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Years ago I remember approaching a toll booth at a bridge with cash in hand. “It’s been paid for,” the agent said. “Huh? Who?” I said. He motioned to the car ahead of me, which by that time had zoomed away.
Every ten years my Jewish family has a reunion, mostly to see who’s still alive, but also to catch up with the latest births, marriages and divorces.
Growing up in a Messianic Jewish family, I knew all about Passover, Hanukkah, Purim and Sukkot. But I didn’t hear about Lag B’Omer until I moved to New York City and took a Hebrew class. There I learned that for many religious Jews this holiday holds deep significance.
Ignore the underwhelming ratings on the movie web sites. Woman in Gold is a movie well worth seeing, despite critics’ complaints of heavy-handedness, bad accents, too many flashbacks, and emotional mawkishness. I found none of those things in this story of Maria...
Divergents are misfits in a system that seeks to control everyone. And now Tris, the most divergent of all in Veronica Roth’s best selling book and movie trilogy, is forced to be insurgent as well.
England has shocked the world by announcing they are going to allow a new medical procedure that could lead to designer babies.
Jews have a calendar! Chinese people have a calendar! And so does God. Both the Chinese and Jewish calendars go by lunisolar time measurement, as do many other cultures. These calendars go by the same counting system as the Tanakh (Old Testament) does, and in fact, God says in Genesis 1:14, “‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.’”
Do Jews celebrate Valentine’s Day, or don’t they? Let’s find out.
Watch this video about the “Backgrounds to the Current Israeli Conflict” featuring Darrell L. Bock, David Brickner, Jim Sibley, and Mitch Glaser.
If you’ve grown up in a Jewish family or lived in a Jewish neighborhood or had a Jewish grandmother, then most likely Yiddish is part of your DNA. You probably grew up with, “I need it like a hole in the head,” or “All right already”, or “You should live so long”....
More and more Jewish people are open to discussing Jesus, including several Jewish scholars. Amy Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt, wrote a book about Jesus entitled The Misunderstood Jew and also helped put together The Jewish...
If Madison can be the name of a pitcher, why can’t Jesus be the name of the Messiah? Check out our World Series blog and leave us your comments.
For Jewish people, the Day of Atonement (which begins this Friday at sundown) is the holiest day of the year. It is the day when the books are opened in heaven and God determines who gets their name written in the Book of Life and who doesn’t. It is a day to fast, to contemplate, to pray, to ask forgiveness, to make atonement for wrongs done to others and to God. But what is atonement? And how does one get it?