Offering Aid to the Bnei Menashe Lost Tribe Before Aliyah

2012 Jewish Voice medical clinic in Manipur.

2012 Jewish Voice medical clinic in Manipur.

By Jonathan Gannon,
Director of Global Outreach for Jewish Voice

October  28, 2012 7:47 a.m.

This is our third Jewish Voice medical outreach to the Bnei Menashe Jewish community of Manipur. We are situated in far eastern India, near Burma and Bangladesh. Our Jewish Voice team of 42 participants (staff, medical professionals, and volunteers) arrived just over 50 hours ago. The journey here has been immensely challenging, but full of the Lord’s miraculous provision.

There is much mystery surrounding our target audience here in Manipur, the Bnei Menashe community. This Jewish community is considered by many to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel and is the focus of much international research and publication. In fact, rabbis from Israel have been coming to this humble region for more than 30 years with the goal of imparting traditional rabbinic Judaism to the Bnei Menashe.

How do we know that these people are actually of Israelite origin? Well, there are several factors that suggest strongly that the claims are indeed true. The first clue lies within the name of the Mizo and Kuki tribal ancestor “Manmaseh” (which is phonetically close to the name Manasseh, one of the tribes of Israel). (more…)


Salvation is from the Jews (Video)

Our guest Roy Schoeman gives his take on the history of Judaism and God’s plan of salvation on our weekly TV show, Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis.

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Rabbi Bernis Signs Book at Local AZ Barnes and Noble

A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of NazarethIf you are in the Phoenix, AZ, area, please stop by Barnes & Noble at Desert Ridge Marketplace (21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 42) on Saturday, April 16, 2011 for a book signing with Rabbi Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO of Jewish Voice.

Jonathan is signing his latest book, A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth and would love to meet with you personally. Please have your purchased copy in hand when you meet Jonathan. (more…)

Three Troubling Theologies

In a recent vision meeting for the staff of Jewish Voice, President and CEO Jonathan Bernis offered these three challenges to Messianic Jewish ministry. Each of these theological stances hinders the introduction of Jewish People to their Messiah Yeshua, and each of these has found prevalence in the Christian church at some point in history. We list these to make you aware of some philosophies that may be creeping into your places of worship that should cause concern.

Replacement Theology—This is the doctrine that Jews have been replaced by the Church—that God no longer is interested in saving Jewish People, nor does He have a plan for them—because of the idea that Jews originally rejected Jesus. While the majority of the first century church was composed of Jews, it was the Jewish leadership that rejected Jesus. Because of this, replacement theology says that the promises originally meant for Israel have now been transferred to the Church. References to Israel are simply spiritual, and no longer refer to a people or a Land. To believe in replacement theology makes God out to be a liar and unfaithful. Simply put, He is not! (more…)

Shofar Lesson 1: Horn Sounds and History

Dwight Carrell of Jewish Voice Ministries International demonstrates the sounds of three shofars (animal horn trumpets), which are blown in Messianic Jewish congregations —the traditional ram’s horn; and the oryx horn and the kudu horn, which both come from two different types of African antelopes. The kudu shofar is sometimes called a Yemenite horn, and it is often the preferred type of shofar blown in Messianic congregations.

Purpose of the Shofar

Shofars are Hebrew cultural instruments that have been a traditional part of Judaism for generations. The primary purpose of the shofar is not musical, but rather as a means of making an announcement or proclamation. (more…)

Searching for the Divine Messiah

Jonathan Bernis of Jewish Voice explains Messianic Judaism and the whole reason why it is absolutely essential to understand that the divinity of Yeshua (Jesus) is key to this movement. Bernis looks to Scripture to point out Yeshua’s divinity and also the trinity.

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Should I Convert to Messianic Judaism?

By Jonathan Bernis,
President and CEO of Jewish Voice

I personally don’t believe in a conversion to Messianic Judaism. I believe in a change of heart. Biblically, conversion means “to turn” toward God. But there are many kinds of turnings. For instance, when an anti-Semite becomes a Christian and finds out that Jesus was a Jew and begins to love and appreciate the Jewish people, that’s, in a sense, a turning.

God may be giving you a love for and a commitment to the Jewish People, and that’s a wonderful revelation. The blindness is coming off of your eyes. Jews have a blindness that keeps them from recognizing Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah; and many in the church have a blindness that keeps them from understanding their Jewish roots and God’s plan for Israel because they have bought into replacement theology. (more…)