Weekly Bracha 18

This week in the Messianic blogosphere, plus related items. Lots of goodies this week:

  • What Would Jesus Pick and Choose? – Dr. James McGrath asks his students to read Leviticus 19 and check off which commandments they think are applicable today. Hat tip to GatheringSparks.

  • What is Replacement Theology? – Seth asks what exactly is replacement theology? Great discussion in the comments.

  • Porn and Sex Work – One Messianic’s view of porn, sex work, and feminism. Great post. I think a lot of Messianics are scared to talk about this. Kudos to Matt for speaking frankly about this.

  • Restoring the Judicial Function to the Body – Dan Juster on divorce and accountability in the Messianic movement and the greater Christian church.

  • Jesus and the importance of being Jewish – The Jewish Chronicle has an article on Christians “forgetting the object of their devotion – with painful results”. Hat tip to MessianicsForTorah.

  • Why I Am Messianic – a Messianic congregational elder of 25 years, David explains why digging for knowledge and wisdom led him to become a Messianic follower of Yeshua.

  • Complexity of religion, simplicity of faith – Michaela wonders: if faith is so simple, why is religion so complex?

  • The Problem of Christian Rabbinic Mythology – Rabbi Leman explains the problem with looking at Messiah as a Talmudic-era sage.

  • For Whom The Bell Tolls – For Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance day, James highlights how Jews have been singled out, even today: the Holocaust is systematically denied, while the older events like Columbus day are celebrated without any doubt. Or how the world condemns Jews as occupiers and oppressors for living in our own land. James warns this same kind of dual-standard is what led to the Holocaust.

  • Why Did Moses Write Down the Torah? – Joseph, who is generally not in favor of Messianics keeping the Torah, has written a multi-part series on the Torah. Interesting discussion in the comments.


That’s a wrap! Enjoy your tasty bracha bits!


  1. Thanks Judah for this valuable service :D

  2. Thanks again for posting one of the articles from my congregation's blog. Although no one commented on the article, I wore my "Never Forget" t-shirt to work yesterday (Yom Hashoah) and it did inspire some conversation and raise awareness.

    I re-read Dr. James McGrath's "What Would Jesus Pick and Choose?" article, revisited my original comment, and added an additional response. Certainly a worthy discussion.

  3. Thanks guys.

    James, I saw you were fishing for comments on twitter. :-) I read your article about 3 times, yet really had nothing to add. It was a good article, I thought it worthy of listing in the weekly round up. :-)

  4. Judah,

    This is an outstanding piece of work! I just realized I was getting hits from here, and had to come check it out. You are really helping to give visibility to the good material being produced in the Messianic blogosphere.

    Todah rabbah!

    Mishkan David

  5. Glad to hear it, David! :-) Enjoy the few extra hits.

  6. Even Guy Kawasaki tweets the same topic multiple times to try to reach the maximum number of "tweeple". ;-)