A Messianic Rabbi Measures 2015 . . . for Prayer

As 2015 winds down, it seems like it’s been an unusually full, and troubling, year. This blog focuses on 2015 events that are relevant specifically to the Jewish and Messianic Jewish community, so I’ve left out some really major general issues like global climate change, the US presidential race (even though there’s one major Jewish… Continue reading A Messianic Rabbi Measures 2015 . . . for Prayer

Hidden Messiah

Though you have not seen him you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. 1 Peter 1:8 This Christmas season—whether you observe Christmas or not—it’s heartening to realize how far Jewish-Christian relations have come in the past generation… Continue reading Hidden Messiah

My Response to Forward Op-Ed on “Conversion”

I just sent the following letter to the editor of the Forward, in response to  Friday's op-ed on the recent Catholic statement on relations with the Jewish people. In “What New Vatican Memo Really Means for Jews for Jesus — and Us,” J.J. Goldberg corrects the notion that the Vatican has announced that “Catholics should… Continue reading My Response to Forward Op-Ed on “Conversion”

The Catholic Statement and “Converting the Jews”

There’s a new op-ed piece on the Forward website entitled, “What New Vatican Memo Really Means for Jews for Jesus – and Us.” The author, J.J. Goldberg, corrects the report that the Vatican announced that “Catholics should not try to convert Jews.” Instead, he says that the “New Vatican Memo” rejects “specific institutional mission work”… Continue reading The Catholic Statement and “Converting the Jews”

“The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable”

A recent statement by the Catholic Commission on Relations with the Jews, entitled “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable,” has stirred up some healthy controversy, as well as outright opposition from groups that support Jewish evangelism. David Brickner of Jews for Jesus calls the Catholic statement “egregious,” and asks whether its authors are… Continue reading “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable”

Joseph, Scapegoat Set Free

Parashat Mikketz, Genesis 41:1-44:17 by Rabbi Russ Resnik He turned away from them and wept. Genesis 42:24a Religious violence: As 2015 draws to a close, it is the background noise of our times, noise that all too often breaks out of the background to command our attention and horror. Last week, the horror drew particularly… Continue reading Joseph, Scapegoat Set Free

A note on Hanukkah 5776

I have to admit to some mixed feelings about Hanukkah this year. The holiday commemorates a military victory, specifically a Jewish military victory in defense of Jewish religious practice. As we celebrate Hanukkah in 5776/2015, we’re surrounded by images of religious violence in our world, and every military victory is inevitably violent. Of course there’s… Continue reading A note on Hanukkah 5776