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Rabbi Joshua Brumbach

I am a rabbi, writer, thinker, avid mountain biker, husband and father … 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 Ahavat Zion Synagogue in Santa Monica, 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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Monique Brumbach

Chocoholic, jazz head … prone to rants, and a professional pitbull. I married a terrific guy who happens to be a rabbi, so I guess that makes me a rebbetzin. Who saw that one coming? My grandparents survived the Shoah and spent their lives in the service of others. On my best days, I walk in their footsteps.

 

 

 

10 Responses to About Us

  1. Eric Le Hir says:

    Dear Rabbi Joshua Brumbach,

    I am a Swedish pentecostal gentile Christian, and as such I really appreciated your reply to what happened at New Birth. I really find myself at a loss sometimes, when I see charismatics take ways that I can’t see are biblical, just because of spiritual feelings, “inspiration”, words like “faith” or “restoration” that mean so much to me and my walk, and that these persons abuse and fill with new content…

    I have found that the more I root myself in a Jewish world view, including a reappraisal of the material world we live in, an embodying of faith in the world, a belief in salvation for the world and not from the world, and of course a view of man as a unity of /body/soul/spirit, and not as a “spirit who has a mind, and who lives in a body”, this helps me a lot to find some kind of direction in the complicated world of charismatic Christianity.

    Yet I know nothing of the Messianic world view, your world view. In a recent post, you talked about preparing the way for the coming of Yeshua. I just wondered then in which way you talked about it.

    As far as I can see from the Bible, the coming of the Messiah will be the coming of a King and Judge, coming to both judge the world, and save and rule it. The earth will rejoice and be restored. Peace will be established. Sin and death and all powers that want to rebel against Him will be banished from the creation for ever. And the earth will be filled with the knowledge of God. The poor will be lifted up, the broken be healed, and the righteous will rejoice, when God in all ways become the sole King of the Earth.

    But in my charismatic part of the Church, the belief is very strong that it will be a Rapture, that the great salvation we await will be that we are snatched from the world never to return, that we will leave our bodies to be solely spiritual beings, living in some kind of spiritual body. And so on. Living in the USA, land of the books “Left Behind”, and numerous other propagators of the Rapture, I think that you are quite acquainted with these views. And even if we leave the Rapture out of the picture, the stressing of the life after death is so strong, that I do believe that Christians sometimes are more in love with death than with life. “Our goal is heaven, alleluia! O how we long to leave this miserable life!” Or as I read recently “we live to die, so that we can go to heaven!” My, my!

    I’ve tried to address these issues in my church, and there are some that nearly brand me as a heretic and false teacher when I stress that this way of reading the Bible miss the point, and that we are not going to heaven, it’s more heaven coming to us and the earth. A union of all realms in Christ.

    I just wonder, how do Messianic Jews believe the coming of Yeshua will be like? How do you describe this day and the consequences of it. Salvation for the world or from the world? Am I wrong in affirming that my understanding of our hope is more Jewish, while “theirs” is more Greek/Hellenistic/Gnostic?

    I would be very grateful if you would like to enlighten me, though I sincerely understand if you do not have time for it, or just do not want to answer me.

    I hope that I made myself understood, and that my poor treatment of the English language will not make it hard to get my meaning.

    Sincerely, and wishing you the peace of God,

    Eric
    pastor in a small pentecostal church.

  2. Rabbi Joshua says:

    Shalom Pastor Eric,

    Thank you for your post. Regarding your questions about a Jewish, and particularly an informed Messianic Jewish perspective on the return of Messiah, that is a huge topic I could not due justice to in just a paragraph or two.

    I would like to refer you to a couple of our blog posts:

    Jewish Visions of Heaven – http://www.messianicjudaism.me/yinon/2010/04/30/jewish-visions-of-heaven/

    AND, I would also like to refer you to a new book by my good friend, Rabbi Derek Leman, from the Messianic Jewish Musings blog titled, “The World to Come: A Portal to Heaven on Earth” and is available at http://www.amazon.com/World-Come-Portal-Heaven-ebook/dp/B004GKNISQ.

    I hope this helps.

  3. I am confused by your reference to Yinon. The Yinon Zionism I am familiar with opposes the existence of David on His throne, and seeks to create a greater Israel. You guys aren’t for war making the borders of Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates are you?

    • Rabbi Joshua says:

      Shalom Gary,

      I have never heard of Yinon Zionism until you just brought it up, and I am quite familiar with movements in Israel (learn something new everyday).

      The name of our blog, Yinon, is an ancient Jewish reference to the Messiah taken from Psalm 72:17, meaning “to increase,” “to endure,” or “continue.” We are in no way connected to the form of Yinon Zionism you mention above. In fact, Yinon is also a popular name in Israel.

      Hope this clarifies.

  4. Gary Dean says:

    Shalom, checking to see if you heard of Rabbi Ariel Cohen Alloro- website the retrial.org, The Official Anathema Removal. There are some YouTube video’s too.

  5. Theodor Cakmakoglu says:

    Dear Mr. Rabbi Joshua
    First of all I am very glad to see your precious blog. I am a Christian in Turkey. As you may know there is a tinny Chirstian community here. For a long time I have been working on making the harmony of the gospels (4 gospels in one narrative) for a long time. While working on it, my approach for the commentaries are based on messianic judasim. I saw that you made a brief explanation about the leprosy healing of Yesua. And as we know that there are several messianic miracles Yesua made during His time such as : 1. Healing leper who is a jew 2. Healing deaf deomon possesed 3. Rising Lazar after four days (according to jewish mystisim after 3 days ressuraction can only be held by the Messiah) 4. Healing the blind. Please, could you give and show me as references where in the Talmud or Midrash those miracles can only be held by the Messiah is written. Thanks beforehand… Theodor

  6. Francois Wolfaardt says:

    Dear Rabbi Joshua
    We are 5 Families all from christian backgrounds and have left church many years ago and have come out of all paganism love torah and now trust Father to form a body of believers. Please advice if we should embrace Messianic Judism as our definition for belief.
    Would love to hear your responce
    Francois

    • Rabbi Joshua says:

      Hello Francois,

      Thank you for your message and questions. Are you familiar with the ministry of First Fruits of Zion (www.ffoz.org)? They have all kinds of resources, videos, books and other things that may be helpful to you.

      Blessings!

      Rabbi Joshua

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