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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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A Mysterious Encounter

Parashat Shemot As Moshe was attending his father-in-law’s sheep in the wilderness, near the base of Mt. Sinai, the Torah tells us that an angel appeared to him in the form of burning bush (3:2). As Moshe approached the bush to discover … 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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Video of the Day, Levertoff – Part 6

Over the last several weeks I have been posting videos as each one is released from a special series by First Fruits of Zion/Vine of David expounding on Paul Philip Levertoff’s classic work, “Love and the Messianic Age.” Levertoff was … Continue reading

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The Altar of Souls

Revelation 6:9-7:8 As the fifth of the Seven Seals is broken in the book of Revelation, we are given what at first seems an odd description.  Under the altar, the souls of the martyrs cry out to HaShem for their … Continue reading

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Gematria in the New Testament?

Last week Derek Leman posted a great article on his blog, Yeshua in Context, on the use of Gematria in the B’rit Chadasha, and particularly in the Gospel of John. Gematria is the rabbinic term for finding numerical patterns in … Continue reading

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Jewish Visions of Heaven

When the average Jew thinks about the afterlife, they often draw a blank, says Nathaniel Deutsch in a smart and witty article in a recent issue of Reboot. “Asked about Christianity, they might say something about pearly gates or fire and … Continue reading

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Yinon is Moving!

Announcement:  Yinon is moving to the Beltway in a few weeks! We’re vacating our Los Angeles apartment in mid-August and will settle into our new digs in Bethesda, Maryland (just outside of DC) in early September.   I’m looking forward … Continue reading

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To ascend or not to ascend?

Can Ascension to Heaven happen physically or only in a vision? And does the New Testament serve as a link between earlier biblical thought on Heavenly Ascent and later rabbinic and mystical thought? This idea was originally introduced and raised … Continue reading

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To ascend or not to ascend?

Can Ascension to Heaven happen physically or only in a vision? And does the New Testament serve as a link between earlier biblical thought on Heavenly Ascent and later rabbinic and mystical thought? This idea was originally introduced and raised … Continue reading

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