Learning Grace & Truth . . . Together

Parashat Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35 Moses is the great hero of the Exodus, the deliverer of the Jewish people. He’s also Moshe Rabbenu, Moses our teacher, the one who received the words of Torah and taught them to us. Like every great teacher, Moshe Rabbenu teaches not just by word, but also by example. In… Continue reading Learning Grace & Truth . . . Together

A Radical Reading of Yeshua’s Parables

Book Review: Short Stories by Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine Amy-Jill Levine thinks we’ve got it all wrong when it comes to Yeshua’s parables, and she has the credentials to make such a claim. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament,… Continue reading A Radical Reading of Yeshua’s Parables

Purim and the Hidden Messiah

Purim—the festival of Esther—is the most light-hearted of the Jewish holidays. Perhaps that’s what leads the sages of the Talmud to ask, “Where is there an allusion to Esther in the Torah?” (Chullin 139b). They answer with a reference to Deuteronomy 31:18, where God warns Israel of exile to come: V’anochi haster asteer panai, “And… Continue reading Purim and the Hidden Messiah

Joseph and the Hero’s Journey

Parashat Vayigash, Genesis 44:18–47:27 When Joseph said, “I am Joseph,” God’s master plan became clear to the brothers. They had no more questions. Everything that had happened for the last twenty-two years fell into perspective. So, too, will it be in the time to come, when God will reveal Himself and announce, “I am Hashem!”… Continue reading Joseph and the Hero’s Journey

How 2016 Measured Up . . . for Prayer

Last year at this time, I posted a blog with twelve key events of 2015 that were focal points for prayer in the Messianic Jewish community. I didn’t try to cover everything, but to focus on issues of special relevance to our community. There were plenty of such events in 2016, but I will again… Continue reading How 2016 Measured Up . . . for Prayer

Wrestling for Identity

 And Jacob was left alone. Genesis 32:25 This is only the second time we’ve seen Jacob really alone. The first time was when he camped at “a certain place” on the way out of the promised land, running from Esau. Now 20+ years later, he’s returning to the promised land, and about to meet up… Continue reading Wrestling for Identity