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.
As most are aware, Judaism has a rich history throughout Europe, both good and bad. God has protected a remnant of Jews through the Holocaust, Pogroms, the Inquisition, and numerous other expulsions and tragedies all across Europe. Even today, there is a boisterous and growing anti-Semitic spirit ever present. It is in this same part
– By Darren Huckey –
Rabbi Tarfon used to say, “If you have studied much in the Torah, much reward will be given you for faithful is your employer who shall pay you the reward of your labor. And know that the reward for the righteous shall be in the time to come,” (m.Avot 2:21)
Sometimes we may wonder how our sages derive teachings such as this. Where do concepts like these stem from? Are they made up out of thin air or do they have some root in the Scriptures? First, the Scriptures are filled with the principle of reward and punishment. The righteous will be rewarded, and the wicked will suffer punishment. In our present case, the principle of reward is connected to the study of Torah.
– By Aaron Abramson –
There is a constant bombardment for a person’s attention in New York City. Art, cuisine, fashion and activism, New York is also home to nearly 100,000 charitable organiza- tions. A person walking along the street is accosted by billboards and other signage about what to buy, how to vote, what to watch, and who to be. Not to mention phone, tablet and computer screens.