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The Balfour Centenary - Ben Volman
November 14, 2017

By Ben Volman, Messianic Rabbi and Toronto Ministry Team LeaderOn November 2, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, one of the most remarkable documents of the First World War.  It was a public statement from the British government that raised the hopes of Jewish people around the […] [READ MORE]



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Antisemitism Is Alive and Well in Canada - Jorge Sedaca
October 26, 2017

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive Director Have you read the report of what has happened during the election of student council leaders at McGill University in Montreal on Monday evening?  Read it here:  http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/mcgill-student-council-again-in-turmoil-after-jewish-student-removed-from-board-over-bds-issue. It’s sad to see this happen, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. It is simply another confirmation that […] [READ MORE]



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Who Is Yeshua to You - Jorge Sedaca
October 24, 2017

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive DirectorWhether you are Jewish or Gentile, whether you are a follower of Yeshua (Jesus) or not, I want to ask the question, “Who is Yeshua to you?”  I’m sure a survey would find as many different answers to that question as the number of people surveyed.  There are […] [READ MORE]



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Facing Intimidation - Michael Wodlinger
October 16, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Québec RepresentativeFor God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline  (2 Timothy 1:7). Every true believer in Yeshua (Jesus) faces intimidation when he or she attempts to share the Good News of the Gospel with family, friends and strangers.  From an intellectual […] [READ MORE]



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King Messiah in the Ten Days of Awe - Ben Volman
September 27, 2017

By Ben Volman, Toronto Ministry Team, Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz ChaimFrom the impressive blasts of the shofar (trumpet) announcing the start of the Jewish High Holy Days to the final note on the evening of Yom Kippur symbolizing the closing of the Book of Life for another year, many […] [READ MORE]



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God Is in Control - Michael Wodlinger
September 11, 2017

Before I moved forward to receive grace and redemption from the Lord, I sincerely believed I was in control of my life and its direction.  This perception was reinforced when a positive consequence followed my actions.  I also knew I had made a poor choice when I encountered a negative […] [READ MORE]



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In the Footsteps of Paul - Anna Bortsova
September 8, 2017

By Anna Bortsova, Toronto Ministry Team Summer is ending and vacations are over.  Recently, Vladimir and I returned from  a wonderful reunion with my brother and his wife (from Russia) while staying with my husband’s aunt and her family in Greece.   Vladimir’s Greek family hosed us all in her Athens apartment […] [READ MORE]



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Putting God in a Box - Michael Wodlinger
September 4, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Quebec RepresentativeI cannot count the times I have been faced with polar-thinking.  Do you know what I mean?  How often have you heard someone say something must be either one way or the other; it’s either black or white.  I’ve observed that many people are unable […] [READ MORE]



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Will Israel Rebuild the Temple - Ben Volman
August 23, 2017

By Ben Volman, Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim After Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av – this year August 1), Israel’s despair over the ruins of the Temples of Jerusalem turns to words of comfort because there is a hope that God will do more than just comfort us. The […] [READ MORE]



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Remembering the Destruction of Jerusalem's Temple - Jorge Sedaca
July 31, 2017

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive DirectorThis year, August 1 coincides with the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av, or Tisha B’Av. On this date, the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed – twice!  Solomon’s temple was destroyed by the Babylonians on 9 Av in 586 bc and Herod’s temple was […] [READ MORE]



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Go to Your True Self - Michael Wodlinger
July 26, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Québec Representative I find the Book of Genesis one of the more fascinating books of Scripture.  Why?  Simply put, Torah allows us to see (read and feel) the joys, the pain, the anguish and the errors of those who came millennia before and who paved the Way […] [READ MORE]



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Canada at 150 and the Roots of the Messianic Jewish Movement - Ben Volman
July 1, 2017

By Ben Volman, Toronto Ministry Team Leader & Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim/Tree of Life CongregationThe blessings of God have rested on the people and the nation of Canada in many ways over the past 150 years.  Those of us who have grown up here have lived freely in […] [READ MORE]



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Is Confrontation a Leadership Skill - Michael Wodlinger
June 12, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Quebec RepresentativeIs confrontation a spiritual leadership skill?  What an interesting question this is.  In my previous life as a university professor, I engaged in research-based argument for my livelihood.  In my  undergraduate- and graduate-level classes, I used confrontation as a teaching tool to encourage and even challenge […] [READ MORE]



