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Facing the Divide

Christmas and New Year’s Day

Those of different faiths have some awareness of Christmas. But what does this holiday mean to Jews, who have always been outsiders to the Christian experience even as they live comfortable lives in Europe or North America?

The Meaning of Hanukkah

Sondra Oster Baras, an Orthodox Jew who has devoted her life to reaching out to Christians all over the world to bless Israel, shares the history and meaning of Hanukkah with her Christian friends, even as Kimberly Troup, Christian Zionist director of CFOIC Heartland’s US office, and Tommy Waller, Christian Zionist director of HaYovel, share their understanding of Hanukkah, including a mention of the holiday in the Christian Scriptures!

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is celebrated at the end of November in the United States. But how does that play out in the Bible, in Judaism and in Christianity?

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Thanks to centuries of muddled translations and misunderstandings, the meaning and traditions of these sacred days have so often been lost. But in this month’s episode of Facing the Divide we will try and clarify it all for you.

Christian Anti-Semitism

Christians all over the world to bless Israel, presents a Jewish perspective on Christian Anti-Semitism. Tommy Waller, a Christian Zionist, explains how he gradually became aware of this terrible history and relates his commitment to educating Christians and creating a new relationship between Christians and Jews.

The Joy of a Jewish Wedding!

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.

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

Modest is Hottest

Sondra Oster Baras provides a Jewish and Biblical perspective on modesty and will explain some of the more widely observed Jewish customs that are related to modesty, while Kimberly Troup, and Tommy Waller, share a Christian perspective on modesty including the challenges they face in raising children in a society that is all too often influenced by Hollywood.

Valentine’s Day

Sondra Oster Baras provides a Jewish and Biblical perspective on the holiday of love, while Kimberly Troup, and Tommy Waller share some of the Christian history and current customs surrounding Valentine’s Day.