Blog http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:04:01 +0000 en-gb 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 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:16:26 +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 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:16:26 +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 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:16:26 +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 05:25:47 +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 21:12:51 +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 19:58:43 +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 03:34:54 +0000
A GIANTS FAN PONDERS HIS TEAM'S FATE... http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-giants-fan-ponders-his-team-s-fate http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-giants-fan-ponders-his-team-s-fate

When injuries downed many of our beloved San Francisco Giants, our super subs came through!

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Blog Fri, 03 Oct 2014 23:14:35 +0000
Atonement of the Highest Order http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/atonement-of-the-highest-order http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/atonement-of-the-highest-order



For Jewish people, the Day of Atonement (which begins this Friday at sundown) is the holiest day of the year.  It is the day when the books are opened in heaven and God determines who gets their name written in the Book of Life and who doesn’t.  It is a day to fast, to contemplate, to pray, to ask forgiveness, to make atonement for wrongs done to others and to God.  But what is atonement?  And how does one get it?

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Blog Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:39:23 +0000
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