Yom Kippur: Ritual and Moral Purity

First, before starting this this new article I'd like to present my previous articles on the subject, since they give some background: Yom Kippur, Part 1: Traditions and Blood Yom Kippur, Part 2: The Exodus and the Future Did God Reject the Sacrifice Because of Yeshua?  A Response to Rabbi Singer Yom Kippur! There is no holier day …

Raised for War, Part 3: The Nature of Our Slavery

The Egyptians ruthlessly made the children of Israel serve, and they made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and in brick, and in all kinds of service in the field, all their service, in which they ruthlessly made them serve. . . and the children of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried, …

Prayer to Yeshua, Part Deus

Apparently, I "took umbrage to the suggestion that we can pray directly to Jesus," at least according to Nick Norelli's latest post on the subject.  Actually, I think that's far too strong a word, since I don't have enough emotional involvement in this subject to warrant it.  I just happen to disagree with Norelli's prooftexts, …

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 Kingdom of Heaven, the Rule of God

I recently read an article over at Christianity Today by Scott McKnight entitled, "Jesus vs. Paul." It's a fairly interesting delve into the apparent contrasts between the Messiah and the Apostle.  In particular, I noted the following admission: I grew up with, on, through, and in the apostle Paul. His letters were the heart of …

Sukkot, Part 1

Happy Sukkot! Since there is a lot of misunderstanding about the importance of this incredibly rich and important Feast, I thought that instead of trying to jam everything into one post, six or seven would be more appropriate. In previous posts, we looked at the significance of Yom Teruah (more commonly called Rosh Hashanah), the …