– 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.”
– By Chad Elliott –
Newcomers to the Messianic Jewish movement often ask, “What is Messianic music?” The answer can be challenging—even for those who create it. Identify- ing this genre requires examining its origins. Most agree that the early 1970s were a formative pe- riod for Messianic music. Within a short space of time, three pi- oneer groups arose which gave shape to the sound: Lamb, the Liberated Wailing Wall, and Kol Simcha. A fourth group, Israel’s Hope, appeared a decade later, in the 1980s.
– By Mandie Greenberg Cook -Matthew Absolon lives and ministers in South Florida, but grew up as one of eight children in Mackay, Queensland, Australia. That he is not native to the Miamiarea becomes readily apparent within minutes of first speaking with him. His accent, though softened by a de- cade of living in the
– By Stephanie Escalante –
At thirty-one, Lauren Coleman lives a life of love, of change and of impact. She works for a nonprofit that changes the lives of those experiencing their final days. For Coleman, it all began with one heart-wrenching experience that open up a lifetime of opportunity.
“One of my best friends was dying of cancer and a care package was sent to her hours before she passed away.”
Her best friend was Christa, and it had been her second journey with cancer. Lauren Coleman, 31, shares that Christa battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had been in remission. Five years later, and her friend’s cancer had come back.
– By Nick Garrard –
For many congregations in Messianic Jewish community, owning property remains elusive. Many con- gregations, although well established, continue to meet in community centers or homes, rented office buildings and churches. Let’s face it; affordable property is hard to come by.
While property owning demon- strates permanency and stability, this has not deterred the Messianic Jewish move- ment at large from growth and com- munity building. For one congregation, however, fulfilling that long awaited goal has far exceeded expectations.
– By D.B. Asa –
Yeshivat Shuvu is Ahavat Ammi Ministries’ online-based, distance learning Messianic Jewish yeshiva program founded by Rabbi Itzhak Shapira, who also serves as Rosh Yeshiva. The educational ser- vice started in 2015 and has grown in both impact and enrollment since. The primary aim of the school is a healthy, biblical and Jewish-centered discipleship program to raise up future leaders and bring resto- ration of the Jewish identity of Messiah Yeshua for both Jew and Gentile.
Ahavat Ammi has been active around the world, especially in South America. As Rabbi Shapira’s efforts teaching multiday Yeshiva style conferences in person in South America, there arose a clear and distinct problem for the Messianic Jewish move- ment. Although there is a clear and growing hunger for the Jewish roots of the faith and a growing reality of Jewish people coming to faith, there are limited resources for solid and theologically sound training and instruction.