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From the Editor – Issue 28

Dear Kesher Friends, Hashivenu is a Messianic Jewish theological forum, which operates on the cutting edge of Messianic Jewish thinking. We are pleased to present in this Issue the Hashivenu papers that graced their conference in 2014, plus one paper by Mark Kinzer, the President of Hashivenu, which was read at the 2011 Hashivenu Conference.…

Exploring Our Responsibility for Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach for Discussion

[E]very sprout and leaf says something meaningful, every stone whispers some hidden message in the silence – every creation sings its song. – Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook 2 I. Introduction: Building Blocks We begin our journey toward an understanding of cosmology and our responsibility for the Earth, supported by ethics mined from Scripture. Since it is…

Response to Elliot Klayman’s Article: Julie Goodman

“Exploring Our Responsibility for Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach for Discussion” By Julie Goodman Introduction To begin I am grateful to not only be here at Hashivenu once again  but to also have the honor of responding to Elliot Klayman’s paper. Elliot – brilliant. I really didn’t know what to expect and I am…

Response to Elliot Klayman’s Article: Jason E. Palmer

“Exploring Our Responsibility for Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach for Discussion” By Jason E. Palmer With his work, Exploring Our Responsibility For Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach For Discussion, Elliot Klayman has initiated a profitable discussion about a subject that is of great personal interest to me. Furthermore, while engaging with the words…

Rejoinder to Jason Palmer and Julie Goodman’s Response Papers

First, I want to give a shout-out to Michael Schiffman who is responsible for suggesting my name to do this paper. There were times during the research and writing of the paper that I could not believe that a friend could do that to a friend. But there were other times that I was thankful…

It’s Not Your Meat

This past summer in my capacity as Northeast Regional Director of the UMJC Iwas visiting Camp Ohr L’Dor, a Messianic Jewish teen camp about an hour north ofNew York City. While speaking to a group of teen girls that had just returned from a camping and canoeing trip I inquired how they enjoyed the food…

A Response to “It’s Not Your Meat”: Dr. John Fischer

In the interest of complete disclosure, and for the sake of transparency, I have to admit at the very outset of this response paper that I am deeply troubled about Paul Saal’s paper. I have a serious difficulty with it and with its argument, and because of this I am uncertain as to how to…

Tears at the Table, A Response to It’s Not Your Meat: Jason Forbes

I would like to thank the Hashivenu Forum for affording me the opportunity to respond to Rabbi Saal’s paper. I appreciate his willingness to tackle a subject that is rarely discussed in our circles. Though my time to respond and contemplate this issue has been relatively short, my hope is that the discussions here will…

Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

A Summary Matthew Scully’s Dominion is a 400 page appeal to our reason and conscience in behalf of the millions of animals who suffer unnecessarily at human hands. Scully describes what few of us will ever see – the pain and misery of animals in factory farms, slaughterhouses, and laboratories; in oceans where whales are…

Messianic Jewish Community: Standing and Serving as a Priestly Remnant

Hashivenu Forum 2011 To build community of any sort in the 21st century Western world is a formidable task. The building of Messianic Jewish community involves additional challenges, but also unique resources and opportunities. We must perceive the distinctive character of Messianic Jewish community if we are to face the challenges, draw upon the resources,…

Journey

Journey Paper: Dr. Vered Hillel

I want to tell you the story of how I went from being a good conservative Evangelical Christian girl to a Conservative Jewish Believer in Yeshua. I praise HaShem for the journey he has led me on for the past 60 years—the good ones and the bad ones, as together they make me the person…

Journey

My Journey: Rabbi Jerry Feldman

I want to thank Hashivenu for this assignment. What an unexpected delight and in reality a daunting task. Likewise, this is one tough house to play! After all, in my book you all are the best of the best! This has required me to dig deeply into memories of life gone by, long forgotten or…