Synagogue Hopping

My childhood memories of the great fall festivals of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot have little to do with the spiritual realities they were intended to convey. There was no genuine connection to the God who gave us our history, promised us a glorious future and reveals His supernatural presence to us daily. At… Read more »

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Who Is The Servant Of The Lord?

To commemorate Israel’s 60th anniversary in 2008, the nation’s antiquities department put the famous Isaiah scroll on display at the Israel Museum. Discovered in 1947, this 2,100 year old manuscript is the only complete book of the Bible found at Qumran. Because of its inestimable value it has not been on display since 1967. The… Read more »

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Birth Pangs After More than Seventy years

When I was 13 years old I became a bar mitzvah (Son of the Commandments).  The passage from the Prophets that I chanted that day was Isaiah 66. Though it is a dramatic and critically important passage, unfortunately the focus of my reading was more concerned with the proper chanting of the words than with… Read more »

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By Bean Sprouts Shall No Flesh Be Justified

Between the years 1970 and 1976, my wife Katya and I lived on a farm in Maryland, about an hour’s drive north of Washington, D.C. We had moved there after living for a year in San Francisco. Our desire and aim was to live the “good life,” to get away from civilization and return to… Read more »

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Pretzels For Passover

I was about 9 or 10 years old and we were visiting relatives during Passover.  The grownups were sitting around in the living room speaking of grownup things so I went with my younger sister to explore the basement. There did not appear to be much there that was very interesting to children, but we… Read more »

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Muslim Tribalism and Biblical Liberation

“I walked into the picture about the middle of the Twentieth Century when I wrapped a skinny, child’s hand around a Hercules hand gripper … I was seven and and in the sports department of Macy’s … By the time I was ten I had acquired the three-spring chest expander, the five-spring super expander and… Read more »

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Paladin

Have Kingdom – Will Travel It was a late night prayer meeting at Tents of Mercy and we were in a time of worship. I was sitting off to one side of the sanctuary with my eyes closed trying to focus on the Lord. Suddenly in my mind I saw a man’s face. It was… Read more »

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It’s Not The End Of The World

The 24th chapter of Matthew opens with Yeshua shocking His disciples with the news that the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem that they admired so much would be utterly destroyed. If this centerpiece of Jewish faith were to disappear, surely it would be the end of the world. Therefore, their logical response was, “When will these… Read more »

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Out of the Boundaries

This story was told to me a number of years ago now, but I thought you would be encouraged to hear it again. When the modern Jewish nation of Israel was born in 1948, the Jewish community of Morocco was 2,500 years old and numbered about 800,000 souls. In the next 20 years, 90% of… Read more »

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Perhaps Joseph Will Hate Us?

It had been an intense period of nearly three months since the death of the patriarch Jacob. Even the Egyptians wept for him 70 days, so great was their respect for the father of their savior Joseph. The first 40 days were taken up with the process of embalming. While this was not an Israelite… Read more »

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