucial truth we can find.

There are many people who have devoted their whole lives to helping other people discover this for themselves. Some of those people are the staff who work for Jews for Jesus.

If you would like to talk to someone now who can help you with this quest for enlightenment, please go to our live chat.

Have general questions about Jews for Jesus?

Check out our about page.

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Blog Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:11:39 +0000
When Jews Were Proselytizers http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/when-jews-were-proselytizers http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/when-jews-were-proselytizers

The Jewish Daily Forward, a well-known publication in the Jewish community (117-year-old paper), recently resurrected the issue of Jewish evangelism from a traditional Jewish perspective. Are the Jewish people meant to be mission-minded? Did God choose us for a purpose that we're to share with others? Read the Answer.

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Blog Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:33:31 +0000
Yours Free: A Better Memory http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/yours-free-a-better-memory http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/yours-free-a-better-memory

According to a recent news report, US military researchers are developing a brain implant that could one day restore a wounded soldier's memory and even tackle Alzheimer's disease.

Whether these researchers succeed at their goal will be interesting, but if you can fix a fading memory not only will you be on every talk show in the world, but maybe you'll finally remember where you hid the afikomen when you were seven and ruined your family's Passover celebration.

Let's face it, even on our good days we forget many things, from car keys to appointments to what's-his-name who is related to your great-great-grandfather back in the old country.

Being able to remember is part of our personality. It's what keeps us connected to our past, our people, our guilt, and our identities. If we lose that, we lose our sense of self.

So restoring our memory would be to renew our life. But there are things we'd probably rather forget.

The Scriptures tell us we were created to be in harmony with God and the world, but that something went terribly wrong in the Garden of Eden that destroyed that harmony. That's such a distant past we hardly pay any attention to the memory hints our hearts give us. Instead we've quieted that voice with distractions and destruction. And it keeps us imprisoned to ourselves so we can't remember God anymore.

That's why God came up with a solution to our desperate need. His is a better implant than anything our military can come up with. It's called a new heart, a heart that resonates with God's life and love. And he gives it for free to anybody who asks for it.

"And I will give you a new heart, and I new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." – Ezekiel 26 verse 26 ESV

While the military implant may take years to become a reality, you can have a new heart right now and with it a memory of the love God has for you by giving you his very best, his son Yeshua (Jesus) who paid the penalty for your sins so you could be set free.

"But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed." – Isaiah 53 verse 5 ESV

Ready for a new heart?

learn how to get it.

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Blog Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:17:19 +0000
Picture Telephone http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/picture-telephone http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/picture-telephone

It's easy for a message to get lost in miscommunication, so how can we trust that the Bible is true and accurate?

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Blog Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:50:56 +0000
Mayor Bloomberg, God, and Jewish Values – Part One http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/mayor-bloomberg-god-and-jewish-values-part-one http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/mayor-bloomberg-god-and-jewish-values-part-one

Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, has been in the news recently. Well, he's often in the news, but two recent articles come to mind.

First, there is "Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A." (New York Times, April 15, 2014), mostly about his plans for financing gun control. At the end, the article takes a different turn, remarking that "His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72." Then:

Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It's not even close."

Presumably, the grinning mayor was being somewhat tongue in cheek, emphasizing his achievement more than proclaiming anything about the deity.

The second article is,  "Bloomberg, in Israel, Wins a $1 Million Prize, and Then Gives It Back" (New York Times, May 22, 2014). With Jay Leno as the host, Mayor Bloomberg won the Genesis Prize honoring achievements that demonstrate "Jewish values." Bloomberg then gave away his winnings in the form of establishing a competition among entrepreneurs, Jewish or not, whose ideas stem from "Jewish values."

All of which raises the questions: what are Jewish values? And is working on behalf of social causes—surely one such value—an automatic pass at the "heaven interview"? —at least as Mayor Bloomberg put it, "if there is a God." (Humor about God —not poking fun at him, but more at us humans —tends to be a Jewish value as well.)

Writers have often commented on, expounded, and advocated for Jewish values. Most of those values are rooted in the classic Jewish text, the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible. Tikkun olam, "repair of the world," or social action? Look no further than the Hebrew prophets. "Let justice roll down like waters," says the prophet Amos. Kibbud av va'em, honor of parents? "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you," right there in Exodus 20:12. And so on with almost everything considered a "Jewish value."

The presupposition of the Tanakh about where all these values derive from is that, yes Mr. Bloomberg, there is a God. Without the God of the Bible, changing a light bulb, or not changing it and sitting in the dark, could be values on a par with showing honor to parents. With God, on the other hand, we know what's right, what's wrong, and what is and isn't important.

