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Does the Name of a Day Make a Difference?

The calendar was very important in Yeshua’s Jewish world. A week in his life consisted of seven day, just like our weeks today. There were some important differences, however. Each week reminded Yeshua and his fellow Jews of the seven-day period of creation recorded at the beginning of the TORAH scroll. The creation of the first day is recorded in Genesis 1:5 (the words in bold type are transliterations of Hebrew words; ELOHIYM is usually translated “God”):
ELOHIYM called the light “Day” (יום - YOM) and the darkness He called “Night” (לילה - LAYLAH). And there was evening, and there was morning — YOM RISHON (First Day).
A Jewish day begins and ends at sundown -- “and there was evening, and there was morning.” Every afternoon, as the sun disappeared beyond the western horizon and the first three stars appeared, Yeshua viewed it as the beginning of a new day – a day that begins and ends with the fading of light in the western sky. The beginning and end of a day was, and still is, determi…
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You Saw “Me”!

It’s a Shabbat morning in 27 CE and you are at the synagogue in Nazareth in the Galilee. You are attending the regular morning service when the leader of the synagogue picks up the Isaiah scroll and calls a young man from the audience to come up and read from it. You are familiar with the words because it is one of the scheduled readings. The man unrolls the scroll to find the section and says:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring the good news to the poor; He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, sight to the blind, deliverance to the downtrodden and those overwhelmed with troubles; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”1
He then rolls up the scroll, gives it back to the leader, turns to the audience and says – “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” This was definitely something you were not expecting!
This reader had lived in Nazareth all of his life and his father was a carpenter. Everyone knew him. Stories had been circu…

The Unrighteous Manager

No parable raises more ethical and moral questions than the parable that is traditionally known as – The Parable of the Unjust Steward. It is recorded in Luke 16. As you read the translation below (New King James Version), put yourself in the shoes of each of characters and view the events through their eyes. Was Jesus suggesting that his followers act like the steward in real life situations? Read the entire article at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/discovering-the-bible-newsletters.html

Rabbinic Insights about the Word “Yeshua”

Passover is approaching and in Jewish homes it is will be a time of retelling the story of the Exodus. It will also be a time of remembering lessons taught by generations of rabbis, as well as family traditions that are linked to story. The following account provides a very interesting insight into the word “yeshua” which appears in the Hebrew text of Exodus. I have added underlines to highlight some important points.
One of the great nineteenth-century Hasidic masters taught the idea of partnership another way. “Where is God?” asked Menahem Mendel of Kotzk. “Everywhere,” replied his students. “No, my children,” he responded. “God is not everywhere. He is where you let Him in.”
The Torah’s discussion of the Exodus from Egypt, the para-dogmatic event that shapes the core of our understanding of redemption, illustrates our point. Having just left Egypt, the Jewish people find themselves surrounded. In front of them is the sea; behind them, the Egyptians. Turning to Moses, they complain, …

Yeshua the Fence Builder

The Mishnah, which is called the Oral Law, records the sayings and teachings of generations of Jewish teachers. Its earliest teachers preceded or were contemporaries of Yeshua (the real name of “Jesus”). Their teachings provide many valuable clues about the techniques they used to teach their disciples the words of the Torah. The tractate in the Mishnah that is called Avot, Sayings of the Fathers, is a tremendous source of information related to the teachings of Yeshua. It opens with these words:
Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets gave it over to the Men of the Great Assembly. They [the Men of the Great Assembly] would always say these three things: Be cautious in judgment. Establish many pupils. And build a fence around the Torah. (Avot 1:1)
This history of the Oral Law begins in the Jewish sect called the Pharisees. The quote above played a very important role in the formati…

Is God the exclusive property of any one religion?

Anthony J.Sciolino is a retired New York State Family Court judge and a graduate of Columbia University and Cornell Law School. He holds a master’s degree in theology from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry and is an ordained Roman Catholic permanent deacon. We highly recommend his book, The Holocaust, The Church, and the Law of Unintended Consequences. The quotes below are from his book.
The Holocaust, a.k.a. Shoah (“catastrophe”), was the systematic, state-organized persecution and murder of six million Jews, including 1.5 million children, by Nazi Germany and its European collaborators. Also targeted were five million members of other groupshomosexuals, Sinti and Roma (Gypsies), Poles and other Slavic people, Soviet POWs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Freemasons, people with mental and physical disabilities, communists, socialists, and other political and religious dissidents.
With poison gas, bullets, noose, knives, combustion engine exhaust, clubs, fists, disease, starvation,…

Do You Really Want to Know What Jesus Taught?

Over the past 30 plus years I have spent a great deal of time working to understand the life, teachings and movement of the Jesus that took place between 6 BCE and 27 CE in Galilee, Judea and Samaria. Over the years I have met a lot of people that tell me they really want to accurately understand what Jesus taught when we first met. However, as they began to learn what he taught, it became clear that they left something out of their statement when we first met -- I really want to know what Jesus taught -- as long as it supports what I believe! To read the complete blog Click Here.