Tag Archives: Messianic Judaism

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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Remebering Rabbi Betzalel (Barry) Budoff

This past Friday night the Messianic Jewish movement lost another one of its great leaders. Rabbi Betzalel (Barry) Budoff served as the rabbi of Ahavat Zion Synagogue (AZS) in Beverly Hills (where I now serve as the rabbi) from 1980-1991. … 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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MJ Leaders Oppose Presbyterian Divestment

Last week leaders representing the mainstream Messianic Jewish movement worldwide approved a joint statement opposing the upcoming divestment proposals to be taken up this week within the Presbyterian Church (USA) at their General Assembly in Detroit. The whole statements is … 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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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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The Everlasting Jew

I spent last weekend reading through a preview of Vine of David/FFOZ’s upcoming release, “The Everlasting Jew: Selected Writings of Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein.” The book will be available next week, on June 10th, but can be pre-ordered now. As many … Continue reading

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MJ Coalition condemns Church of Scotland report

Today five different Messianic Jewish organizations representing the bulk of Messianic Jews around world released a statement  condemning the recently affirmed report on “The inheritance of Abraham” by the Church of Scotland. Throughout the month of May the Church of Scotland … Continue reading

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