Miscellaneous

Anti-Evangelism

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Written by: Erin Parfet
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beach 3017697 1280In January of 2023, two members of Israel’s parliament, known as the Knesset, introduced a bill that would outlaw sharing the love of Jesus (Yeshua in the Hebrew) in the Jewish State and jail those who attempt through any means—verbally, digitally, or otherwise—to share the Good News of Yeshua and why they believe that Yeshua is the Messiah in hopes that Israelis might consider following Him.

Frankincense and Myrrh

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Thanks to the prevalence of the Christmas story and nativity scenes, even non-Bible scholars are familiar with the general story of the three wise men arriving on the eve of Yeshua of Nazareth’s birth in a barn outside Bethlehem, as there was no room in the inn for Mary to give birth to her child in better circumstances. The three wise men, or magi, heard of the birth of the King and followed the Star of Bethlehem until they arrived at the stable, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Human Trafficking in Israel

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"Today’s slavery flourishes precisely because slaves are kept invisible, without the ability to make their voices heard. As the voices of the Israelites were heard by a compassionate God insisting on justice and human dignity in the world, so must we hear and take action."  -Rabbis for Human Rights

Tekhelet

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Tekhelet is an azure-sapphire-midnight blue, fade-resistant dye mentioned approximately 49 times in the Tanakh, believed to be God’s chosen color for ancient Israel and a prized shade of blue within the Jewish faith. This specific hue of blue is referenced in the clothing and headdresses worn by Israel’s High Priest and the tapestries of the Tabernacle. The hue has become largely symbolic of nobility, which is consistent with the purpose of the tallit—reminding a Jewish person of his special relationship with God and God’s commandments.