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What About Female Conversion to Judaism?

The Torah commands a man who wishes to become Jewish to be circumcised, but what does it require of a woman who wishes to convert as Ruth did?

1 day ago


Must Gentiles Observe the Sabbath?

Hebrews 4:9 teaches that a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. Does this mean that the Jewish apostles taught Gentiles to keep the Sabbath in all its restrictions?

4 days ago

Personal Transformation

Real and False Responsibility

It is not for us to maintain something at the expense of our physical, emotional and spiritual health. That thinking is manipulative and cultic, and it places burdens upon the child of God that God has never placed. It is erroneous and misguided loyalty, and it is dangerous.

6-minute read


The Only Bad Thing in the Universe

The only thing in creation that God declared to be "not good" was man's loneliness. It's not good for man to be alone because a married man receives extra favor and grace from the LORD: "He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD" (Proverbs 18:22).

5-minute read


Please HaShem Save Now!

Hoshanna Rabba is the seventh day of the festival of Sukkot. It is written that “…on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, “From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”’”

3-minute read


The Temporal and the Eternal

The themes of life and our interaction with material pleasure presented by Kohelet seem out of place for the joyous holiday of Sukkot. The opening segment of the book leads us to the conclusion that life is entirely pointless. How can we reconcile that with the commandment to celebrate with joy and gladness?

6-minute read


Sukkot, Gentiles, and the Messianic Kingdom

Sukkot is a foretaste of the Messianic Kingdom, when there will be peace on earth, Israel’s enemies will be defeated, and Jew and Gentile will dwell together serving the one true God. Sukkot is a prophetic shadow of the coming kingdom of heaven.

7-minute read


What Is the Feast of Tabernacles?

According to Zechariah, there will come a time when people from all nations “will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.” But what is that? Learn about the biblical festival of Sukkot and its meaning for Jews and Christians.

7-minute read


The Suffering Messiah in the Prayers of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is a day of complete fasting and intense prayer. It is the holiest day of the year, when we are purified from our sins. Many traditional Jewish prayer books for the Day of Atonement contain a surprising passage that describes the suffering, forgiveness, and new creation found in the Messiah.

7-minute read

Cheshbon Nefesh

Krazy Glue Your Marriage

The Bible says it’s a man’s job to cleave to his wife, not her job to cling to him. The Hebrew word for “hold fast” is davak. It’s difficult to translate into English: “cleave to,” “cling to,” “stick to,” “hold fast to,” etc. In Modern Hebrew, the word means “glue.”

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