Category Archives: Holidays

Superman, Judaism, Yom Kippur

A new blog by an experienced rabbi. And after Sukkot, there will be a wider variety of offerings. Right now, it’s hard to find Rabbi Paul Saal’s blog. He and I will work on fixing that later in the month. … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur Sentiment in the New Testament

From the brother of Yeshua, reported in Josephus and other sources to have been a respected and righteous man in his time: Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify … Continue reading

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Beer and the Bible (and Sukkot)

I’ve been telling my congregants the wrong thing for some time now. Of course the subject of beer and the Bible comes up when you work with a community of close readers and fun-loving people. Deuteronomy 14:26 is just one … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: Even Mother and Father

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. Perhaps the most poignant verse in Psalm 27 is vs. 10. It is odd in its surrounding of petitions. Is it an … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Gaze, To Contemplate

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. There are two reasons David gives for his desire to have ready access to dwell in the sanctuary (Tabernacle, later the Temple): … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Rosh Hashanah

It’s a day of shofar blowing, but the Bible never mentions a shofar. Strictly speaking, the whole association with shofars may be completely post-biblical. It’s a day of remembrance, but we don’t know of what. It’s a day of a … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah: Classic MJM Posts

I was looking over some of the things I’ve written here about Rosh Hashanah in previous years. Here are a few worth your while as you prepare for the holiday: Spiritual Empowerment and Rosh Hashanah: a Jewish parallel to the … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Dwell

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. David seeks one thing: אותה אבקש otah avakesh, this I would seek. The one thing is to dwell, to dwell in the … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: One Thing

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. אחת שאלתי מאת יי Achat sha’alti mei-et Adonai One thing I have asked from Adonai David implies that of all the things … Continue reading

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And something different for Psalm 27

“Just Jewish” posts a link to a song about Psalm 27 recorded by P.O.D. (a Christian band) and Matisyahu (you know, the Jewish artist). “Just Jewish” has a cool blog, which you can find here: http://orgadol.wordpress.com

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Elul Meditation: Rescue and Shelter

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first section of Psalm 27 is about rescue (vss. 1-3) and the second about shelter (vss. 4-6). Not everyone divides the Psalm the same way. John Goldingay, … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: In This I Trust

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. Psalm 27:3 is a statement missing its reference. David says “in this I will trust,” but what is the this? בזאת אני בוטח B’zot ani botei’ach In this … Continue reading

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High Holidays 101: Elul and Its Meaning

Throughout Elul and into the Days of Awe (Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur) and Sukkot (Tabernacles), I will be posting information and inspiration for a wide audience. Because there are so many Bible readers and fans in this great big … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Devour My Flesh

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The Psalms provide some of the most startling images of suffering in all the Bible. On par with Job and Lamentations and the wry musings of Kohelet in … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: Strength of My Life

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. יי מעוז חיי Adonai ma’oz chaiyai Adonai is the strength of my life David’s prayers are often emotional, viewing life experientially. The stresses of life keep him awake … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: Who Shall I Fear?

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first half of verse 1 has a nice rhythm in Hebrew (which matches the second half): יי אורי וישעי ממי אירא Adonai ori v’yishi Mimi ira Adonai … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: My Salvation

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. It begins, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” Salvation is perhaps not the best English word, not because it is not an accurate rendering of ישעה … Continue reading

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Elul: The Month of Teshuvah

Elul, the month on the Jewish calendar that precedes Rosh HaShanah, begins tonight at sundown. Rosh Chodesh Elul (the new moon of Elul) is a spiritually significant time. It is the beginning of a long period of introspection, increased fervor, … 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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Jewish Roots and non-Jews, Part 1

A great thing has happened in the past few decades in the lives of numerous thousands of Jesus-followers. The yearnings of people who love God and who read the sacred texts of scripture with eyes of faith has broken through … Continue reading

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Observing Tisha B’Av (Reprint from Last Year)

How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations! . . . She weeps bitterly in the night, tears on her cheeks; among all her … Continue reading

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Shavuot: Laws and Traditions

Shavuot (Pentecost) begins tonight. I have an incomplete (but complete enough) haggadah for Shavuot with information, readings, biblical meditations, and more. The link to the haggadah for Shavuot is here. And the following list of laws and traditions is something … 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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Passover: Hidden Meanings in the Haggadah

Reading Lawrence Hoffman’s historical commentary on the Haggadah in My People’s Passover Haggadah is always a joy. My People’s Passover Haggadah (MPPH) has commentary from many angles by different contributors: biblical, theological, midrashic, medieval commentators, modern haggadot, feminist, spirituality, and … Continue reading

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J-BOM, Other Stuff, and the Early Passover Seder

J-BOM stands for “Jewish Book of the Month Club.” It is a movement across more than a dozen Messianic Jewish blogs and including hundreds of readers all over the U.S. and abroad. J-BOM is about improving Jewish education grass roots … Continue reading

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