Category Archives: Exhortations

The False Flag – How A Vocal Minority is Destroying “Hebrew Roots”

During World War II, Hitler planned an operation called Operation Greif, in which a group of Germans dressed in American uniforms and driving American vehicles caused havoc in the American ranks. The German commandos would cross over enemy lines into … Continue reading

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Mesilas Yesharim and Luke 14 on Humility

The Jewish ethical treatise Mesilas Yesharim (Path of the Just) chapter 22 contains this quote from Vayikra Rabbah (the Midrash on Leviticus): Our Sages of blessed memory said in Vayikra Rabbah (1.5), “Withdraw two or three levels from your place … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Births

I have two sons with my wife, Sarah. We knew before the first, Reuben, ever came along, that we wanted to have a home birth, the same way our mothers gave birth so long ago. We aren’t against hospitals or … Continue reading

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Partnering with God – Repairing the World

Every judge who judges with complete fairness even for a single hour, the Writ gives him credit as though he had become a partner to the Holy One, blessed be He, in the creation. b.Shabbat 10a The idea of partnership … Continue reading

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Christians, Don’t Be Afraid of Modern Scholarship

Biblical scholarship and evangelical Christianity just plain don’t get along. “Cemetery” is a popular byword for liberal seminaries; the erudition of academia is often spurned by the “faith alone”, “led-by-the-spirit” type. One can even find undertones of the age-old dichotomy … Continue reading

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Bring Modesty Back – A Plea to Christians and their Leaders

Paul wrote in 1 Cor 5:9-10 that when followers of Christ separate themselves from immoral people, they must not extend this separation to those “of the world”. That is, only believers who practice immorality are shunned; the ungodly and unsaved … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av – A Time to Mourn

Tomorrow is Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av on the Hebrew calendar); it is a significant day in Jewish history. It is the anniversary of a multitude of calamities that befell the Jewish people, with the … Continue reading

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Shine Your Light- Lessons from a Butterfly

Today I took my son Reuben for a walk after a rainstorm. In the middle of the road we discovered a spicebush swallowtail (that’s him over on the left). We almost didn’t see him; he was pretty well camouflaged against … Continue reading

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