Messianic Judaism

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Gentile Access to the Herodian Temple: A New Opinion

Two millennia ago, the block served as one of several Do Not Enter signs in the Second Temple in Jerusalem, delineating a section of the 37-acre complex which was off-limits for the ritually impure — Jews and non-Jews alike. Written in Greek (no Latin versions have survived), […]

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Judaism for Dummies

I had my first encounter with Judaism when I met an Army chaplain who also happened to be a rabbi. I had never met a rabbi before, but I was a big fan of the Jewish people. So I told him so. In exactly those words, actually: […]

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Jews and Gentiles, Rebuilding Ruins Together

The High Holy Day season is always a powerful time of reflection and assessment. The Scripture passages chosen to accompany these holidays contribute to the spiritual depth of the season. I was particularly struck this year by a section of the Haftarah portion that is read every […]

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