Quote of the Day

Jewish Prayer and Yeshua

“We make the radical and scandalous claim that Yeshua constitutes the true center of Jewish life, just as Israel constitutes the true center of Yeshua’s ekklesia. The One who goes unmentioned in the Siddur is present on every page. He is present not simply through references to Mashiach ben David – such Messianic references are few. He is present not simply through prayers for future redemption and the messianic age, though indeed such prayers pervade the Jewish liturgy. How is he present? He is there as the ‘fullness of Torah,’ the human embodiment of God’s eternal Name and Word. He is there as the ‘fullness of Israel,’ the anointed King who sums up in himself Israel’s true identity and destiny. He is there as the heavenly High Priest and Shaliach Tzibbur (emissary of the congregation), offering himself to God as Israel’s liturgical representative. This is the message we proclaim and incarnate: the One pushed to the margins stands veiled at the center.”

Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer – from his new book, Israel’s Messiah and the People of God, p. 64.


About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue in Agoura Hills, CA, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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