Maimonides’ Eight Levels of Charity

Dear Rabbi, I highly value your advice on practical issues more than any pastor, so with that said, I am interested in and have questions regarding the ethics and nature of tithing and giving money to charity. Do you mind sharing the Jewish view on charity and tithing? Thank you for your time, Rebecca — [Read More]

Intermarriage

Since the early 1960s, the rates of Jewish intermarriage have mushroomed, increasing tenfold. With extremely low birthrates and large numbers of Jewish people no longer identifying with the religion of Judaism – we are facing a grave demographic challenge. Many Jews are uncom-fortable talking, or even thinking, about intermarriage – but this approach won’t make [Read More]

You Turn – The Jewish Response To A Christian Challenge

If you are Jewish, you’re a target. Millions of evangelical Christians in North America are passionately committed to converting us to their faith. They fund over 1,000 different missionary organizations to spearhead this effort. These include groups like Jews for Jesus and Chosen People Ministries, as well as hundreds of Messianic congregations reaching out to [Read More]

How many messianic Jews are there?

Today, there are over 1,000 Hebrew-Christian missionary groups that spend over $300 million annually, targeting Jewish people for conversion. In recent years, these missionary groups have succeeded in converting 350,000 Jews worldwide. In an Atlantic article, titled “Kosher Jesus: Messianic Jews in the Holy Land,” Sarah Posner explains that “there are an estimated 175,000 to [Read More]

Glossary of Personalities

Ramchal Is a name by which Rabbi Luzzato is commonly known and is a Hebrew acronym for Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzzatto, scholar and teacher of Jewish ethics who lived in the 18th Century. Among his works, the Mesillas Yesharim, or Path of the Just, stands out both as an introduction to traditional Jewish philosophy, and [Read More]

The Jewish Community and The Non-believer

The Apostate and the Jewish Community The concept of a multi-religions Jewish people is incongruous with the unparalleled historical continuity and social cohesion of the Jewish-religio-national community. In both a secular and religious sense, the Jewish people are a religiously based community, united with their brethren throughout the world by virtue of religion. This is [Read More]

Perishing through Ignorance

For many Jews, it is difficult to imagine anyone becoming a Hebrew-Christian. What kind of people are most vulnerable to the missionary appeal? There are actually many factors that can account for someone’s being “at risk”. Here I’ll focus on just one of them. The problem today remains unchanged from the time the prophet Hosea [Read More]