Monthly Archives: September 2008

Rosh HaShanah 2008, A D’rash

Don’t miss the post a little further down, “A Sermon for Rosh HaShanah 2008.” What I have in this post is a d’rash, a short commentary on the Torah reading, which for Rosh HaShanah is Genesis 22, the Akeidah, or … Continue reading

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Resources for Rosh HaShanah

L’shanah Tovah, everyone! For those who are not Jewish, L’shanah tovah means “for a good year,” and it is a traditional greeting for this holiday season. Rosh HaShanah begins tonight at sundown. Yom Kippur begins Wednesday, October 8 at sundown. … Continue reading

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A Sermon for Rosh HaShanah 2008

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will … Continue reading

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Supersession Retro, 1930’s Style

Some time back I wrote a series of reviews of Barry Horner’s Future Israel. Fantastic book (get it here). If you are curious what to think about the whole Israel question, why not let a Reformed Christian thinker give you … Continue reading

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Anti-Pro-Semitism?

Wow! I just found a website today set up to critique the writings and public statements of Stephen Sizer. Stephen Sizer is a pastor who frequently makes statements opposing Israel and Christians who love and side with Israel. Is Sizer … Continue reading

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Classic Reprint: Does Grace Cancel Holiness?

Okay, this is a re-posting of a classic piece from last High Holiday season. I wrote it in an informal style. It could use a little polishing and could be the basis of a first rate article. But here it … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Yom Kippur Noob Experience

I have been on the path of Judaism for about seven years. Before that, I was learning about Judaism, but from a different paradigm. I used to see Judaism as “them” and Christianity as “us.” Judaism was the other. My … Continue reading

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Torah as Custodian

Yesterday I had one of those accidents of discovery that makes life so much fun. I was researching opinions on Ephesians 2, preparing for some Bible studies our congregation will have around the campfire this Sukkot. I was reading my … Continue reading

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Reverse Galatianism

Several things have made me think about this topic in recent weeks. I had an email exchange with a theologian who expressed the idea that Jews who come to faith in Yeshua should join in with existing churches so that … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy and the Ten

I am on vacation with my family in Sapphire, North Carolina. It is beautiful up here, though it rains all the time. This area is a national rain forest (who knew?). Still, we’re having a soggy-great time. At this time … Continue reading

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Gentiles in Torah and Prophecy, Book Excerpt

The following is an excerpt from my 2008 book, The World to Come, by Lederer (see it here or on amazon). Since we were talking recently about Gentiles and Torah, I thought this might stimulate some thinking. Comments are welcome. … Continue reading

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Grace After Meals: FFOZ’s New Book, Pt. 2

I am reviewing a wonderful resource by FFOZ (ffoz.org) which a great learning aid for Grace After Meals (Birkhat HaMazon). As I mentioned last time, you can order a book about Grace After Meals (called Breaking Bread) as well as … Continue reading

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Grace After Meals: FFOZ’s New Book

First Fruits of Zion (ffoz.org) is an interesting organization. I am friends with some of the leaders even though we have a few differences in outlook on the role of Torah in the life of non-Jewish followers of Yeshua. I … Continue reading

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Interesting Discussion in the Comments

I just wanted to direct you to two posts which now have some good comment threads going on: https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/jews-gentiles-and-mj-whaddya-think/ https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/answering-objections-torah-and-gentiles/

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High Holidays 2008: Part 1

The month of Elul is here (it started Monday, September 1). This is a 30-day period of preparation for the High Holidays (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur). Rosh HaShanah begins at sundown on Monday, September 29, 2008. During this month, … Continue reading

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Answering Objections: Torah and Gentiles

Many thanks to those who took time to give thoughtful replies to my August 29 post, “Jews, Gentiles, and MJ: Whaddya Think?” Let me start with Dorla. I want to start with her because she eloquently summarized some common points … Continue reading

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Rereading on Torah and Gentiles

Many thanks to Connie who suggested that one of my older series of posts on Torah and Gentiles had been useful for her in formulating an opinion. Here are links to that whole series: https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2007/10/15/torah-israel-and-the-nations-part-1/ https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2007/10/16/torah-israel-and-the-nations-part-2/ https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2007/10/17/torah-israel-and-the-nations-part-3/ https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2007/10/23/torah-israel-and-the-nations-part-4/ https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2007/10/29/torah-israel-and-the-nations-part-5/ https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2007/10/31/torah-israel-and-the-nations-part-6/Continue reading

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