Gentiles, Dogs and Jesus

Gentiles, Dogs and Jesus By Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg and Rev. Jim Stowe Two Gospels record a meeting between Judean Jesus and a Greek woman (Mk.7:24-29; Matt.15:21-28). Jesus goes to Tyre and Sidon (allotment territory of the tribe of Asher that was never fully taken over by Israelite). There he meets a desperate mother willing to do anything for her suffering child: “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely tormented by a demon.” (Mat. 15:21-22) As we continue reading, we see that Jesus first gave her the silent treatment. Then, when his Jewish disciples demanded he answer her, he responded: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” However, the woma

Jerusalem Post publishes article that Jesus is Jewish

Jerusalem Post publishes article that Jesus is Jewish The Jerusalem Post published an article by Faydra Shapiro on January 5, 2020 entitled Jews today and Jesus’s Jewish body. The article opens as follows: Jesus not only was a Jew, but according to Christian theology, Jesus is still a Jew. Shapiro points out that January 1st is eight days after December 25th. Since the time of Abraham, baby boys from the house of Israel are circumcised all the eighth day in accordance with Genesis 17:12. Thus, celebrating the new year of the liturgical calendar is tantamount to celebrating the circumcision day of Jesus (if indeed Jesus was born on December 25th which is debatable by Biblical scholars). Shapi

International Holocaust Memorial Day

International Holocaust Memorial Day & the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Rabbi Jonathan Sacks "Evil happens when people let it happen, and our best defence against it is never to forget where evil leads." As we approach International Holocaust Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, please take a couple of minutes to watch the video or read the transcript below. May people of all faiths and of none stand together, always remember and never forget. In Time and again the Bible uses the word Zachor / זכור, remember; and that is what we do today, on International Holocaust Memorial Day. We remember the victims o


Saturday 1st February 2020 6th Shevat 5780 PARASHAT BO Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Exodus 10:1-13:16; Jeremiah 46:13-28; Romans 9:22-29 Sometimes others know us better than we know ourselves. In the year 2000, a British Jewish research institute came up with a proposal that Jews in Britain be redefined as an ethnic group and not as a religious community. It was a non-Jewish journalist, Andrew Marr, who stated what should have been obvious. He said: “All this is shallow water, and the further in you wade, the shallower it gets.” It is wh


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Muslim world leaders visit Auschwitz in 'strong signal' of interfaith support

Muslim world leaders visit Auschwitz in 'strong signal' of interfaith support Few Muslims have visited the notorious site of some of history's worst atrocities. But high-ranking leaders of Muslim and Jewish communities are coming together to mark 75 years since the concentration camps liberation. In 2013, the leader of Berlin's Social Democratic parliamentary group, Raed Saleh, visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site with a group of pupils. The fact that Saleh, who was born in the West Bank and came to Germany as a 5-year-old, made his way to the site of a former Nazi concentration and extermination camp garnered national attention. At the time, he was Germany's most prominent Muslim to

NY Police: Anti-Semitism is a Form Terror, Must Be Stopped

NY Police: Anti-Semitism is a Form Terror, Must Be Stopped The NYPD’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism unit is employing the same tactics to prevent violent anti-Semitic attacks that it uses to stop terrorism. By United with Israel Staff New York City Police Department (NYPD) Intelligence and Counterterrorism Deputy Commissioner John Miller testified in front of the U.S. Congress’ House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism on Wednesday. During his congressional testimony, he equated anti-Semitism with global terrorism, explaining, “[W]e go by the same rule-book and the same tactics and the same techniques we used to thwart attacks by ISIS and al-Qaeda and the

Parashat Vaera – Take Two

Parashat Vaera – Take Two Finding Freedom By Joel Pitkowsky, A moment of great tragedy occurs in this week’s Torah reading, although it is not a moment that many people focus on when they read these chapters. There is so much drama in this story, so many scenes that we can visualize either because we’ve seen them acted out on stage or in a movie (or perhaps in our dining room during a Passover Seder), or because they are powerful moments that speak to our connection with one of the pivotal Jewish moments, that many people pass over (pun intended!) the quieter elements of the story. And yet, near the beginning of the Torah reading, immediately following God telling Moses abo


Saturday 25th January 2020 28th Tevet 5780 PARASHAT VAERA FFOZ Exodus 6:2 – 9:35; Ezekiel 28:25 – 29:21; Luke 11:14 - 22 Armed with signs and wonders, Moses did battle with Pharaoh, his magicians, and the gods of Egypt. In one passage, the magicians of Egypt concede defeat and declare, “This is the finger of God” (Exodus 8:19). Yeshua referred to the same passage to explain how He drove out evil spirits and healed the infirm: By the finger of God. Like Moses in Egypt, the Master walked among us demonstrating miracles, signs, and wonders, driving out demons, and delivering God’s people from oppression. He tol


Narratives by DAN JUSTER. JANUARY 7, 2020 We live in a time of many narratives about many aspects of life. The very word narrative, as the story or description that is how we see reality in various realms, has become ubiquitous. Fifty years ago, we hardly ever heard the term narrative except in literature. Postmodern Philosophy constantly tells us that there is no true meta-narrative. What does that mean? It means there is no ultimately true story or view of the nature of existence or no ultimately true world view. Of course, that is just their assertion. Do those who assert this conclude this after rigorous searching and comparing world views and taking into account all

