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Remembering Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein

Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein, of most blessed memory, left this earth on Hoshana Rabbah, the year of 5669 (1908), during the happy season of Sukkot. Hoshana Rabbah is the seventh day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the 21st day of Tishrei. His Yahrzeit this year will fall on Wednesday, October 15. In memory of Rabbi Lichtenstein, we are offering The Everlasting Jew: Selected Writings of Rabbi Lichtenstein, at a special 30% discount during Sukkot.

A Rabbi for the Whole Messianic Movement

Tags: Isaac Lichtenstein, Vine of David

Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein, of most blessed memory, left this earth on Hoshana Rabbah, the year of 5669 (1908), during the happy season of Sukkot. Hoshana Rabbah is the seventh day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the 21st day of Tishrei. His Yahrzeit this year will fall on Wednesday, October 15.
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First Steps in Messianic Jewish Prayer

When I first began to practice and learn about Messianic Judaism, I found Jewish prayer to be fascinating. The expressions and phrases in the blessings and liturgies seemed to transport me to another world. The Hebrew language seemed to sing to me. Through Jewish prayer I felt a connection not only to my own ancestry, but also the early believers who met and talked and learned and prayed in the...
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A New Year is coming, and a new Torah Club website is here!

The high holidays are here. A few weeks from now it will be Sukkot and the start of a new year of Torah study. At First Fruits of Zion, we are gearing up for the new Torah cycle, excited about the new Torah Club offerings we have for this fall. First Fruits of Zion began publishing Torah Club in 1993. Twenty-one years and six volumes of Torah Club (which have...
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A fantastic new Vine of David website!

Vine of David’s website has been completely remodeled and refreshed. The beautiful, mobile-friendly interface gives you access to lots of new and updated content. It is a fantastic hub for information and resources pertaining to Messianic Jewish heritage and modern practice. Take a look at the About page, which gives an inspiring overview of the Vine of David’s mission: Vine of David is an organization dedicated to the original vision...
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New Messianic Jewish Music: Light of the World

Tags: art, Beth Immanuel, Jewish music, light, messianic, messianic music, music, songs, Troy Mitchell

Troy Mitchell has released a brand new Messianic Jewish album entitled Light of the World through First Fruits of Zion’s Zealot Records label. A couple weeks ago on motza’ei Shabbat (Saturday night) those of us from Troy's home congregation Beth Immanuel had a great time singing and laughing around campfires at the release party in honor of Troy’s accomplishment. Sample tracks are available on the resource page at the First...
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Elementary Principles

Tags: Elementary Principles; Hebrews 6:1-2

Sometimes it’s not easy finding the right name for a book. The title Elementary Principles: Six Foundational Principles of Ancient Jewish Christianity does not have a great hook, but it’s the title we selected for this collection of teachings on Hebrews 6:1-2 after trying several other equally blasé titles: Basics; Basic Teachings of Christ; Initiation; The Apostolic Catechism; Spiritual Milk and so forth. Sometimes a great snazzy title just doesn’t...
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Dag BaOmer: A Fishy Holiday

Tags: dag ba'omer, dates, Gospel of John, Gospels, holidays, humor, omer, resurrection

On the second day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, the seventeenth day of the omer, there is a little-known holiday that you won’t find on a typical Jewish calendar. That’s because it’s completely made up. It’s called Dag BaOmer. You might be thinking, “That actually sounds kind of familiar,” but you’re probably thinking of Lag BaOmer, the thirty-third day of the Omer, which commemorates the anniversary of the...
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