Issues

We want to have honest conversations with open-minded Jewish people about issues that deeply affect our people and how these issues relate to Jesus.

We realize these are not static issues, but part of ongoing conversations our people have been having for thousands of years. We want to hear your voice too. Send us an email or chat with us live!

Subscribe to ISSUES

Why We Can’t Afford to be Bad at Discussing Mental Health Anymore

As depression and anxiety increase across the world in the wake of COVID-19, spiritual communities need to be challenged to look at the stigma they've established around the subject of mental health.

The Truth About Jewish Mysticism

Despite what many think today, Jewish mysticism is not synonymous with the Zohar, or for that matter, with kabbalah. In reality, the truth about Jewish mysticism is much deeper. What if that truth has the power to forever change the way you look at Judaism and at yourself?

The Jewish Way to Argue Without Losing Friends

Today in America, we don't know how to argue with one another. We listen to people only to find some flaw in their language or thinking. Many people worry about saying the wrong thing. Our country desperately needs the Jewish practice of arguing as friends.

How I Became a Barista for Jews for Jesus

In the 1970s when Jews for Jesus was founded, if you had a message to get out, the way to do it was street corner-to-street corner. Today, those connections have shifted online or into “third spaces” that are designed to facilitate dialogue outside of home and work environments.

Black & Jewish: America’s Invisible Minority

Some sources estimate that 12% to 15% of American Jews are Jews of color. We need to remember that there are people of color living through this nightmare in our own Jewish communities. We need them to know right now that they are seen and valued.

I’m Palestinian and Jewish: Here’s Why I Don’t Believe in Choosing Sides

I don’t always know what to acknowledge first – my Palestinian identity or my Jewish identity. Sometimes, the answer changes depending on who’s asking. The truth is, I cannot choose just one, and God does not ask me to.

4 Things You Don’t Know About Shavuot

Shavuot has been relegated to the status of a lesser-celebrated holiday on our Jewish calendar. Yet it is a festival that reminds us that God meets both our physical and our spiritual needs. Here are four interesting things about this holiday you might not know!

Why Is This Night More Complicated Than All Other Nights?

I was conditioned to believe that unless we do our part, God can’t do His. But the Hebrew Scriptures don’t actually teach that.

How to Celebrate Passover During a Pandemic

In the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, the realization that Passover season is upon us feels foreign, kind of like a vague memory of a former life. But this food, family, and friend-filled holiday is intrinsic to the fabric of Jewish life. Even if celebrating it doesn’t look the same right now, we can still mark the occasion!

I Worked at a Hospital. Here’s Why Handwashing is More Than Hygiene.

I had not even considered including God in my recently obsessive hand washing ritual. Pesach is a great reminder that this can be a beautiful spiritual practice.

Five Overlooked Facts from the Bible about Climate Change

Climate change is a hotly contested topic in our society. Though this charged issue can be polarizing, environmental ethics long predate political policies. Some might be surprised to learn that the Jewish Scriptures and traditions actually have quite a few things to say about our environmental responsibilities.

Welcome to the Raging ’20s!

I woke up on January 1st to an unusually large number of text messages, the cleverest being, “Welcome to the roaring ’20s!” But three Jewish people had just been shot and killed less than 30 minutes from my house. Five more had been stabbed an hour away at a Hanukkah party. The progressive and prosperous era of the 1920s had never felt so far away.

Did You Know? Christmas Facts

These four fast facts about Christmas are bound to make you “that guy” at your next dinner party. You’re welcome.…

When Jesus Was Really Born

Contrary to the traditional view of Jesus' birth date, new astronomical research shows that the time of his birth was closely related to the Jewish holidays.

Jews and Christmas: An International Perspective

"When the 2013 Pew survey revealed that 4 percent of American Orthodox Jews reported having a Christmas tree, I was shocked! What’s more, the study indicated that one-third of all American Jews claim to have a Christmas tree, as well. I began to wonder if the Jewish relationship with Christmas was more complicated than I had realized."

9 Ways to Fight Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Within the last year, there have been multiple synagogue shootings and countless reports of anti-Semitic incidents. In times like these, one’s initial reaction is to take action, but what should we do? Here are 9 ways you can fight anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism in France: Where Ancient History Meets Modern Rhetoric

What is it like to be a Messianic Jew living in Paris during this time of heightened anti-Semitism? Here is a sobering look at it and an exploration of what’s at the root of this problem.

Why Including Christians in Jewish Traditions is Key to Fighting Anti-Semitism

Cultural appropriation is a serious offense. Where is the line between appropriation and appreciation? Can Christians participate in traditional Jewish celebrations without it turning into appropriation or leading to anti-Semitism? Does belief in Jesus invalidate Messianic Jewish people from continuing to observe Jewish traditions?

Is He Jewish Enough?

The man who would one day lead his Jewish people to redemption and bring down the Torah from Sinai chose not to reveal that he was a Hebrew. He actively identified as an Egyptian, and that’s how he would have gone down in history if God had not intervened. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the textbook for Jewish identity, the definition of that identity always comes from God.

Chosen for What?

In order to be the light that we were called to be, we need to integrate the two most essential commands of the Torah into who we are and how we live. It was to love God and to love our neighbors that the Jewish people were chosen.”