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Matan is part of the Jerusalem based staff of First Fruits of Zion. Matan supports in the development of Torah Club materials and is part of the support staff at the Bram Center for Messianic Jewish Learning in Jerusalem.

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Counting Our Days

Counting the Omer may be simply counting days, but there is more to it than that. Each new day on the journey toward Shavu’ot is a part of the overall process of discipleship and a key factor in how we can prepare our hearts to be a useful part of God’s plan of redemption.

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Calendar Jul 16, 2021

Light Shines Brightest in the Dark

When great tragedy strikes, there are always those who rise above and overcome. God has always had those who have remained faithful to him despite the surrounding circumstances, and to be one of those faithful few is the highest calling a person can accept.

9-min

Gospels Mar 1, 2021

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.

10-min

Steadfast in Times of Trouble

We have lived through a year that will be marked in the history books and talked about for many years to come. Each person has their own unique take and understanding of what this year is, but as believers, we can offer much more than an opinion.

7-min

Hanukkah Dec 7, 2020

A Time of Miracles and Redemption

When God performs a miracle on a national level like the one he did for Judah and the Jewish people, we should take notice. Let’s take a close look at this story and see how Judah Maccabee gives us a glimpse of the future redeemer and his role.

8-min

Jewish Customs Nov 17, 2020

The Body of Sacrifices

Could God have created an entire set of commandments only to be replaced and abolished? Doesn’t Yeshua show love and respect for God’s holy dwelling place? Instead of dismissing the Temple and the sacrifices, let’s explore how they can actually uphold and strengthen discipleship.

8-min

Psalm 27: A Story of Faith and Trust

Life can be challenging and full of hardships, but that is not a surprise for disciples of Yeshua. Let’s study two Mussar traits that lie at the heart of our confidence in HaShem and our Master Yeshua, and discover how we can use them to sanctify God’s name.

7-min

Cheshbon Nefesh Aug 13, 2020

Zeal and Gratitude: Traits of a Disciple

Yeshua came to serve, not to be served. He taught practical discipleship that has the power to change the world. As his disciples, we too must carry the mantle of changing the world, but that change must start with us. Let’s explore two traits that can help us with this mission.

7-min

Cheshbon Nefesh Jun 19, 2020

Daily Choices and Big Rewards

Setting daily tasks can have an enormous impact on your life and help meet long-term goals. Learn some easy applications you can add to your life to improve your walk with Messiah. Discipleship is a life-long process and should be our primary focus as followers of Yeshua.

6-min

Cheshbon Nefesh Jun 12, 2020

Mussar and the Path of Discipleship

Discipleship is a lifelong process of living and walking as Yeshua did. This can be a difficult concept to carry out. We will look at a unique Jewish practice called Mussar and the invaluable insights it offers on the subject of discipleship.

6-min

The Turkey Prince and the Redemption of Yeshua

In the parable of the prodigal son Yeshua lifts our identity from the mundane mire of this world to the elevate status of a father’s son. The prodigal realizes his true position as his father’s son and is able to come out of rock bottom.

8-min

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