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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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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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God-Fearers: The Shemittah and the Messianic Era

This fall, Rosh HaShanah begins the Sabbatical year (Shemittah). During this year the Jewish people are commanded to allow the land of Israel to lie fallow for an entire year and trust HaShem to provide in this year of rest. Most of us living outside of the land of Israel rarely think about the implications of this mitzvah but even now in Israel preparations are being made to observe the...
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God-Fearers: Turning God's Enemies into His People

There is much evil in the world today and no lack in numbers to Israel’s enemies. There are numerous nations, groups, and individuals who want nothing else than the entire elimination of not only the State of Israel but the Jewish people themselves. Anti-Semitism is as much alive today as it has ever been. But God promises that in the Messianic Era Israel’s enemies will be vanquished. One of the...
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Rediscovered! 2000 Year Old Tefillin

It seems like every week there is a report from Israel of an exciting new archeological find. Many exciting sites and artifacts have been discovered since the Jewish people returned to their homeland in 1948. Each new discovery helps shed light on the Scriptures and confirm their truth. Last week was no different when The Times of Israel reported that Dr. Yonatan Adler found nine unopened tefillin cases while rummaging...
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Delitzsch Yahrzeit

This Thursday night (12 Adar II) begins the 114th yahrzeit of Messianic luminary Franz Delitzsch. Delitzsch (1813-March 4, 1890) was a German Lutheran theologian and Hebraist who wrote many commentaries on books of the Bible, Jewish antiquities, biblical psychology, a history of Jewish poetry, and Christian apologetics. In 1880 he established the Institutum Judaicum in Leipzig for the training of missionary workers among Jews. However, Delitzsch is best known for...
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God-Fearers: One Origin

In the kingdom of heaven there is “one new man,” “one body,” and “one hope.” [1] While we at First Fruits of Zion often stress the needed distinction between Jew and Gentile, man and woman, and priest and Levite, there is a flip side to that in that we are all one people with equal access to Messiah and the salvation of God. That’s what Paul meant when he said...
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