"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

June 2011

What is the Root of Immortality and the Soul?

June 29, 2011

by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan  Look at your hand. What do you see? A part of your body, an appendage made of bone and sinew covered with flesh and skin. It is filled with nerves, blood vessels and lymph ducts which run through it and connect it to your body, making it part of you. You can […]

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More is Never Enough …

June 29, 2011

  by Rabbi Benjamin Blech I used to think that the main goal of American business was to make people happy. Create new products so consumers have a better quality of life. Add new bells and whistles to existing technologies to offer a more satisfying experience to the users. I thought happiness was the objective. But […]

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“The Subtle Secrets of the 10 Plagues”

June 28, 2011

Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald This coming week’s parasha, parashat Bo, describes the last three of the ten plagues. While the listing of the Ten Plagues seem quite straightforward, they are anything but that. One of the basic operating principles of the Torah is that nothing in the Torah is ever arbitrary. Everything is well thought out, […]

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Measure for Measure …

June 28, 2011

Middah K’neged Middah Measure for measure * reaping what you sow * what comes around goes around * poetic justice * reciprocity: Measure for Measure in the Tanach The word “HaShem” is used on this page as a way to say God’s Eternal Name. “HaShem” means, “Ha = The” “Shem = Name”. In most English […]

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Spiritual Growth …

June 28, 2011

  by Rikka Levy One of the things that made the most impact on me, when I was reading Women’s Wisdom, Rav Arush’s book on marital peace, was his description of how the People of Yisrael had to ‘go through the desert’ before they got the Torah. One of the five books is called ‘Bamidbar’, or […]

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The Divine Love Letter

June 28, 2011

  Translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody If Hashem wants us to get close to Him, why does He make us suffer? People who have it all – a loving spouse, health, children, ample income, and the like are usually very far from Hashem. The Torah itself testifies, “Yeshurun waxed fat and he kicked!” Those who have […]

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The Palestinians claim The Al Aqsa Mosque is Islam’s Third Holiest Shrine Is this the Truth?

June 28, 2011

I have a book published in MDCCCLXIV (1864). This book written by a Christian Scholar says the following, about the Muslims in the Holy land in his time. In view of the present Intifada it seems little has changed. “They seem to be wholly absorbed in their devotions, and manifest a power of isolation and […]

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Q & A: The Year 2000 (Eschatology)

June 23, 2011

Question: Why is there so much emphasis by the Christians for the year 2000 as being a redemption year?  I have heard that there is a belief that all Jews must be converted to Christianity by the year 2000.  This will probably mean steeped up efforts by the Jews-for-Jesus and similar missionary groups.  What can […]

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Q & A: When a Pastor Demands Charity

June 23, 2011

Question: Dear Rabbi, I was watching a television evangelist one Sunday, and something he said really struck me.  According to him, unless people pay tithes they will suffer.  Actually his words were that they would “get their butts kicked by life.”  I was horrified, Rabbi.  Would you tell me what Judaism teaches about tithing and […]

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Q & A: Why Didn’t The Red Ribbon on the Head of the Scapegoat Turn White in 30 C.E.?

June 23, 2011

Question:I was wondering about a story that a “Hebrew-Christian” told me recently.  He said that there was a scarlet cloth which would turn white every year when the high priest atoned for the sins of the people.  When Jesus died, around 30 A.D., the cloth would no longer turn white when the priest atoned for […]

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Q & A: A Christian Defends Matthew by Insisting That the Author of the First Gospel Used the Septuagint in His Quote of Isaiah to Support the Virgin Birth

June 23, 2011

Question:  Rav Singer, Why did you say Christians mistranslate the scripture by saying “almah”doesn’t mean “virgin,” when their translation of virgin comes from the Septuagint’s “parthenos,” not the Hebrew “almah”?  “Parthenos” does mean “virgin.” They didn’t mistranslate but used a different text.  This is pretty well known, did you not know?  I don’t think this is a very […]

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Q & A: A Lutheran Doesn’t Understand Why Rabbi Singer Doesn’t Believe in Jesus: A Closer Look at the “Crucifixion Psalm “

June 23, 2011

Question:  Dear Rabbi Singer, I am a Lutheran living in Switzerland and have been reading your web page with interest.  I admire your commitment to your faith, yet I am perplexed as to why you so assuredly reject Jesus Christ as your messiah.  He came not only for the gentiles, but for the Jews as […]

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Q & A: Coping With Christmas

June 21, 2011

Question:  Hello, Rabbi.  I hope Hashem has been blessing your work and family.  As you may recall, I am a former Christian who is now living as a Noahide and considering conversion to Judaism.  I am confronted again with the Christian holiday season and am starting to encounter some uncomfortable situations at home since my […]

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Q & A:”The Lord Said to My Lord” To Whom Was the Lord Speaking in Psalm 110:1 ?

June 21, 2011

Question: Dear Rabbi Singer,  A co-worker and friend of mine, who I know is a fundamentalist Christian, recently asked me what Jews think about the Trinity.  I told him that the concept is not part of our religion and that Jews believe in only one God.  He went on to ask me to explain Psalm […]

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Q & A: Why Doesn’t Judaism Have a King? Where is Our Messiah?

June 21, 2011

  Question:  Dear Rabbi Singer, I have been a Jewish Christian (Messianic Jew, meshumed, whatever) for 20+ years.  I have been attending a Conservative temple recently and my rabbi there lent me your tape series.  I listened to about six of the tapes and enjoyed your style and research very much.  Thank you for your fair […]

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Q & A: Mary’s Genealogy …

June 21, 2011

Question: I am curious to know what happened during the 400 years or so between theTorah and the New Testament.  Also, did the Jews have a king during Roman Era at all, and what was the function of the Sanhedrin?  Why do they say he was the king of the Jews?  To which Jews are they […]

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Q & A: Is There an Accurate Translation of the Jewish scriptures?

June 21, 2011

Question:  I am a Reform Jew and I occasionally find myself in debates online with Evangelical Christians about the nature of the Bible, and what is actually being said. Your site has become a very valuable resource for me, and I am interested in studying the Bible more closely. Since there are so many badly, […]

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Q & A: How Do Missionaries Paint the Virgin Birth Into the Mouth of Rashi?

June 21, 2011

Question:  I had spent six years in the messianic movement until my family asked me to study your tape series with an open mind.  I did and as a result, I have returned to Judaism.  I have been a religious Jew for more than a year.  Ever since I left, however, a Christian friend of […]

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Q & A:The Haftorah and Isaiah 53: Are the Jews Hiding Something?

June 21, 2011

Question:  Dear Rabbi, Missionaries claim that we are so “scared” of Isaiah 53 that we have omitted it from the Haftorah reading when it comes up.  I know this can’t be true, but what should be my response when this is brought up?  Thank you. Answer: This claim that the Jews have deliberately removed Isaiah 53 […]

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Christianity a Cult: Created Phoney Prophecies – Part Five

June 20, 2011

by R’ Yosef Barzillai MORE ARTIFICIALLY CREATED PHONEY “PROPHECIES” 1. The pretence that it was prophesied that the “messiah” would be born in Beit Lehem in Judæa Matthew 2 describes how King Herod consulted the religious leaders of Israel to find out where the “messiah” was going to be born according to the Scriptures: (3) When Herod the […]

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