Category Archives: Talmud and Tradition

Responding to a Response: The Internet, Messianic Judaism, and the Myth of Biblical Judaism

Theology has implications. Part of the task of talking about God’s ways to concrete communities of faith is considering those implications. In a post earlier this week I took issue with a blog by Nate Long because the implications of … Continue reading

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The Internet, Messianic Judaism, and the Myth of Biblical Judaism

Those who try to learn from the internet about Messianic Judaism and a Jewish perspective on faith in Yeshua are only slightly more likely to find good information as those seeking fine coffee at an interstate truck stop. The internet … Continue reading

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What is Talmud and Rabbinic Literature?

What follows is a guide to the basics of rabbinic literature for beginners as well as an insightful guide to the meaning of rabbinic literature for those who are already students. The insight is due to the research and writing … Continue reading

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Some Prayer Practices: Jewish and Christian

The following notes are for a class I am giving this Shabbat about personal or constant prayer. For a long time, I thought Judaism had no such tradition but was limited to liturgical prayer. I started my religious life in … Continue reading

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(Messianic) Jewish Ethics 101

The following is an excerpt from some notes I am using for a class after synagogue tomorrow. I think this is a fascinating topic and I must say I am quite the fan of Rabbi Telushkin. If you have not … Continue reading

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Is There a Jewish View of the Afterlife?

I have a life motto: a great way to know a little about a lot of subject is . . . to read 25% of a lot of books! Well, I didn’t mean for that to be my life motto. … Continue reading

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How Kosher is Kosher Meat?

All is not well in the Kosher meat industry, especially at Agriprocessors, the largest Kosher meat plant in the world. Agriprocessors is owned by the Rubashkin family, part of the Lubavitch Hasidic sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism (also called Chabad). The … Continue reading

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The Benediction of Thanksgiving, Sermon Excerpt

I thought the following sermon would be of interest to Messianic Jewish Musings readers. I derive a lot of the points from an article by Reuven Kimelman called “The Rabbinic Theology of the Physical,” in the Cambridge History of Judaism, … Continue reading

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Eight Parallels Between the Soul and God

Readers of Messianic Jewish Musings should be glad I don’t write a post every time I read something that moves and inspires me in the rabbinic texts. While I am taking this class at the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, I … Continue reading

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Why MJ Needs Talmud Study

The following is a short paper I wrote for a class I am taking on the Talmud from the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (mjti.org). We have a long way to go in Messianic Judaism. The program I describe below is … Continue reading

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Talmud, Messianic Judaism, and Imperfect Truth

Talmud is not what you think it is. I say that because Talmud is not what I thought it was. I had done a fair amount of reading in Talmud and about Talmud before taking a class, which I am … Continue reading

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Preparing for Passover: Part 6

This has been a short series to help you learn a little more about the Haggadah for Passover. Before you decide to just blow through the Haggadah this year, why not learn a little about it? I promised to talk … Continue reading

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Passover: Handwashing?

As Passover gets near, I plan to blog more and more about aspects of the holiday. Be sure and check out various articles under the category Passover (see categories to the right), including a series on Preparing for Passover and … Continue reading

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In Defense of the Jewish Calendar

This article is a response to a blog by a new friend I have made in the blogosphere, Judah Himango at judahgabriel.blogspot.com We had an interesting exchange here on this blog. Judah helpfully pointed out that it was possible to … Continue reading

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Preparing for Passover, Pt. 5

This has been a good series for me. I love Passover. I love the haggadah. In fact, I collect them. I just had a great blessing in Greenville, SC, where I always lead a sort of Passover Seder for a … Continue reading

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Preparing for Passover, Pt. 4

I’m posting this on a Friday, and Shabbat is coming. Many weeks on this blog I put up a Sabbath meditation. Well, this post is really about Passover, but it’s good for a Sabbath meditation as well. The Passover Haggadah … Continue reading

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FEAST excerpt: Tradition and Passover

The extremely creative team over at Threads (threadsmedia.com), a division of LifeWay, have just released my latest book, FEAST. It is a six-week group study on the Biblical holidays. You can see FEAST here. What follow is an excerpt from … Continue reading

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Preparing for Passover, Pt. 3

In this series we’re helping you get ready for Passover early and thoroughly. It’s important to get out your Haggadah and study early. Too many people (including me in previous years) go through the Haggadah with little understanding. It’s not … Continue reading

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Preparing for Passover, Pt. 2

Are you ready to celebrate redemption and recreate the awe and wonder of that night 3,500 years ago? April 19 is getting closer and closer. Have you blown the dust off your haggadahs yet? We’re here to help you at … Continue reading

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Preparing for Passover, Pt. 1

Passover is no simple holiday. It is itself like a tree of life, with branches going in many directions. Slavery and freedom go off into one set of limbs and shoots while redemption, remembrance, atonement, death, life, law, worship, judgment, … Continue reading

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Live Blogging from Hashivenu: Praying the Siddur in Yeshua

Hashivenu is a forum for Messianic Jews who see Messianic Judaism as a Judaism (as opposed to a cosmetically altered version of Christianity). The forum gathers annually in Pasadena to reflect on a major topic each year. This year, we … Continue reading

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Talmud 101.1

Yesterday I posted a few notes about the Mishnah and Talmud, explaining a little of their pre-history and background for beginners (I’m pretty much a beginner myself, since my learning to this point has been mostly just topics from Talmud … Continue reading

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Talmud 101 From a Beginner

I am not by any means a teacher of Talmud. My reading of Talmud has been like the sort of casual reading some people give the Bible (and I am critical of them for doing it). I read about a … Continue reading

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