• Calendar

    Counting the Omer

    Why didn’t the LORD simply specify the date on the Hebrew calendar, 6 Sivan, on which to celebrate Shavu’ot? Counting the Omer links Shavu’ot explicitly to Pesach. Counting each day is like adding a link to a chain. In a sense, therefore, Shavu’ot is the ultimate fulfillment of Pesach.

    6-minute read

  • Reviews

    Paul, Apostle of Christ: A Review of the Movie

    The real Paul was no doubt a man who preached a message of love and grace. But he was a man who did that as a Jew who loved and lived out the Torah within Judaism. I could let my final word on this movie be “satisfied” and move on. But, there is a problem.

    4-minute read

  • Passover

    Pesach Miracles: A Purpose beyond Belief

    The Torah clearly indicates that the miracles surrounding the Exodus were for a particular purpose. God desired that all involved would know him. Exodus 14:31 confirms the success of that plan, as Israel believed in God and his servant Moses. Understanding the Hebrew text reveals that something much more significant than belief took place there.

    7-minute read

  • Passover

    Jerusalem Passover 1948

    Passover 1948 promised to be a dismal one in Jerusalem under the siege and Arab blockades, but the tenacious commitment of Rabbi Shlomo Goren, a surprise visit from an Elijah-type character, and a few miracles transformed the holiday into a significant and memorable occasion in the saga of Jerusalem.

    8-minute read

  • Passover

    A Different Night: The Timing of the Seder

    In Judaism, time flows like a rolling wave that loops back on itself even as it pushes forward. That means that instead of commemorating the redemption, we have a brief opportunity to re-live it. Instead of rehearsing a future event, we experience a foretaste of it.

    8-minute read

  • Israel News

    Nukes in Syria, French Arms Smuggler Caught, and Palestinian Protests

    Pesach protests at the Gaza border, digitized health care, a French consulate worker smuggling weapons and more in this Weekly Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    8-minute read

  • Reviews

    Love, Hugs, Office Supplies, and Theft

    Episodes three and four of the CBS sitcom, Living Biblically, explore the commandment of loving your neighbor and the prohibition on theft. If the show encourages viewers to start thinking about the Bible and applying it to daily life, it’s doing a good thing. I only wish the show was also funny.

    7-minute read

  • Passover

    So You're Hosting Your First Passover Seder?

    Planning a Passover Seder can be daunting, especially if you have never done it before. We've put together a concise list of planning tips that can ease the stress and help keep you organized. Plus, we have a brand new Haggadah that was designed with you in mind!

    7-minute read

  • Passover

    Shabbat HaGadol: The Day the Redemption Began

    On Shabbat HaGadol, the Sabbath before Passover, we read from the Passover Haggadah. But it is not just a rehearsal for the upcoming seder; it’s a celebration of freedom in its own right! Learn about the miracle of redemption that took place even before the exodus from Egypt.

    7-minute read

  • Israel News

    Terror Attack in Jerusalem

    A weekend of violence, an assassination attempt, Israeli immigration policy, and more in this Weekly Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    8-minute read

  • Passover

    Passover and Non-Jews: A Universal Exodus

    There is ample evidence that, for the earliest Gentile believers, the celebration of Passover was an important holiday celebrated by all believers in Messiah—both Jewish and Gentile. Paul wrote the book of 1 Corinthians to a predominately Gentile audience who attended both synagogue and weekly gatherings of believers.

    12-minute read

  • Israel News

    Haredi Jews Protest, Abbas in Trouble, Prayer on Temple Mount

    Ultra-orthodox Jews block roads to protest military service, a new bill might allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, PA’s Abbas might be in his final days and more in this Weekly Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    8-minute read