Teaching from Zion 36 - April 2017

David is one of the most famous biblical characters. He is more widely known then Moses or Isaiah, more diverse and controversial than any other figure in the Holy Scriptures. David’s life story was anything but boring; his family saga could easily compete with popular soap operas of our century. This is the reason why hundreds of books and thousands of paintings and sculptures are dedicated to King David. He was a lover and a fighter, an outlaw and a king, but most of all, he was a man that was loved by God. It is interesting, that his very… Read More

From The Beginning
Teaching from Zion 35 - October 2016

We are pleased to present this new issue of Teaching om Zion which touches on the important heroes of Genesis and the fascinating lives they led. In our current age, one of the profound issues that we face includes relationship troubles, particularly within families. It is relationships be- tween people that su er the most due to the swift changes in our societies, especially with the tech- nological revolution and post-modern desire to create a “new man,” who is detached from history, traditions, and community. By examining the lives of our forefathers, the challenges they faced and the roads they… Read More

The Synagogue
Teaching from Zion 34 - March 2016

The following issue of TFZ magazine includes our pursuit in understanding traditional synagogue worship as well as its establishment. It deals with the complicated, yet inseparable relationship between the synagogue and its younger sister – the early church. Several articles in this magazine describe and articulate the role of the synagogue within the context of the modern messianic movement. Likewise, it discusses the road that we have all taken in pursuit of the origins of Jewish worship and lifestyle. Also, current messianic congregations that can be an authentic synagogue as well as genuinely messianic, can serve in bridging the gap… Read More

Biblical Economics
Teaching from Zion 33 - July 2015

It’s been said that there are more verses in the Bible concerning money than any other subject. Certainly, the Bible says a great deal about money and economics. This issue of Teaching from Zion is all about money – from simple everyday budgeting to important theological questions.

Land of Desire
Teaching from Zion 32 - December 2014

This issue of Teaching from Zion is about the Land of Israel and restoration. There are two main aspects to this topic: 1) The return of the Jewish people to the land and the rebuilding of the ancient cities according to prophecy. 2) The restoration of Israel’s spiritual heritage of Israel. The return to the Land brings a return to the basic biblical principles that in the Diaspora were not relevant. One of the most fabulous things in Israel is that many of the great leaders who have built the country, although not religious in Modern Orthodox Jewish terms, were… Read More

Women in the Bible
Teaching from Zion 31 - May 2014

This issue of TFZ focuses on the contribution that women bring to the kingdom of God. From Moses’ mother to the mother of Jesus, women of the Bible have shown us how to be obedient to God’s plan and do so with a cheerful heart and a sacrificial attitude. We hope that you see from the articles presented that women’s roles should never be diminished and that each woman’s talents for the kingdom should be praised and blessed.

Messiah in the Siddur
Teaching from Zion 30 - October 2013

This issue of Teaching from Zion is published in the fall of the year 2013. In the Jewish world, this time of year traditionally marks the beginning of a new year and a renewal of spirit and commitment to God. We ask for forgiveness from our neighbor and from God for the transgressions we have committed and repent and change for the better. One of the aspects of Jewish life that can easily be improved upon is a dedication to prayer. The Siddur is the order of prayer in the Jewish world. It is also the unifying document of the… Read More

Fathers of Faith
Teaching from Zion 29 - May 2011

“The deeds of fathers are a sign for the sons” is an ancient rabbinic saying, relating primarily to the educational responsibility of the parents to set a good example for their children. This proverb also holds a deeper meaning when it becomes one of the many guidelines for the Jewish sages in their attempt to learn important principles of God’s kingdom from biblical stories. In this context the deeds of the fathers become shadows of future events that will occur in the history of their sons, the people of Israel. Rabbinic exegesis gives special attention to the hints found in… Read More

Set the Captives Free
Teaching from Zion 28 - November 2010

The Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions began in the 15th Century and continued until the mid-1800s, as hundreds of thousands of Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism and then were later tortured and executed for continuing to practice Judaism in secret. In light of the upcoming Restoring the Lost Heritage Conference sponsored by Netivyah, (see page 26 for details), this volume contains a variety of articles on the B’nei Anussim, the descendants of the Jews who were forcibly converted, also known more pejoratively as “marranos,” “conversos,” or “New Christians”. Here we prefer the Hebrew term “Anussim,” “those who were forced… Read More

Beauty for Ashes
Teaching from Zion 27 - July 2007

Summer is traditionally a time of tragedy for the Jewish people, a season when “the hands of Esau are strengthened” and able to victimize many of God’s chosen people. Jewish sources tell us of many terrible events that happened during the period known as the Three Weeks, which go from the 17th day of Tamuz to the 9th of Av (this year from June 29th to July 20th). These 3 weeks are observed as a period of semi-mourning and culminate with 9 Av (Tisha b’Av), which is observed as a total 24 hour fast day. Tradition teaches that on this… Read More

