ISSUES is a publication giving a Messianic Jewish perspective on a wide variety of subjects—from traditional Jewish occasions to the latest contemporary films. Plus delightful stories of “The Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos,” and more.
The main readership of ISSUES consists of Jewish people who are willing to give consideration to the question, Who is Jesus?
“Why on this night do we only eat matzah?” It really is the million-dollar question. Why do we have to eat this dry, crumbly bread for eight nights?
I was excited to be heading to the West Coast to visit my older brother Steve. My dad had returned to New York with the good news that Steve had found a place with a nice Jewish landlady who would “keep an eye on him.”
Gedalia was a kid (baby goat) with no future—no future, that is, other than being passed on a platter from one guest to the next at the Passover seder of Yossel and Shayna Rabinovitch.
I remember watching the closing moments of The Prince of Egypt, Stephen Spielberg’s animated telling of the Exodus story. Moses descends Mount Sinai carrying the Ten Commandments on two stone tablets, and uplifting music plays as the movie ends.
Humanity has brought sin into the world, resulting in estrangement from God, our own selves, one another and nature. We are no longer who God intended us to be—whether we identify as male, female, or one of Facebook’s 58 genders.
Sexuality is a core aspect of our identity and a part of the basis upon which we interact with others and even God Himself.
A Jewish believer in Jesus pens a heartfelt letter to his sister, who is a lesbian.
I am Jewish by birth. But I was not raised in the traditions of Judaism. I did not attend Hebrew school or synagogue. The only time God was mentioned around the house was as a swear word. My mom and dad were atheists, though they had a sense of pride in being Jewish. I was […]
Heshie thought it was a waste of time to study the Holy Book. Until he was transported to the time of Judah the Maccabee…
The Hebrew Scriptures predicted the specific events of the Hanukkah story hundreds of years before they occurred.
This year Hanukkah and Christmas collide. But what is the spiritual connection between the two holidays?
The Bible not only speaks of an end to this world, but also of a new beginning—a new heaven and a new earth. While the Hebrew Scriptures allude to this new world, the New Testament describes it in great detail.
As a young rabbi, Isaac Lichtenstein (1825–1908) reprimanded a young man for showing him a Bible containing a New Testament, took the book from him, and put it on a corner shelf. Thirty years later Lichtenstein opened the book… and it changed his life.
Jewish artist Steffi Geiser Rubin’s twenty paintings, commissioned especially for this project, dramatically portray the Jewish world of Jesus.
Until she began teaching about the Holocaust at Christian colleges and universities, author Judith Mendelsohn Rood had no idea that many of the Jews killed in the Holocaust were professing Christians.
Jews who believed in Jesus got no “exemption” from the Holocaust.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, my mother said to me, “Why you, Susan?” I remember replying, “Why not me? Would it be better if it were someone else’s daughter?
My Jewish friend told me that he had found his Judaism and the God of Judaism at that church. He was now, for the first time, truly proud and excited to be Jewish. I was shocked but curiously intrigued.
A young man is hurrying home to prepare for Rosh Hashanah when he is accosted by two hooligans, beaten and robbed and left in the alley he had used for a shortcut.
It is estimated that as many as ten percent of the Jews in Nazi Germany believed in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. And they suffered and went to their deaths along with their fellow Jews.
Bazyli Jocz, a Jewish believer in Jesus who worked with the Church’s Ministry among Jewish People (CMJ) in Warsaw, Poland, was betrayed to the Gestapo and shot.
About 300 members of the Beth El Congregation of Hebrew Christians in Warsaw died in the Holocaust, including Leon Rosenberg’s daughter and her husband.
In the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos, a wise stranger passes through and confounds the local rabbi.
When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.
We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.