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Facing the Divide

Keeping Kosher

What is Kosher? The word kosher is used in many ways. It has become slang for “alright” or “approved.” It is part of the label on certain types of pickles. And it is usually associated with Jews. But so few people really know what kosher is and how it connects to Scripture. Sondra Oster Baras, … Read more

Tithing

Both Jews and Christians tithe but do they understand the word in the same way? What does the Bible have to say about tithing? And what does tithing have to do with the Temple, the church, or with charity?  Sondra Oster Baras, an Orthodox Jew who has devoted her life to reaching out to Christians … Read more

Facing the Apocalypse

Jews and Christians base their visions of the End times on Scripture and much of that Scripture comes from the Hebrew Bible, a book sacred to both Christians and Jews. Both Christians and Jews are waiting for Messiah, albeit with different visions of who Messiah is and whether he has been before. But how do … Read more

Welcoming a New Baby

There is no greater joy on earth than giving birth to a healthy baby. That moment when life bursts forth from the womb is probably the closest we, as human beings, can get to the Divine. And for God-fearing peoples all over the world, it is a time of thanksgiving, time to offer joyous prayers … Read more

What is Pentecost?

Pentecost is a little-known holiday in many Christian denominations.  Its connection to the founding of the church from the Book of Acts is well-known but in fact, Pentecost is rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures.  It is a holiday, known in Hebrew as Shavuot, that is celebrated faithfully by the Jewish people since Biblical times. Sondra … Read more

What is Zionism?

Zionism was traditionally a Jewish issue.  Beginning in the mid-19th century, Jews began to explore the idea of a modern return to the Land of Israel before Messiah’s arrival.  Theodore Herzl founded the Zionist movement which acted politically to advance the idea of a modern Jewish state in the Land of Israel.  Jews who advocated … Read more

Does Passover relate to Easter?

Passover is one of the most loved and celebrated holidays in the Jewish faith. Easter is a particularly holy day for Christians as they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But are these holidays connected in any way? They always fall very close to each other on the calendar – is that a coincidence?

Christmas and New Year’s Day

Sondra Oster Baras, an Orthodox Jew who has devoted her life to reaching out to Christians all over the world to bless Israel, provides an in-depth understanding of Jewish wedding customs.