Times of Harvest
Teaching from Zion 26 - May 2009

Much of the world has often viewed Judaism unfavorably for being a sectarian “national” religion, indifferent, if not hostile, to the rest of humanity. While it is a sad truth that the long and bitter years of exile have indeed raised some bad Jewish feelings towards the Gentiles, these are far from reflecting the inherent attitude of Judaism to the place that the Gentiles have in the Kingdom of God. The Jewish New Testament writers, being very concerned about the salvation of the Gentiles, express ideas that were well rooted in Jewish tradition, not only in thought, but also in… Read More

Teaching from Zion 25 - January 2009

“Return for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 44:22) contains an important principle for understanding the concept of redemption. The redeeming act, immanent in God’s merciful character, is only a starting point, not the finishing point, of the history of redemption. We still need to return even after having been redeemed. “O Israel, return unto the Lord your God” (Hosea 14:2). The word “unto” is the Hebrew “ad” (עד) which has the sense of “until,” meaning there is a way to go in order to get there. This applies both to the redeemed individual and the redeemed collective. Followers of Yeshua,… Read More

Food for Thought
Teaching from Zion 24 - August 2008

Common to all creatures, man and beast alike, eating and drinking are mere matters of material survival. One would not think there could be anything spiritual about something that dogs do, too. Yet one of many mind-blowing Biblical verses reveals quite the opposite: “And they saw God, and did eat and drink” (Exodus 24:11). This verse refers to Moses and the priests and seventy elders who ascended Mount Sinai. One might think that it is odd that these men occupied themselves with this “lowly physical act” on the occasion of seeing God, instead of falling on their knees in prayer… Read More

Teaching from Zion 23 - March 2008

Although we know prophecy exists, it is a very challenging concept to understand because it is hard to define exactly what it is or how it works. Yet, abstract and obscure as it may be, we are not completely in the dark. The Bible is not only the source of our limited knowledge about prophecy, but first and foremost, it is the fruit of prophecy. One thing we know for certain, therefore, is that prophecy is the channel through which the Divine and the Eternal communicates with earthly mortals. We usually associate prophecy with the foretelling of future events. This… Read More

The Parables of Yeshua
Teaching from Zion 22 - October 2007

For this New Year 5768 edition of Teaching from Zion, we have chosen the theme of Yeshua’s parables. A great deal of Yeshua’s teaching, especially in Matthew and Luke, takes the form of parables, so it is important that we understand these stories if we want to understand His central messages about His Messianic mission and the Kingdom of God. In this magazine edition, we will address both the “why” and the “how” of this beautiful literary form as well as examining some specific parables very closely to see how their historical and cultural Jewish context can help us unravel… Read More

דבר אחר 2
Davar Acher 2 - September 2010

ימי האינקוויזיציה נחשבים לאחת מנקודות השפל העמוקות בגלות ישראל, אף שבניגוד לדימוי הרווח בקרבנו, אין מדובר במפעל שתכליתו המרת דתם של היהודים. מבלי לגרוע מאומה מחומרתה המפלצתית של התופעה, לא הייתה לבתי הדין שהופקדו על שמירת טוהר האמונה הקתולית נגיעה של ממש ליהודים, אלא לאלה מהם שנטבלו לכנסייה, ובהיותם נוצרים נחשדו בכפירה כשהמשיכו לקיים בסתר מנהגים של המסורת היהודית, להלן ה”אנוסים”, המוכרים בכינוי הספרדי “מרנוס”. אלה היהודים שהגיעו לחקירות במרתפי העינויים ולמוקדי האוטו-דה-פה. יהודי שסירב להשתחוות לצלב אולי לא טופל בידי מוסדות האינקוויזיציה אולם הסביבה הנוצרית ידעה למרר את חייו בדרכים אחרות של חרם ונידוי, פרעות, הפקעת רכוש וגירוש, והדברים… Read More

דבר אחר 1
Davar Acher 1 - October 2009

‘דבר אחר’ היה פעם שמו של המדור הסאטירי של עיתון הפועלים ‘דבר’, שחדל מזמן מלהתקיים. ראינו לנכון לאמץ את הכותרת החיננית הזו לכתב העת העברי התקופתי של אגודת ‘נתיביה’ על אף העובדה שבמסורת ישראל זהו צירוף מילים טעון ורב משמעות שלילית. ‘דבר אחר’ הוא דבר לא כשר, בלשון עדינה, והכינוי ‘אחר’ לבדו מזוהה במקורותינו עם חכמי תורה שחרגו מן המסגרת, שנחשדו בכפירה ומינות ושנאסר להביא דבר בשמם המפורש. כזה בדיוק היה גם הסיפור של ישוע, שאנשי הסנהדרין גזרו על תלמידיו שמעון ויוחנן שהובאו לפניהם שלא ללמד דבר “בשם” מורם: “אך למען לא ירבה הדבר בעם ויפרוץ נזהירה אותם בגערה לבלתי… Read More