Category Archives: FFOZ

A New Passover Haggadah for Christians

Let me start by answering an objection that will occur to some readers, especially various mainstream Jewish readers who drop by: “Passover isn’t for Christians.” If you’ve heard this or if it comes into you mind, you really should take … Continue reading

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Passover: Early Preparations

Last year, you said you were going to do it. You probably said the same the year before. This year: do it. Start preparing for Passover early. Why are most Seders inept and boring? It is because people either don’t … Continue reading

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Happy Tu B’Shevat!

It starts at sundown tonight. The Leman family is having its Seder tomorrow before sundown (for various reasons of family schedule). We’ll be using Bloom! by First Fruits of Zion. See it here (you can always have a late Seder … Continue reading

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Yeshua’s Prayer

In yesterday’s post, I was unable to put up links to the mp3 files for the newly written melody of the Avinu (Lord’s Prayer). I have the files uploaded and the links ready today (in this post and back in … Continue reading

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Just Got Bloom! and Plant!

We’ve been snowed in all week in Atlanta. Mail came today for this first time this week. I was excited to get my Tu B’Shevat haggadahs from First Fruits. I wrote about Bloom! and Plant! here. And it’s not too … Continue reading

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Bloom! Where You Are Planted!

Whether you’re Jewish or Christian (or both), I’d like to plant two ideas in your mind about January 2011. Get it . . . plant. (1) Tu B’Shevat – the new year for trees on the traditional Jewish calendar, Thursday … Continue reading

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News: The Life and Sayings of Yeshua, a Jewish book

The Mishnah was compiled in 200 CE. The midrashim, the early ones, may have been compiled in the fifth century. The four books of the life and sayings of Yeshua called the gospels were compiled between 67 and 90 CE. … Continue reading

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Pagan Christianity?

Boaz Michael says it well. Christianity-despisers need to do some historical homework and quit throwing stones. Judeo-Christian and Messianic Jewish belief is neither anti-Christianity nor anti-Judaism. Boaz gets very honest and a touch angry here. It makes for great reading. … Continue reading

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Lessons from Hanukkah

The Hanukkah story is powerful from many angles. What are its lessons for modern Jews and Christians? Note that if you order today and ask for one-day shipping, you could probably get FFOZ’s Hanukkah guide to use with your family … Continue reading

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Good Reads Coming in Messiah Journal 105

I just got an advance copy of Messiah Journal 105 (available at ffoz.com). Aside from the fact that I have an article in this issue (“Yeshua’s Example in Spirituality and Ethics”), this new issue is another example of why First … Continue reading

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A Study Life for Busy People

So, you’re busy. You work 50-60 hours per week (I know, some more), you have 2.1 kids and a dog, you have to keep up with House, CSI, Smallville, or whatever (no condemnation, I watch them with gusto). Oh yeah, … Continue reading

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Jewish Roots and non-Jews, Part 3

In Part 1, I described seven blessings of non-Jews discovering Judaism, Jewish roots, and the biblical (Hebrew Bible and New Testament) theology of Israel’s unique election and role in the redemption of the world. These blessings have also brought confusion … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Project: Yeshua in Context

I’ve immersed myself for the past few years, more intensively this past year, in a study of the historical background of Yeshua’s life and of the literature that is our witness of his life, the gospels. So anyone will not … Continue reading

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Midrashes on Messiah

FFOZ’s latest journal, Messiah Journal 104 is now available and has some very important articles for our community. To subscribe to Messiah Journal, go here. One thing I hope you will read is my own review of Richard Harvey’s important … 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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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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Aaron Eby on Seven Biblical Goals for the Passover Seder

Sometimes someone takes a complicated thing and makes it simple (without losing its essence): http://ffoz.org/blogs/2010/03/7_biblical_goals_of_the_seder.html

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SBU and My Half Day with FFOZ

Since Sunday night I have been in the thriving metropolis of Bolivar, Missouri (population, 13,000). I was invited to speak at Southwestern Baptist University, a school with about 1,200 active, on-campus students. At the morning chapels I have been talking … Continue reading

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Switching Haggadahs

I have a lot of Passover Haggadahs. I like to buy used ones on ebay and have built a small but respectable collection. I like to have some old ones and some new ones. I like Haggadot with pictures. I … Continue reading

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MJ History in Messiah Journal 102

Count me among the people who are elated at what the organization First Fruits of Zion is becoming. A lot of their former readers and supporters have abandoned them, at least temporarily. The reason, as I see it, is a … Continue reading

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What is at Stake in the FFOZ / Tim Hegg Debate?

The people at First Fruits of Zion are friends of mine, so as I write this, I make no pretense to objectivity. I do think, however, that the arguments I will briefly lay out speak for themselves. I believe it … Continue reading

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Love in the Messianic Age, Paul Philip Levertoff

A friend just told me yesterday he is going to graduate school with a concentration in Jewish mysticism and its history. I myself have read very little Jewish mysticism and kabbalah and so forth. I remarked that my own plans … 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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FFOZ and Messianic Judaism

There are many organizations connected in some way or another to Messianic Judaism and various expressions of Torah and Hebrew roots from a Christian perspective. There are several important areas of diversity in the phenomenon widely known as Messianic Judaism. … 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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