Monthly Archives: December 2008

Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer in First Things

Just a note, since my local theological library is closed for the holidays and I do not have a subscription to First Things, but one of my mentors, Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer, is featured in a dialogue in this month’s … Continue reading

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The Gaza War and American Media

A reader asked me to comment on the current Gaza military campaign Israel is undertaking. They specifically said they’d like to know what the American media is not saying. So, not being any kind of expert on “the American media” … Continue reading

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Meeting a Half-Jew in Douglasville, Georgia

I had already paid my check at the restaurant in Douglasville, Goergia, about half an hour west of Atlanta. I had time on my hands and I was spending it learning the ta’amei hamikra, the “Signs of Reading” or accent … Continue reading

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Rabbi Besser and the Maccabees

This was my Hanukkah sermon for today (but don’t let that keep you from reading it :-) ). The book I refer to is The Rabbi of 84th Street by Warren Kozak. I’ll be reviewing the book soon. ……………………………………….. Rabbi … Continue reading

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You Review It: Me on Matthew 5:17

I am working on some text for a possible publishing project coming up soon. I’d like to benefit from some reader response. This piece is a short explanation of Matthew 5:17. It cannot really be longer or at least not … Continue reading

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An Upcoming and Very Needed Book

Tefillin, or phylacteries as they are known to many Christian readers, are a vital part of Jewish devotion. The practice of tefillin comes from four scriptures in the Torah, which speak of “a sign for you on your hand and … Continue reading

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MJ’s and Aliyah: An Issue to Get Involved In

Israel isn’t letting all of her Jewish people in. It’s that simple. And Israel is losing the battle against Muslim extremism. It’s also that simple. And who is to blame? Two groups: liberal-minded leaders who hope that appeasement will eventually … Continue reading

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Books I’m Reading

We have a Messianic Jewish Musings book review program. The idea is simple: kind, wonderful people buy me books which I will review on the blog. I know, sounds ridiculous, but who knows? Before long, I might talk you into … Continue reading

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Jerusalem, Hidden and Enduring

Some people think it is easy for us who are believers. That is, we who believe in the Divine, it might appear to outsiders that our belief comes effortlessly and automatically. Maybe we’re just naive. But the silence of God … Continue reading

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We Missed Archaeological Find by One Day!

I just arrived home this morning at 6 a.m. from Israel. I was glad but sad to read the news that we missed by one day being the group to make a remarkable find at the Temple Dirt operation in … Continue reading

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Last Day in Israel

We’re coming home today. I am ready. I love Israel, but being here with only one of my eight children and missing my wife, home cannot arrive soon enough. To see my family, go to derekleman.com Yesterday we went to … Continue reading

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The Israel Journey and Thoughts on MJ

We are alive. I say this because some people may have heard about a tourist bus that crashed yesterday near Eilat and 24 tourists were killed. The driver was trying to race another bus to get through a checkpoint and … Continue reading

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Do I Wear a Yarmulke in Gethsemane?

Yesterday was Ein Gedi, Masada, Jericho, and the Dead Sea. But today we start touring Jerusalem. I want to consider an issue of identity, Yeshua, the Jewish Community, and so on. Do I wear a yarmulke in Gethsemane? I mean, … Continue reading

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Israel Days 4 and 5

Friday morning we began the day by leaving our hotel in Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee and driving south. We made a lot of stops on our way to Jerusalem, where I hoped we would arrive at our hotel … Continue reading

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Israel Day 3

It wouldn’t do to have two emotional, super-charged days in a row, so today’s touring went at a slower pace and with a bit more of an educational purpose. The weather in Israel was amazing again today: cool, sunny, and … Continue reading

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Israel Day 2

If yesterday was a rainy, dreary day, then today could hardly be more perfect. We even worked up a sweat walking a trail down the Mount of Beatitudes. This was one of the more emotional days of the itinerary. Christians … Continue reading

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Israel Day 1

I woke at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv and was soon on the balcony enjoying the view. There was a pronounced rainbow over the Mediterranean. Good signs and good things. The day was mostly rainy. Yet we were excited instead … Continue reading

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A Few Pics From Past Trips

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Headed for the Land

Today is packing day, getting ready for my seventh trip to Israel and the fifth one I have led as a tour host. I speak in churches, usually 40-50 a year, although numbers are down in this economy. Christians all … Continue reading

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Limited Diversity at Emory University?

The beneficial interplay of ideas. The challenge of relating to the other. The mental sharpening of genuine dialogue. And I like a definition found on Wikipedia: “The political and social policy of encouraging tolerance for people of different backgrounds.” That’s … Continue reading

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Preview of Upcoming Review: The Lost History of Christianity

Yesterday I let you know that a reader had taken me up on my offer and was purchasing a copy of Philip Jenkins’ book The Lost History of Christianity. I will be reviewing it in January. Meanwhile, the very sharp … Continue reading

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Classic Reprint: Acts 15

Some time ago, actually August of 2007, I posted a three-part commentary on Acts 15. I get questions emailed to me regularly by Christians wondering if they should start eating kosher style or keeping the Sabbath. As regular readers know, … Continue reading

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Upcoming Things

This is just a quick note about two things. First, thanks to two readers who took me up on my offer to get a book reviewed by buying me a copy. I will be writing reviews, likely in January, of … Continue reading

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Supersessionism: Answering a Reader’s Question

A reader wrote in yesterday. I am taking out some details so as not to embarrass anyone. My wording in brackets should help you get the gist: I was reading about Kendall Soulen’s writing and came upon your blog and … Continue reading

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