• Cheshbon Nefesh

    We Have Only Done Our Duty

    When the servant is done working in the field, why does the master impose another phase of work on him? Yeshua’s parable demonstrates that visible observance of the commandments is only part of our duty before HaShem. Our full obligation runs much deeper.

    8-minute read

  • Shavuot

    Crowded Together in the "Upper Room"

    Traditional interpretations typically denigrate the Temple and attempt to disassociate the believers from any association with it. That’s balderdash. The book of Acts shows us that the Temple was the geographical locus of the Yeshua-movement, and it portrays the first-century believers as a Temple-based sect of Jerusalem Judaism.

    7-minute read

  • Shavuot

    Fire on the Mountain

    Jewish tradition hails the Festival of Weeks as the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. In Exodus 20:18 the Hebrew really says, “They saw the voices and the torches.” What does it mean, “the people saw voices”? How does one see a sound? How does one see a voice?

    11-minute read

  • Shavuot

    The Mighty Wind and Tongues of Fire

    Most Christians know the story of Pentecost in Acts chapter two: the mighty wind, the tongues of fire, Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) and the speaking in every language. Very few, however, are aware of the Torah background behind this event.

    11-minute read

  • Calendar

    The Forgotten Festival

    Both Rosh Chodesh Sivan and Shavu’ot are continuously paired with a theme of spiritual unity and love. During this month of Sivan, we should not only focus on remembering the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, but also make an effort to bring our communities to a place of unity and peace.

    4-minute read

  • Shavuot

    The Connecting Link

    Ruth is the hero of both the Jew and the Gentile. She redeems both Jew and Gentile as she herself is simultaneously redeemed. The “dividing wall of hostility” is broken down in her flesh and that of Boaz in the birth of the future Redeemer so many generations later.

    8-minute read

  • Calendar

    C. S. Lewis on the Ascension of Yeshua

    Did Yeshua literally ascend like an astronaut, or did he become a spiritual entity at the Ascension? In his book, Miracles, C. S. Lewis objects to any spiritualization of the ascension of the ascended Messiah. He insists that we see Yeshua, even after the Ascension, as a physical being and not merely a spiritual entity.

    7-minute read

  • Israel News

    Breaking down Israel and Iran’s Power-Plays

    An Israeli spy operation that stole a half-ton of files from the heart of Iran dealt the final blow to the Iran nuclear deal, but Iran is only gaining more ground after Hezbollah won the elections in Lebanon. This week, we break down these power-plays in your Weekly Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric.)

    8-minute read

  • Torah

    Messiah the Bird

    To remove the blemish of hatred from the Holy Nation, HaShem chose to remove the children of Israel from their “nest.” Messiah, like the mother bird, needed first to be sent away before his children were carried off into exile.

    11-minute read

  • Israel News

    Germans Wear Kippahs, 10 Dead in Flash Flood, and Gaza Border Violence

    Arrests follow tragic drowning of ten youth in flash flood, thousands of Germans wear kippahs to after anti-Semitic attack and another weekend of violence at the Gaza border in this Weekly Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    8-minute read

  • In the News

    New Messianic Jewish Music: Volume II by Miqedem

    The Messianic Israeli band Miqedem just released their second album. Since 2015, their members have been combining the old with the new to bring a pretty tight mix of Middle Eastern Israeli flavor with a modern edge. Most of the songs are taken from the Psalms.

    4-minute read

  • Messianic Luminaries

    Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

    What is Lag Ba’Omer, and why would a Messianic Jew care? Meet Rashbi (Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai), a second-century hero of the Jewish people and a favorite subject of legend. Messianic Jewish pioneer Theophilus Lucky believed that Rashbi was inspired by the Holy Spirit and the teachings of Yeshua.

    14-minute read