- Real Observance – Michael Schiffman laments that controversial Messianic posts generate the most traffic, but ethical matters are often laid aside.
Keeping Shabbat and Kashrut are great, and in fact, very important, but what good are they if I don’t honor my parents? How can I treat people like crap and claim to love God?
- How Eli Got His Name, Part 1 and part 2 – You’ll be amused with this one. UMJC leader Russ Resnik interviews…himself! That is, the younger, hippie version of himself from 30 years ago. You’ll like this one!
- Judaism: A Non-Non-Christian Religion – Rabbi Dauermann on how we, as followers of Yeshua, ought to approach Judaism.
- A Father's Day Tribute – Yahnatan has a great post up for Father’s day: the role and importance of fathers in our movement:
Growing up in a Messianic Jewish synagogue and attending a Messianic Jewish day school gave me a love of Torah--which my dad nurtured through regular conversations about life, God, and Torah (a practice we continue to this day). I remember many times hearing my dad exhort me to be a mensch.
- Devastating Consequences of Promiscuity: Real & Imagined – Nate Long highlights old-but-credible scientific research that suggests “cultures that practiced strict monogamy in marital bonds exhibited what he called creative social energy, and reached the zenith of production. Cultures that had no restraint on sexuality, without exception, deteriorated into mediocrity and chaos.”
- Does it matter to God if Christians keep the dietary laws? – Oh boy. Speaking of controversial topics, get a load of some of the comments on this one: “The entire 613 laws comprising the Law of Moses was rendered obsolete upon the death of Messiah” or “Paul’s argument to both Jews and Gentiles in Galatia was to not return to the elementary things that had bound them. For the Jews it was the Law, for the Gentiles it was pagan religions”.
- Gates of Hades – First Fruits of Zion suggests that Messiah’s phrase, “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not overcome it” may not have been referring to the place of eternal fire and torment, but rather, Banyas, a pagan cult center in northern Israel.
- The Bad News Gospel – Rabbi Dauermann, blogging up a storm this past week, has another post on how Yeshua ought to be good news for Israel, when Christianity’s “good news” has been “bad news” for the Jews.
Weekly Bracha 27
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