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
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”
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”
At the heart of the historic Jewish-Christian relationship, or perhaps I should say the Jewish-Christian conflict, is the question of election. Specifically, who is the Chosen People? Being chosen is central to Jewish identity. Just a quick glance through the Siddur confirms that this idea, rooted in the Tanakh, is alive and well in the… Continue reading Two Chosen Peoples?