Tag Archives: Apologetics

Creation and the Hidden Light

Parashat Breishit The Torah relates the story of the six days of creation in order to refute other theories that claim that the universe came into being through some cosmic accident or coincidence. As such, the story of creation speaks … Continue reading

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Revealing Mashiach

Parashat Vayechi It can be said that everything written in the Torah concerns Mashiach. As such, how does this week’s Torah portion, Vayechi, reveal Mashiach? Continuing on the themes from last week’s discussion, this week’s Torah portion reveals Mashiach in two primary … Continue reading

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Revealing Something Deeper

Parashat Vayigash Redemption, divine mediation, and messianic hope. These are just a few of the themes gleaned from this week’s Torah portion. However, there are two particularly profound incidents that are worth exploring in greater depth – the emotional telling … Continue reading

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Wrestling with the Divine

Parashat Vayishlach This week’s parasha continues a theme we saw in last week’s parasha, Vayetze, which began and ended with the mentioning of angels. So too our parasha continues in the same venue. In ancient times, there were no chapter and … 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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Why Do We Need Yeshua?

Parashat Shoftim For those of us who take Jewish life seriously, value Judaism, affirm the continued covenantal election of the Jewish people, and affirm G-d’s continued work among our people, we are often confronted with an interesting question – Why … Continue reading

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The Leper Scholar

Parashiot Tazria – Metzora Our Torah portions this week discuss the malady of tzara’at. I have previously discussed how tzara’at is not what we often think it is. Although it is common to understand these passages as dealing with an actual … Continue reading

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Messianic Musings: Divine Messiah Series

My friend and colleague, Rabbi Derek Leman, has a great series of posts exploring the idea of a divine Messiah within a first-century Jewish framework. These posts are part of an ebook he plans to release in May. I encourage … Continue reading

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A Chasidic Parallel to the Incarnation

The idea of a pre-existent Messiah is not completely unknown to Judaism. In fact, I lightly touched on this idea in my previous blog post on Breishit, where I connected this idea to Creation, and further to John, chapter 1. The book of … Continue reading

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Remembering Rabbi Daniel Zion

When HaRav Daniel Zion (b. 1883) passed away in 1979 at the ripe old age of 96 years old, the Bulgarian Jewish community in Israel gave him a full burial with military and state honors. His casket stood in the center … Continue reading

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