The book of Ester is a small book, a mere ten chapters. Most of us can relate the main events by heart. We imagine ourselves as Queen Ester, convinced we share her courage and faith. Do we? In our fast food immediate gratification mindset, we can quickly lose our resolve. We get anxious when we … Continue reading For Such A (Long) Time As This by Roni Bernstein
Last week, a friend posted the link to an interview with Rachel Denhollander, the first to come forward with her story of abuse by Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor convicted of seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct who was sentenced just recently. Her interview sheds light on a problem that plagues the … Continue reading The Least of These
New year, new Bible reading plan. I have just one question for you: Why? Why read the Bible at all? Why read the whole Bible every year? Why? Paul writes in Romans 15:4 “For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through patience and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might … Continue reading Why Read the Bible by Jennifer Nesbitt
If you’re reading this, you may know me as funny, but you don’t know me as sad, lost, listless. In the last year and a half I’ve been busy making myself known as a comedian in the Messianic world, but like most comedians and more than three million American adults, I struggle with depression and … Continue reading How Could I Be Lost When You Have Called Me Found? By Jami Robins
Whether it’s losing weight, cutting back on spending, or increasing time with your family, there are always little things that each of us want to improve upon. Sometimes, these resolutions can be a bit more than we expect. We bite off a little more than we can chew. Especially in areas that we feel like … Continue reading Cultivating Habits by Mandie Greenberg Cook
Most people view the New Year as a fresh beginning: a time to make a conscious effort for a healthier lifestyle, or to commit to more time with HaShem. For me, this time of year conjures, rather than a list of resolutions, a desire to reflect on the past and get a glimpse of what … Continue reading The Discipline of Devotions by Janet H.
One thing I love about the cycle of the Jewish calendar is that it offers so many opportunities for introspection and recommitment to what is important. G-d constantly calls us to teshuvah - to return to his ways and his word. At Passover, as we clean the chametz from our houses, we examine our hearts … Continue reading New Year, Renewed Priorities