Category Archives: Torah

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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Is Tim Hegg Serious?

I’d like to have gone to Tim Hegg’s seminar in Atlanta this November. I wanted to sit on the front row wearing a T-Shirt that said on front and back: “Noah Ate Pork!” He did, by the way. Noah, I … 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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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Sabbath Grain

Mark 2:23-28 is a riddle wrapped in a riddle smothered by an enigma. The questions it raises get deeper the closer we look. Yeshua is a master of confounding his critics and implying something just beyond the edges of comprehension. … Continue reading

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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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Summary and Perspectives on Part 5

This is a summary and a statement of perspective on “Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 5.” We had a lively discussion. Commenters have varying concerns including: (1) Leaders of congregations who do not want to marginalize any person … 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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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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Not Jewish yet Drawn to Torah, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I attempted to start afresh on a topic much discussed on Messianic Jewish Musings in the past. The topic needs some fresh air. The movement of Torah-seeking gentiles needs some good fruit. The relationship between churches and … Continue reading

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Yeshua as Torah

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Conversations About Law and Grace, 5

Chris was about the show Jude some Paul verses that sound like all of Jesus’ followers are law-free, but something else occurred to him. Chris: There are just so many little pieces of evidence on my side. I don’t think … Continue reading

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Getting Matthew 5:17-20 Right

One of the blind spots in historic Christian theology is the ongoing significance of the Law of Moses. Early on, in an environment of anti-Semitism that is well-documented, church fathers decided both that Israel had been replaced in God’s promises … Continue reading

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Conversations About Law and Grace, 4

Chris and Jude pick up their discussion later over coffee. Chris: Okay, I brought my Bible with me this time and now I’m going to make it harder for you. Jude: I thought you believed the gospel should make it … Continue reading

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Conversations About Law and Grace, 3

Chris and Jude continue their discussion about pepperoni after the game. Chris: So, I have the feeling that although you keep these rules like “don’t eat pepperoni,” you don’t expect me to keep them. Jude: Right. Chris: Is that because … Continue reading

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Babel in the Enuma Elish

See my last post about the daily commentary I write. It was fun today in Genesis 11:1-9 to explore the relationship between the biblical story and the mythical version from the Enuma Elish. Many are unaware of the many parallels … Continue reading

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Conversations About Law and Grace, 2

Chris (the Christian) and Jude (the Messianic Jew) are about to watch a game together and decide to order pizza and then continue their conversation about law and grace. Chris: Really? You won’t eat a pizza with pepperoni? Jude: No, … Continue reading

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Conversations About Law and Grace, 1

Meet Chris and Jude, a Christian and a Jewish follower of Jesus discussing the role of Torah (the commandments of the Pentateuch) in Jesus-faith. Chris: I’ve really enjoyed meeting you, but there are a few things I don’t understand. Since … Continue reading

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Pt 2, A Consoling and Disturbing Midrash for People of Faith

In Part 1 (day before yesterday), I gave a prelude to a midrashic parable which I will share with you today. It is a parable explaining, in a very narrative way, a possible meaning of Lamentations 3:21. It’s not just … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Replacing Sin with Godliness

J-BOM stands for Jewish Book of the Month Club and is a term coined by young MJ blogger Yahnatan Lasko for a movement of bloggers and readers working through great Jewish books together. The April selection is Visions of the … Continue reading

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Leviticus, Impurity, and the Odor of Death

In the first part of this series, “Leviticus, Impurity, and Mouldering Self-Portraits,” I started with a comparison by Jacob Milgrom, the premier Leviticus scholar, on impurity in the Torah and a novel by Oscar Wilde. I also tried to look … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Striving for the Ethical Life

J-BOM stands for Jewish Book of the Month Club and is a term coined by young MJ blogger Yahnatan Lasko for a movement of bloggers and readers working through great Jewish books together. The April selection is Visions of the … Continue reading

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Daily D’var

I’ve started a new feature for my synagogue family: daily readings with amazingly brief notes to help with the context of reading. I send them by email including the full scripture text in the email. Or you can just look … Continue reading

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Leviticus, Impurity, and Mouldering Self-Portraits

I’ve never read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. But I am familiar with the image created by Wilde in this novel, a gruesome image of the reality of evil. Dorian Gray had a portrait of himself commissioned. … Continue reading

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The Problem of Christian Views of Jewish Life

A Jewish follower of Yeshua wrote a comment today saying that he came to following Yeshua late in life and is now experiencing an appreciation for some of the Jewish practices of his pre-Yeshua days. In other words, his story … Continue reading

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Torah and Messianic Judaism

I’m skipping over to chapter 6 in my review and discussion of MMJT (search Richard Harvey to easily find this whole series of posts). Chapter 5 is about various MJ Christological views. We’ve covered a lot of that in discussing … Continue reading

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