Tag Archives: Messianic Jews

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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AZS Celebrates 40 Years

This post is LONG overdue … This past February, the congregation where I serve as the Senior Rabbi, Ahavat Zion Messianic Synagogue in Beverly Hills, CA, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special gala dinner featuring special guests, joyous music … Continue reading

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UMJC and Others Respond to Recent J4J Video

The Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) yesterday issued an important response to an insensitive and controversial video recently released by Jews for Jesus, called “That Jew Died for You,” along with an accompanying website. The video, which oversimply portrays … Continue reading

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Special Course Announcement

Beginning next week I will be teaching a special six-week Foundation Course on Messianic Jewish Spirituality for the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI). Using the Siddur and the introductory works of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Paul Philip Levertoff and Isaac Lichtenstein, … Continue reading

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More than a ‘Jingle’: A Response to Wolpe

Last week, international media erupted in a condemnation of Messianic Jews. The cause of the uproar was the decision of a Messianic group in Texas to invite former President George W. Bush to speak at their annual fundraiser. The Jewish … Continue reading

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Bush, Wolpe and Criticism of Messianic Jews

Last week a media firestorm erupted over the decision of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (not to be confused with MJTI), to invite former President George W. Bush to speak at their annual fundraiser. Although I actually agree with much … Continue reading

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Dr. Louis Meyer Centennial Yahrzeit

Last month I had the honor of participating in a special centennial yahrzeit ceremony for Dr. Louis Meyer, which was held at his grave site at Mt. View Cemetery in Altadena, CA (another ceremony was also held earlier that day at … Continue reading

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UMJC Conference Review 2013

Last week I joined hundreds of others at the UMJC’s 2013 International Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was Avodah: Service of Our Hearts and Hands. My friend, Rabbi Derek Leman, already wrote a really great review of the … Continue reading

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Synagogues as Greenhouses

We, however, are Your people, partners to Your covenant, descendants of Your beloved Abraham to whom You made a pledge on Mount Moriah. We are the heirs of Isaac, his son, bound upon the altar. We are Your firstborn people, … Continue reading

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Learning With Paul … and Paul

Today is Rosh Chodesh Av (see my previous post), beginning a period of mourning within Judaism called the “Nine Days” – beginning with the first of Av and culminating on the 9th of Av with the fast day known as Tisha … Continue reading

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