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 …

The Last Day of Matzah

 If you spend any time at all this time of year looking for Passover-kosher recipes, you'll find that while Jews in general love Passover (who wouldn't?), keeping the Feast of Matzah is seen as a bit of a chore, something to be endured as a religious duty rather than enjoyed as a blessing.  Given that leaven …

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 …

Inspecting the Lamb (the real post)

My post yesterday ended up going off in a different direction than I intended when I started to write it, but I completely forgot to change the title. My apologies to anyone who was confused as a result. Today is the 10th of Nisan, the anniversary of the date that each Hebrew household in Egypt …

Passover Haggadahs

Many thanks to Johnny and Karen on Armed With Iron for the wonderful opportunity and spirit of love that they showed me tonight.  I'll do a more extensive write-up on some of the topics we covered later, but for now, here are the links to the Passover Haggadahs that I promised: http://www.wf-f.org/Seder.html http://www.godonthe.net/passover/messianic_haggadah.html Also, I'd …

Hidden Treasures in the Book of Esther

As we rapidly approach Purim, we find ourselves in as much turmoil as our forebears (whether physical or spiritual) who lived through the events that led up to it.  As news continues to pour in of the incredible toll of the earthquake in Japan and upheaval in the Middle-east, of the collapse of the American …

The Silent Times (Repost)

A little under two months from now, the new year, as defined by God (Exo. 12:2), will begin--and with it a new cycle of salvation. There's an old saying that "a Jew's catechism is his calendar"--and that's more true than most know. God's entire plan of salvation for Israel--and by extension, the world--is laid out on …

Hanukkah and the Messiah

It was the Feast of Hanukkah at Jerusalem.  It was winter, and Yeshua was walking in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.  The Judeans therefore came around him and said to him, “How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” (John 10:22-24) Hanukkah has always been a time …