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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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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Why are Secularists so Interested in Life from Outer Space?

We frequently read news article about life from outer space. These are presented with great excitement. It is not that life has been found. Rather, the scientists have found planets that have conditions that are thought capable of supporting life. In addition, scientists have found pre-life chemical constituents that are considered by evolutionists to be… Read more »

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Hoshana Rabba

The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabba in Judaism.  I am sending this out to you since this day began last Thursday evening.  I previously sent a post on the meaning of Sukkot in general.  Now I want to concentrate on this Seventh day.  Remember the 8th day celebration that follows, a day of new creation.  That is also… Read more »

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Jewish Ministry: Why all Should Care

Two very large megachurches have made Israel and joining together in support of Messianic Jews a key foundation of their ministries.  Some of their megachurch leadership friends think that they have gone overboard in their emphasis.  They do not have a vision for this as an important part of their vision.  Sadly, in my view,… Read more »

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The High Holidays

People connected to the Messianic Jewish movement and Evangelicals with passion for Israel often have a significant understanding of the High Holidays in the Bible and in Judaism. However, it is amazing how many Christians have no significant understanding at all, maybe the majority. This is the period between Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur. The… Read more »

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Mutual Blessing

Some people find the word ‘blessing’ to be vague.  However, the word could also be translated enrichment, a gift that brings benefit.  I wrote a book entitled Mutual Blessing, to argue that the whole universe is arranged in an order of mutual blessing or enrichment through interdependence.  The beginning of the Bible reveals God’s order of… Read more »

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The Exchanged Life

In 1978, I became the leader of Beth Messiah Synagogue outside Washington, D. C.  A young couple in the congregation soon became friends, Jerry and Jo Miller, who had met and married during the days of my predecessor Manny Brotman.  Jerry became a young elder and eventually served as the primary local pastor after Eitan… Read more »

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The Book of Revelation in Our Times

The Book of Revelation provides us with some of the most controversial debates on the interpretation of the Bible.  Yet we are told that we are blessed if we read the book; it is so important that there are great penalties for adding or subtracting from the book.  Certainly, the people to whom it was first sent… Read more »

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On Passing the Trump Test in How We Treat Fellow Believers in Yeshua (Jesus)

In Mike Brown’s book on “Will Evangelicals Pass the Trump Test,” he argues that one key to that test is how we treat both those who are for, and those who are against Trump (if they expose themselves and engage in debate). If we do not treat them with love and respect and credit that… Read more »

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