Rosh Hashanah and Discovering the Jewish Roots of Faith in Jesus

September 18, 2020

For those curious about the Jewish roots of faith in Jesus, the biblical Feasts of Israel are an excellent place to start. What do we mean by Jewish roots? The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is one cohesive message from God to mankind. The history of Israel and God’s relationship with her is relevant for all Believers, whether we’re Jewish or Gentile, because the New Testament builds upon the established foundation of the Old. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection are loaded with mirrored r...

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Rosh Hashanah – New Beginnings

September 18, 2020

The New Year is like a reset button. It’s a specific day when you can start fresh with renewed commitment and energy toward goals and dreams. The practice of making New Year’s resolutions has been around for thousands of years. Some of the most common ones have to do with losing weight, exercising more, saving money, breaking bad habits and learning something new. Annual inventories Each day is a new beginning, yet, we can easily get lost in its ordinariness and lose sight of this gift. So...

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A brand-new podcast from Jewish Voice

August 11, 2020

Coming September 1, 2020! A brand-new podcast from Jewish Voice: A Jew & A Gentile Discuss One is Jewish. One is Gentile. Both believe in Jesus. Ezra Benjamin and Carly Berna from the Jewish Voice team join up on a podcast to explore life, faith and current events from a biblical viewpoint. And with their different religious backgrounds, they’re going to disagree on some points. You won’t hear this kind of thing in your church or Bible study. Nothing’s off-limits on A Jew &amp...

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Tisha B’Av – A Day of Mourning

July 30, 2020

The Jewish people have endured intense tragedies over their history as a collective, though now scattered, people. Defeats, captivities, and persecutions are all across their timeline as God’s Chosen People. While various calamities have fallen on different Gregorian calendar dates, it’s astonishing that, when translated to the Jewish calendar, many catastrophic events in Israel’s history occurred on the same Jewish date – the ninth day of the Hebrew month Av. Tisha B’Av means the ninth of Av, a...

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Tikkun Olam - Ben Weisman

June 04, 2020

Long ago, if you asked a Jewish mystic about tikkun olam, he might tell you stories – beautiful stories of an inverted tree, suspended between heaven and earth, its roots drawing God’s goodness like sap that flows through the trunk and into the branches that stretch into our world. He might tell you a story of vessels so full of divine light that they burst and spread sparks across the earth. The mystic might say that it is up to each of us to repair the world (tikkun olam) by gathering these sp...

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The Anticipation of Shavuot

May 28, 2020

Shavuot marks the end of a season of anticipation. It is a harvest festival and one of three pilgrimage feasts of the Jewish year. For such holidays, each physically able, adult Jewish male was to travel to Jerusalem to present his offering. In the case of Shavuot, he offered the first of his barley harvest. Jewish tradition teaches that God gave the Torah (the Law) to His people at Mount Sinai on the date of Shavuot. The Israelites had been freed from 400 years of slavery as a people. They t...

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Who Has Heard of Such A Thing?

April 28, 2020

Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment? By God’s miraculous hand, yes. Isaiah 66:8 prophesied the miraculous, overnight rebirth of Israel as a nation. On May 14, 1948, it came true. The Zionist Movement, however, was active for decades before then. Jewish people around the globe stirred with a passion for returning to the Land God had given them in His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The cause gained support from various governments and officials. The region that was once Israe...

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Remembering with Israel on Yom HaZikaron

April 27, 2020

How many of us mourn on our nation’s Memorial Day? For most of us, the losses sustained in winning or defending our country’s freedom are something distant, removed from us by time or geography. Or compared to the vastness of our population, the number of people directly affected are relatively few. For example, in America, because our Memorial Day occurs the last Monday of May, it has also come to symbolize the start of summer, leading much of the country toward recreation or rest rather tha...

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Yom HaShoah, Keeping the Cry Alive

April 20, 2020

Under the cover of darkness, Aryeh Even and his mother and brother snuck from one location to another to avoid capture. It was 1941 when Aryeh’s father was taken away to an army labor camp and then to Mauthausen concentration camp. The remaining members of the family were evicted from their Hungarian home and turned out on the street with nowhere to go. That was the way it went during World War II. Jewish people were suddenly expelled from their homes, sometimes violently, taking only what th...

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God Brings Us Out and Through: To Pave the Way for Something New

April 15, 2020

“…Each man is to take a lamb for his family… They are to take the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the crossbeam of the houses… When I see the blood, I will pass over you. So there will be no plague among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12: 3, 7, 13). Passover is the most important Jewish holiday of the year. For the Israelites, Passover led to a new relationship with God as He demonstrated His call upon the Jewish people to be a nation unto Him. G...

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