Jethro’s Legacy

Jethro’s Legacy

By Shelley Neese The 54 weekly Torah readings, or Parashat Hashavua, each get their own title. The titles are commonly derived from the first meaningful word or words in the text. Mostly, the titles translate to unrevealing phrases like “And he called,” “Elevate!” or...

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The Temple Mount and Mentos

The Temple Mount and Mentos

By Shelley Neese Over the last seven years, Jewish visits to the Temple Mount have increased from a paltry 2,000 visitors in 2004 to 30,000 in 2018. While that uptick pales in comparison to the numbers of Jews who pray at the Western Wall, it is a real and noticeable...

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The Scapegoat and Atonement

The Scapegoat and Atonement

By Shelley Neese In 69 CE, Roman legions circled the walls of Jerusalem, poised to attack. Nervous Jewish factions fought among each other, clashing over the best way to prevent a violent end to their four-year rebellion. Amidst the turmoil, the holiest day of the...

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Martin Luther, Revisited

Martin Luther, Revisited

By Shelley Neese At 34 years of age, the Martin Luther of 1517 was a little known Augustinian monk plagued by thoughts of his own sins and failings. Luther, in his own words, suffered from an “extremely disturbed conscience.” When his private meditations on the...

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UNESCO’s Folly

UNESCO’s Folly

By Shelley Neese At 34 years of age, the Martin Luther of 1517 was a little known Augustinian monk plagued by thoughts of his own sins and failings. Luther, in his own words, suffered from an “extremely disturbed conscience.” When his private meditations on the...

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Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

By Shelley Neese In October 2016, UNESCO’s executive board ratified a resolution that attempted to erase 3,000 years of Jewish religious history in Jerusalem. The resolution was drafted by Jordan and submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and...

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The Story of Hanukkah

The Story of Hanukkah

Last week, I talked about the story of Hanukkah. In general, my goal is always to impart knowledge of Jewish feasts, festivals, traditions, and commentary to Christians who are trying to dig deeper into the Bible and to understand the Jewishness of their Messiah and...

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I have one idea for a gift…

I have one idea for a gift…

By Shelley Neese I co-teach a Sunday School class at my church. Actually, I go to an Anglican congregation so we call it the "Rector's Forum." I intended to give a 2,000 year broad sweep of Temple Mount history. Since it was Hanukkah, I thought I would introduce the...

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