Tag Archives: Halachah

Hallel, Tachanun and Yom HaAtzmaut

Today Israel celebrated 66 years of existence! Mazel tov to her and all her citizens, as well as to those who love Israel around the world. It is indeed a time to celebrate. Of course those years have been filled … Continue reading

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Vows and Oaths

Parashiot Mattot-Massei This week is another double header from the Torah – Mattot and Massei. The first parasha, Mattot, begins by describing vows and oaths sworn to HaShem. Halachah (Jewish law) takes vows and oaths very seriously. A vow, or a neder, is described by … Continue reading

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Yeshua, Halachah, and the Sermon on the Mount

This is a continuation of my previous thoughts on Jewish law and the Halachic process. As followers of a Jewish Messiah, we are obligated to engage in knowledgeable discussion with Jewish law. At times we may interpret it differently, especially in … Continue reading

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The Three Weeks

Last Tuesday was the 17th of Tammuz, a minor fast day within the Jewish community. However, due to our Schlep Across America I was not able to blog about it. The 17th of Tammuz marks the first breech of the walls … Continue reading

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Meeting of the Minds

I’m writing this blog while sitting in the annual meetings for the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC). We are discussing some really exciting and important topics. The MJRC “consists of a group of ordained Messianic Jewish Rabbis and associated leaders … Continue reading

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Conversion in Early Judaism

There is a common misconception, particularly within the Messianic Jewish blogosphere, that conversion to Judaism is a post-biblical, and rather late “rabbinic invention.” However, very few people have really taken the time to trace the development of conversion (גיור‎, giyur), and particularly its … Continue reading

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A Thought about Halachah

If Messianic Judaism claims to be a Judaism within the wider Jewish Community, than it behooves us to consider the place of halachah in our midst. Messianic Judaism is more than just a form of “Biblical Judaism.” To make such a … Continue reading

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The 17th of Tammuz

Today is the 17th of Tammuz, a “minor fast day” within the Jewish community. It marks the first breech of the walls of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE, leading to the violent siege of the city, and its … Continue reading

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A Rabbinical … What?

Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending the annual meetings for the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC), held this year in Hartford, CT. The MJRC consists of a group of ordained Rabbis and associates who endeavor to promote … Continue reading

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A Talmudic Highlight

Scroll of tractate Hullin, Babylonian Talmud (CUL T–S MISC. 26.53.17), acknowledgment to Dr. S.C. Reif, Director of the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit at the Cambridge University Library, and the Syndics of the Library. Did you know the Talmud was once … Continue reading

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