Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Strange Set of Priorities

Parashat Vayyera Why does Abraham argue with God over the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but not over abandoning Hagar and Ishmael, or over killing his own son, Isaac? In Parashat Vayyera, Abraham betrays a strange set of personal priorities. … Continue reading

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Course Announcement: Genocide, Jews and Justice

Monique Brumbach will be teaching a special six-week Foundation Course for the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, titled: Genocide, Jews and Justice.  The course will examine select human rights abuses in modern times, and explore our mandate to serve as a … Continue reading

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A Flood and a Tower

Parashat Noach A Flood and a Tower. These are the two central narratives within this week’s parashah. Noach is rich with lessons for our day, connections to other biblical events, and full of historical allusions within the greater ancient Near East. … Continue reading

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Genesis in Context

I love the book of Genesis! Not only as a religious Jew, but as an academic. I value the theological understandings gleaned through thousands of years of Jewish interpretation. However, I also value the rich tradition of Genesis from its … Continue reading

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Yahrzeit of Rabbi Lichtenstein

Today is Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, and also marks the yahrzeit of Rabbi Ignácz (Isaac) Lichtenstein, one of our great Messianic Jewish forbearers. Lichtenstein’s Early Life Rav Lichtenstein was born in 1824, and became a rabbi before … Continue reading

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A Divine Encounter

  Shabbat Sukkot This Shabbat falls during the festival of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). As such, we drift away from the normal weekly Torah reading cycle and read passages specifically for the holiday. Tomorrow’s special readings (Exodus 33:12-34:26 and … Continue reading

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