Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Tithe in Ancient Israel, Pt 2

The situation in our day is very different from in the Torah. Judaism acknowledges this, while Protestant Christianity clings to an outdated and untenable system. Here is what I mean… As concerns obligation, Judaism acknowledges that the tithe laws of … Continue reading

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The Tithe in Ancient Israel, Pt 1

In Judaism, ten percent (a tithe) of net earnings are to be given to tzedaka (charity). This is regarded as an obligation. A family member in need is the highest priority, followed by local needs of the poor, needs in … Continue reading

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Change in Israel Tour Plans!!

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J-BOM: Elisha ben Abuya, Pt 2

Our Jewish Book of the Month is As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is the story of Elisha ben Abuya, the tragic heretic, much beloved as a member of the Sanhedrin, a disciple of R. Joshua and the … Continue reading

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Rashi and Proverbs 1-3

I’m trying to provide more on Messianic Jewish Musings of a practical and educational nature. There are so many great things to learn about for Jews, Christians, Messianic Jews, and those interested in religion. I know I particularly enjoy writing … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Messiah's Sabbath Work

Yeshua was involved in controversies about the Sabbath. He often healed people on the Sabbath. Jewish leaders accused him of breaking the Sabbath when he did this. Yeshua used a number of arguments to justify his healing on the Sabbath … Continue reading

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Did Yeshua Affirm His Messianic Identity at His Trial?

I have been enjoying the greatest personal renewal in my life in the past six months as I have immersed myself in the life of Yeshua the Messiah. Having decided to follow him twenty-three years ago while a college student, … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Elisha ben Abuya, Part 1

Our book of the month selection (J-BOM) this month is As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is a page-turner and not a difficult book (as some of the others have been). The story is from the pages of … Continue reading

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Travel to Israel

On one of my trips to Israel, I think it was in 2005, we kept running into Nigerian groups. Our tour guide explained that Nigeria’s Muslims had demanded of the government a once in a lifetime, government-paid pilgrimage to Mecca. … Continue reading

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What is the Mishnah?

Although he lived two generations before the Mishnah was written down, Rabbi Akiba (sometimes spelled Akiva) encouraged the organization and collection of unwritten rulings about how to live the laws of Torah. A passage in Avot d’Rabbi Nathan (a late … Continue reading

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