Category Archives: ethics

How to be a Messianic Congregation, #1

Some of you will remember Benjamin from “Metropolis.” That’s not his real name, of course, nor the real name of his city. I wrote about Benjamin back in early August (see “What a Jew Needs from MJ”). Well, Bennie spent … Continue reading

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LIVE Elul Discussion, Week 2

The task is large, unending, but we are not free to ignore it. This is not a labor to be accomplished in one great effort or in occasional exertions. The task is the conforming of our minds and spirits to … Continue reading

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Peter’s “Mussar” Teaching, Part 1

The wisdom sages said, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline” (Proverbs 3:11), the Lord’s mussar. And wisdom sages understood that there are many kinds of knowledge. Mussar is a kind of practical knowledge about ourselves and our relationship … Continue reading

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Life of Loving Deeds #2

As part of my belief that the life and message of Yeshua is relevant for people today, and that he came to make disciples to join in kingdom work, I am blogging each week on loving deeds. In “Life of … Continue reading

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Life of Loving Deeds #1

This series is about practical teachings from Jewish and Christian sources for living out the way of love, justice, and goodness. I am particularly interested in texts that correlate to Yeshua’s (Jesus’) teaching for his disciples. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (To … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Penitent Disciples – Yeshua in Context

Love as deed. Hesed (the Hebrew word for loyal love or lovingkindness). If we think about the practical side of Yeshua’s teaching (like the teaching of the Israelite prophets), we see it’s about hesed. And the core of our service … Continue reading

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Holiness Theology in Leviticus

If you want holiness theology, Leviticus 17-27 is the place, especially chapters 19-22. In our teaching hour last week at Tikvat David (our congregation) I asked people what negative connotations the word “holy” has in their synagogue or church background. … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Wealth Wisdom – Yeshua in Context

No, not a “personal finance and the Bible” podcast. Although, actually, Luke 16:1-13 does have a lot to say about personal finance (but not like the maximize-your-money sort of teaching we often hear in religious self-help teaching). Neither is the … Continue reading

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Leviticus 19 and the Messianic Age

The sons of this age often lack creativity in seeing the messianic, the next-worldly, in the Torah. Though I cannot at the moment cite examples, those who read the Sages regularly can attest: the sons of their age showed great … Continue reading

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Poor in Spirit

How important is it to interpret a biblical text well? Obsession with details of theology, which is at least close to the same thing as obsession with a good interpretation of a sacred text, has been compared to speculating about … Continue reading

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