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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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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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Orthodox Conversion: A Biblical Perspective

There are several Rabbis in the Messianic movement who have high levels of smichah, but they are scattered and isolated. I believe that we need to be uniting these leaders so that they can form a Beit Din to oversee the conversion process within a believing community, so that those who are seeking conversion out of proper motives can do it without denying their faith.

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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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Understanding Acts 10:9-19 (Peter’s Vision of the Unclean and Clean Animals; and Parasha Tazria)

A Jewish understanding of Peter’s vision of the sheet with both clean and unclean animals, where he is told to “rise, kill, and eat,” with an explanation derived from an understanding of parasha Tazria. The key to understanding the vision is knowing the difference between tamai and tahor, and akathartos and koinos. The vision is not about making unclean animals, like a pig, clean. On the contrary, it’s about making clean animals (gentiles) that became defiled with contact with unclean animals (idolatry), clean again (by faith in Messiah Yeshua).

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What is the Torah?

The word Torah has become increasingly popular in recent years partly due to the Hebrew Roots movement in Christianity and partly due to Kabbalah interest in the Media. Unfortunately overuse of the term has only served to add to the confusion. Part of the problem is that these modern writers can’t make sense of how Jewish writers are using the term.

We thought it would be good to take a moment and thoroughly define what Torah means so it doesn’t become just another buzz word in religious rhetoric. We hear questions all the time: “What is the Torah?” “Where did it come from?” “How does the Torah differ from the Bible?” In the rest of this article we will try to give a good introduction to Torah and how it plays a part in our lives.

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Do I need to be circumcised?

Yes, it is a sign of the Covenant, in that it is a sign as to Who the Messiah is, in that he does not come by human effort, and that He is the “seed of the woman” prophesied in Genesis 3:15.

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Two House Theology is a Distraction

This is a comment on Two House theology, otherwise known as the Ephraimite movement. Being a comment, it’s not going to address the totality of Two House theology, but it will address its most serious consequence in its thinking. I will address what I see is its most important flaw, and that is: its belief […]

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