Monthly Archives: April 2010

All in the Name of Messianic Judaism, Part 1

In late 1987, I discovered Jesus. Prior to this I had been agnostic or even atheist. About a week later, I found out Jesus was Jewish. I jumped in with both feet in learning about the Jewish aspect of Jesus … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Seeds and Fruit

In the common thinking of the people, the kingdom of God would come suddenly and completely. One day the people would be oppressed and burdened with foreign rule and then the kingdom of Israel would rise meteorically and smash the … Continue reading

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A Sad Discussion on Scot McKnight’s Blog

I’m definitely a Scot McKnight fan and I’m not putting this link here to suggest in any way that I have a problem with him. I think if you read carefully what Scot says in this post, you will see … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Extremism in Pirkei Avot?

J-BOM stands for Jewish Book of the Month Club and is a term coined by young MJ blogger Yahnatan Lasko for a movement of bloggers and readers working through great Jewish books together. The April selection is Visions of the … Continue reading

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New Stuff at derekleman.com

I’ve spent a few hours redesigning some web pages today. I use Apple iWeb for my various websites (derekleman.com and tikvatdavid.com and mountolivepress.com). If you’re not an Apple person, iWeb is one of a hundred reasons to be an Apple … Continue reading

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Judaism as Competition for Christianity

In the May/June 2010 issue of Biblical Archaeology Today, Angelos Chaniotis of Princeton writes about “Godfearers in the City of Love.” The reference is to recent research at Aphrodisias in Turkey, not too far east of ancient Ephesus. The city … Continue reading

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Yeshua’s Words

In the early days of my reading of Yeshua, when my context was secular, I quickly developed the idea that Yeshua was a poet. I’m no great expert on poetic literature, but I’m no slouch either. Although I was in … Continue reading

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Tzedaka (Almsgiving)

About ten years ago at a UMJC Conference morning minyan (gathering for prayer), I remember being puzzled by a box that was put out for those participating to make donations to charity. Someone said this was an aid to prayer, … Continue reading

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A Great Statement by the CCAR on the Kairos Document

Someone passed this on to me and I like the way these rabbis handle the Kairos document (all is explained at the link below): http://data.ccarnet.org/cgi-bin/resodisp.pl?file=kairos&year=2010

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J-BOM: Replacing Sin with Godliness

J-BOM stands for Jewish Book of the Month Club and is a term coined by young MJ blogger Yahnatan Lasko for a movement of bloggers and readers working through great Jewish books together. The April selection is Visions of the … Continue reading

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Post-Conversion Update

We completed the process last night with witnesses from two Florida synagogues and with two MJRC rabbis presiding. Yes, we feel different and we are ecstatic. I posted a few comments in the chain of comments on yesterday’s post (“Conversion … Continue reading

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Conversion Day

A journey of a thousand steps ends up somewhere. Isn’t that what the proverb says? Ours has ended up in Tampa, Florida, on this day of our conversion ceremony. A Dutch-German pastor’s kid (my wife) and a former agnostic, turned … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Beatitudes and Hope

The Yeshua in Context book, audiobook, and eBook is due for release in August 2010. I plan to publish a sourcebook as well with lists, charts, and further resources for study. In this podcast, we’ll explore the beginning of what … Continue reading

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Leviticus, Impurity, and the Odor of Death

In the first part of this series, “Leviticus, Impurity, and Mouldering Self-Portraits,” I started with a comparison by Jacob Milgrom, the premier Leviticus scholar, on impurity in the Torah and a novel by Oscar Wilde. I also tried to look … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Striving for the Ethical Life

J-BOM stands for Jewish Book of the Month Club and is a term coined by young MJ blogger Yahnatan Lasko for a movement of bloggers and readers working through great Jewish books together. The April selection is Visions of the … Continue reading

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Daily D’var

I’ve started a new feature for my synagogue family: daily readings with amazingly brief notes to help with the context of reading. I send them by email including the full scripture text in the email. Or you can just look … Continue reading

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Leviticus, Impurity, and Mouldering Self-Portraits

I’ve never read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. But I am familiar with the image created by Wilde in this novel, a gruesome image of the reality of evil. Dorian Gray had a portrait of himself commissioned. … Continue reading

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A Great Event for Yom HaShoah

Linda (my wife) and I spent an enjoyable evening last night on a webinar with First Fruits of Zion, Rabbi Michael Schiffman of Chevra (chevrahumanitarian.org), and Daniel Henessy, a certified instructor in the story of the Holocaust. The webinar is … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – A Prodigal Story

The Yeshua in Context book, audiobook, and eBook is due for release in August 2010. I plan to publish a sourcebook as well with lists, charts, and further resources for study. In this podcast, I examine the beloved story of … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Ethical and Wise Path

J-BOM stands for Jewish Book of the Month Club and is a term coined by young MJ blogger Yahnatan Lasko for a movement of bloggers and readers working through great Jewish books together. The April selection is Visions of the … Continue reading

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The Problem of Christian Views of Jewish Life

A Jewish follower of Yeshua wrote a comment today saying that he came to following Yeshua late in life and is now experiencing an appreciation for some of the Jewish practices of his pre-Yeshua days. In other words, his story … Continue reading

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The Problem of Christian Rabbinic Mythology

It’s a problem. The cause of the problem is at least partially motivated by something good: the desire to recapture the lost Jewishness of the New Testament, of Jesus, of Paul, and of Christianity. You hate to say something critical … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Handwashing Dispute

The Yeshua in Context book, audiobook, and eBook is due for release in August 2010. I plan to publish a sourcebook as well with lists, charts, and further resources for study. In this podcast, I set up the problems in … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Getting Started With Twerski

This is just a quick reminder that it is now April and the Jewish Book of the Month is Abraham Twerski’s Visions of the Fathers (available on judaism.com or artscroll.com, but not on amazon). I promised to give some abridged … Continue reading

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A Yom HaShoah Experience with FFOZ

While I was visiting with the people at FFOZ in Missouri on a recent college speaking trip (read about it here), I saw a video that was in production. It was a sweep of 4,000 years of history told in … Continue reading

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