• Hanukkah

    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.

    8-min

  • Hanukkah

    Did Christmas Originate with Hanukkah?

    Many believe Christmas to have solely pagan roots that were re-purposed by early Gentile Christians. Messianic Jewish luminary Theophilus Lucky has a different, interesting take on the theory of Christmas’ origins. Lucky believes that the birth of Messiah was celebrated every year at Hanukkah on the 25th of Kislev.

    6-min

  • Messianic Lifestyle

    What Makes Us Weird?

    Following Yeshua while practicing Judaism is weird. It’s OK to be weird for the right reasons. But unfortunately, our communities are often also weird in other, needless ways. And this inhibits our ability to function in a way that reflects positively on either Yeshua or Judaism. Let’s imagine what Messianic Judaism could be.

    5-min

  • Israel News

    Brazil to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

    Brazil plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem, the IDF released disability reports, a third parliamentary election is scheduled for March, Russian fighters may have countered Israel, and a high-speed train connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. This and more in this week’s Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    9-min

  • Hanukkah

    Eight Days of Enlightenment

    To make the celebration of Hanukkah special, in our experience, it is essential to separate these nights from our normal routines. With this in mind, we have structured a guide to provide solid discussions of a spiritual nature that you can share around the family hanukkiah.

    5-min

  • Hanukkah

    Festival of Lights in Israel

    Hanukkah is not particularly commercial in this part of the world. It is still considered a minor holiday though it is exuberantly celebrated by both secular and religious. It's a holiday for families and kids, with gooey donuts, deep-fried potato pancakes, chocolate coins, songs, and school holidays.

    4-min

  • Israel News

    Parties Plan Next Election, Norway Cuts Palestinian Funding

    Norway cuts funding to Palestinian Authority’s education program over violence in the textbooks. Israeli politicians are turning their eyes to another election once again. Egypt is negotiating a five-year deal with Hamas and Israel. This and more in the Weekly Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    8-min

  • Hanukkah

    Five Reasons To Celebrate Hanukkah

    Given that Hanukkah is a historically Jewish festival and that its celebration is not a mitzvah (commandment) of the Torah, why would Gentile believers in Yeshua celebrate it? Obviously Jewish believers have a cultural affinity for the festival, but is there any real biblical significance to it? Is there any reason Christians might want to incorporate the celebration of Hanukkah into their homes?

    5-min

  • Prayer

    Conversation with the Creator

    Over time, poets, prophets, and scholars have composed powerful and inspiring odes, psalms, hymns, and petitions that are treasured by the Jewish community, but the art of simple conversation has never been lost. Constant awareness of God’s presence can make one’s whole life feel like a conversation with our Father in heaven.

    6-min

  • Israel News

    Border Protest Canceled for the Third Time, Unity Government Seems Possible

    Rumors of a unity government swirl days before the deadline. The Gaza border protests are canceled for three weeks in a row, a two-year report on rockets and mortars and more in the Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    9-min

  • Messianic Lifestyle

    Finding Your Soul Mate

    The search for a soul mate sounds romantic, but how do you know if the person you are with is really your soul mate? Isn’t it possible that you missed your true soul mate or might still encounter him or her? What if you were married previously and are now on your second marriage?

    5-min

  • Israel News

    Netanyahu Indicted, Third Election Looms, U.S. Recognizes Settlements

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted on serious charges of corruption, and if a government is not formed soon, a third election will be triggered. The White House changed its stance on the settlements, and rockets from Syria threaten the Golan Heights. This and more in the Weekly Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    11-min