Tag Archives: Yeshua

Welcoming Mashiach

John 12:1-26 The week before Pesach, after Yeshua had come from the house of Lazarus (whom he had just raised from the dead) in Beit-Anyah, he traveled on to Jerusalem. Hearing that Yeshua was coming, the people began to run out … Continue reading

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A Reason for the Season

*A Repost from 2010 It is not too often that as a rabbi, I get asked to give a Christmas message. A good friend of mine, who is a young pastor from Rwanda, leads a church here in the DC … 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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Quote of the Day

Jewish Prayer and Yeshua “We make the radical and scandalous claim that Yeshua constitutes the true center of Jewish life, just as Israel constitutes the true center of Yeshua’s ekklesia. The One who goes unmentioned in the Siddur is present on every … Continue reading

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The Temple and Perceived Paradoxes

Within the New Testament there are seemingly paradoxical statements made about the Temple in Jerusalem.  If one is not careful, one could assume that Yeshua and Paul no longer associated the Temple with G-d’s abode, and that somehow their message … Continue reading

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A Second Sinai Experience

Luke 7:1-17 In this week’s Torah portion, parashat Yitro, G-d reveals Himself to the people of Israel during the giving of the Aseret Dibrot – the Ten Commandments. In the Torah, G-d revealed Himself in very physical manifestations on Mt. … Continue reading

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Kavana, Prayer, and Torah Faithfulness

In Matthew 6:1-18, Yeshua emphasizes the importance of kavana, of proper intention, in observance of Torah commands. According to Yeshua, the intention of observing the mitzvot should not be so that others see you doing them, but rather out of … Continue reading

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Complexity in Early Jewish Messianism

The Messiah is the fullness of the G-d of Israel manifested in a physical form. This concept is readily evident throughout the Biblical text and extra-biblical writings. In Hebrew, the word אחד echad helps to explain this oneness that exists … 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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What’s love got to do with it?

Parashat Va’etchannan: Why do we read this parasha every year after Tisha B’Av? I thought we were finished with all of the pleading already? This week, we spent a hungry evening on the floor reading Lamentations, remembering the horrific tragedies … Continue reading

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