HUMANISM: Forerunner for Antichrist

HUMANISM: Forerunner for Antichrist by Dr Derek Prince (This was written in 1992. How relevant it remains in our day! George Otis Junior penned a book called The Last of the Giants and he suggested in this book that Islam would be the final giant to succumb. Eliyahu ben Chayim, of blessed memory, argued that secular humanism (human rights) will be the final giant to fall before Messiah’s return. I agree with him!) “For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge num


Saturday 18th January 2020 21st Tevet 5780 PARASHAT SHEMOT Herschel Exodus 1:1 – 6:1; Isaiah 27:6 – 28:13; Matt 2:1-12 Exod 1:1 And (or now) these are the names of the children of Israel who came to Egypt; “V’eila shemot B’nei Yisrael haba’im mitzrayimah ‘Shemot’ means ‘names’. And so, as is the custom, the 1st parasha and the entire book of Exodus share the same name - úåîù - Shemot – Names! Notice the ‘and’: ‘and these are the names’ (some translations say ‘now these are the names’). The sages infer that the

Provoking Israel to Jealousy

Provoking Israel to Jealousy by Paul Wilbur December 8, 2019 Romans 11:11 states, “Again I ask: Did they (Israel) stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous.” I have been a believer for over forty years now, and in all this time I have seen and been involved in all kinds of outreach activities. From one-on-one ministry in the streets, to large concert settings, my heart and my desire for Israel is that they may be saved. So I’ve sat and listened for hours while folks shared their opinions on this intimidating subject of making Israel jealous, and I have come to my own conclusions. First


AN EYE FOR AN EYE FFOZ teaching It’s commonly believed that Yeshua’s teachings about love, forgiveness, and turning the other cheek contradict the harsh Old Testament standard of justice. The Torah says, “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise” (Exodus 21:24). Yeshua seemed to contradict the rule of repaying measure for measure when He said, “I say to you, do not resist an evil person.” You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (Matthew 5:38-39) Did Torah really encour


Saturday 11th January 2020 14th Tevet 5780 PARASHAT VAYECHI Herschel Genesis 47:28 – 50:26; 1 Kings 2:1-12; John 13: 1-19 This Shabbat’s portion is the final portion in the Book of B’reishit. Therefore, as is our custom, after this d’rash, we will stand and together recite Chazak, chazak v’nitzchazeik’ – Be strong, be strong and may we be strengthened’. Deut 11:8 8 Therefore you shall keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that you may be strong G-d’s word is not only a lamp unto our feet and a light

This Year in Messianic Judaism

This Year in Messianic Judaism 1. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in Los Angeles. Together we honored our founding leaders, with special interviews and presentations by Rabbi Dr. John & Dr. Patrice Fischer and Rabbi Dr. Dan & Patty Juster. We enjoyed a beautiful week of multi-generational fellowship, and lived up to our promise that "We're Gonna Party Like its 1979!" 2. We supported the biggest cohort of rabbinic interns and young scholars in the Union’s history. Our interns and scholars are serving congregations in the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts New Haven, Connecticut Boca Raton, Florida Sacramento, California Cary, North Carolina Chicago, Illinois Richmond, Virginia Was

On Repentance

On Repentance by Elhanan ben-Avraham Dec 27, 2019 ‘And the man answered, “The woman whom You gave me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”’ Considering all the long and sad lineage of misery, illness, savagery and death that the generations of humanity have suffered, allegedly due to the sin of Eve (and Adam) who few had even heard of, why is it that a loving God did not provide the opportunity of repentance to Adam and Eve in order to prevent all that unasked-for misery for the millions and millions that followed- which He certainly foresaw? The only way I can possibly resolve this (theological) conundrum is to understand the rhetorical question “Ayeka” (“where a

Joseph in Disguise

Joseph in Disguise FFOZ When Joseph’s brothers arrived in Egypt, they did not recognize him, nor did Joseph reveal his identity to them. Joseph appeared to them like an Egyptian. He wore Egyptian clothing. He had no beard. He wore the hair and cosmetics of Egyptian royalty. He spoke the Egyptian language. To the ten brothers, Joseph seemed to be a Gentile prince. They had no inkling that he might be their own brother. The brothers had long ago come to regard Joseph as dead. They had convinced themselves with their own story regarding his disappearance. All of Joseph’s trials came upon him only for the salvation of Israel’s family. God sent Joseph to Egypt to store up provisions that could


Saturday 4th January 2019 7th Tevet 5780 PARASHAT VAYIGASH by Alan Gilman Genesis 44:18-4737; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Luke 24:30-48 Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a servant to my lord, and let the boy go back with his brothers. For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I fear to see the evil that would find my father. (Bereshit/Genesis 44:33-34) The story of Joseph is one of the longer and more involved narratives in the Bible. It is a wonderful story of God's providential hand at work in the midst of

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