The Jerusalem Council

A Global Association of Orthodox Jewish Disciples of Messiah Yeshua

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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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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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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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Who Was Paul and What Did He Preach?

Rabbi Shaul, otherwise known as Paul the Apostle, was a Pharisee, even as a believer in Messiah and a teacher to the nations. He taught what was considered in his day to be “Judaism” and thus the Torah and the Prophets and Writings were the central foundation to all his teachings. It is from this foundation that he taught and taught others to follow. This is a scripture-only reference list of who Paul said he was, and what he said he preached.

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Judaic Classics Online

A list of classic Judaic literature and reference materials available fully online for free in Hebrew and English. Materials include the Tanach, classic Jewish Commentaries (Rashi, Ramban, Rambam), Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi and various commentaries, Kabbalah literature, all Midrash Halacha, all Midrash Aggadah, major Halachic Works, and many classic works of Jewish Ethics and Philosophy.

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Is Yeshua G-d?

Many ask us if we believe Yeshua is G-d. We respond: G-d is not a man. We have no King, Savior or Redeemer than HaShem. Yeshua is the Messiah, and he is our King, Savior, and Redeemer. Outside of these three statements, we can not say anything more, for we would be saying something that G-d in his wisdom never thought to put explicitly in the scriptures.

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Jewish Holidays 2009 (Moedim 5769-5770)

A list of Jewish holidays for Gregorian year 2009 for the moedim (appointed times) 5769-5770, and dates to request off from work from your employer for those in the diaspora (assuming a 9-5 work shift).

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