A Jew and a Gentile Discuss

One is Jewish. One is Gentile. Both believe in Jesus. Join us as we discuss life, faith, prophecy, current events and more. Discover surprising insights and amazing things God is doing around the world.

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March 16, 2021 00:33:55
S1 EP30 | The Difference Between Passover and Easter

S1 EP30 | The Difference Between Passover and Easter

Passover and Easter. They happen around the same time of year. They’re both defining holidays of their respective faiths.   In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk about celebrating the important spring holidays with their families. You’ll hear Carly’s early thoughts about Easter growing up in a Catholic home and Ezra’s memories of both Passover and Easter as a child of a “mixed marriage” having one Jewish and one Christian parent.  Carly digs deeper into the Jewish holiday of Passover by asking Ezra to explain more about:  What “Pesach” is vs. “Passover”  What the Passover Seder is  How Ezra observes Passover today and if he celebrates Easter now that he believes in Jesus  How a Jewish Believer’s Passover observance is different than a non-believing Jewish person’s  Can or should a Christian celebrate the Passover Seder?  Along the way  During the show, you’ll also hear some fascinating and relevant things about:  What the Passover meal compares to on the Christian calendar  Why Passover is more than a holiday tradition  Who Passover is “really” for  Three vital aspects about the Jewish people communicated through the Seder  What the age of accountability is in Judaism and what that ...

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March 09, 2021 00:32:00
S1 EP29 | Jewish Customs Uncovered – Your Questions Answered

S1 EP29 | Jewish Customs Uncovered – Your Questions Answered

Each week, here at A Jew and a Gentile Discuss, we receive emails giving us feedback, suggesting topics and asking questions. And we love it. So, keep ‘em coming. They’ve looked through a bunch of questions and found several semi-related ones for Carly to put to Ezra to answer. Here’s what you’ve asked and what this episode answers: Are the Jewish holidays part of the Mosaic Law, and if so, is it a form of idolatry to observe them? How does a Jewish person explain away Isaiah 53? What is Ezra’s rationale for the statement, “Messianic Jews are not simply Christians”? Ezra, do you feel like you’re an exile in America? Do you believe all Jews are called to return to Jerusalem or just certain tribes? When did Jews stop sacrificing animals for forgiveness of their sins, and what do they do now? What does the phrase “one new man” mean? Along the way Along the way, Ezra touches on some helpful, clarifying bits of information, including: Identifying what “idolatry” means What it’s called when someone tells you, a Gentile Believer, that you need to keep the Mosaic Law The difference between a Jewish obligation unto obedience and an obligation unto righteousness before God A shocking bit of information about Isaiah 53 and Jewish Bibles The reason some Jewish people can read Isaiah 53 and not recognize it’s talking about Jesus What Paul means by “the fullness of the Gentiles” Biblical meaning of Paul’s teachings about there being no difference between Jew and Gentile What Jewish “chosenness” means and doesn’t mean An interesting spinoff quote based on John 3:16 Insight into the meaning of the word “exile” when it comes to Jewish people Words you might learn in this episode Torah, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Minor ...

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March 02, 2021 00:42:46
S1 EP28 | Anti-Semitism Exposed, Why the Hate?

S1 EP28 | Anti-Semitism Exposed, Why the Hate?

Wait, don’t click away. We know. We know. There are a lot of important “isms” out there, and many are in the news these days. So, why should you give this particular one your attention?   You might think anti-Semitism isn’t really a problem anymore, post-Holocaust, but hang on a sec. Give a listen, and find out more. You’ll probably hear things you’ve never heard before, plus some powerful insights into how good people can be swayed into unfortunate beliefs.  In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly asks Ezra:  The definition of anti-Semitism  Where anti-Semitism stems from  If it still exists today  What the BDS Movement against Israel is  If being anti-Israel is anti-Semitic  Why anti-Semitism is a serious problem  Reasons why a Christian should care about anti-Semitism  What we can do about it  In turn, Ezra asks Carly to share what she has seen of anti-Semitism, and her answer holds a word of caution for all Believers.  Along the way  Along the way, you’ll learn about  Three different definitions of anti-Semitism, from various sources, and the insightful nuances of each   Three contexts of anti-Semitism, one that will probably surprise you ...

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February 23, 2021 00:47:02
S1 EP27 | Lost Tribes – Reality or Wishful Thinking?

S1 EP27 | Lost Tribes – Reality or Wishful Thinking?

“Lost Tribes of Israel.” Huh? What?    What do we mean by “lost”? There are Jewish people all around the world. Who’s lost? How did they get lost, and what exactly does that even mean, “lost”? ...

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February 16, 2021 00:27:09
S1 EP26 | Why Purim is Such a Party

S1 EP26 | Why Purim is Such a Party

What do costume parties and Bible reading have in common? What about plays and partying? Dice and triangle-shaped cookies? Why, Purim, of course! See how this crazy combination of elements comes together in one of the most fun and happy holidays of the Jewish year. ...

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February 09, 2021 00:52:28
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S1 EP25 | Let’s Call it “Ezra’s Story"

So, you’ve been listening to him for 24 episodes – or maybe this is your first – and you’re wondering, “Who is this guy, Ezra Benjamin?”… ...

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