Tu Bishvat, the New Year for Trees, is a beautiful time to herald new life after a long and dormant winter. In the seventeenth century, a new custom arose to celebrate Tu Bishvat with a seder, a ceremonial meal inspired by Passover.
Bloom, Vine of David’s new Tu Bishvat Haggadah, is inspired by the story of the early pioneers of the modern State of Israel. This seder reflects upon the dreams of a Jewish national homeland in the Promised Land throughout the centuries and its culmination with Zionism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Bloom is simple and not deeply mystical. It focuses the modern return of the Jewish people to their land as a part of the broader plan of world redemption.
In celebration of Passover, we thought it appropriate to remember, and even reprint, what appears to be the first messianic haggadah ever produced, printed more that 120 years ago: the Rabinowitz Haggadah.
Joseph Rabinowitz (1837–1899) grew up in a Russian Chassidic family and became a devout and pioneering follower of Yeshua. He formed Benei Yisrael, is widely considered the first Messianic Jewish congregation of the modern era. The Rabinowtiz Haggadah is a fascinating look at early Messianic thought and is an inspiring piece of our Messianic heritage.
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Through the pages of the new Messiah Journal we hope to continue to help shape the minds of the people of God, encourage the disciples of the Master, and instruct all believers in the life of Torah.
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The biblical education of Jewish children begins with Leviticus, a book largely about the sacrificial system. The animal sacrifices, however, are especially repugnant to modern Christians who see them as a temporary provision until Messiah's final atonement for sin. By studying the sacrifices we gain insight into God's instructions for approaching him in worship, and a better understanding of Yeshua's work on our behalf.
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Christian theology teaches that Jesus’ death and resurrection cancelled the Levitical sacrifices, but this assumption raises some serious problems. In four engaging lectures, Torah Club author D. Thomas Lancaster takes us into Leviticus, Hebrews, and the Messianic Age to come, to reconcile the contradictions between old and new.
The modern Messianic Jewish movement is birthed out of Christian missionary efforts to evangelize the Jewish people, but how does the rediscovery of Torah impact that original mission? In a series of five lectures, Torah Club author D. Thomas Lancaster considers the implications of trying to bring the Gospel to a post-modern world from a Messianic, Torah-based perspective.
Most believers have been taught an obligation to give a tenth of their income to their home church, but is this really what the Bible requires? First Fruits of Zion teacher Toby Janicki attempts to answer this question and more as he takes you on a fascinating biblical and historical study of the obligation of tithing. What does the LORD require of you?
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