Havurah comes from the Hebrew word "haver" which means "friend." Havurah usually describes a community of friends who gather together to discuss their common interests and concerns. Jewish believers in Jesus face unique challenges and questions and this publication is one way of addressing them.
How do I integrate my ethnic heritage into my faith in Jesus? How can I best relate to family members who do not share my faith? How can I handle the sentiment of many other Jews that by believing in Jesus, I'm being a traitor to my people?
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Several issues ago in Havurah we addressed the topic of unity within the Messianic movement, namely reconciliation between Jewish believers in Jesus who are pursuing God in various ways from different corners of the Messianic community.
- Category: Havurah Volume 16 Number 03
By now you may have heard about the full-length movie, The Sound of the Spirit, directed by Messianic Rabbi Michael Robert Wolf of Beth Messiah Congregation, Cincinnati, OH (www.bethmessiah.net). The film is an exploration of what happens when a bat-mitzvah age Messianic Jewish girl, having lost both parents, goes to live with non-believing Jewish relatives. Rivka, the protagonist, is played in a stunning performance by Anna Lasbury.
As its title suggests, Through My Enemy's Eyes: Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine, promotes empathy as the virtue necessary for peace. Called to love their enemy by their Messiah, Israeli Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians are best suited to this task. The authors, Salim J. Munayer and Lisa Loden, a Palestinian Christian and an Israeli Messianic Jew, respectively, embody this effort to trade hostility for forgiveness.
This past April, thirty-one key leaders in the Messianic movement convened in an upper room in Dallas, Texas. Each of us, representing a broad spectrum of congregations and missions, had taken time out of our busy schedules to attend a "Fireside Chat" that would last less than eight hours. Most of those in the room knew one other. Some had been co-workers; some had personally experienced a "falling out" with others present. As we sat in a large circle, Marty Waldman, Rabbi at Dallas' Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue and host to the meeting, took the floor to explain his heart in asking us to come: unity.
From Generation to Generation: A Tale of Two Kings by Aaron Trank
Grassroots 2013 was an event that almost was not. A self-proclaimed "nonference" ("it's not a conference"), Grassroots curates interaction between 80–100 young Jewish believers, with an emphasis on Messianic leadership. I attended my first nonference in August 2012 after the Asheville Music Festival, Grassroots' auditory offspring. Grassroots was to conclude at that concert, yet it has continued.
I am sitting here googling on, um, Google, to see what might have transpired 40 years ago. Why, you might ask?
- Category: Havurah Volume 16 Number 02
We can find examples of disunity among God's people throughout the Bible. But the apostles' experiences can be particularly relevant for us. The following examples speak of three kinds of disunity: