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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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God-Fearers: The Balance of Torah

Last week social media was abuzz with an article in a Jewish periodical that dealt with the topic of Gentiles observing Torah. The article by Menachem Kaiser, entitled “Observing Torah like Jesus,” was a friendly review of a recent Hebrew Roots conference that took place in Dallas, Texas. The article has circulated widely in both Jewish and non-Jewish circles, and the subject of the article itself has received both praise...
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Can Women Wear Tzitzit and Tefillin?

Traditional Orthodox Judaism interprets tzitzit as being part of a man’s garment. The Hebrew in Numbers 15 where this commandment appears is in the masculine form. Additionally, in Deuteronomy 22, where the mitzvah of tzitzit appears again, the commandment appears in close conjunction with the mitzvah “A woman shall not wear a man's garment
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