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Posted November 13, 2013 - 11:28pm

Many times in our exploration of Jewish sources there will be a text which will help better elucidate a passage within the Scriptures, particularly the words of our Master. I would like to show how one such text does so in relation to Yeshua's double-parable of the Torn Garment and the Wine Skins. For no particular reason, I am going to use the version found in Mark's Gospel account. Let's take a look at this parable together.

No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins. (Mark 2:21-22)

Posted November 2, 2013 - 10:54pm

Recently, I was interviewed for a second time by Gabriel Rutledge of The Grafted In Perspective. This interview covered my perspectives on Hanukkah for followers of Yeshua and my new devotional for Hanukkah, Eight Lights. Be sure to listen and give us some feedback!

Posted October 21, 2013 - 4:54am

Shalom friends and talmidim! I just wanted to give you a brief ministry update and let you know what all was going on here at Emet HaTorah. It is difficult to keep everyone updated with just the monthly newsletter, so we have decided to begin a series of blog posts which will keep you informed on the happenings of this ministry on a more timely manner.

First, the response to my new book, The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple, has been very encouraging. To date we have sent out (whether through gifting, sponsoring or sales) nearly 250 copies. The word is beginning to spread on the value of this resource. We are still working to get this onto Amazon in Kindle format, but have not had the time to complete this project due to the next subject I would like to share with you.

Eight Lights mockupNext, we putting the final touches on a devotional booklet for Hanukkah, called Eight Lights. It will contain a basic overview of Hanukkah, the relationship of Jesus to Hanukkah, instructions for setting up and lighting your hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah), a devotion for each of the eight nights, and the entire text of 1 Maccabees so that families can read the actual Hanukkah account together. We are enthused about this resource and pray it will be received well. God-willing, it will be ready around the first week of November.

As far as outreach goes, I will be speaking at The Father's House in Conway, AR this coming Sunday (October 27) if you are nearby and would like to support us. I will be sharing the four responsibilities of discipleship with them and introducing them to Emet HaTorah.

Posted October 16, 2013 - 12:39pm

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead … (Hebrews 6:1–2)

The fifth component of the “elementary doctrine of Christ” as found in Hebrews 6:1–2 is “the resurrection of the dead.” When most Believers think of the resurrection, we conjure up images associated with the popular Left Behind book series. We think of the sky cracking open, Jesus appearing in the clouds and people being whisked away from wherever they are into the air to meet him. Cars, motorcycles and airplanes begin to cause worldwide collisions and panic as their drivers are snatched away into the Sweet By and By. This is not the Resurrection. The Resurrection is for the dead, not the living. The living have no need of resurrection; it is only the dead. 

Although the Resurrection is one of the foundational tenets of our faith upon which both the hope of Judaism and Christianity rests, it is a concept long since forgotten in the theological annals of our faith. It is a concept which sets Judaism and Christianity apart from all other world religions. It was this very hope of the Apostles which was confirmed through the physical resurrection of our Master. But yet we have really lost all connection to this basic belief held in high regard by the Apostles.

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Author: Daniel Rose & Jay Goldmintz
Publisher: Koren Publishers
Year: 2014

The Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur is one of the latest in Koren’s growing collection of siddurim (prayer books) geared towards a specific demographic. Koren describes Ani Tefilla as “an engaging and thought-provoking siddur for the inquiring high school student and thoughtful adult.” Koren says that Ani Tefillah has been developed in order “to help the user create their own meaning and connection during the Tefilla [prayer] experience.” The name of the siddur is connected with its objective. Ani Tefilla means “I pray.” 

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