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Is there something idealistic and holy in loving the Jewish people? Or is this just another form of nationalism, an emotion far less noble than a universal love for all peoples? Chanukah Lights The minimal obligation during Chanukah is to light one candle each night of the holiday. The academies of Hillel and Shamai, however, disagreed as to the optimal way to light: “The school of Shamai ruled that the most punctilious individuals (Mehadrin min HaMehadrin) light eight lights on the first day, and the number of lights decreases each day. But the school of Hillel ruled that they should… Подробнее »Chanukah: The Highest Love

Chanukah: The Highest Love

*Reprinted from the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 19:1, Winter 1982 Rabbi Emden(1697—1776) was one of the leading Torah authorities of the past several centuries. Historians of the rabbinate have often compared him to Maimonides, both having written on all branches of Jewish knowledge, and both having shared a pragmatic and even innovative approach. Even those who disagreed with him sought his opinion, and he is read with interest to this day. Thus, Moses Mendelssohn, founder of the Haskalah (Enlightenment) movement, wrote to him as «your disciple, who thirsts for your words.» Although Emden did not approve of the Hasidic movement—which had its beginnings in… Подробнее »RABBI JACOB EMDEN’S VIEWS ON CHRISTIANITY* and THE NOACHIDE COMMANDMENTS

RABBI JACOB EMDEN’S VIEWS ON CHRISTIANITY* and THE NOACHIDE COMMANDMENTS

Messianic Rabbi: This One Biblical Truth Can Save Your Troubled Marriage Rabbi Eric Tokajer Charisma Media archives Read Time: 3 Minutes 13 Seconds In Judaism, we read the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) in a cycle every year beginning in the Fall. Each year as I start over, I prayerfully read the weekly portion with hopes that I will see something that I have not seen previously. Because the Torah is a living document which contains the eternal Words of G-D, I have never been disappointed in my search for something new. This year while reading, I… Подробнее »Messianic Rabbi: This One Biblical Truth Can Save Your Troubled Marriage

Messianic Rabbi: This One Biblical Truth Can Save Your Troubled Marriage

The Cool Kids DARA HOR he teenage boys who played competitive athletics in the gymnasium in Jerusalem 2,100 years ago had their circumcisions reversed, because otherwise they wouldn’t have been allowed to play. In the Hellenistic empire that conquered Judea, sports were sacred, the entry point to being a person who mattered, the ultimate height of cool—and sports, of course, were always played in the nude. As one can imagine, ancient genital surgery of this nature was excruciating and potentially fatal. But the boys did not want to miss out. I learned this fun fact in seventh grade, from a… Подробнее »The Cool Kids

The Cool Kids

Pray Your Uncensored Thoughts ESTHER SMITH 5 Questions to Help Change Unwanted Thoughts Too often, we want to have the “right” thoughts before we go to God—thoughts that are true, reasonable, and figured out. But often this isn’t possible. We can’t always change what we’re thinking in an instant just because we want to. What’s more, I don’t believe this is what God asks of us. God invites us into his presence where he can transform even our uncensored thoughts. Pour Out Your Heart Psalm 62:8 extends an invitation: “Pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”… Подробнее »Pray Your Uncensored Thoughts

Pray Your Uncensored Thoughts

THANK YOU PRAYER About the Author: Rabbi Loren HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE ALLOWED AND NOT ALLOWED IN OUR LIVES. THANK YOU FOR UNANSWERED PRAYER. IT REMINDS US THAT YOU KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR US EVEN WHEN OUR OPINION DIFFERS. THANK YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER, FOR THE TIMES YOU HAVE SAID “NO.” THEY HAVE HELPED US DEPEND ON YOU MORE. THANK YOU FOR THE DOORS YOU HAVE CLOSED. THEY HAVE PREVENTED US FROM GOING WHERE YOU WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE US GO. THANK YOU FOR THE THINGS YOU HAVE WITHHELD. YOU HAVE PROTECTED US FROM DANGERS WE MAY… Подробнее »THANK YOU PRAYER

THANK YOU PRAYER

Your Bread of Choice About the Author: Rabbi Glenn For most of you this is review; but for those who are new here, or are watching for the first time, Jewish history is summed up in three statements. Say it with me… What is it about food being such a big part of everything? We feast at Chanukkah and we feast at Purim. And as Passover draws near… more food. Think about it: Adonai could have accomplished Israel’s national redemption – the Exodus from Egypt, without a lamb roast dinner. Yet He chose to do it this way (and, of course, those lambs… Подробнее »Your Bread of Choice

Your Bread of Choice

The Beast I Become How to Bring Bitterness to God Scott Hubbard Sometimes, as you watch the hand of God’s providence draw some picture in your life, the pencil suddenly turns, and what you thought would be a flower turns into a thorn. The unanswered prayer seemed finally heard, the hope deferred seemed at last fulfilled — but no. You reach for the daisy and get pricked, instead, by a thistle. C.S. Lewis’s marriage to Joy Davidman strikes me in this regard. The couple married later in life, when Joy appeared to be dying of cancer. After a prayer for healing, however,… Подробнее »The Beast I Become How to Bring Bitterness to God

The Beast I Become How to Bring Bitterness to God

HOW TO DEAL WITH CALAMITY THE JEHOSHAPHAT WAY Stories like that of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 may be thousands of years old, but this one in particular seems as relevant today as ever! Let’s look at how Jehoshaphat responds to impending doom, and what we can learn from his great example… Trouble of great magnitude has come up against Israel before and it will again. But wonderfully, we have a guidebook to surviving calamity. This magnificent book gives many pieces of trustworthy advice about how to survive and even thrive against all odds. The wisdom is tried and… Подробнее »HOW TO DEAL WITH CALAMITY THE JEHOSHAPHAT WAY

HOW TO DEAL WITH CALAMITY THE JEHOSHAPHAT WAY

We are often tempted by destructive or selfish impulses. How can we control and resist these urges? When King David called upon his opponents to repent, he counseled them: רִגְזוּ וְאַל-תֶּחֱטָאוּ. אִמְרוּ בִלְבַבְכֶם עַל-מִשְׁכַּבְכֶם, וְדֹמּוּ סֶלָה. (תהילים ד:ה) “Tremble and do not sin. Speak in your hearts upon your bed, and be still forever.” (Psalms 4:5) According to third-century scholar Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish — himself a well-known penitent — this verse outlines a four-step program how to master the temptations of the yeitzer hara, the evil inclination. First, רִגְזוּ וְאַל-תֶּחֱטָאוּ, you should “tremble and not sin.” Awaken your innate positive nature, your yeitzerhatov. Use your… Подробнее »Psalm 4: Controlling Negative Impulses

Psalm 4: Controlling Negative Impulses