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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From Generation to Generation: A Tale of Two Kings by Aaron Trank
I am sitting here googling on, um, Google, to see what might have transpired 40 years ago. Why, you might ask?
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:
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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.
Paul Liberman has been a Jewish believer in Y'shua since 1971. He has had extensive leadership involvement with the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, for which he currently serves as president, the International Messianic Jewish Alliance, and Messianic congregations in the U.S. and Israel. He has served as publisher of The Messianic Times and is the author of The Fig Tree Blossoms.
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.
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.
"We're going to need another table," Melissa had said to Jhan. They stared into the dining room of their Brooklyn home that night in 2007 at a piece of furniture that, as Melissa would one day put it, "came to represent a way that God was moving."