Articles by Damian Eisner

Damian Eisner heads up Community Care for Torah Club at First Fruits of Zion. In addition to his work with FFOZ, Damian serves as the Messianic rabbi at Nachamu Ami Messianic Synagogue in Macon, Georgia.


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.

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“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.

6-min

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

7-min

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

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!”

7-min

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.

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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.

5-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?”

8-min

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.

8-min

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?

8-min

Tammuz: Darkest before Dawn

The first half of 2020 has 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.

6-min

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.

9-min

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.

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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.

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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.

6-min