Monthly Archives: July 2015

A Hearse, a Hurt, and a Hope

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September 2, 1979. The seats are dark velvet and I stroke them with my hand, a kind of self-comforting gesture. Beside me sits my mother, married nearly 50 years to the man we just put in the ground, my father. It is summer in New York. And it is dark. It was then that Mom shared…

The Leap Frog Fallacy and The Unwise Rejection of Rabbinic Culture

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The Leap Frog Fallacy is a concept I developed in 1990 for a course I taught about the siddur from a missiological perspective. From recent response to one of my blog posts, it is still needed. Commenting on my advocacy of Jewish believers in Yeshua living Jewish lives, that is, covenantal Torah living, a respondent complained,…

Does an Emphasis on Torah Living Undermine Messianic Jewish Outreach?

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Once in while, people who don’t know me, who have heard nasty things about me or who don’t feel comfortable with the positions I hold will accuse me of being weak on outreach, that is, they will accuse me of being indifferent to promoting Yeshua-faith among Jews. As soon as they say that, one thing…

Karaism, Protestantism, and the Seductive Power of Messianic Jewish Purism

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It occurred to me the other day that what I see developing around me could be termed a kind of Messianic Jewish Karaism. If you don’t know who the Karaites were, you need to know. Wikipedia has a nice article about them, and in part it says this: Karaite Judaism or Karaism  יהדות קראית ,…

On Saving A Soul and Losing a People

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I am sad today, quite sad. I was talking to a young believer in Yeshua and getting a read on what many of his generation think of the things I stand for. Not nice. Not nice at all. What made me sad was not so much being discounted and disparaged, although that was there, and…

Old Ain’t Dead: On Valuing and Encouraging the Contributions of Older People

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Here at Interfaithfulness, especially through our HaB’er initiative, we are involved in mentoring Jewish and Intermarried families in Jewish life, Yeshua faith, and relationship with God. And families include people of all ages! But if you think that people beyond a certain age have outlived their usefulness, then don’t waste your time reading this because, after…