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Attacking the messenger and not the message

Reply to a letter to the editor

It is sad that Barbra Miner resorts to the old ploy of attacking the messenger and not the message. Yes, I was upset and passionate about the presence of Jews for Jesus, Messianic Jews—also known as Hebrew Christians— and other missionaries at the Celebrate Israel Festival. But Barbra failed to share the essence of our [Read More]

Why Is There So Much War and Violence in Bible?

Question: I study Torah and really enjoy its beauty and I try to follow its lessons as much as possible. There is one “detail,” however, which really bothers me. Why does the Torah mandate cruelty and war? Why do we have to “wipe out” Amalek and the Canaanites? Why administer capital punishment? Shouldn’t G‑d‘s message [Read More]

The Hidden World

Our sages teach, “All the festivals are destined to be nullified [in the Messianic age], but the days of Purim will never cease to be observed.” (Midrash Mishlei 9:1) This startling comment may be understood if we consider the placement of Purim in the sequence of the other Jewish holidays. It may be suggested that [Read More]

Struggling With God

David Hazony’s recent book The Ten Commandments reveals that while most people feel strongly about the commandments, few are actually able to enumerate them. Even for those who have pondered these foundational spiritual directives, the very first one is often perplexing. Indeed, some thinkers have questioned whether the introductory statement that “I am the Lord [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]

What does the death of Sara have to do with King David?

Parsha with Rabbi Kravitz - Chayei Sarah

What does the deal of Sara have to do with King David? Welcome to another episode of Parsha with Rabbi Kravitz. This week’s Parsha is Chayei Sarah. The Parsha opens by telling us that Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite [Read More]

Jews for Jesus – Heavenly Deception?

Just a few examples: 1) In a Jews for Jesus booklet entitled “Jewishness And The Trinity,” in an attempt to prove their point they quote a non-existent passage from the “Zohar” a classic book of Jewish mysticism. 2) In a book titled “Share the New Life with a Jew, “ Jews for Jesus founder Moishe [Read More]