Today is a cultural curiosity. Billions of people are putting their energy into a sometimes-spiritual event while many Jews are busy eating Chinese food(1) and emphasising it is “just” a normal day. “Messiah/Moshiach” is a deeply Biblical concept, so why don’t we all use today to...
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I posted an earlier version of this piece prior to the release of the film, but after seeing it, I have some fresh thoughts, which I’ve limned below.
The marketing campaign for the final installment in the “Harry Potter” franchise saw billboards throughout the country declare...
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June 26, 2008 | 11:31 amThe growth of the Jews for Jesus and messianic movements in Israel, especially during Israel's 60th anniversary, is unprecedented and an outcome of unrestrained relationships with fundamentalist Christians.
There are more than 15,000 messianic Jews residing in Israel and more than...
September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm
"The Life of David" by Robert Pinsky (Schocken Books, $19.95).
Every morning, pious Jews pray to God that "the offspring of Your servant David may speedily flourish ... for we hope for your salvation all day long."
The hope of future redemption and a return to ancient glory has long...
April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm
When we open our doors at the seder and invite Elijah the Prophet to sip the glass of wine that we have designated for him, we express our longing for
the Messiah. Elijah, in our tradition, will herald the arrival of a ruler who will enable a world of peace. The message of the seder...
January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm