How to Manage Fear and Anxiety with Faith

How to Manage Fear and Anxiety with Faith

Ancient Truths, Modern Applications When I was in the process of getting my doctorate in Homiletics (the study of public speaking) my professor Dr. Robinson emphasized an important truth: “The most difficult part of the process of developing a sermon is its...
Thoughts on a Virtual Shavuot

Thoughts on a Virtual Shavuot

What is Shavuot? The next holiday on Israel’s calendar is Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks. Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai after Israel left Egypt during the Passover. Leviticus also describes it as an agricultural holiday that falls at the end...
Extravagant Shavuot Cheesecake

Extravagant Shavuot Cheesecake

Traditionally on Shavuot, our food focuses on milk products: cheese blintzes, souffles, Italian dishes with cheese like stuffed shells or spinach ricotta lasagna, wine and cheese, and a myriad of deserts made from cheese. But the most treasured treat of Shavuot is...
Continuing the Count

Continuing the Count

About the Omer The counting of the Omer is an activity that is described as one of the moadim, divine appointments, that Hashem gifted to Israel in Leviticus 23 and then reaffirmed in Deuteronomy 16. “You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath,...
Should Messianic Jews Celebrate Lag B’Omer?

Should Messianic Jews Celebrate Lag B’Omer?

What do mourning, bonfires, haircuts, parades, and bows and arrows have in common? Stumped? The answer is Lag BaOmer celebrations! Lag BaOmer is the 33rd day of counting the Omer, which begins on the second day of Pesach and culminates in Shavuot (Feast of...
Parasha Acharei Mot pt. 2

Parasha Acharei Mot pt. 2

For part one, click here. The consumption of blood is clearly forbidden by Torah. Then why does Yeshua make this outlandish proclamation? “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I live in him.” (Yochanon 6:56) He clearly confused much of the crowd...
Parshat Acharei Mot pt. 1

Parshat Acharei Mot pt. 1

Several months ago I was in a local bookstore and was surprised to discover that while the Judaism and the Spirituality sections seemed to be shrinking, the largest book section by far was the one dedicated to Paranormal Romance novels. Spawned by the phenomenal...
The Joy of Anticipation

The Joy of Anticipation

Maybe this will seem trivial to you, but it was not for me or our family. Here is the story… Last evening our Nichol clan celebrated the birthday of one of our adorable grandchildren. Ari Nichol turned eight and while normally Grandma, Grandpa, uncles, aunts,...
Three Days in Israel

Three Days in Israel

There are three notable events coming up on Israel’s secular calendar. First comes Yom HaShoah, April 21st, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. On April 28th is Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom HaZikaron, for her fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Last is Yom...
Pesach Under Lockdown

Pesach Under Lockdown

Why is this night different from all other nights? This question is asked every year at Pesach (Passover) and refers to the first Exodus from Egypt. This year, the question took on an entirely different meaning as Passover was celebrated virtually all over the world...

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