“Are you pleased, Dad?”

Actually, the question was, “Are you pleased with my results, Dad?” Earlier that day David had heard my compliments on his last two English tests, but he obviously needed some extra reassurance. Well, he surely got it, but his question almost made me chuckle. My 13-year-old son had no way of knowing that at the […]

Table Fellowship

At the Caspari Center, besides working hard we also share things often. The table is set at the office in many ways. Firstly, we share food. At the Caspari office we have an “international meal” once a year, just before Christmas and Hanukkah. Everyone is supposed to bring a small taste from their home country […]

Rediscovering Jesus the Jew

“Lectures that challenged, discussion that brought light, and excursions that put flesh on the bones.” This is one participant’s impression of the “Jesus the Jew: A Light to the Nations” missiology course held by the Caspari Center in November 2014. The course focused on Jesus, the Jewish light to the nations, through the concept of […]

Your Word is a Lamp for My Feet, and a Light on My Path

Chanukah, which is not mentioned in the Torah among the feasts that Israel is commanded to celebrate, is often said to be a non-biblical holiday. Therefore, the logic goes, these eight days could be considered merely joyous days for children, another vacation from school. Indeed, the memorable Chanukah-related events took place many years after the […]

What Language Did Jesus Speak?

The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Hebrew and Aramaic were the languages used for the Old Testament or Tanakh, and Greek for the New Testament. But what language did Jesus speak? Did he use Aramaic, as has been claimed by most scholars, or did he speak Hebrew? The question is […]

Carl Paul Caspari and a picture of a bible

C.P. Caspari (1814 – 1892)

This year we celebrated the 200th anniversary of Carl Paul Caspari after whom the Caspari Center was named. So…who was Carl Paul Caspari? Carl Paul Caspari was born into a devout Jewish family in Dassau, Germany, in 1814. His father was a merchant. Caspari received a good education first in a Jewish School and later in […]

Shall we replace you?

So-called replacement theology—the church replacing the nation of Israel in the plan of God—has become a popular topic in many heated debates. The term has such a negative connotation that not many people will admit supporting it. Still, it has had a profound effect in the thinking of Christians, and since the first Christian centuries […]

big crowd of people at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

At the Kotel at the Dawn of the New Year 5775

From time to time I go to the Western Wall – or in Hebrew the Kotel – to pray. Standing before these ancient stones fills me with humility: Who am I in the big picture of history? About the pyramids in Egypt it is said, “Everything fears time, but time itself fears the pyramids.” I […]

A Rosh Hashanah Prayer

Rosh Hashanah, which means “Head Of The Year”, begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 24th  this year.  God prescribes its observance in Leviticus 23:24-25: “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular […]

Corinthians in Today’s Israel

Corinth is not only a Greek polis mentioned in the New Testament, but also a modern city not far from its ancient predecessor’s location. But the people I am writing about are connected to the biblical Corinth much more than to the modern. I never thought of calling them so until I began my preparations […]