Happy Hanukkah

As my little bit towards celebrating the holiday, here's a short story I wrote as an introduction for my upcoming book, Reforging the Menorah: Icy cold winds whistled atop Mount Moriah, cutting through the cloaks of the men who approached it through the old City of David, armed with sword and spear. The armor and shields …

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HaBikkurim and Resurrection

I just realized two things: First, that my current series has run out and I'm not quite ready to post the next one. Second, that I've never done a post on HaBikkurim, the Feast of Firstfruits. That's really odd, since while Firstfruits is considered a very minor High Holy Day in mainline Judaism (due to a …

For Shavuot: On Minyans, Synagogues, and Home Fellowships

Shavuot begins tomorrow (i.e., Tuesday, June 7) at sundown.  It's customary at this time of year to thank Hashem for giving the Torah on Mt. Sinai--and in the case of Messianic Jews, for giving the Holy Spirit on the Temple Mount.  Last year I took the occasion to blog on the Torah, Spirit, and Unity …

Belated Hag v’Sameach!

Whew!  It's been an awesome but tiring weekend.  The wife and I left in the afternoon of Friday for a United Marriage Encounter retreat that lasted until Sunday night.  While the presentation was very, very Protestant Christian, there were two other Messianic couples there and the essential core of the program is very adaptable to …