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My Story is One of Many

The early years were difficult and there were many hardships, but I knew first hand of God's love for his people and giving up was never an option. I did not know then I would eventually become the director of the MJBI in Odessa Ukraine. Being a part of the MJBI has been a continual blessing in my life because I see lives changed through the teachings of the Gospel and graduating hundreds of students that have established ministries, congregations and outreaches to the meet the needs of the Jewish people throughout my country and former Soviet Union. Your gifts have changed my life and the lives of other Jewish people. Now being equipped we can make a difference in our communities. My story is just one of many. On behalf of myself and the other MJBI Directors around the world. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Purim 5775: Clues that lead to Deliverance

Jewish Days of Distinction Devotionals on the Jewish Feasts and Holidays Purim Commemorated annually on the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish holiday of Purim will fall on our calendar this year on March 5th and according to tradition celebrations will commence the evening of the 4th. The Scroll of Esther details the poignant yet ironic Purim story of rescue through an engaging tale of secrets…

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Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen: Kreplach

Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen Kreplach is the Jewish noodle pocket like the Chinese wonton or Italian ravioli. There are several theories why kreplach is eaten on Purim, but no one knows for sure why it traditionally appears on this holiday menu. Anything can used for filling but meat, potatoes, or cheese are most common.   Meat Filling 2 pounds ground meat, browned 2 carrots, chopped in small cubes 2 stalks of…

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SMT: Your Partnership in 2014

  By Frank Lugenheim, Director of Operations “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:19-20 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,…

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The Marrano Revival

By Raymond L. Gannon, Ph.D. A new phenomenon has struck like lightning across the entire Spanish-speaking world as thousands are thundering out bold proclamations of their Jewish heritage. Who are these Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Pentecostals who claim “Jewish DNA” in the 21st-Century? These assert they are descendants of Spanish Jews who formally converted to Roman Catholicism centuries ago. In darker Spanish times, these Jewish conversos were called “New Christians” and “Marranos”…

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MJBI and the Jews of Argentina

    By Tara Kieschnick, Zealous Magazine Managing Editor Jorge and Marcela Goldstein, MJBI Argentina Directors, have unique family backgrounds. Both were born into secular Jewish families. Marcela’s father Franco, an Italian Holocaust survivor, was saved from certain death when his mother hid him in a Catholic convent. But this also eventually led him to reject his Jewish roots. Jorge’s father was also a Jew, but non-practicing. Each thought they…

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With a Knife at Her Throat, She Didn’t Flinch

This scripture emerges in this new season of 2015: “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (Revelation 11:12). There are believers who are experiencing the strength of this passage written by the apostle John on the island of Patmos in real life. With the rise in persecution and slaughter of…

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This is Heartbreaking, but You Can Change it

Statistics say that 92% of all spiritual leaders worldwide have NO BIBLE TRAINING. This is both sobering and heartbreaking. We desperately need to develop leaders who can guide and disciple in the Jewish harvest fields that are ripe and ready today! Although there is great upheaval in Ukraine, spiritual fervency is on the rise among God’s ancient people. While some are immigrating to Israel, others feel God’s call to stay and preach the Good News to receptive hearts. We are training quality students for important leadership rolls in strategic areas of the world. Since starting our first Bible school in 1996 in Ukraine, the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute has grown to over 1000 students enrolled today studying in some 40 countries. These students have GREAT potential to multiply and spread what…

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Hanukkah 5775: A Hammer and a Flame

Jewish Days of Distinction A Messianic Study of the Jewish Feasts and Holidays Feast – Hanukkah, Feast of Dedication, or Festival of Lights Summary In 167 BC, Antiochus IV persecuted the Jews by prohibiting study of the Torah and outlawing Jewish religious practices. He defiled the Temple by requiring that pigs be sacrificed on the altar. A remarkable and faithful band of fighters vanquished the enemies in Israel. Marching into Jerusalem and waging war, Judah Maccabee (“hammer” in Hebrew), purified and restored God’s holy place. His small army, with God on their side, destroyed the foreign idols and resurrected a new altar. Jewish artisans crafted new vessels and a date was set for re-dedication—the 25th of Kislev. For the dedication service, only one vessel of specially-prepared oil was found to burn…

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Ancient Traditions Bring New Life

The Jewish Lemba of Zimbabwe are known for carrying Kohanim genes. They have not intermarried and have been isolated for years maintaining ancient Israelite customs. When the Lemba chief and headmen accepted Yeshua, a great door opened to spread the Good News — even to the Muslim Lemba who are being saved and renouncing Islam. The first MJBI graduation among the Jewish Lemba took place in July. Thirty-nine graduated, and all are working in full-time congregational ministry. The traditional Lemba are also hungry to be trained to start new congregations. To date through Jewish Voice Ministries’ medical outreaches, 24 congregations have been planted, all with MJBI-trained leaders. We are responsible to train and equip ALL the laborers for this harvest. Currently, 9000 of the 250,000 Lemba are now registered as…

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Apple Swirl Bread With Orange Glaze

Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen Baking for Rosh HaShanah! Apples and honey are eaten during Rosh HaShanah to symbolize the sweetness of a new year. Below you will find a wonderful original recipe by Mary Jo Pierce, Pastor of Prayer and Intercession at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. Mary Jo is an expert bread maker, and you will love this special sweet offering for Rosh HaShanah, Apple Swirl Bread with Orange Glaze. You will also find an MJBI YouTube recipe tutorial for this High Holy Day dessert. Shanah Tovah oo-metuchah! APPLE SWIRL BREAD WITH ORANGE GLAZE Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup warm milk (110 degrees) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 6-7 Granny Smith or Honeycrisp Apples 1 Egg 1 T Milk or half &…

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