Building a Fence Around The Torah

The famous rabbinical maxim to “build a fence around the law” was originally published in the Talmudic tract, Pirque Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). The basic thinking is as follows: We do not want to violate the Torah. If we create extra laws to protect the Torah, and we obey those extra laws, then we… Read more »


The Afterlife

Biblical Belief in the Afterlife: a Foundation for our Society How important is biblical belief for the good of our society? In the 18th century, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, though not a Christian, put forth arguments that still have great force. Immanual Kant argued that three beliefs were important to a society… Read more »


Re-Interpreting Scripture

RE-INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE Recently I was asked to review two books that have a very negative slant on the modern State of Israel. I wrote a lengthy letter to one of the authors and have had extensive dialogue with the brother who recommended one of the books. Both books emphasize in detail Israel’s sins against the… Read more »


The Generosity Gospel

Sometimes I am asked if I believe in the “Prosperity” gospel. What I believe in is the “Generosity” gospel. There is a divine revelation of God’s desire to bless His people in every way, including financially. The issue of blessing can be seen at the first covenant of God with Abraham: Genesis 12:2 – I… Read more »


The Patience Of God Prevails

“..the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah.” (2 Peter 3:20) Like the world in the days of Noah, life in the Soviet Union was void of God. Communism had pushed God out and locked the door behind Him, totally denying His existence and doing violence to anyone or anything that implied… Read more »


Judeo-Christian Values

A Surprising Controversy Recently, a surprising controversy was covered by the Israeli press. The debate concerned plans of Israelis and Christian Zionists organizing joint events to support the State of Israel. One of the most important sponsoring organizations is the Christian Allies Caucus of the Israeli Knesset. Amazingly, a woman on the Jerusalem City Council,… Read more »


From Shia to Yeshua

It is not everyday that Ohalei Rachmim hosts a guest speaker from Iran but on the evening of June 7th, we welcomed a brother who was once a Shia Muslim dedicated to the cause of Islam. Reza Safa grew up an ardent Muslim. His father was an eminent Islamic scholar, who used to take his… Read more »


Loyalty And Lasting Relationships

Loyalty begins with the importance of friendship. For 35 years I shared my faith with a Jewish friend from my school days; finally, nine years ago, this friend embraced faith in Yeshua. For many years it had looked hopeless. There had been little response, and our conversations were often repeated. His life was full of… Read more »


God’s Favor On Man

Perhaps one of the greatest ironies in human history is that the Messiah was born in obscurity; Only “certain poor shepherds” witnessed this incredible event. Although most of humanity missed this awesome moment, a great multitude in Heaven understood its significance when together they cried out: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth… Read more »


The World View Question

The World View Question We are presently living with two primary opponents to our Biblical faith. One is Islam and the other is Secular Relativism. I do not include other opponents like Hinduism or Communism in China because these other “isms” are not nearly as consistent in their opposition nor as effective. Indeed, the Chinese… Read more »


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