Izzy here. I was recently in Phoenix at the annual Messianic Jewish leadership roundtable, hosted by Rabbi Jonathan Bernis and Jewish Voice ministries. It was a significant time and there are several things I could share with you, but the highlight of the conference - and what I'm most excited to tell you about - was a conversation I had with Rabbi Itzhak "Tzahi" Shapira. (I won't tell you Tzahi's story here because you can watch it for yourself here or at the bottom of this email.)
Tzahi did something controversial this summer - he spoke at a Hebrew Roots conference in Portland, Oregon called Love for Israel. That caught my attention because Messianic Jewish Rabbis don't generally speak at Hebrew Roots events. In fact, they can even have their credentials pulled for doing so. So I got on YouTube and watched the two impassioned talks he gave. You can watch them too, here and here or at the bottom of this email. I personally think these two talks are a very anointed and prophetic message, and that every person in the Hebrew Roots movement should hear them!
After watching Tzahi's talks, I felt I needed to contact him. And shortly after that, lo and behold there he was in Phoenix - grabbing my arm and pulling me aside and saying we needed to talk!
The reason I'm telling you this is because Tzahi and I are in similar situations. We're Messianic Jews, and our home is the Messianic Jewish movement. But we believe God is calling us to build relationships with people in the Hebrew Roots world, so despite our reservations and disagreements with some things, we kind of live with our feet in two worlds and walk the fine line.
I could tell you more, but for now I'll tell you that I sincerely believe that Tzahi's our man and I'm behind him 100%. We've agreed to be allies and work together as individuals and organizations, and - on a practical level - I hope you'll take a moment to check out his website, connect with him on social media, and sign up for emails from him here.
I apologize for how irregular new lessons have been recently. Between moving to Albuquerque and Canon losing my camcorder instead of repairing it I haven't been able to produce any new Hebrew Chapters episodes lately, but - good news! - that should change in the next couple weeks.
Elihana is travelling internationally right now, playing music and teaching at conferences, so her modern Hebrew classes are hit and miss until January.
And Rabbi Derek had last week and this off for Thanksgiving, but will be back next week! :D
You can check the live lessons schedule, and sign up for sameday email reminders of live classes, here.
Sungwhan is following Yeshua in the Hebrew way! Here's his story.
I am a korean pastor.
I really want to teach my church members the bible correctly,
so I decided to learn hebrew bible. Already I studied basic hebrew through youtube lecture.
When I got the last class the teacher introduced your website.
I am a part job pastor my other job is accountant.
My goal is to teach christian bible correctly so that they can understand the word of God exactly and devote themselves for the kingdom of God.
Sometimes when I have a time I used to go to mission trip. Attached picture is the one I took in Cambodia in June of this year.
I hope to achieve my goal through your lecture.
Thank you! God bless you!
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