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The Time of Our Rejoicing and His Outpouring

We just celebrated the Feast of Sukkot. It is known by many names, including The Feast of Tabernacles, The Time of Our Joy, and Our Time to Rejoice (Hag Z’man Simchateinu). Two references to rejoicing can be found regarding Sukkot in Deuteronomy 16:13-17: “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have… Read more »

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Season of Change

The change of seasons never ceases to amaze me. In Israel, summer is the dominant season. In the long months of sweltering heat, you are in survival mode just trying to keep cool. Then seemingly all of a sudden, in October you notice the air conditioner is no longer ON all the time. Days feel… Read more »

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The Rope of Hope

“As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. (Zechariah 9:11-12) I recently re-discovered this gem in Zechariah, and although some might… Read more »

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For Whom to Vote

I hold to a position on the separation of Church and State that was very common until the Supreme Court decision against school prayer in 1962.  It was the consensus in the 19th century.  In that interpretation, the separation of Church and State meant that the two spheres were independent, and neither was to exercise any… Read more »

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Knesset considering reopening Eilat, Dead Sea to local tourism

As the country aims to slowly reopen after a national lock-down that began on September 18, the Knesset is considering declaring the resort city of Eilat and the Dead Sea hotels “green” COVID-free tourist zones. “The implementation of the decision is expected to reduce unemployment in Eilat and the Dead Sea and is part of… Read more »

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Discipleship: Embracing The Most Foundational Commandments

To understand the most foundational commandments is the first and most important rung of the ladder of discipleship. Those Messianic Jews – and Gentiles who have joined them – who do not have an ambivalent attitude to commandments are poised on that rung – we know that we are a commanded people! We understand that… Read more »

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Borat, Giuliani and the Pence Rule

Time to Rethink the Pence Rule on being alone with Women For the past four years, Vice President Mike Pence has been mocked because he will not share a meal or be in a room alone with a woman. Critics have joked that he is weak if he cannot control himself or keep his trousers… Read more »

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Revealing the Hearts of Many

I originally wrote this just a few days before flying to the United States.  Our trip was delayed and was to have taken place in mid-May but our flight was finally scheduled by El Al for Thursday night. As I was praying today, the words spoken about John the Baptist were given to me, “So… Read more »

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As officials begin to rollback lockdown, Ultra-Orthodox open all schools against the rules

Israel is slowly easing out of a month-long national lock-down this week, starting slowly with just nursery schools and kindergartens and small businesses that do not receive customers re-opening on Sunday. But with most of the country still subject to this paralyzing lock-down, many Israelis were enraged when news reports came out about ultra-Orthodox schools… Read more »

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The Talmud Part One: The Mishnah

As a new leader in the Messianic Jewish world, 1972, I wanted to learn much more about Judaism. I began reading many books.  One project still amazes me, and that was going through the Soncino English version of the Talmud.  How deep was my understanding? I cannot evaluate it.  I will say that such an… Read more »

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