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Cheshbon NefeshAaron Eby

Sayings about Salt

The ancient rabbis quoted the Bible all the time. But they quoted other things, too. Even Yeshua used common aphorisms when they helped make his point. When one of the early sages debated with Greek philosophers, they used a figure of speech that helps unlock the meaning of one of Yeshua’s strangest sayings.

1 day ago

Gospels

Sabbath Healings of Kingdom Proportion

Yeshua desired mercy and compassion for all those with whom he interacted. He displayed true love and servitude through his life, and each action he made was filled with purpose. Let’s apply these same principles to his Sabbath healings to understand what lessons he was trying to teach.

4 days ago

Purim

Purim 2021 Is Three Times the Fun!

It probably won’t surprise you to know, but like so many other out-of-the-ordinary things we’ve experienced over the last year or so, Purim will be a bit different in Jerusalem. It’s called Purim Meshulash, and you’ve probably never heard of it

Feb 25

Purim

The Enactments of Mordecai and Esther

The Torah says nothing about Purim because the story of Esther did not happen until about a thousand years later. And yet, four mitzvot of Purim are observed today. How could new commandments be given to the Jewish people so long after the revelation at Mount Sinai?

7-min

Purim

Shabbat Zachor

Shabbat Zachor is one of the four special Sabbaths that occur before or during the month of Adar or Adar II in leap years. On Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath before Purim, we read Deuteronomy 25:17-19, which mentions the commandment to remember and exterminate the evil of Amalek and his memory.

6-min

Calendar

Something Fishy about Adar

Adar is the month in which we observe the joyous festival of Purim and the symbol for the month of Adar is the fish. What do fish have to do with Adar and Purim? In Jewish mysticism the fish represents a concealed reality.

6-min

Calendar

Adar and the Search for Joy in a Discontented World

When we view the world with eyes that look forward to the beauty and bounty of the world under the rule of King Messiah when he returns, our hearts should be filled with hope. Our Master teaches that we should rejoice in the hope of his coming.

7-min

Shalom Tour

Shalom Tour 2021

Our mission objective with the Shalom Tour is to encourage and strengthen our FFOZ Friends and Torah Club network throughout the United States.

8-min

Gospels

Who the True Mourners Are

Yeshua said, “Blessed are those who mourn.” Ashrei, the word for “blessed,” is a term of congratulations. Mourning is a natural reaction to loss—hardly a reason to congratulate anyone. Should someone really be glad that they are mourning? By comparing Yeshua’s words with a prophecy from Isaiah, we learn that Yeshua is not talking about mourning for loved ones who have died.

6-min

Prayer

Let My Prayer Be Counted as Incense

Just as the sacrifices were powerful and effective in bringing the Presence of the infinite God to our finite earth, so too, prayer draws the Spirit of God into our hearts. When we draw near in prayer we capture the attention of the infinite, all-powerful Being who created us, chose us, and loves us.

7-min

Calendar

Happy New Year, Again!

Judaism has four New Years, and one of them, Tu Bishvat, is for trees. Why? Since we don’t see that specifically laid out in the Bible, it must be those dastardly old rabbis at it again, right? Or maybe there’s something important we could learn about the role of rabbinic authority in ancient Israel.

8-min