Monthly Archives: May 2008

How Kosher is Kosher Meat?

All is not well in the Kosher meat industry, especially at Agriprocessors, the largest Kosher meat plant in the world. Agriprocessors is owned by the Rubashkin family, part of the Lubavitch Hasidic sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism (also called Chabad). The … Continue reading

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The Benediction of Thanksgiving, Sermon Excerpt

I thought the following sermon would be of interest to Messianic Jewish Musings readers. I derive a lot of the points from an article by Reuven Kimelman called “The Rabbinic Theology of the Physical,” in the Cambridge History of Judaism, … Continue reading

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Barry Horner’s Future Israel, Part 5

There is a Barry Horner category on the right if you would like to read this entire series of musings on his useful and timely book, Future Israel (get it here). ……………………………………………………………. Barry Horner’s excellent work continues in Chapter 4, … Continue reading

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The World to Come, Excerpt: Amos the Plowman

My newest book, THE WORLD TO COME is due out June 3 by Lederer Messianic Jewish Publishers (www.messianicjewish.net). Here are the chapter titles for THE WORLD TO COME: Chapter 1 Magic and Desire Chapter 2 The Vision of Prophets Chapter … Continue reading

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Eight Parallels Between the Soul and God

Readers of Messianic Jewish Musings should be glad I don’t write a post every time I read something that moves and inspires me in the rabbinic texts. While I am taking this class at the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, I … Continue reading

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More on the Book Burning in Israel

This op-ed piece was on the jta.org site today. Well said. ………………………………………………………………………… OP-ED The burning of Christian bibles in Israel must be condemned By Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein Published: 05/23/2008 NEW YORK (JTA) — Yom Ha’atzmaut — Israel’s Independence Day … Continue reading

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Burning New Testaments in Israel

Note: Don’t miss the post below this one, an excerpt from THE WORLD TO COME I include this story because it interests me to see how hatred is heating up among some Israeli Ultra-Orthodox for all things Yeshua. It would … Continue reading

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The World to Come: Excerpt

I am in Little Rock, Arkansas, teaching a four-day series on my about-to-be-released book, The World to Come, by Lederer (www.messianicjewish.net). I’m having so much fun with the people in the church here in Little Rock I’m finding little time … Continue reading

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Why MJ Needs Talmud Study

The following is a short paper I wrote for a class I am taking on the Talmud from the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (mjti.org). We have a long way to go in Messianic Judaism. The program I describe below is … Continue reading

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Why the New Covenant is So Great

I will post here the beginning of a sermon. For the rest, there will be a link at the end. I don’t usually put my sermons here and I didn’t decide to include this one because I thought it was … Continue reading

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Shavuot is Coming! FEAST Excerpt…

Shavuot is coming on June 9 (starts June 8 at sundown). Some of you say, what is Shavuot? It’s the biblical Feast of Weeks, better known to Christians as Pentecost. Here is an excerpt from FEAST about Shavuot. I hope … Continue reading

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Mel Lawrenz, I Want to Believe: Pt. 2

I was attracted to this book because of the premise that faith is what comes naturally, it is what we want to do, and it is disbelief, rather than faith, which is harsh and demanding. Disbelief demands giving up so … Continue reading

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Talmud, Messianic Judaism, and Imperfect Truth

Talmud is not what you think it is. I say that because Talmud is not what I thought it was. I had done a fair amount of reading in Talmud and about Talmud before taking a class, which I am … Continue reading

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Barry Horner, Future Israel: Part 4

I have just finished chapter three of Barry Horner’s fine book. I see here a few things about Horner that are short-sighted, and I will mention them in my summary below, but this book is such a refreshing breath of … Continue reading

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A Reader Writes About the CJB

A few weeks ago I asked people to write in with thoughts about The Complete Jewish Bible (CJB), a translation that is a fine supplement to others on the market, such as my other favorites, the English Standard Version (ESV), … Continue reading

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Barry Horner, Future Israel: Part 3

In his second chapter, Horner gives an overview of Christian anti-Judaism through the centuries. He will go on to get more modern and specific in chapters 3 and 4, with examples from American Christianity and then from British Christianity. I … Continue reading

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Mel Lawrenz, I Want to Believe: Pt. 1

I will be writing a series of thoughts from Mel Lawrenz’s newly released book, I Want to Believe, by Regal Books (get it HERE). Grace. The grace of a dancer who moves beautifully. Grace is a word so overtaken by … Continue reading

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