Category Archives: Interfaith

To Convert or Not to Convert

A reader wrote in and suggested that I discuss some reasons Gentile Messiah-followers should not convert to Judaism. They suggested I have made my journey sound too normative and I could give people the idea that every Gentile who loves … Continue reading

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Haggadah for the Birth of Messiah

Calling on all Apple computer people . . . I have a little problem. I typed my Hagaddah into Mellel so I could mix Hebrew and English. Mellel does not have an option to save to PDF. Any ideas? …………………………. … Continue reading

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More About Christmas and the Haggadah

I wrote yesterday explaining what I see as some of the issues involved for intermarried families and the question of whether or not to celebrate Christmas. I think it is a tough issue and a tough decision for intermarried families. … Continue reading

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Should Intermarried Families Celebrate Christmas?

Messianic Judaism brings together many intermarried families with many different backgrounds and stories. In December, there is an issue which touches the core of what it means to struggle with two heritages, two cultures, under one roof. Yesterday, in a … Continue reading

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Searching for Rebekah

Ah, the Rebekah story. Abraham has his servant put his hand under his thigh and swear (it wasn’t his thigh that the servant was to take hold of — get it?). Rashi has an interesting note about that if you … Continue reading

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Jews and Christians Together . . . in Holy Matrimony

Rich Nichol, the Director of the Rabbinical Ordination Institute at MJTI (mjti.com) says, “For final redemption to occur, the Church and the Jewish people must come together as never before.” Stuart Dauermann, the Senior Scholar at MJTI just released a … Continue reading

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Finding Out Who We Are and Vision for Tomorrow

The discussion the past few weeks about Messianic Judaism, Jews and Gentiles, and the future, has been great. Obviously it would be fun to get together in a big room, those of us conversing here and also many others who … Continue reading

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Opening the Gates, Chapter 1 Summary

Knowing that I am doing some soul-searching and thinking about the theological and practical issues of Messianic Judaism as a mixed community of Jews and Gentiles, David Rudolph, Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at MJTI (mjti.com), encouraged me to … Continue reading

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Formulas of Intermarriage

If you are Jewish, have you ever thought about what it would be like to be married to a Christian? If you are Christian, have you thought about what it would be like to be married to a Jew? Of … Continue reading

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Stuart Dauermann on the Good News in Ezekiel

I have a new job (see announcement above, “Career Shift and Other News”). My new responsibilities include overseeing publications for the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (at this time, we have our old, simple site at mjti.org, but a new one … Continue reading

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Live Blogging #2: UMJC Rabbi’s Retreat

I guess it’s not exactly live blogging when you don’t have an internet connection in the conference room. But at least I can give you some on the scene notes from this meeting in beautiful Palm Springs, California. Our topic … Continue reading

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Live Blogging: UMJC Rabbi’s Rereat

I am in Palm Springs, California. Out the back window of my hotel room is the San Jacinto mountain range. An 8,500′ peak rises, blocking the horizon. I may have the chance to take a tram up the mountain this … 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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The Strange Logic of Half-Jewish.net

I introduced a rather troubling letter to Messianic Jews found on half-jewish.net in a post earlier this week. As promised, I am going to say more about a few of the issues in the letter. For starters, I want to … Continue reading

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Half-Truth on HalfJewish.net?

I was recently made aware of a website known as half-jewish.net, the home page for the Half-Jewish Network. I like the idea of the site and I expected to find some useful material. I’m sure it is a site that … Continue reading

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