We've Moved!

Apr 20, 2011 at 6:22 PM


Yinon Blog has moved as of April 18, 2011. Old posts and comments will remain here and will also be ported over to our new site.

To read Yinon Blog (old and new posts), go to: MessianicJudaism.me/Yinon

And check out our collaborative site MessianicJudaism.me featuring three other great blogs:

Rabbi Stuart Dauermann: MessianicJudaism.me/Agenda
Rabbi Derek Leman: MessianicJudaism.me/Musings
Messianic Jewish Issues: MessianicJudaism.me/Media

It's Here!

Apr 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

It's finally here ... and just in time for Passover!

As of today, Yinon Blog has moved over to our new home at MessianicJudaism.me/Yinon.

Old posts, images, and links will all still be available here, but ALL NEW CONTENT will be found at our new blog site.

There will also be other content at MessianicJudaism.me, including some News & Views about Messianic Jewish issues, a new blog by Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann (The Messianic Agenda), and the very popular blog, Messianic Jewish Musings by Rabbi Derek Leman will also be moving over to the new site.

So check us out at our new home ... and Happy Passover!


Passover, Elijah, and Shabbat HaGadol

Apr 14, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Shabbat HaGadol

This week is Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat that occurs at the beginning of the week in which Passover will be observed (Passover begins Monday evening). There are five special shabbatot leading up to Passover. Each special Shabbat has special readings that are read in addition to the weekly portion. The exception is Shabbat HaGadol. Instead of an additional reading from the Torah, Shabbat HaGadol is highlighted by only a special Haftarah reading from Malachi which concludes with the words:

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and awesome day of HaShem” (Mal. 3:23).

Jewish tradition teaches us that Elijah is a messianic figure who will usher in Mashiach and the Messianic Age. This is purposely fitting at this season because Passover is our reliving and retelling of our redemption from Egypt. Both Jewish tradition and the New Testament portray Elijah as representing the coming of messianic redemption. That is why the figure of Elijah is so connected with Passover. Passover today commemorates our connection with not only our physical redemption from slavery, but our spiritual redemption as well.

The Besorah of Luke associates the personification of Elijah with John the Immerser:

“And it is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous; so as to make ready a people prepared for the L-rd" (Luke 1:17).

So John the Immerser was a fulfillment of this week’s special Haftarah reading from Malachi 3:23 in preparation for the incarnation and revelation of Yeshua the Messiah. Yet, the role of Elijah is still not complete, for there is an expectation that Elijah himself will yet return ahead of our glorious Mashiach. This is the reason Elijah is referenced so often in Jewish tradition, especially during Passover. During the Seder there is a whole place setting (or in some homes, simply a cup) that is specifically set aside. It is left untouched in the messianic hope that each year we will open the door during our Passover festivities, and welcome in Elijah, who will in turn usher in the return of our Messiah.

Next week during the Seder, we will proclaim, “Eliyahu HaNavi … Come quickly and speedily with Messiah the Son of David.” As we sing those words this Passover, let us also remember the words associated with Shabbat HaGadol - “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the HaShem.”

May we all merit the return of Mashiach and see that day fulfilled speedily and soon!


Some Big News!

Apr 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Some exciting things are happening here at Yinon. One of them arrives next week … we’re moving! Yes, that is right. Next week Yinon Blog will be moving to our new home at MessianicJudaism.me.

Old posts, images, and links will all still be available here. You will not have to change any links you currently maintain to yinonblog.blogspot.com (or yinonblog.com). It will simply happen that new content after next week will post to MessianicJudaism.me/Yinon.

There will also be other content at MessianicJudaism.me, including some News & Views about Messianic Jewish issues, a new blog by Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann (The Messianic Agenda), and the very popular blog, Messianic Jewish Musings by Rabbi Derek Leman will also be moving over to the new site.

For more on this exciting announcement, check out Rabbi Derek's announcement today.

Stay tuned for more info …


Welcoming Mashiach

Apr 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM

John 12:1-26

The week before Pesach, after Yeshua had come from the house of Lazarus (whom he had previously raised from the dead) in Beit-Anyah, he traveled on to Jerusalem. Hearing that Yeshua was coming, the people began to run out to meet him. As he entered the city, riding on a donkey, the people waved palm branches and shouted “Hosha-Na, Hosha-Na! Baruch HaBa B'Shem HaShem! Melech Yisrael! - Deliver us! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of HaShem, the King of Israel!”

Upon seeing the crowds coming to greet him, Yeshua knew exactly what was taking place, and its significance. For at the same time, through another gate into the city, the same familiar scene was taking place. The Passover Lambs were being brought into the city, being led up to the Temple Mount. As they were brought into the city, the people were singing and dancing, and waving palm branches, shouting, “Hosha Na! Baruch HaBa B'Shem HaShem!”

The Passover lambs represented the atonement made on behalf of the Jewish people, and the shedding of whose blood brought deliverance from the plague of death. As Yeshua entered the city, and was met with the same recognition, there was a deep understanding of the event taking place. This was proclamtion to Yeshua's Messiahship and to his beeing seen as the Deliverer of the Jewish people. Riding on a donkey, a messianic symbol in Biblical times, Yeshua was fulfilling prophesies of what was to happen. He knew that it was now time to reveal himself to the world. In this Besorah reading, John testifies of this. How Yeshua, responding to his disciples Andrew and Philip, proclaimed:

“The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Yes, indeed! I tell you that unless a grain of wheat that falls to the ground dies, it stays just grain; but if it dies, it produces a great harvest (John 12:23-24).”

During that final week of preparation before Passover, Yeshua, as the Passover lamb, was prepared to be sacrificed. Like the Passover lamb whose blood brought redemption to the people, Yeshua too knew that his blood would bring redemption to Israel. And when the High Priest slaughtered the lamb, announcing “it is finished,” that Yeshua too, as Israel's Highest Priest, would also declare “it is finished,” proclaiming the ultimate deliverance from the plague of spiritual death.

As Yeshua's elect, we must constantly, on a daily basis acknowlege his Messiahship in our lives. We too must cry out, “Hosha-Na! - G-d, please save us!” We must be desperate to see G-d work in our lives, and in our congregations and synagogues to bring about ultimate redemption! Zol shein zein d'geula, Moshioch zol shoin cumin -How lovely redemption shall be, for Mashiach is on His way!