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…
f you care deeply about Israel, you’ll want to know the latest that the Alliance for Israel Advocacy (AIA) has been doing to promote legislation that would award funds to West Bank Palestinians to voluntarily emigrate for better economic opportunities in other countries.
Dr. Marvin Olasky has been many things in his life—atheist, communist, hippie, adventurer, White House advisor; today he is a Jewish believer in Yeshua, a seasoned academic, author of over 20 books, investigative journalist and the editor-in-chief of World Magazine.
Medical Tourism is a commonly-used term referring to people who go to another country for medical treatments and care. Many nations, including Israel, are on the map for medical tourism, with people visiting what is known as the “start-up nation” to receive some of the most advanced available treatments for cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Essential tremor, and more.
On December 24, 2017, Guatemala became the first country at the United Nations to join the United States by announcing that they too would move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “I would like to thank President Trump for leading the way,” Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told an audience at AIPAC, the American Israel
Fern and Adolph were a young couple living in a very conservative community. The couple had met while picking apples at a multi-congregation event. Both of them grew up in churches that believed in keeping the Shabbat on Saturday instead of Sunday as the day of rest. They also had been raised with a strong focus on Bible prophecy and anticipated the return of the Jews to Israel. “G-d says in Genesis, bless Israel,” says Adolph succinctly. “We wanted to be a part of blessing Israel.”…
In 1999, Rick Ridings received a word from the L-rd to lay down his ministry of establishing international prayer and worship gatherings in cities throughout Africa, Asia and Europe and move to Israel. Before making his move, Rick contacted the leaders of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance and asked them to pray for him regarding settling in Israel. He says he was thinking of spending half of his time there but after prayer the leaders told him that he should set up a full-time ministry and start 24/7 worship and prayer. Rick arrived in Israel with his family, including wife Patricia and his then young daughters Anna and Esther. His oldest daughter, Bethany, remained studying in the United States and had a heart for reaching out to Jewish young people in Israel by attending a youth festival outside of Chicago and videoing Jewish speakers…