One fundamental Jewish value is not often mentioned: teshuvah (repentance for sin), and not just on Yom Kippur. From the prophet Isaiah:

For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.1

Working for gun safety and for reducing obesity are noble goals, but human sin and evil taints the best deeds. Doing these things may help others, but they don't get us a "heaven interview pass," in the former mayor's business world metaphor. In Isaiah's terms, all that great stuff is — as far as a relationship with God is concerned —like something the dry cleaner charges extra for.

So what's a nice Jewish boy like Michael Bloomberg to do? Or the rest of us for that matter? Watch for the next blog post on "Jewish Values in the New Testament," or, "The Day God Said, 'Keinahora!' "


1 Isaiah 64:6 in English versions; 64:5 in the Hebrew.]]>
Blog Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:02 +0000
If Jesus is the Messiah http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/if-jesus-is-the-messiah http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/if-jesus-is-the-messiah

Why all the suffering in the world? Why isn't there real and lasting peace? Why all the persecutions in the name of Jesus? Why don't rabbis believe in him? Why doesn't he say so?

There is an answer for each of these questions, if you are interested. Of course, if you're only looking to disprove Jesus' claims, no answer will satisfy. But if you're a seeker of truth, willing to accept the truth where it is found (even if it is Jesus), won't you read on?

Why all the suffering in the world?

Why not? We live in a cause-and-effect world, and sin (wrongdoing) causes suffering. If sin hadn't been introduced into the world at the very beginning, there would be no disease or hunger, and pain would be unknown. To put an end to suffering, the sin problem has to be resolved—and that is why Yeshua (Jesus) came. Concerning suffering, Jesus said, "In the world there will be tribulation but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

Why isn't there real and lasting peace?

The peace that Jesus offers is available now to any Jew or Gentile who accepts him. It's a peace for your heart. Sure, most people are for world peace, but lasting peace starts within people, one at a time. Jesus says, "My shalom I give you… do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).

Why all the persecution in the name of Jesus?

Persecution against individuals and groups of people has been carried out under many banners: the banner of justice and morality, the banner of freedom, the banner of a better world. That it is also carried out under the banner of Messiah Jesus is only another indicator of how people justify their unjustifiable acts.

Why don't rabbis believe in him?

A few do. But their status in the Jewish community ceases at that point and they are no longer rabbis. The vast majority of rabbis do not believe in Jesus for the same reason you don't. To consider Jesus' claims means risking important relationships as well as admitting that all your knowledge, noble deeds and good intentions are not enough to make a relationship with the Creator possible.

Why doesn't he say so?

Despite what you may have heard, he did. You can read Yeshua's own words in the New Testament. See Matthew 16:15-57, John 4:25-26 and John 11:25-27. We hope you will check it out for yourself.

If you find these answers unsettling, please know that isn't our intention. We understand that the truth is not always comfortable or convenient—but it is, well… the truth.

So if these answers speak to you, we invite you to speak to God. Because if Jesus is the Messiah, don't you owe it to yourself to find out? Read more about Yeshua at jewsforjesus.org/howtoknowgod.

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Blog Fri, 23 May 2014 02:30:43 +0000
The Dirty Dozen: 12 Questions and Answers from Jews for Jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/12-questions-and-answers-from-jews-for-jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/12-questions-and-answers-from-jews-for-jesus

We have compiled a dozen frequently asked spiritual questions for Jewish seekers. Number 5, "What proof do you have that Jesus was the messiah," has some of the highest traffic from our whole website. What questions you might like to see included or answered in the next version of this compilation? Check out the whole booklet and leave a comment for us here to let us know!

Here is what the current set addresses:

  1. Introduction
  2. Exactly what is Jews for Jesus?
  3. How can you believe in Jesus and still call yourselves Jews? Why don't you just call yourselves Christians for Jesus?
  4. Don't Christians believe in three gods?
  5. What proof do you have that Jesus was the Messiah?
  6. If Jesus was the Messiah, why isn't there peace on earth? Look at all the persecutions in the name of Jesus.
  7. How can you believe in God, let alone in Jesus, after the horrors of the Holocaust?
  8. How can you believe in the New Testament? Isn't is full of anti-Semitism and lies?
  9. So if you're still Jewish, do you carry out the Law of Moses?
  10. Jews don't believe in proselytizing, so why do you try and convert everyone to your way of thinking?
  11. I'm basically a good person and I'm very happy with my own religion, so why should I believe in Jesus?
  12. If Jesus was the Messiah, why don't the rabbis believe in him?
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Blog Tue, 20 May 2014 03:09:04 +0000