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About the Magazine: "Who We Are"

This collection of essays, articles and short stories represent the winners of Jewish Voice’s 2019 Writers Contest. With this contest, it was our hope to provide a platform for talented writers within the wider Messianic Jewish world to share their stories.

As part of the Messianic Jewish community, we admit that our group identity and culture is sometimes somewhat out of the ordinary, and therefore often difficult to represent in writing. Thus, we began our search for writers who were able to paint a picture of this space in a way that was both recognizable to community insiders and accessible to those who might just be passing through.

IDENTITY AND EXPERIENCE

a bus ride

Staring out the window of the Egged bus, I was mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the Judean hills as we traversed the windy streets of Jerusalem. Suddenly, the doors…

choosing aliyah

When I first sat down to write our Aliyah journey, I remembered how its beginning felt like we were living in a dream. I wrote about the Sukkot service where we received our call…

belonging to israel

What is impossible with men is possible with God. I closed my eyes and envisioned this verse written on my refrigerator magnet and at the top of my to-do list, underlined in…

LIFE AND CULTURE

tikkun olam

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…

lessons from chanukah bush

Fitting a square peg into a round hole had become my specialty over the years. “I’m a flexible person, able to adapt to any situation,” I thought. Change my Christian lifestyle over…

traditions in the kitchen

The Jewish grandmother, familiar apron tied around her waist, house slippers adorning her feet as she prepares a meal in the kitchen. This scene is the essence of Jewish…

HISTORY AND THEOLOGY

jewish perception

According to a 2013 Pew Research study, 60 percent of Jews in the United States believe that a person cannot be Jewish if they believe that Yeshua is the Messiah. In 2017…

messianic history hidden journals

In 1934, Jewish followers of Yeshua in Nazi-occupied territory found themselves in a unique position. Isolated from their peers by faith in the Son of God, they were still…

messianic jew christian convert

When I tell people that I am a Messianic Jew, people are often confused. The predictable ebb and flow of the conversation is marked by the phases of facial expressions…

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

netanyahu hardest fight

It’s election year in Israel, and the easy victory first predicted for Prime Minister Netanyahu has hit rocky ground as April 9th draws near.* The once seemingly unstoppable force…

rise of turkey

In December of 2017, the state-run Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak ran an article calling for a united “army of Islam” to invade Israel. More recently, Turkish president Recep Tayyip…

tiph

It was called the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) – but it lasted for more than 20 years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…