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Damian Eisner

Damian Eisner is the Torah Club Director at First Fruits of Zion. In addition to his work with FFOZ, Damian serves as the Messianic rabbi at Shalom Macon Messianic Synagogue in Macon, Georgia.

Messiah Magazine Apr 17, 2022

Raised to Life

It was the resurrection, not the crucifixion, that truly inaugurated the kingdom and guaranteed our destiny. There can be no kingdom without the resurrection, for there would be no king. The hope of the World to Come hinges on Jesus’ resurrection.

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Messiah Magazine Mar 21, 2022

Is Something Missing?

Why are pews empty and churches closing their doors? Disengagement has led to discouraged, disconnected, and discontented disciples who are tuning out. Disciples of Jesus are desperate for a deeper knowledge of the Word of God. If you’re one of those searching for something that’s missing, Torah Club can help you find it.

9-min

Calendar Jan 16, 2022

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.

6-min

Hanukkah Dec 3, 2021

The Maccabees of Modernity

It takes something really special to rebuild, restore, and bring life to something that has seemingly been left to die. Between assimilation, apathy, and fear, many around the Maccabees were not interested in doing what it took to fight the fight, uphold the Torah, and remain faithful to covenant responsibility.

6-min

Sukkot Sep 23, 2021

The Sukkah’s Embrace

When God commands us to have fun, we better take the party seriously. After the high holidays, we all need some fun, and Sukkot is made for that. But the sukkah, the unique structure associated with the holiday, has much more to communicate. There’s a message of hope here for all God’s children to receive.

6-min

Jewish History Jul 1, 2021

The End of Anti-Zionism

Imagine the end of hatred toward those who support the Jewish right of self-determination and freedom for Jewish people to live in their land without fear of terror attacks. How about an end to Israel being called a nation of racists, no better than Nazis, or an apartheid state?

6-min

The Earth Is the LORD’s

Earth Day’s greatest success will never be in the legislatures of the world. It must be in the hearts of humanity. If we could change human behavior as it relates to honoring our commitment to exercise dominion over the earth with responsibility, we might find what’s missing.

6-min

Passover Mar 25, 2021

“Celebrating” Passover Again?

This year, as we recall the plagues in Egypt, we’ll have a bit of added connection after the experiences of 2020. I could never suggest that a year of COVID-19 compares in the slightest to years of slavery in Egypt, but hopefully, some perspective can increase our joy.

5-min

Purim Feb 25, 2021

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

5-min

Cheshbon Nefesh Dec 31, 2020

Every Descent Is for the Sake of a Future Ascent

The truth, of course, is that sometimes life stinks, and bad things happen. I’m not suggesting we rely on catchphrases and empty clichés. When you’re down—way down—sometimes it’s not enough to hear “God has a plan” or “This test is making you better, just lean into it!”

5-min

In the News Nov 9, 2020

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet

I take comfort in the fact that the light of tzaddik never burns out. Rabbi Sacks is a true tzaddik. His service to God and dedication to loving humanity leaves a legacy that will serve the world for generations to come.

4-min

God Has His Man

“When I watch the news, all I see is arguing between Democrats and Republicans. When I watch the news, all I see is citizen fighting against citizen. When I watch the news, all I see are two candidates from opposing parties trying to tear each other down. If our leaders can’t get along, how are the citizens supposed to get along?”

6-min

Calendar Sep 22, 2020

The Symbol Is Not Simple

“In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation” (Leviticus 23:24). A zichron teruah is a memorial proclaimed with the blast of the shofar—a memorial, an audible symbol, designed to have us remember something. But what should we remember?

6-min

Calendar Jun 22, 2020

Tammuz: Darkest before Dawn

The last couple of years have not been the most joyful of times, no matter what hemisphere you live in. The last thing we want to think about now is another period of sadness, recalling tragedy, and mourning the loss of something dear.

5-min

Passover Apr 1, 2020

Seders and Social Distancing

Our seders this year will be different. They will have much more in common with the first Passover meal. God ordered his people to stay inside while he did something important outside. He got everyone’s attention, Israel and Egypt. Inside the homes of the children of Israel? I’m not sure how much of a celebration took place.

7-min

Hanukkah Dec 25, 2019

The Miracle, the Message, and the Mandate

The most fundamental miracle of Hanukkah is not oil or lights, though they are indeed miraculous and a part of the story. The foundational miracle is redemption and deliverance that comes from Heaven. But we have a part to play, too.

6-min

Calendar Apr 24, 2019

Christian Pop and Counting the Omer

"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalms 90:12 ESV). The person who counts their days finds value therein and uses them to learn and become wise. How much more during the days of counting the Omer.

7-min

Theology Jan 23, 2019

Thank You, Andy Stanley

What we’re hearing from Andy Stanley these days sounds a lot like replacement theology but let’s give credit where credit is due. It seems that the attention surrounding the new book is having some unintended consequences and I’m happy to say that merits a hearty thank you from the Messianic community.

5-min

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