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A Time for Covenant Renewal - Charles Hopkin
May 30, 2017

By Charles Hopkin, Toronto Ministry TeamThe Jewish people traditionally believe that Shavuot (Pentecost or Weeks) is when God gave the Torah to His people Israel through Moses on Mount Sinai.  At that time, God made a covenant with them.  “And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and […] [READ MORE]



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Jerusalem Day, the 50th Anniversary - Ben Volman
May 19, 2017

By Ben Volman, Director of the Toronto Messianic Centre.“Har ha-Bayit b’yadenu.”  “The Temple Mount is in our hands.”  Those words, spoken by Motta Gur, commander of Israeli forces in the Old City of Jerusalem, were first heard over a military radio almost exactly 50 years ago – June 7, 1967. The […] [READ MORE]



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God's Grace - Jorge Sedaca
May 9, 2017

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive Director“But Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious. He prayed to the Lord: “Please, Lord, isn’t this what I said while I was still in my own country? That’s why I fled toward Tarshish in the first place. I knew that You are a merciful and […] [READ MORE]



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Israel's Independence Day - Michael Wodlinger
May 2, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Québec RepresentativeWhat does it mean to be independent?  To our beloved Abba (Father), being independent means to be in rebellion against Him.  Yes, we do have free will to make the day-to-day decisions concerning our lives, but for the big-ticket issues that require decisions of integrity […] [READ MORE]



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The Silver Platter - Anna Bortsova
May 1, 2017

By Anna Bortsova, Toronto Ministry Team“A State is not handed to a people on a silver platter,” Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel I have been friends with Frieda (name changed) for a long time.  A few years ago our paths parted when a tragedy struck – Frieda’s only son died […] [READ MORE]



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A Study on First Fruits - Ben Volman
April 19, 2017

By Ben Volman, Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim / Tree of Life Congregation and Director of the Toronto Messianic Centre. The Seder is a journey—from despair to hope, from fear to power, from death to life, from doubt to faith. But it also has a destination. While the ultimate destination […] [READ MORE]



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The Courage to Live in Freedom - Ben Volman
April 10, 2017

By Ben Volman, Director of the Toronto Messianc Centre and Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim / Tree of Life Congregation. The Shabbat before Passover is called Shabbat Gadol. By tradition, this is one of the few times in the year when rabbis were expected to preach, because it was the […] [READ MORE]



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Fear of "The Other" - Michael Wodlinger
March 20, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Québec Ministry Worker “Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that sums up the teaching of the Torah and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). There are two foundational commands given by our Messiah, Adonai Yeshua (Luke 10:27).  The first, “You are to love Adonai your God with all your […] [READ MORE]



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Purim and the Invisible God - Ben Volman
March 11, 2017

By Ben Volman, Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim / Tree of Life Congregation and Toronto Director In real life, believers see God everywhere. To unbelievers, He’s invisible. In a remarkable way, the little Scroll of Esther manages to satisfy the expectations of both.  God’s presence is so discreet, not even […] [READ MORE]



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Canadian Tour to Israel, Day 11 - Jorge Sedaca
March 6, 2017

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive Director & Tour LeaderReporting from Toronto It’s always hard to leave Jerusalem and Israel. At the breakfast tables in the hotel, some of our group were sad, some were tired from not sleeping much and some were anxious to get back home. Each time you leave a hotel […] [READ MORE]



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Canadian Tour to Israel, Day 10 - Jorge Sedaca
March 5, 2017

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive Director & Tour LeaderReporting from Jerusalem For our last full day in Israel, everyone chose to do something different -- sleep in, shop, visit new places, revisit favourite ones or just relax after a very full week. Some in the group made some last minute purchases, while […] [READ MORE]



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Canadian Tour to Israel, Day 9 - Jorge Sedaca
March 4, 2017

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive Director & Tour LeaderReporting from Jerusalem Today we headed south into the desert. Our first stop was the most distant place on our itinerary for today -- the Fortress of Masada. King Herod the Great became famous for building opulent palaces while killing not only his enemies […] [READ MORE]



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