Category Archives: Love

A love that never stops…

From George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons, 1867: Nothing is inexorable but love. Love which will yield to prayer is imperfect and poor. Nor is it then the love that yields, but its alloy . . . For love loves unto purity. … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: Even Mother and Father

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. Perhaps the most poignant verse in Psalm 27 is vs. 10. It is odd in its surrounding of petitions. Is it an … Continue reading

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The Difference Yeshua Makes

Someone asked me a good question last night. He’s been to a few Messianic synagogues now and is trying to understand from a Christian point of view what Jewish life in Messiah is all about. He said, “Do you guys … Continue reading

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Devekut, Yeshua, and MJ Living

DEVEKUT A way of living with constant awareness of God’s presence which is derived from the Hebrew Bible, is taught in Hasidic Jewish writings, and which works together with the traditional practices of godliness. That is, keeping the mitzvot (commandments) … Continue reading

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BOOK EXCERPT: Love in the World to Come

The following is the beginning of the eleventh chapter of my book, The World to Come. I watched The Book of Eli last night. Whatever the critics say about the movie, it had a few really good lines. Not least … Continue reading

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The Kiss in Christian and Jewish Midrash

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The edgy, the radical, the mystical

This weekend I went back and slowly reread the first chapter of Paul Philip Levertoff

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Love Actually . . .

People have told me a dozen time at least that I should watch the 2003 movie

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Love in the Messianic Age, Paul Philip Levertoff

A friend just told me yesterday he is going to graduate school with a concentration in Jewish mysticism and its history. I myself have read very little Jewish mysticism and kabbalah and so forth. I remarked that my own plans … Continue reading

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More Live Blogging from Hashivenu: MJ at the Margins

I’m still in Los Angeles at the 2008 Hashivenu Forum, a forum on theology and matters of Jewish practice. We are members of the Messianic Jewish Community discussing how to build a new Judaism centered around Messiah Yeshua . . … Continue reading

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