Category Archives: Spirituality

Observing Tisha B’Av

How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations! . . . She weeps bitterly in the night, tears on her cheeks; among all her … Continue reading

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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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Shabbat as a Spiritual Discipline

There is an old formula about the Sabbath (Shabbat) that comes from the two primary commands of the scriptures about it: remember it (Exod. 20:8) and keep it (Exod. 31:14). We keep it or observe it on Shabbat and we … Continue reading

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Some Prayer Practices: Jewish and Christian

The following notes are for a class I am giving this Shabbat about personal or constant prayer. For a long time, I thought Judaism had no such tradition but was limited to liturgical prayer. I started my religious life in … Continue reading

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The Benediction of Thanksgiving, Sermon Excerpt

I thought the following sermon would be of interest to Messianic Jewish Musings readers. I derive a lot of the points from an article by Reuven Kimelman called

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God, The Measure of All Things

Tonight I was able to see more clearly than usual. I’m not writing about this to suggest anything about my clarity of vision or depth of spirituality. Far from it. The observer is not the one to be poeticized but … Continue reading

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FEAST Excerpt for Passover: Spiritual and Physical

This is an excerpt from my latest book, FEAST, published by LifeWay. You can see FEAST at LifeWay.com or threadsmedia.com The point of this excerpt is that people too greatly limit spiritual practice by assuming the physical and the spiritual … Continue reading

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Emergent Christianity and MJ

I am thinking about developing some Havurah (small group, home fellowship) materials for use in Messianic Judaism. In doing my homework, I’m reading a variety of things. I’m reading some things that have spun off from Synagogue 3000 (http://www.synagogue3000.org/), such … Continue reading

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The Gospel and Tikkun Olam

The following is adapted from the message I gave at the congregation this weekend. I post just the first part of the article here and provide a link for you to read it in a PDF file (much more readable … 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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