The Chosen People’s Costume

Very soon Jewish communities in Israel and worldwide will celebrate Purim – a cheerful holiday in commemoration of the miraculous deliverance of Persian Jews during the rule of King Ahasuerus (historically, it was most likely King Xerxes the First). The background events are described in the Tanakh, in the Book of Esther. Among the Purim […]

Developing a Messianic Liturgy

The directors of Caspari Center, Elisabeth Levy and Alec Goldberg, are involved in creating a Messianic liturgy. Here, Alec answers some questions about this project. – Why does the Messianic movement need a liturgy? – Most of the Israeli Messianic congregations are very similar to “free” evangelical and charismatic churches, with unstructured prayers and contemporary […]

Can the Hebrew Letters Speak?

The following is a story about Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer (Baal Shem Tov) and his scribe, who were once stranded on an isolated island. They were both frightened and discouraged, and had forgotten all they once studied. “Can’t you remember anything?” said the rabbi to his scribe. “Nothing, rabbi,” answered the scribe, “only . . .” “Only […]

God’s Library

“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done.” (Rev. 20:12) God has a library. Unlike the Caspari library, it […]

In The Darkness

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Isaiah […]

Flying Upside Down

In the rare moments we are quite honest with ourselves we, followers of Jesus, sometimes admit that many of our Master’s statements don’t actually make any sense. I am referring to sayings like “man’s life does not depend on the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15), “everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23), […]

New Dean at Bible School for Ex-Drug Addicts

Alexander Goldberg, Israel Director at the Caspari Center, is the new Dean of Beit HaYeshua’s Bible school. Last year, Beit HaYeshua congregation in Jerusalem established a Bible school for ex-drug addicts, where Goldberg taught. This year, he will play a much more significant role at the school. – I’m responsible for the curriculum and I […]

Happy New Year 5776 – Or, Calendar in Conflict

Entering a new year is always special. In a way, it gives us a new start, a feeling that it’s possible to leave something behind. According to the Jewish calendar, in the month of September we will enter the year תשע”ו, or 5776. Almost every date noted in Israel will have two entries, one beside […]

Being Prepared for the Front Line

This summer Hamas published some videos from their youth camps in the Middle East. Only 100 kilometers from Jerusalem, they literally trained kids for battle. It was a very different kind of summer camp than people expect in the Western world. The boys were taught to jump through a burning wheel and to reload their […]