“In the second century BCE, a remnant of the army of Alexander the Great had come to dominate the Jews then living in their own land. In an effort to consolidate his power and to impose a cultural uniformity on his subjects, the Syrian-Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes insisted that the Jews worship him as the rest of his subjects did and demanded that a statue of himself be erected in the Jews’ Temple in Jerusalem. A family of priests known as the Hasmoneans (who came to call themselves the Maccabees) rebelled against Antiochus. Though they were far outnumbered, this guerilla band fought valiantly and defeated the oppressor’s army…
If you are reading this article looking for proof-positive evidence that Chagall believed in Yeshua as Messiah and Savior, perhaps you should skip this page. The question—did he, or didn’t he—when asked whether Chagall had a personal belief in Yeshua, has been the source of both scholarly as well as amateur interpretation. The question invites research as well as heartache. This author does not intend to provide an all-inclusive answer that will bring closure to the argument forever, because it’s actually not possible. Interpreting art is both subjective and objective, and in the case of Jewish art, four sincere researchers will provide at least five answers.
Ask an Israeli about an important event in his or her life, a marriage, career change or the birth or death of a loved one, and you are likely to hear it described in terms of its relationship to a crisis, a war or disaster. Consider ,דוד דגיםthe not uncommon testimony of the English-language web
The roots of music can be traced to creation when the “morning stars sang” the most touching comment came from a Holocaust survivor following a 2013 (Job 38:7). Since then, music has become an integral part of every people and culture. One of the wonders of the Tenach is how it was preserved by word of mouth
Each year, two deserving students who are enrolled in an approved Messianic that point, Temple decided that he would attend that school to become a Church. Jewish Studies (MJS) program, are awarded the Paul Liberman Messianic Jewish Studies Scholarship. This is a profile of Matthew Temple, one of this year’s winners. Originally from Baltimore Maryland, Temple was raised in West Palm Beach Florida by his mother in a non-religious home. He reported that his teenage years were spent as a hard-rock musician, playing in clubs and bars by the age of 16. He dropped out of high school and by the time he was 17, he was kicked out of his home.
In 2015, French petroleum consultants, Beicip-Franlab, authored an independent study concluding that up to 6.6 billion barrels of oil “remain to be found” in the Levant Basin of Israel’s Jezreel Valley. In February of this year, Dallas and Caesarea-based Zion Oil and Gas Corporation announced the discovery of “free-flowing hydrocarbons” in Megiddo-Jezreel Well Number 1, their
On April 24th, 2018, news broke in Israel that Hananya Naftali, an Israeli Messianic Believer, had been appointed Deputy Media Advisor by the Netanyahu government. Less than a week later, in an online article at
JewishPress.com, Israeli writer and blogger Varda Meyers Epstein, after branding Naftali a “Christian Missionary” and “creep,” had this to say about his appointment.
“We did not survive the Holocaust and create the State of Israel in order to let some sneaky dweeb kill our connection to our Jewishness; our connection to G-d and His Holy Torah.”
It was Yom Kippur day October 6, 1973, and I was on my way to the municipal synagogue in Herzliya, Israel when I noticed the buzz of small private planes flying over my head. This was very strange as no one drove on this most sacred day of the year in Israel let alone flew
Happy New Year! We are about to celebrate the Jewish year of 5779, which is believed to be the time since
the creation of the earth, calculated by rabbis who added up the ages of everybody mentioned in the Old Testament. As mentioned above the holiday which begins on the first day of Tishre occurs at the beginning of the seventh month of the year as ordained by G-d through Moses, and not the first, which is Nisan. The date changes each year on the Gregorian or Civil calendar because of the vagaries of the Jewish religious calendar which operates both according to the phases of the moon and to the movement of the sun around the earth.
This summer, Jerusalem was the universal focus of activity as it celebrated its 70th Anniversary. The U.S. Embassy also moved its
headquarters to Jerusalem, and therefore numerous festivities took place in Jerusalem and throughout the nation of Israel. As these joyful celebrations occurred, the forty-five year old ministry, Jews for Jesus made sure it was not left out of these historical occasions as it culminated its eighteen year old “Behold Your G-d Campaign” in Jerusalem, the city Yeshua lamented over and loved.
There is a growing absence of young Jewish families in Messianic Jwish synagogues these days. This is also happening in many Conservative and Reform Jewish communities. And the question begs to be answered, “Why is this? And how can we bring in more young families and stop others from slipping through the cracks?” Afterall, the future of Messianic Judaism and its torch must be passed on to the next generation for it to carry on. The “why?” can easily dominate and take us outside the scope of this article, but “How to bring in more young Jewish families” can begin to be addressed through understanding the stages of life that young parents are in and where they are in regards to their Jewish identity. The ability to transmit Jewish identity to children really depends on the background of the parents…
Jewish entrepreneurs first arrived in The City by the Bay in the midst of the Gold Rush and they continue to impact the development of many cultural and philanthropic institutions. Take a visit to The Contemporary Jewish Museum, located in the Mission, and enjoy a delicious pastrami sandwich in Wise Sons Deli on your way out…