“In the second century BCE, a remnant of the army of Alexander the Great had come to dominate the Jews then living in their own land. In an effort to consolidate his power and to impose a cultural uniformity on his subjects, the Syrian-Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes insisted that the Jews worship him as the rest of his subjects did and demanded that a statue of himself be erected in the Jews’ Temple in Jerusalem. A family of priests known as the Hasmoneans (who came to call themselves the Maccabees) rebelled against Antiochus. Though they were far outnumbered, this guerilla band fought valiantly and defeated the oppressor’s army…
If you are reading this article looking for proof-positive evidence that Chagall believed in Yeshua as Messiah and Savior, perhaps you should skip this page. The question—did he, or didn’t he—when asked whether Chagall had a personal belief in Yeshua, has been the source of both scholarly as well as amateur interpretation. The question invites research as well as heartache. This author does not intend to provide an all-inclusive answer that will bring closure to the argument forever, because it’s actually not possible. Interpreting art is both subjective and objective, and in the case of Jewish art, four sincere researchers will provide at least five answers.
Ask an Israeli about an important event in his or her life, a marriage, career change or the birth or death of a loved one, and you are likely to hear it described in terms of its relationship to a crisis, a war or disaster. Consider ,דוד דגיםthe not uncommon testimony of the English-language web page of David’s Fish shop in Jerusalem, a landmark family-style store run by David and his son Tuvia, “a store
The roots of music can be traced to creation when the “morning stars sang” the most touching comment came from a Holocaust survivor following a 2013 (Job 38:7). Since then, music has become an integral part of every people and culture. One of the wonders of the Tenach is how it was preserved by word of mouth before it was ever written down. Based on our understanding of cantillation points, we understand that the holy scriptures were
Each year, two deserving students who are enrolled in an approved Messianic that point, Temple decided that he would attend that school to become a Church. Jewish Studies (MJS) program, are awarded the Paul Liberman Messianic Jewish Studies Scholarship. This is a profile of Matthew Temple, one of this year’s winners. Originally from Baltimore Maryland, Temple was raised in West Palm Beach Florida by his mother in a non-religious home. He reported that his teenage years were spent as a hard-rock musician, playing in clubs and bars by the age of 16. He dropped out of high school and by the time he was 17, he was kicked out of his home.
In 2015, French petroleum consultants, Beicip-Franlab, authored an independent study concluding that up to 6.6 billion barrels of oil “remain to be found” in the Levant Basin of Israel’s Jezreel Valley. In February of this year, Dallas and Caesarea-based Zion Oil and Gas Corporation announced the discovery of “free-flowing hydrocarbons” in Megiddo-Jezreel Well Number 1, their licensed exploration site lying in the virtual shadow of the ancient fortress city of Jezreel where, almost 3000 years earlier—after
On April 24th, 2018, news broke in Israel that Hananya Naftali, an Israeli Messianic Believer, had been appointed Deputy Media Advisor by the Netanyahu government. Less than a week later, in an online article at
JewishPress.com, Israeli writer and blogger Varda Meyers Epstein, after branding Naftali a “Christian Missionary” and “creep,” had this to say about his appointment.
“We did not survive the Holocaust and create the State of Israel in order to let some sneaky dweeb kill our connection to our Jewishness; our connection to G-d and His Holy Torah.”
It was Yom Kippur day October 6, 1973, and I was on my way to the municipal synagogue in Herzliya, Israel when I noticed the buzz of small private planes flying over my head. This was very strange as no one drove on this most sacred day of the year in Israel let alone flew their plane. The streets were completely void of traffic as is the case on every Yom Kippur. Nevertheless, small private
Happy New Year! We are about to celebrate the Jewish year of 5779, which is believed to be the time since
the creation of the earth, calculated by rabbis who added up the ages of everybody mentioned in the Old Testament. As mentioned above the holiday which begins on the first day of Tishre occurs at the beginning of the seventh month of the year as ordained by G-d through Moses, and not the first, which is Nisan. The date changes each year on the Gregorian or Civil calendar because of the vagaries of the Jewish religious calendar which operates both according to the phases of the moon and to the movement of the sun around the earth.