Monthly Archives: June 2015

Make Room for Daddy, or, Who’s Mentoring Your Children?

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Many people bewail how fathers are absent from the black family in urban America. But when was the last time you heard someone bewail how not only white evangelical fathers but also Jewish fathers in modern urban America are absent as spiritual mentors to their children? Most Jewish parents, and here I am focusing especially…

Korach and Kavod

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Treating someone with appropriate honor, kavod, is a major concept underlying Jewish life and thinking. Kavod connotes weightiness, and the term is often used to remind us to accord to all things their appropriate weightiness, especially to God Himself. This is why we read in the Bible “Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the…

When Jews Who Believe in Yeshua Become Anti-Judaism

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By now we are all more than familiar with the discussion about whether anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism may fairly be equated. I would say that in some cases, definitely yes. There are people who hate the Jewish State because it is the Jewish State. But that is not what I want to talk about today. Instead,…

About Deepening Engagement with Your Communal Tradition

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I have a confession to make: my respect for both Judaism and Christianity gets me in trouble with some people who call themselves Messianic. This calls for some explanation. What is now called the Messianic Movement, formerly the Messianic Jewish Movement, is nothing if not diverse. So people who make generalizations about the movement had…

What Are We Doing With The Fabric of Jewish Life?

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One of my treasured mentors, Dr Bobby Clinton, talks about leaders having core books of the Bible, those that have become subjects of special concentration through centrality or relevance to their work, or through personal affinity. For me, one of those core books is Devarim (Deuteronomy). Of all the books in the Torah this is the…