As the State of Israel turns 70, it continues to be surrounded by opposition groups. This centers around the conflict over the occupation of the Land. .Palestinian revisionist history asserts its rights to the Land as hereditary: “The Arabs of Palestine are the indigenous inhabitants of the country, who have been in occupation of it since the beginning of history.” The Case for Palestine: Evidence Submitted by the Arab Office, p. 92. This argument, however, has nothing but sentiment in its support.
– By Summer Mansell
G-d loves you with an everlasting love, and He’s numbered every one of the hairs on your head,” were the formative words of a kind-eyed stranger to a Jewish college student minding a frozen yogurt shop in Florida. From nursery school to high school, this student, Alyse Merritt, was immersed in Jewish learning and culture. When she set off from her very Jewish hometown in New Jersey to begin college in Florida, her mother warned against anyone who might try to speak to her about Yeshua. Little did anyone comprehend that a messenger from G-d, an angel, would come into Alyse’s life with the message of Yeshua at just the right time, allowing a mighty calling on her life to unfold.
Does anyone outside of Israel have the moral authority to solve Israel’s problems with the Arabs? How did the plight of the Palestinian Arabs become everybody’s business? What about the stateless Kurds, who are being bombed in Syria every day
by the Turks? I can draw a circle on the map where five countries come together and declare it an independent state for its Kurdish inhabitants. But I’m not Kurdish, so I’ll mind my own business.
Walk just two blocks in Jerusalem’s city center and you’re likely to hear five different languages spoken; Hebrew, Arabic, English, French and Russian. On a recent Shabbat visit to learn more about the leadership, mission and this year’s Pesach plans at Jerusalem’s Ethiopian Jewish congregation, Amud HaEsh (Hebrew for Pillar of Fire), we were treated to the sounds of a sixth tongue. The congregation’s service, prayer, music and teaching were rendered throughout not only in English and Hebrew, but also in Amharic, the Semitic national language of Ethiopia.
– By Batina Lorenz – You can’t escape it. Each year, from the time the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, until December 25th, every church, radio station, music hall, college auditorium and shopping mall in America is permeated by Handel’s Messiah. Not so in Israel. But this musical super- classic recently made history (and headlines),
– By Ben Volman –
Would you rather observe Thanksgiving in Canada or in the United States?
Yes, Canada does celebrate Thanksgiving. Though it usually comes in early October, America’s northern neighbors are just as fond of turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and even enjoy their own brand of football. But the American holiday is bigger and Canadians, who have lived in the United States, as well as Americans living in Canada, agree. Americans do it better.
Canadians don’t make that admission easily—even a Messianic Jewish Canadian; so it’s surprising that the verdict was unanimous from everyone who was asked.
– By Karen Faulkner –
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)
With approximately 110,000 American immigrants now living in Israel, plus half a million visitors from the U.S.A. and Canada each year here are plenty of people who appreciate Thanksgiving in the Land. The Pilgrims based this celebration on Leviticus 23: 34 to 44, the Fall feast of Sukkot. And now, even the Hebrew language has found room for it. “The word for both ‘turkey’ and ‘give thanks’ is the same in Hebrew,” explains Baht Rivka, singer and worship leader. “It’s hodu.”
– By Keren B. Negev –
Shira Sorko-Ram, a true pioneer of the Messianic Jewish movement in Israel Middle: In 1965, Shira meets Israel’s Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion
In 1965, Shira Sorko-Ram was privileged to meet Prime Minister David Ben Gurion while on a trip to Israel with her father. Upon their introduction, the Prime Minister asked the young American, “So, when are you moving to Israel?” .
– By Deborah Galiley –
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Messiah. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Messiah Yeshua my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Philippians 3:7–8
The above scripture was penned by a rabbi who became a follower of Messiah Yeshua. He understood more than most that the price paid didn’t begin to compare to the reward gained. Often, when Jewish people accept Yeshua as their Savior, they get all sorts of accusations hurled at them:
You were tricked!
You were offered money!
You want to be like the Goyim
You didn’t know enough about Judaism,
You are not to oppress a foreigner, for you know how a foreigner feels, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9). If a foreigner stays with you in your land, do not do him wrong. Rather, treat the foreigner staying with you like the native born among you—you are to love him
– By Chad Elliott –
For over 40 years, the ministry of Jews for Jesus has been known for its bold methods of street evangelism. In places like New York City, it’s common to see these evangelists at work, clad in bright T-shirts with the ministry name on front and back handing out colorful broadsides (gospel tracts), and engaging anyone who wants to talk on the subject of Yeshua.
Why would an agnostic dedicate her time and finances to the creation of a documentary about Messianic Judaism? Emma Mankey Hidem believes the fact that she grew up in a non-religious environment makes her uniquely suited to approach this controversial topic—without bias. “I am among that rare group in my generation who were raised atheist,” she explains. “I was never a Christian or a Jew, so my opinions are not affected by my beliefs, allowing me to be fair and respectful of all parties.”