Category Archives: Judaism

In Prayer We . . .

I found out about the Siddur Eit Ratzon (Season of Favor) from the Reform Shuckle blog just before High Holidays in 2010. I love this prayerbook. If it was affordable, I’d buy a hundred and make it the prayerbook of … Continue reading

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Teaching Faith to Youth

I’ve been doing a short series on Sabbath afternoons with the youth of our congregation talking about faith. I didn’t have any when I was a teenager and was not raised in any sort of religious environment. So I find, … Continue reading

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God in Search of Man, #4

Justin Bond sort of got the jump on me over at Messiah Connection. I had discussed possibly resurrecting J-BOM (the Jewish Book of the Month). And 3.5 people responded enthusiastically! I’d said let’s make Heschel’s God in Search of Man … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 7

It has been a long series, but this post will be short. I said in “Summary and Perspective on Part 5” to some of those who were dubious about my views: “If you, as Jews, do not understand the spiritual … Continue reading

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Congregations of Yeshua (Jesus)

I know readers are waiting for Part 7 of “Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah” and also for me to revive the “Conversations on Law and Grace” series. They are coming. I appreciate your patience. Believe it or not, I … Continue reading

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Rabbi Kinbar on Why MJ’s Should Learn Hebrew

Not just the rabbis and rabbis-in-training, but you! Even a little Hebrew is better than none. Take the challenge in 2011. He provides a link to some great self-learning or group learning materials. Read it here.

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 6

This post should not be read in isolation from previous ones in this series. If you are short on time, at least read “Part 5” here. We have now come to the part of this series which some readers have … Continue reading

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A Very Non-Expert Introduction to Mussar

I spent the later part of the afternoon yesterday meeting with a friend and congregant to compare notes and discuss Mussar. Mussar is a movement coming out of Lithuania in the 19th century. Mussar is about working on the improvement … Continue reading

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Complaining, With Permission, to God

At the end of Exodus 2, we read that after a long time, Pharaoh died. Israel groaned under bondage. They cried out and their cry came up to God in heaven. God heard their groaning and remembered his covenant. Most … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 5

I have a friend who led a Messianic congregation with few Jews. In the early days, he assumed that non-Jewish followers of Yeshua could and should take on a life of Torah and even specifically Jewish ways of keeping the … Continue reading

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Mount Sinai and Mount Zion

I wrote something for a Christian audience explaining Hebrews 12:18-29. It is a passage, like many in Hebrews, which can be misunderstood as anti-Jewish or anti-Torah. Actually, it is a pro-Torah message of considerable genius, as I try to show … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 4

I’ve had many emails asking me to resume this series. Sometimes I start something and fail to complete it. The series has been my thinking, as a rabbi with plenty of non-Jewish members in my synagogue, about the phenomenon of … Continue reading

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God in Search of Man, #3

This is all part of a parallel series on Heschel’s God in Search of Man and Lewis’s Miracles. If Messianic Judaism is a sort of Christian-Jewish hybrid, why not study two the greatest modern thinkers, one from each? And the … Continue reading

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Empowered Experience: Laying Tefillin

Life with God isn’t purely intellectual. It isn’t purely emotional. And emotional-rationality doesn’t explain it all either. I am not alone, in the vast see of Jews and Christians, who feel we have connected in reality with God through experience. … Continue reading

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Empowering Jewish Identity in Yeshua

Being Jewish has long been growing less and less meaningful to Jews. A few symbols of the covenant are clung to. I think of the popularity of the Passover Seder and High Holidays and Hanukkah. But when Adam Sandler has … Continue reading

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Feasting in the Age to Come

Visions of feasting recur in our dreams. Two images of happiness predominate: the adventure and the feast. God describes what he has for us in the age to come in terms of a rich banquet with wine and meat. There … Continue reading

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God in Search of Man, #2

Since Messianic Judaism is a hybrid of Judaism and Christianity, I had the bright idea of doing a blog series on a great, modern thinker from Judaism and another from Christianity. Obviously (many will agree) the choice for Judaism is … Continue reading

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Joseph and the Covenant of Blessing

The Joseph stories have long been thought to be more than simple reporting of the life of the patriarch. Too much resemblance between Joseph’s life, and the life of all the patriarchs, and Israel’s later history is present to ignore. … Continue reading

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Vridar Against the Messiah Concept

Vridar is the moniker of Neil Godfrey, an avid fan of some rather extreme historians such as Thomas L. Thompson, Philip R. Davies, Niels Peter Lemche, and other pleasant individuals (avid politickers for the Palestinian cause using historical writing to … Continue reading

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Announcement: MJPassages

http://MJPassages.com Your intersection for good things Jewish, Christian, Messianic Jewish, Judeo-Christian, biblical, archaeological, and theological. It’s not yet a finished product, but there’s a good bit already to explore. Should be easy to explore on your triptophan buzz this Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Whaddya Think? Resurrect J-BOM?

We used to have something here called J-BOM (Jewish Book of the Month Club). And we had hundreds of people reading the same Jewish books all over the U.S. and overseas. It was great. A regular Messianic Jewish Musings reader … Continue reading

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SBL 2010, Amy-Jill Levine

Amy-Jill Levine is a rockstar. That’s my conclusion after hearing her speak for the first time. It was a panel discussing whether faith is incompatible with “objective” historical research in the historical Jesus project. Several evangelical Christian panelists made their … Continue reading

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Shmuley Boteach’s Non-Divine, Non-Messianic Jesus

Shmuley Boteach has a book soon to be released about how non-Jews can save Judaism and how Jesus is a prophet, but not divine or any kind of messiah. Judaism is a failure, he says. It’s too tribal. It has … Continue reading

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God in Search of Man, #1

Messianic Judaism is, in essence, a hybrid faith incorporating Jewish and Christian traditions and theology. I have for some time had in mind a project: reviewing some works by one Jewish and one Christian thinker who might be termed seminal … Continue reading

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Not Jewish yet Drawn to Torah, Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, I had one main point and several sub-points. The main point: non-Jews learning Torah should realize that the primary audience of Torah is the Jewish people. Sub-points: (1) Torah, like gospel, is not anyone’s … Continue reading

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