• Israel News

    Divine Rain from Heaven and Other Israel News

    Stay informed on developments in Israel with our Weekly Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric). In this week’s Israel News Recap without the Rhetoric read about a quick answer to national prayers for rain, protests in Iran, and some exciting archaeological finds, including the seal of the governor of Jerusalem from the days of King Hezekiah.

    8-minute read

  • Torah Club

    The Torah Club and Mars Hill

    The idea is to get people participating instead of just being led and told the answers. We also incorporate food and snacks into the meetings. We encourage a discussion format, not a leader telling students something. Being willing to open yourself to new ideas without questioning your faith is important here.

    14-minute read

  • Events and Outreach

    12-21 Winter Shabbaton: Explaining Messianic Judaism

    From the incredible teachings to the delicious food to the crazy activities to the rousing prayer times, it was an unforgettable experience that I am confident to say made a deep impact on the hearts of all who attended.

    5-minute read

  • Theology

    Re-Thinking Paul

    Neither Paul nor the apostles had any conception that following Jesus meant that Jews or Gentiles would operate outside of Judaism and Jewish space. That’s a very controversial issue, I know. It was certainly a controversial idea in the Apostolic Era—at least the part about Gentiles coming into Jewish space without having to become Jewish.

    8-minute read

  • Torah Club

    A Place for Peculiar People

    Starting in the fall of 2018, First Fruits of Zion will be changing things up. We are going to relaunch our popular Torah Club program as a weekly para-church (or para-synagogue) Bible study small group where disciples gather to learn and get their spiritual batteries recharged.

    5-minute read

  • Prayer

    The Bible's Prayer Book

    The Psalms are a powerful source of guidance. They make it possible to pray in alignment with God’s will even when words fail us. By virtue of the messianic nature of the Psalms, which are in the voice of Messiah, and which the Messiah surely prayed, we participate with Yeshua in his own prayer.

    6-minute read

  • Torah

    VaYechi: Rav Kook on the Blessing of Fish

    The phrase “Let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth” can be better translated as “Let them increase like fish in the land.” If this is correct, this seems like a strange blessing. Yes, fish multiply and grow abundant but so do many other species. And why say “in the land” when fish live in the water?

    5-minute read

  • Israel News

    Obama and Hezbollah: Israel News Week in Review

    In this week’s Israel News Recap without the Rhetoric learn how the Obama administration protected Hezbollah’s drug trade to make a nuclear deal with Iran, the results of the Beijing peace talks with the Palestinians, more embassy news, and the disturbing situation on Israel’s Syrian border.

    8-minute read

  • Torah Club

    The Next Leader of FFOZ

    For the last twenty-five years, it has been my vision and my goal, a heavy burden on my heart, to see this mantle passed on to you. I want you to be the next leader of First Fruits of Zion.

    12-minute read

  • Torah Club

    The New Face of Torah Club

    Picture Torah Club as a club to which you belong rather than a set of commentaries on a bookshelf. As a club member, you attend regular weekly club meetings where you learn and fellowship with other club members, along with people all over the country and the world, working together through the same material.

    9-minute read

  • Hanukkah

    Every Living Thing Will Acknowledge You

    All nations will thank God “for all these things,” which includes the miracle of Hanukkah. In turn, the prayer itself becomes a prophetic prelude to Gentiles from all over the world joining in with the Jewish people and embracing the celebration of Hanukkah.

    5-minute read

  • Hanukkah

    Winter in Jerusalem

    Have you ever wondered what the Feast of Dedication is? Have you ever just assumed that it was merely some archaic festival in ancient Judaea that has been antiquated and is no longer celebrated? Have you ever noticed the verse in John and its subtle reference to this unknown Jewish winter feast?

    6-minute read