CALLING FOR A (SPIRITUAL) COUNTER-CULTURE

CALLING FOR A (SPIRITUAL) COUNTER-CULTURE by DAN JUSTERDECEMBER 4, 2019 Four decades ago, my wife Patty asked me, “Where are we going to send our children to school?” I knew that she was hinting at our starting a new school. She did not want to send our children, who were just approaching school age, to the public schools. She sensed that if we did so, they would be under an influence contrary to our faith and world view all day, five days a week. Perhaps that is an exaggeration, but we saw that unless we created a counter-culture we would lose our children to the dominant culture. This would need to be a culture that runs counter to the mainstream culture(s) in society – beginning with educ

The Meaning Of Immanuel

The Meaning Of Immanuel By One For Israel Staff Dec 19, 2019 The word Immanuel gets banded around a lot at this time of the year due to one of the most startling Messianic prophecies there is: Therefore Adonai Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive. When she is giving birth to a son, she will call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) Immanuel, Emmanuel, Emanuel – like Hanukkah, there are several ways to spell it in English, but in Hebrew it is two words: עִמָּנוּ אֵל – with-us God, or God with us. This promise to come and be with us does not just suddenly appear in Isaiah 7 – God’s intention to come and live among us is transcribed all throughout Scripture. He’

PARASHAT MIKETZ

Saturday 28th December 2019 6TH light of Hanukkah 30th Kislev 5780 PARASHAT MIKETZ Herschel Genesis 41:1-44:17; Zechariah 2:14 – 4:17; John 10:22-28 Gen 41:1 It happened at the end of two years to the day – vay’hi miketz sh’natayim yamim - Pharaoh was dreaming The NKJV version begins ‘when two full years had passed…”. The Chumash emphasizes ‘to the day’. Why the precision of the language? In order to understand why Torah is so accurate with its language, we need to examine the context. Joseph was unfairly imprisoned on trumped up charges of sexual misconduct with Potiphar’s wife. He found hi

Let’s Not Get Strange About Christmas, Shall We?

Let’s Not Get Strange About Christmas, Shall We? Posted on December 23, 2017 by Rabbi Stuart Dauermann, PhD When I was a kid, and there were still knights in shining armor, Maid Marian was kid Marian, Robin hadn’t gotten his hood, and the Sheriff of Nottingham was just learning to think scurrilous thoughts, no one ever said, “It’s just not biblical to celebrate Christmas, and Jesus wasn’t born in December anyway! He was born on Sukkot!” At that time, pretty much everyone realized that December 25 was just a time when it was traditional for many to celebrate the birth of Jesus, although the Eastern Church does so on January 6. Nowadays, though, I occasionally run into people for whom this

What is Jewish Identity in the age of the Jewish Question?

What is Jewish Identity in the age of the Jewish Question? Why has President Trump’s new executive order exploded in the Jewish Twitterverse? Why is Jewish identity a central topic in the UK elections? Why are the French debating the definition of anti-Semitism? Why does it feel like ground is shifting under the feet of Jews in the Western world? History may be repeating itself, and this may be the return of an old problem. The term “Final Solution” is quickly identifiable by educated people as a Nazi euphemism for the Holocaust. But what was it solving? The solution to what, specifically? Decades after the term has fallen into disuse, most have forgotten the phrase “Jewish Question,” which

PARASHAT VAYESHEV

Saturday 21st December 2019 23rd Kislev 5780 PARASHAT VAYESHEV Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Gen 37:1 – 40:23; Amos 2:6 – 3:8; Matt 1:18-25 One fact about this week’s parshah has long perplexed the commentators. After his wrestling match with the unnamed adversary, Jacob was told: “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with beings Divine and human, and have prevailed” (Gen. 32:29, JPS translation). Or “Your name will no longer be said to be Jacob, but Israel. You have become great (sar) before God and man. You have won.' (Aryeh Kaplan translation). Th

When Evangelicals Make Jesus Look Scary to Jews

When Evangelicals Make Jesus Look Scary to Jews December 6, 2019 | David Lazarus This can’t be what Paul meant when he told Gentiles to provoke the Jews to jealousy. Popular Evangelical pastor and broadcaster Rick Wiles recently alleged on an airing of his “TruNews” program that the impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump are an attempt by Jews to “take over America.” These kind of antisemitic conspiracies are not new for the well-known Evangelical broadcaster, but in his most recent spew he has outdone even his nasty self. The title of the broadcast is a dead giveaway: “Jew Coup: Seditious Jews Orchestrating Trump Impeachment Lynching.” In the hour-long tirade of ‘crap’ that come

