Category Archives: Messianic Jewish

Messianic Jewish Musings Has Moved!!!

Messianic Jewish Musings has moved as of April 18, 2011. Old posts and comments will remain here and will also be ported to the new site. New comments (even on old posts) should be made at the new site. To … Continue reading

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MJ About to Get a Media Boost!

New partnerships have been planned for over six months and are about to appear on the scene Monday, April 18 (the day of preparation for Passover). Messianic Jewish Musings is moving. Messianic Judaism is going to start getting a boost … Continue reading

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The 2011 Passover Palooza of Information!

Passover is a biggie. We’ve had lots of articles here already about Passover. And people have plenty of Passover questions. This annual Passover Palooza is a way for you to get tons of info and links to resources all in … Continue reading

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Moshe Sharon

He commented here a few times yesterday. You can click on his name where it appears on his comments to see his blog. A very quick peek suggests he is a person who dabbles in alternative health mixed with kabbalah. … Continue reading

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Why is Passover so Christian-ly Popular?

I’m not sure when the practice started, the practice of churches inviting in Jewish-Christian speakers to talk about Passover and the Last Supper of Jesus. I’m guessing that it sort of started with Jews for Jesus in the 70’s. I … Continue reading

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Passover: A “Captivity and Freedom” Seder

As I have said in previous posts, it is good to: (1) cut the haggadah short in some way at your Passover Seders and (2) have multiple Seders during Passover week (or even some Seder-anticipation meals before, but without Passover … Continue reading

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Poor in Spirit

How important is it to interpret a biblical text well? Obsession with details of theology, which is at least close to the same thing as obsession with a good interpretation of a sacred text, has been compared to speculating about … Continue reading

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Learning, MJ Style

Lots of new and relatively new learning centers are making a bright future for Messianic Judaism and Judeo-Christians. I will list here some of the great learning resources, some new and others not-so-new, that are out there. I also want … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Birth Issues – Yeshua in Context

The birth stories of Yeshua have issues. It’s not easy to understand why there are such big differences between them. It’s not easy to answer how the evangelists could have obtained the information in their accounts. And the virginal conception … Continue reading

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The Outer Circle Around Yeshua

. . . but for those outside everything is in parables. These are Yeshua’s words in Mark 4:11. But most of us do not believe him. We see all around us religious empires built on the simplistic understanding of “those … Continue reading

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18 Things to Love About Passover

If you’ve had a boring Passover before, I’m sorry. There’s lots to love. And even if you are not the leader of the Seder, there are plenty of things to do to make the whole Passover season fun and rewarding. … Continue reading

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What is Our [Congregational] Purpose?

A friend and congregant asked, in a group setting with core people in our community discussing the near future, what is our purpose exactly?

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Where Did the Haggadah Come From?

I run into confusion all the time about Passover. People ask me, “Where is the parsley in the Bible?” Or people ask, “How do Jewish people today slaughter the lamb and do they still put blood on the door?” For … Continue reading

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Hashivenu 2011, Day 3

Today was the controversial day. The issue here is community. What could be controversial about that? Mark Kinzer read his paper today, the second and last major paper of the conference: “Messianic Jewish Community: Standing and Serving as a Priestly … Continue reading

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Hashivenu 2011, Day 2

This year’s Hashivenu Forum in Agoura Hills, California, is about community and Messianic Judaism. I had a day-long experience of community here. It is a different kind of community. A kind you don’t get to experience every week of the … Continue reading

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Hashivenu 2011

I’m in beautiful Agoura Hills, California, at the annual Hashivenu Forum, a Messianic Jewish think-tank (in my mind, the Messianic Jewish think-tank). The topic this year is Community and Messianic Judaism. I was asked to give one of the two … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 8

This article is way overdue! I had people facebooking me two weeks ago saying, “Hurry up!” A short summary of the issue in this series: many non-Jews have been drawn into Messianic Judaism and various Judeo-Christian groups in the past … Continue reading

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New Liturgy: the Lord’s Prayer

אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם יִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵךֻ Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadash sh’meicha. Our Father, who is in heaven, may your name be sanctified. (Forgive the transliterated Greek, but I have yet to set up my Mac to type in Greek): Pater heimon ho en … Continue reading

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Is Your “Rabbi” Kosher?

Many so-called Messianic groups have a problem. If the description you find here fits your rabbi or leader, you should consider finding other community in Messiah. Rabbi Schiffman nails this one. See his thoughts here.

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Vital Commentary: Exodus 12:29-51

This commentary struck me as so vital to our understanding of history in the Bible and also issues of such great importance to our communities in Messianic Judaism, Christianity, and Judaism today. The commentary is necessarily brief. If commenters request … Continue reading

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Amazing Satire, Other Currents, 1-6-11

What will really happen when Messiah comes? James McGrath skewers a mythicist (Jesus-denier). Netanyahu heckled. A Roman theater in LaGrange, Georgia? Bloom! Plant!

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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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Bible and Archaeology Currents, 1-3-11

Oops, I thought Israel didn’t exist at that time. A church in Alabama gives away the American dream. Bad vibes about Artscroll? Are the gospels chronological? Good stuff from Todd Bolen, Robert Cargill, Crystal Decadenz, and Bill Heroman.

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2011, Yeshua, Books, Moving Forward

Thousands of different people come to MJ Musings throughout the year. Most of you reading this are regulars. I want to tell you about some upcoming Yeshua media projects and ways you can help (no, this is not an ask … Continue reading

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