Tag Archives: Messiah

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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Elul: A Month of Love and Preparation

This past Saturday was the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul. Elul is very special because it is the month preceding Tishrei – the month the High Holidays fall in. Traditionally it is known as a month of preparation. … 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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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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Shavuot and the Book of Ruth

Saturday night, June 11th, begins the festival of Shavuot, also known as Pentecost. In Biblical times, Shavuot was the celebratory conclusion of the Barley harvest, which began during Passover, and the harvest of the wheat. That is why this harvest festival … 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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Holiness in Doing

Acharei Mot – Kedoshim This week’s double-portion seems to be a long list of do’s and don’ts. If so, why is their so much talk about holiness and being holy? What is the connection? Parashat Kedoshim is one of my favorite parashiot in … Continue reading

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