Down the Memory Hole

Down the Memory Hole by Dan Juster December 8, 2019 One of the big differences between the Jewish majority in the United States and the Jewish majority in Israel is how they perceive the Palestinian Arabs. In the United States the majority Jewish leadership, Reform, Conservative and secular are all for a two-state solution. Somehow, they think Israel and the settlements are the problem. The majority of the Israelis believe that the Palestinians have been profoundly dishonest and never had any intention of making real peace with a realistic solution. When they rejected the Clinton-Barak plan and then the Olmert-Bush plan, Israelis drew the conclusion of their insincerity. The last propo

Adultery of the Heart

ADULTERY OF THE HEART FFOZ Forty years before the destruction of the Temple, Yeshua proclaimed a gospel of repentance to His generation: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He warned them that, if they did not repent, they would face a terrible judgment. He called upon the Jewish people of His day to turn from the sins of immorality and adultery. The Master warned His disciples about a different type of adultery—an adultery that takes place in the mind. "Do not follow after your own heart and your own eyes" (Numbers 15:39). If a man gazes lustfully on another man’s wife, he has already committed adultery i

PARASHAT VAYISHLACH

Saturday 14th December 2019 16th Kislev 5780 PARASHAT VAYISHLACH Genesis 32:3-36:43; Obadiah 1:1-21; Matt 2:13-23 Then he said, "Let me go, for the day has broken." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." And he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." Then he said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed." (Bereshit/Genesis 32:26-28) Upon Jacob's return to the land of his birth, he heard that his twin brother Esau, along with four hundred men, were on their way to meet him. Jacob was understandably a

Jewish/Gentile Relations in the New Covenant Part 2

Jewish/Gentile Relations in the New Covenant Part 2 by RON CANTORNOVEMBER 27, 2019 Having said that… Once we have the revelation of equality in Messiah, then we can speak of distinctions without it leading to pride or elitism. Paul himself speaks of male headship in the home. Without equality we can see in the Muslim world (and in other cultures) how this leads to abuse. However, with equality the husband leads his home as a servant, not as a tyrant. When it comes to Israel and Jewish believers, there is a unique call on what Dan Juster coined as “the saved remnant of Israel.” The Jewish people were set apart with a specific role: To be a priestly nation to the rest of the world. (Exodus 19:

Jesus, Yeshua or Yahshua?

Jesus, Yeshua or Yahshua? Tuvia Pollack | November 10th, 2019 | The name "yeshua" in hebrew (Photo: Tuvia Pollack) I want to start with a warning. I am a bit of a history nerd and a language and grammar nerd. This question tickles both of those bones. This will be a pretty nerdy article. Sorry not sorry. Let’s get going. If your name is Peter and you plan a trip to Puerto Rico, would you book the plane ticket and hotel room under the name Pedro? Of course not. That’s ridiculous. If you had to “translate” your name like that you would be forced to introduce yourself as Pierre in France, you would be Petros in Greece and Pekka in Finland. No one does that. Anymore. In today’s international wor

The Millennial Temple: Literal or Allegorical? (Part 1 of 4)

The Millennial Temple: Literal or Allegorical? (Part 1 of 4) Arnold Fruchtenbaum | November 27th, 2019 | The concluding chapters of the book of Ezekiel are among the most controversial in all of Scripture. They detail a great temple and a sacrificial system that shows enough differences to the one described in the Law of Moses to warrant the thought that this is a new building in a different time period. The result is that many conflicting interpretations have been proposed both by Jewish and Christian scholars. In this article, we will critically look at these interpretations and show why a literal exegesis of Ezekiel 40–48 is possible. I. THE PROBLEM(S) OF THE EZEKIEL TEMPLE AND SACRIFICES

PARASHAT VAYETZEI

Saturday 7th December 2019 9th Kislev 5780 Parashat Vayetzei Torah: Genesis 28:10-32:2; Haftarah: Hosea 12:12-14:10; Gospel: John 1:41-51 [Jacob] had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12) Stairway to Heaven Yeshua told Nathaniel, “You will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:51). What did these cryptic words mean? As far as we know from the gospel record, Nathaniel never did receive an apocalyptic vision in which he saw a

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