December 21, 2019 | Let’s Talk About Hanukkah, Part 2

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Celebrating Hanukkah

It’s time for Hanukkah! We’re continuing our discussion this week with Steve Herzig, North American Director here at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. Steve grew up in an orthodox Jewish home and brings a personal perspective to the Jewish holidays. This week he and Chris are discussing if  believers in Jesus should celebrate Hanukkah. Spoiler Alert: Jesus celebrated it! And if you have Jewish neighbors, coworkers, or friends, Steve gives some insight on how you can show support and love to them this holiday season. 

We hope you all have a blessed Christmas. We serve a gracious and sovereign God. Our Father sent His Son, through the Jewish people, so that we might be reconciled to Him. Charles Wesley wrote,

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Merry Christmas everyone! 

The Feasts Of Israel: Seasons Of The Messiah

By Bruce Scott

Israel’s feasts play such an important role in understanding the context of both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Something we always try to stress is that the Bible you read during devotions throughout the week and the Bible you read on Sunday morning during church is a Jewish book, with writers writing with a Jewish worldview. Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and last I checked He didn’t celebrate Christmas or Easter, He celebrated Jewish festivals like Hanukkah and Passover! Learn about these feasts and festivals in “The Feasts of Israel: Seasons of the Messiah” by Bruce Scott.


Apples of Gold: For There Is Born To You This Day

It was disheartening for Zvi to have to change jobs so often. Many times his coworkers did not care about what he had to say and ignored his attempts to share his faith in Christ. But despite his difficulties, he kept the right attitude: his jobs allowed him to spread the gospel to more people. In one instance, his coworkers asked him his thoughts about Christmas. At first they were upset, but something was different this time. Hear how God opened their ears to listen to what Zvi had to share about the birth of Christ.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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