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Tu Bishvat: Emerging from Dormancy

When man was first created, God crafted the perfect environment for humans to thrive: a garden—an orchard, really. He was surrounded by fruit-bearing trees. Trees are important in the Torah's agricultural system and subject to special laws of holiness.
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Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri

Monday evening, January 19th, begins the 29th of Tevet which is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri. Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri (born in 1898 in Baghdad) was a Sephardic Orthodox rabbi and Jewish mystic. As a Torah prodigy Kaduri began his studies in Jewish mysticism while still in his teens. His studies were conducted under the famed Sephardic Rabbi, Yosef Chaim of Baghdad, the Ben Ish Chai. Having moved to Israel...
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Asarah BeTevet: The Fast of the 10th of Tevet

The Fast of the 10th of Tevet is Thursday January 1st sunrise to sunset. The book of Zechariah mentions a fast that takes place in the tenth month (Zechariah 8:19). Traditionally this is seen as a commemoration of the destruction of Jerusalem which began in the year 588 BCE: And the word of the LORD came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth of...
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The Ninth of Tevet: Simon Peter's Yahrzeit

Tuesday evening, December 30th, begins the 9th of Tevet which, according to Jewish tradition, is the anniversary of the death of Simon Peter. Simon Peter holds a special place in the hearts of many believers. We find camaraderie and consolation in a man who could sail from the highest points of discipleship to the lows of denying his Master. His struggles are our struggles; his challenges are our challenges, and,...
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Five Reasons To Celebrate Hanukkah

Given that Hanukkah is a historically Jewish festival and that its celebration is not a mitzvah (commandment) of the Torah, why would Gentile believers in Yeshua celebrate it? Obviously Jewish believers have a cultural affinity for the festival, but is there any real biblical significance to it? Is there any reason Christians might want to incorporate the celebration of Hanukkah into their homes?
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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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