Are Messianic Jews Still Jewish?

Why are so many young Messianic Jews distancing themselves from Judaism? February 25, 2020 | David Lazarus When Jews come to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) are they still Jewish? That’s a question many of our readers ask and last year Israel Today published a report on Is the Future of Messianics Jewish? We wanted to find out if Israeli Jews who believe in Yeshua still honor and practice their Jewish faith traditions. That article revealed a growing trend among the younger generation of Jewish-born Messianic followers of Yeshua who are not connecting with their Jewish roots or heritage. Many are even distancing themselves from Jewish traditions. We received many responses to that report from leader

The Difficult Sayings of Yeshua

Why did Yeshua’s disciples turn away from following Him? What was the difficult saying that so offended them? It was His statement about descending from above that offended the crowds. The Real Difficulty Yeshua’s disciples found His mystical claims hard to swallow. Many of them grumbled and said, “This is a difficult statement” (John 6:60). What did the disciples of Yeshua find so difficult? Commentators explain that the Jewish disciples found the imagery of eating His flesh and drinking His blood offensive. If so, the disciples did not understand that their rabbi spoke metaphorically. They assumed that He somehow literally intended them to eat Him. Alternatively, they did not understand

Does Isaiah Tell the Story of Satan?

Does Isaiah Tell the Story of Satan? By Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser. February 20, 2020 According to Christian tradition, Satan has a backstory: The devil was once the most beautiful angel in heaven but this angelic being, then called Lucifer, rebelled against God and was cast down to hell. In part, this tradition comes from a particular interpretation of Isaiah 14:12-15. Read further: https://weekly.israelbiblecenter.com/does-isaiah-tell-the-story-of-satan/?via=5df5f85

PARASHAT TERUMAH

Saturday 29th February 2020 4th Adar 5780 PARASHAT TERUMAH by Alan Gilman, Torahbytes Exodus 25:1 – 27:19; 1 Kings 5:26 (12) – 17 (16); Mark 12:35 - 44 You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place. (Shemot/Exodus 26:34) As part of the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and its furnishings, God directed Moses to build a "kapporet," an ornate cover to be placed on top of the "aron ha-b'rit" (the Ark of the Covenant). The aron ha-b'rit was an elegant box that contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments, a jar

PURIM - THE FESTIVAL OF ESTHER

PURIM - THE FESTIVAL OF ESTHER WILL CELEBRATE PURIM ON MONDAY 9TH MARCH AT BEIT ARIEL AT 18h00 IT WILL BE A FANCY DRESS CELEBRATION AND ALTHOUGH IT OCCURS DURING THE WEEK, WE WILL HAVE A SHORT SERVICE THAT WILL BE GEARED TOWARD THE KIDS. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT YOUR KIDS WILL BE HOME BY 20H30. THE SERVICE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY OUR USUAL BRING ‘N SHARE MEAL THAT IS ‘MILCHIK’ i.e. no meat products! PLEASE VEGETABLE QUICHES, FISH CAKES, FRIED FISH, SALAD STICKS WITH DIPS, FRUIT PLATTERS, ASSORTED CHEESES WITH CRACKERS ETC. AND OF COURSE, SOME FRUIT JUICE. PLEASE BRING SUFFICIENT FOR YOUR SELF AND A LITTLE EXTRA FOR OUR GUESTS. And, don't forget the traditional hamentashen! WE LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBR

There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy

There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy: Four Categories of People in Romans 2 by DAN JUSTERFEBRUARY 16, 2020 I got into trouble with some of the leaders in Israel because of a paper I did some 12 years ago refuting the wider hope view of one of my Messianic Jewish leadership friends. My paper was called the Narrow Wider Hope. My paper was partly misunderstood because I used the word salvation for people who were in a pre-salvation state of grace because they were seeking the Truth and responding to the Truth though they did not know the Gospel. They had not refused the Gospel. However, I did not claim that they would be entering an eternal good destiny without accepting Yeshua or that they woul

Two Kinds of Followers

Two Kinds of Followers FFOZ Rabbi Yeshua did not seek large numbers. He sought disciples. The story says, “When Yeshua saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him” (Matthew 5:1). Why did He go up the mountain? The ministry of Yeshua drew large crowds almost from its outset. “Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan” (Matthew 4:25). Multitudes of people sought him: The sick, the infirm, the troubled, the curious, the seekers, and the skeptical. Luke explains, “A large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people …

Gog and Magog? Russia Warns Israel of War Over Syria

Gog and Magog? Russia Warns Israel of War Over Syria What many Israelis deemed unthinkable now seems possible amid tensions over Syria. February 17, 2020 | Israel Today Staff Russia’s ambassador to Syria this week issued what some saw as a veiled threat should Israel continue bombing Iranian assets in the war-torn country. On February 6, an aerial attack on a target near Damascus killed 20 Syrian and Iranian military officials. It also caused Syrian air defences to inadvertently fire on an airplane carrying 172 passengers. The plane managed to safely land at a nearby airport. Israel Defense Minister Naftali Bennett later hinted that the attack was just another in a long series of Israeli str

