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Pslam 22:17 Like a Lion or Pierced?

A common dispute some raise is over the interpretation of Psalm 22:17 as quoted by Matthew. 27:41-43. The verse in Psalms (Tehillim) says: Tehillim 22:17 כי סבבוני כלבים עדת מרעים הקיפוני כארי ידי ורגלי According to the Jewish Publication Society bible the verse is translated: Psalms 22:16 (22:17) For dogs have encompassed me; a company […]

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The Red Heifer and the Blameless Mashiach

I was once asked by an orthodox rabbi:

“provide a verse which says that Messiah will be sinless”

I showed him Numbers 19:2:
This is the statute of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer, faultless, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke.

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The Torah before Noah – A Refutation of Noachide Theology

A series of questions that appear to refute the claim that the Noachide laws were the only Torah given to mankind before Mt. Sinai by listing the scriptural and Jewish references to the Torah as existing before the Flood, let alone Mt. Sinai.

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List of All Known Messianic Friendly Yeshivot in the World

List of all known Jewish yeshivot open to applicants regardless of their discipleship to Yeshua ben Yosef shel Netzaret.

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The Jerusalem Council .org Vision

A vision to establish the institutions of yeshivot and battai din to meet the greatest needs of the believing orthodox Jewish community of disciples of Messiah Yeshua worldwide. This vision includes the creation of an Orthodox Jewish Rabbinical Yeshiva, an Orthodox Jewish Beit Din, a global Messianic Knesset, and an online communication and collaboration hub, by providing for rabbinic ordination (smicha), Jewish education, Jewish conversion (giyur), peer review, accountability, and the communication channels needed to support the body of disciples of Messiah Yeshua and all Messianic Jews worldwide.

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Jewish Conversion: From Abram to Abraham

Where is Jewish Conversion found? In how Abram became Abraham. We learn from Torah that conversion to Judaism is a confirmation of an already existing reality: that one is already Jewish before they come to convert.

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Orthodox Jewish Conversion: Esther 8:17 and 9:27

What the LXX translators understood happened in Esther 8:17, was the very same concept Paul was warning his Galatian disciples against in Galatians 2. If one believes Paul was warning his Galatian disciples against Jewish conversion, then one must also believe the LXX translators were describing that Jewish conversion was happening in Esther 8:17. If one calls it Jewish conversion in Galatians 2, then one must agree that the LXX translators would have called it conversion in Esther 8:17.

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Is the Torah for Gentiles?

The Torah is a beautiful gift, like a bride for her groom (as Shir HaShirim puts it), and though is meant to be shared with the nations, it requires one to make the covenant commitment to be intimate with her and thus receive all that she offers. We believe that this commitment (conversion out of love for HaShem and his Living Torah, the Mashiach) is one that one must make in order to be intimate with Torah, and is just another step of obedience in one’s walk of discipleship to the Master – the Master himself who models that intimacy with Torah for us, and who desires to live Torah through us every step of The Way.

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Messanic Apologetics 101

The foundational premise of all Messianic Jewish apologetics is this: one must reduce every argument to a Torah argument alone. This is based on the understanding that the Prophets and Writers could not add to or subtract from the Torah which is the Word that G-d commanded to Israel, and neither can we do so. Thus, the first question in any apologetic discussion should be “where is this (argument) found in the Torah?”

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Messianic Apologetics & The Virgin Birth (Conception)

Messianic Jewish apologetics is not that difficult. Take any argument that a counter-missionary gives you and reduce it to an argument from the Torah, and you will win every time.

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