Category Archives: Talmud and Tradition

Pt 2, A Consoling and Disturbing Midrash for People of Faith

In Part 1 (day before yesterday), I gave a prelude to a midrashic parable which I will share with you today. It is a parable explaining, in a very narrative way, a possible meaning of Lamentations 3:21. It’s not just … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Promise, Pt 1

Shalom, lovers of Jewish books (or potential lovers of Jewish books). J-BOM is the Jewish Book of the Month club, a reading of Jewish books together started by a cadre of Messianic Jewish bloggers and filling the minds of scores … Continue reading

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Pt 1, A Consoling and Disturbing Midrash for People of Faith

Shouldn’t we be more disturbed by the absence of God in this world? I’m not denying God’s providence or that he dwells amongst the people of Israel and the followers of Yeshua in various mystical ways. But I am affirming … Continue reading

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Midrashes on Messiah

FFOZ’s latest journal, Messiah Journal 104 is now available and has some very important articles for our community. To subscribe to Messiah Journal, go here. One thing I hope you will read is my own review of Richard Harvey’s important … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Elisha ben Abuya, Pt 2

Our Jewish Book of the Month is As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is the story of Elisha ben Abuya, the tragic heretic, much beloved as a member of the Sanhedrin, a disciple of R. Joshua and the … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Elisha ben Abuya, Part 1

Our book of the month selection (J-BOM) this month is As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is a page-turner and not a difficult book (as some of the others have been). The story is from the pages of … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Ethical and Wise Path

J-BOM stands for Jewish Book of the Month Club and is a term coined by young MJ blogger Yahnatan Lasko for a movement of bloggers and readers working through great Jewish books together. The April selection is Visions of the … Continue reading

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The Problem of Christian Rabbinic Mythology

It’s a problem. The cause of the problem is at least partially motivated by something good: the desire to recapture the lost Jewishness of the New Testament, of Jesus, of Paul, and of Christianity. You hate to say something critical … Continue reading

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Ezekiel, Some Rabbinic Stories

Ezekiel and rabbinic literature have something in common: they both have a reputation for being difficult. There is some truth to this perception. I don

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Shavuot (Pentecost): Preparing to Celebrate

In my 2008 book, Feast, written to help Christians understand the holidays of the Bible and gain appreciation for Jewish traditions, I led into the Shavuot chapter with a little anecdote from the early days of our marriage. We lived … Continue reading

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