The CMJ Israel Yeshiva
Part of the work of CMJ Israel is to promote the Biblically Jewish roots of Christianity by way of research, debate and knowledge sharing. This is not simply an exercise of the intellect, but of the whole person. It is our aim to promote a truly biblical lifestyle, wherever this can add value to the individual's own journey with God.
The CMJ Israel 'Yeshiva' is key to this aim and is a place where we will regularly post comments, thoughts, musings, studies and discoveries through life's journey through the Word of God. It is an informal, dynamic and vibrant arena where we invite you to sit with us - and where your own contributions are welcomed via the message boards.
So don't just sit and observe - get involved! As the Rabbis say, "it is not a sin to be ignorant, but it is a sin to not want to know".
What is a Yeshiva?
The Hebrew word Yeshiva literally means 'sitting', as it is the Jewish custom for students to sit while learning. The term Beit Midrash is also used, which means 'House of Learning' or 'House of Study'.
In Biblical culture, and still today, Jewish study is done with a study-partner called a chavrusa (based on the Aramaic, meaning "friend"). The chavrusa is one of the unique features of the yeshiva where the partners actively study the various nuances of the literature of the Sages.
Here, in the CMJ Israel online Yeshiva, our emphasis is entirely on God's written Word in scripture and we would like to be a "friend" with you as we sit and study God's word together. Jewish texts and commentaries are included along with other historical sources, and more modern textual discoveries, in order to gain the best and fullest understanding of what God's instruction and teaching is for our lives today.
So, this is where you can find some of the latest articles / studies / items of interest on biblical Jewish roots as well as other topics concerning Israel and the Jewish people. If you want to go deeper into the Word of God, then this is the place to be.
New items will be added regularly, so be sure to check back and get involved by 'having your say' through the message boards at the bottom of each article page.
We invite you to "sit and talk" with us so we can pool our shared knowledge and experience of God and learn together - just as in the Biblical and Jewish Yeshiva setting.
Spend a while with us in our studies, research, and thoughts. Indeed, just as in yeshiva, we invite you to actively engage with us and have your own say in the matters being discussed. At times we'll discuss scripture, at other times Biblical lifestyle, and at yet other times current affairs. You can even suggest topics for discussion by contacting us.
Our articles are almost exclusively from staff who live and work in Israel as part of the CMJ Israel team.