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!

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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.”

Q&A: Does This Publication Have an “Agenda”?

We don’t want anyone to stop being Jewish. Jesus didn’t want that either. We think every Jewish person has the right to explore the identity of Jesus for themselves and draw their own conclusions rather than let that choice be made for them by rabbis 2,000 years ago.

Finding Spiritual Harmony in Your Interfaith Relationship

More than 50 percent of all Jewish marriages are to non-Jews, and over 70 percent of all Jewish romantic partnerships are with Gentiles. Unfortunately, research indicates that interfaith couples experience more threats to their marital stability than same-faith couples.

How do you respond when people say that the Jews killed Jesus?

Unfortunately, one of the most common phrases a Jewish person can hear is this: “The Jews killed Jesus.” Such condemnations have plagued the Jewish people for the last two thousand years, acting as the fuel behind countless anti-Semitic atrocities throughout history. They have emerged from the mouths of self-proclaimed Christians, from atheists—from both those who consider themselves religious and those who do not. And it has to stop.

Five Things About Esther That Nobody Talks About

Purim is not complete without the reading of the story of Esther. She is one of the few, true heroines of the Tanach. But her story isn’t exactly as pretty as her face. It’s gritty and (unfortunately) relatable to readers who may have rocky histories of their own.

The Search for the Historical Jesus

Yes, Jesus existed. But he is much more than a historical figure. Both Jews and Gentiles have been gripped by the person of Jesus as they read the Gospel accounts. If even non-believers must acknowledge Jesus’ existence, then the Gospels make it evident that he has the power to change our lives.

Finding Mindfulness in the Jewish Scriptures

Counter to contemporary Western culture, where meditation is often a therapeutic exercise for self-improvement, in the Scriptures it is a path to encounter God by giving attention to His message.

Is Mindfulness Meditation Jewish?

Meditation in the Jewish Scriptures describes a different approach to mindfulness meditation: in the Scriptures, mindfulness meditation refers to applying one’s attention upon God, His Word, and His attributes.

4 Things to Know About Jewish Healing

Interacting with a personal God who listens to our prayers and cares about our daily affairs feels foreign to many Jewish people. Thus the Jewish healing movement is an opportunity to explore one’s spiritual beliefs and develop new ways of relating to God.

Jewish Father. Catholic Mother. Protestant Wife. My Cure for Spiritual Confusion

I had a semblance of Jewish education and a strong sense of Jewish identity. But since my home was a home without God – and since the Christians and the Jews I knew did not seem to truly believe – I assumed that God must be present elsewhere.

Spiritual but Not Religious?

Issues relevant to the "spiritual but not religious" movement are so ancient that the Jewish Bible addresses many of them—and so does Jesus in the “Newer” Testament.

The Messiah Would be God!

The New Testament throughout shows that Jesus is indeed the “Mighty God” who has come among us as a human being. Jesus does things only God can do, such as forgive sins and command nature to obey him.

Q&A: What Kind of Jew was Jesus?

The kind of Judaism Jesus represented is debated, but Judaism it was. For there was as yet nothing called “Christianity.”

Will I Still Be Jewish If I Follow Jesus?

God made you Jewish on purpose. What if faith in Jesus enables you to discover the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the One who has the final say on what being Jewish means?

Was Jesus the Founder of Christianity?

Scholars and theologians debate the particular kind of Judaism Jesus represented, but it was Judaism nonetheless. There was, as yet, nothing called “Christianity.”

What Is Shalom: The True Meaning

What is that very elusive quality we call shalom? For it means different things to different people. The ancient Hebrew concept of peace, is rooted in the word "shalom," meant wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity, carrying with it the implication of permanence.

Is Jesus a Rabbi?

Yes, Jesus – Yeshua – was a rabbi, a teacher of Judaism in the first century A.D. But was he more than a rabbi?

What Religion Was Jesus?

Did Jesus invent a new religion? The simple answer is that Jesus was a rabbi – a teacher of Judaism.

This Orthodox Jewish Psychotherapist Couldn’t Believe His Eyes…

Hans handed Rich the Bible. “In that millisecond,” Rich recalls, “my life was shattered. The name that I saw at the top of the page was Isaiah! Hans had been reading to me from MY Bible, from my Hebrew Scriptures, and I felt as though someone had taken a sword and cut me to pieces.”

Do Jews Believe in Sin?

What does Judaism say about sin? Is sin relevant to Jewish life? Read here.