Monthly Archives: June 2008

Dating the Afterlife

If you somehow thought I typed the title wrong and meant “dating IN the afterlife,” you came to the wrong place. These thoughts sprang from a little reading in Simcha Paull Raphael’s Jewish Views of the Afterlife. It’s an interesting … Continue reading

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Londonistan, Introduction

I’m reading a dozen books (what’s new) including Londonistan by Melanie Phillips (get it HERE). She is a journalist in the UK who is often, I read, the token conservative on BBC panels. Londonistan is a frightening but important read … Continue reading

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Messianic Jews in the Israeli News, June 2008

The following is a front page story on jpost.com today. I could not afford to go to Jerusalem for the conference this year, so I am sitting home wishing I was there. As far as I know the protest is … Continue reading

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Responding to Reader Questions on John 8

Judah Himango asked me to render an opinion about the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8. Wasn’t Yeshua violating Torah? (I know Judah doesn’t think Yeshua violated Torah; he was probing). I responded as follows: The … Continue reading

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The Tom and Jerry Afterlife?

In his book, Heaven, Christian author Randy Alcorn begins with an inspiring thought which I will paraphrase. Suppose you had the kind of job that was so great you would move anywhere in the world to keep it. And suppose … Continue reading

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The Jewish Gospel of Jesus, Part 4

Though the word gospel has different connotations today, and none of them Jewish, I assure you the gospel of Jesus is a Jewish message. Gospel, as part 1 explained, is a middle English word translating an ancient Greek concept: a … Continue reading

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Experimenting Again With Comments

Fellow blogger Judah Himango had some things to say about blogs and comments today. Please don’t make fun of his eyes. He can’t help it. :-) But seriously, Judah said: I love writing of the things I’m passionate about. This … Continue reading

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A Reader Asks About the Jewish Gospel of Jesus

A perceptive reader asked a question that I thought was worth posting. I’m sure a lot of other people would wonder the same thing. Feel free to send questions to derekblogger@gmail.com and I will answer if I can. Also, if … Continue reading

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The Jewish Gospel of Jesus, Part 3

So far I’ve explained that gospel translates a Greek word meaning a message of life and hope and rescue from death delivered by a messenger in the ancient world. In Part 2 I explained that when Jesus said in Mark … Continue reading

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The Jewish Gospel of Jesus, Part 2

Last time we talked about the word gospel. Its ancient meaning is like the message brought by a runner to a city whose armies have gone out to defeat the marauding foe. The messenger stops to catch his breath and … Continue reading

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Take a Break for Music and for Peace

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The Jewish Gospel of Jesus, Part 1

Popular religion can be as confusing in its blend of ideas as a shelf of products at a mega-supermarket. Do I want extra strength or maximum strength? Lite or fat free or “made with Splenda”? Is Acme brand really better … Continue reading

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Politics Above Torah?

I read at jpost.com today a bizarre story about an Orthodox (I think ultra-Orthodox) rabbi making what seems to me a questionable ruling this week. He is allowing construction on a West Bank settlement on Shabbat in order to help … Continue reading

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Is There a Jewish View of the Afterlife?

I have a life motto: a great way to know a little about a lot of subject is . . . to read 25% of a lot of books! Well, I didn’t mean for that to be my life motto. … Continue reading

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Post-Shavuot Reflections on Ruth

I hope your Shavuot was joyous. Today is the second day of Shavuot (this is a traditional, not a biblical extension of the holy day). Our festivities began at services on Saturday. We decorated with flowers and it was especially … Continue reading

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Prepare Yourself for Shavuot

Sunday night, at sundown, begins the Feast of Shavuot (weeks, also called Pentecost by Christians). I thought some readers might appreciate a few tips for the holiday… ……………………………………………………………………………………………… Shavuot is coming Sunday night at sundown. In addition to reading Torah … Continue reading

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Irreconcilable Biblical Interpretations

My wife often gets my mail to me late or never at all. It’s usually alright. She writes the bills and handles important stuff. And caring for eight children, who can blame her for not always getting me my latest … Continue reading

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Comment on the Eurabia Idea from a European Reader

A reader from Europe said about yesterday’s post: I read your blog all the time, and I love it. Thank you for writing about the Islamization of Europe. I live here, and this is a topic we witness and deal … Continue reading

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Could it Be True? Eurabia? Londonistan?

I’ve been reviewing Barry Horner’s timely book, Future Israel (get it HERE). It has been a refreshing read so far. The following musings spring out of his fifth chapter, where he spends part of the chapter on the books I … Continue reading

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