PARSHAT MISHPATIM – Shabbat Shekalim

Saturday 22nd February 2020 27th Shevat 5780 PARASHAT MISHPATIM Exodus 21:1-24:18; Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26; Romans 6:12-23 (by Marcus Mordecai Schwartz, Director, Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker Beit Midrash; Assistant Professor, Talmud and Rabbinic) In 1976 the Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg published a book called The Cheese and the Worms, an account and analysis of a 16th-century Inquisition trial. The defendant in this trial was a miller from the Friuli region of Italy named Menocchio. Among the heresies that he stood accused of was his apparent claim that the world came into existence through a process of putrefaction. Here are his words

The Noahide Laws

The Noahide Laws By Jeffrey Spitzer Seven commandments which, according to Jewish tradition, are incumbent upon all of humankind. God speaks to Noah and his children as they exit the ark: ‘Behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you.’ (Genesis 9:9) Although rabbinic texts preserve various traditions about the details of this covenant, the Talmud reports the following: The children of Noah were commanded with seven commandments: [to establish] laws, and [to prohibit] cursing God, idolatry, illicit sexuality, bloodshed, robbery, and eating flesh from a living animal (Sanhedrin 56a; cf. Tosefta Avodah Zarah 8:4 and Genesis Rabba

Jerusalem – A Poem

Jerusalem – A Poem Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published five illustrated books of poetry, painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, and most recently produced THE JERUSALEM ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah. The City breathes in dreams scrawled on brittle goatskin scrolls emerging from caves and tombs and awakening into limestone and flesh, a thousand poems by a thousand poets in as many blazing tongues, its walls scale

Four Rabbis Find Yeshua

Four Rabbis Find Yeshua by David Lazarus In Part 4 in our look at “The Mystery of the Olive Tree” we learn how the Messianic Jewish community began. February 11, 2020 In this series we will publish extracts from a new book by Johannes Fichtenbauer, an Archdeacon and part of the Charismatic Renewal of the Catholic Church. For 1,400 years, between the 4th and 18th centuries, there was not a single Messianic Jewish church or congregation on earth. Then suddenly, in the late 17th century, in a sovereign and supernatural way, the Holy Spirit began to bring Jews back to their Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). It was like a resurrection from the dead! The first event that we know abou

PARASHAT YITRO - יתרו – Jethro

Saturday 15th February 2020 20th Shevat 5780 PARASHAT YITRO - יתרו – Jethro FFOZ Exodus 18:1-20:23; Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6; Matthew 19:16-26 Friend of the Bridegroom At Mount Sinai, God officially proposed to Israel (so to speak) offering to make them His people if only they would obey Him and keep His covenant. The rabbis compared it to a betrothal. In that metaphor, the Holy One, blessed be He, came to Israel as a suitor proposing marriage to His beloved. The Almighty was the bridegroom. Israel was the bride. The Torah was their wedding

I Am the Bread of Life

I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE FFOZ In the midst of the crowded synagogue in Capernaum, Yeshua compared Himself to the manna, the bread from heaven. He told the people, “Amen, Amen, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven” (John 6:32). This saying does not deny that the manna in the wilderness came from heaven or even that the manna came by the agency of Moses. The Greek syntax lays the emphasis on the “true” nature of the messianic bread from heaven. In other words, the manna that came in the days of Moses was, indeed, bread from h

Abortion, Anti-Semitism, and the Return of Messiah

Abortion, Anti-Semitism, and the Return of Messiah By Eric Tokajer. Jan 27, 2020 The book of Exodus begins with an introduction to Moses and the explanation that Israel was in bondage in Egypt because the new ruler of Egypt had forgotten who Joseph was. For many believers in Yeshua, the book of Exodus is one of those Old Testament books that is only really good for making sermon points because we now have the New Testament. Those Old Covenant books like Exodus have been replaced by the “New” and “Better” books of the New Testament. This understanding is not only dangerous theologically, but it is bad prophetically. Our understanding of the prophecies of the Bible requires our understanding o

Beshalach – Take Two

Beshalach – Take Two by Alan Gilman And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?" (Shemot/Exodus 17:7) The Torah includes two similar, but very different, stories that feature the people complaining against Moses about their desperate circumstances, particularly due to the lack of water. The similarities between this version and the one found in chapter twenty of B'midbar/Numbers prompt some scholars to claim that they are the same event. I believe we are better off taking them at face value. Apart from the l

PARASHAT BESHALACH

Saturday 8th February 2020 13th Shevat 5780 PARASHAT BESHALACH FFOZ Exodus 13:17-17:16; Judges 4:4-5:31; Matt 14:22-33 Believe in God, Believe also in Me Israel’s moment of personal faith occurred on the shore of the Red Sea. After they saw Pharaoh’s army destroyed and the deliverance God gave them through Moses, they fully placed their faith in God, and in His servant Moses. The Torah says that “they feared the LORD,” meaning they understood that He punishes the wicked and rewards the righteous. It says “they believed in the LO

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