Theology

Christians: let the Jews speak

Being misunderstood sucks. I'm not a big people-pleaser by nature, but it does bother me when I'm disliked for the wrong reasons. This doesn't happen too often, but the following scenario has happened to me more than once: New Jewish acquaintance: "So you grew up Reform, but then converted?" Me: "Basically, yeah." Them: "So you're… Continue reading Christians: let the Jews speak

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Social Issues, Theology

How Some Christians Mistake Honoring Jewish Culture With Appropriating It

This week I had an article published on Sojourners: When I was studying biblical counseling at a conservative Baptist seminary five years ago, a student invited me to a Passover Seder on campus. I was reluctant to respond because the student was a Messianic Judaism major and the Seder was being hosted by his department.… Continue reading How Some Christians Mistake Honoring Jewish Culture With Appropriating It

Theology

Interview: Gutsy Christianity

Last week I had the privilege of being a guest on Gutsy Christianity, a radio show hosted by Rosa A. Hopkins. We discussed my memoir, Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter, what drew me to the Episcopal church, why I don't identify as a Messianic Jew or "Jew for Jesus," and how sometimes Christians misrepresent Jewish… Continue reading Interview: Gutsy Christianity

Theology

Why progressives and conservatives don’t like me

It’s hard for a person with one foot in two spiritual worlds to find a place to call home; it’s harder still when your theology is such that it annoys both progressive and conservative Christians alike. I say this not to look for pity, but just to state a fact: I don’t fit neatly in… Continue reading Why progressives and conservatives don’t like me

Miscellaneous, Social Issues, Theology

The battle for self-acceptance: hair and faith edition

I’ve written before about how my curly hair is an outward marker of my Jewish identity (ethnically speaking). I want to revisit that subject today, because it took me over 25 years to find the right haircut. 25+ years of having stylists consult other stylists in front of me because they had no idea how… Continue reading The battle for self-acceptance: hair and faith edition

Theology, Writing & Publishing

Important announcement about ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter’

I often joke that it was a bad idea to publish a memoir at the age of 22 because the shiny, child-like faith I had back then is now frozen in time. I’ve evolved quite a bit since, but only those who know me personally are aware of that. My readers are not. If I… Continue reading Important announcement about ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter’

Theology

Is Judaism inherently legalistic?

In the company of Jewish friends, I went way out into the wilderness where I could see my tradition through their eyes instead of my own. They taught me what messiah means to a Jew, which is quite different from what it means to most Christians. They taught me things about Second Temple Judaism and… Continue reading Is Judaism inherently legalistic?

Theology

My favorite interfaith resources

There are some books I make a point of rereading on a regular basis, and Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner is one of them -- a short but profound book on certain Jewish rituals and practices that Christians ought to consider incorporating into their spiritual lives. Her memoir Girl Meets God was also the catalyst… Continue reading My favorite interfaith resources

Theology

Judaism is declining, but Jews are not

Reform Judaism is dying, according to an article by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin in Forward. As secularism increases, the number of synagogues decrease. The same happens to churches, too, except Christians don't make up less than 1% of the population like Jews do. Jewish converts to Christianity wouldn't be nearly as controversial if not for… Continue reading Judaism is declining, but Jews are not

Theology

When spiritual nourishment comes from two different places

Some people can be fully nourished from a bible study, singing worship songs, or just being around fellow believers. When your identity is interfaith, it's not always that simple. After several disappointing experiences with Christians, I found myself hungry for connection with the Jewish community again: a group that is more concerned about asking the right questions… Continue reading When spiritual nourishment comes from two different places