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Yeshua was a recognized Torah scholar by community leaders

Yeshua was not only recognized as a teacher of the Torah by his followers, but by community leaders and others who were not members of his group. But most American Christian readers today do not know the words of the Torah well enough to understand how recognized he was -- they are completely unaware of the most important points he taught. Pastors, priests, ministers, church and denominational leaders, and Bible study teachers that understand those points are urgently needed. Read the complete blog at --

A God that Values Humans First

One of the most amazing things we (Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor & former pastor Jim Myers) discovered in the opening creation account in our shared scriptures is this -- the most valued creation of the mysterious Creator of the Heavens and the Earth is humans. Every act of creation in the first account is directly or indirectly related to meeting the needs of humans. This is a core principle of this wisdom account. And, as you probably know, the Creator even created humans “In the image of the Creator” – all humans not just members of one tribe or religion.

Another core principle in this account is revealed by what the Creator did in the process of creation. The Creator used a Standard to measure its work – the TOV Standard. For an act to measure up to the TOV Standard, the act must protect and preserve lives, make lives more functional and increase the quality of life.
One other core principle in the account is that the Creator did not reveal anything about what type of creature it is or …

Yeshua on the Afterlife

The defining belief – and “promise” of modern Christian religions -- is the afterlife -- Christians will spend eternity in Heaven with God living lives without problems and physical needs. This is often reinforced in almost every sermon and at funerals. What are the requirements to live eternally? Over the past thousand years two options have dominated Christianity. Read the complete blog at --

How Yeshua Became Jesus

Many people are surprised to discover that Jesus wasn’t his name. How do we know? Well, to begin with there are two basic facts.
1. The word “Jesus” begins with the letter “J” and that letter did not enter the English language until the 16th century CE, over 1,500 years after he lived and taught in Galilee and Judea.
2. The English language first appeared centuries after he lived and taught in Galilee and Judea.
Jesus” is an English word so his name could not be “Jesus.” Now let’s find out what his name was and how it became “Jesus.” Read the complete blog at --

Ancient Wisdom and Science Agree Humans Truly are a Remarkable Species

For centuries theologians and scientists have existed in mutually exclusive domains. They have strongly disagreed about the uniqueness of humans. But now there has been a huge breakthrough that indicates science has taken a giant step has been taken toward bridging that gap. Scientific American (September 2018) is a “Special Issue: The Science of Being Human.” When Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers created the TOV Center, an important part of its mission is this – “Combining ancient wisdom with modern science to maximize human experiences.” Read the entire blog at --

The Essence of Religion

One of the amazing things for me is finding principles and values in the teachings of modern Judaism that the Real Yeshua taught – and that are found in the opening chapters of Genesis. Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins’ book The Wisdom of Judaism is a treasure chest of those ideas. I have no idea of what Rabbi Elkins thinks about Yeshua, but their teachings share a lot in common. Read the complete article at --

Yeshua Master Teacher of the Jewish Scriptures

A very important piece of evidence that reveals insights about how Yeshua saw himself and what he intended to do has been lost to modern Bible readers because of 16th theological conflicts between Catholics and Protestants and the poor English translators of his words. Read the complete blog at --

The First Challenge of Understanding What the Real Yeshua Taught

When Christians readers his words today, they often view them in the “artificial and sterile environments” of their “mutually exclusive theologies.” In order to deal with those barriers we must make sure we are aware of some important things that did and didn’t exist when Yeshua lived and taught in first century Judea and Galilee. Read the complete blog at --

Yeshua Thought in Hebrew: Good Eye and Evil Eye???

Two Hebrew idioms are found in Matthew 6:22-23a (New King James translation). The idioms are underlined:
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. 
Take a minute to let those underlined words sink in. They don’t make any sense to “American thinking” English speakers. Read the complete study and lean what those idioms means --

Different Concepts of God

Different Concepts of God
By Jim Myers

Among the hot theological debates of all time are those about God.  Some say there is only one, while others argue that there are many, and still others are absolutely convinced there is none.   Others have strong beliefs about their deity, but they are not able to accurately define their concept of their deity.  In this article we are going to touch on three of the major "concepts of deities" - polytheismmonotheism, and henotheism.  
Polytheism Polytheism is the belief in the existence of many different gods.  The gods are not under the control of, or definitively inferior to, a supreme deity.  They are all, so-to-speak, on a level playing field.  The Vikings had such a system, with gods in control of the various elements, but no god was strong enough to take complete control.1 The ancient Greeks had something very close to a supreme deity in Zeus, however, their concept allowed them to conveniently move him off to the side, and then the…

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It’s a Yod -- NOT a Jot and Tittle!

Not only did Yeshua read and speak Hebrew, so did his followers and disciples! Two very well known, but not accurately understood words in the Gospel of Matthew prove it – jot and tittle. For some reason jot and tittle stick in the minds of Christian Bible readers. But when you ask them what jot or tittle mean, you get a lot of conflicting and some really weird answers. Today, you are going to get the facts about what Yeshua originally said and how they ended up in English translations of the Bible as jot and tittle. Read the complete blog at --

Leynor and Myers on Living Life as a Human

We, Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and former pastor Jim Myers, have learned a lot about living life over the past thirty-years as congregation leaders in a synagogue and church, chaplains of law enforcement agencies, teachers and counselors. We have experienced the happiest moments in life – marriages, births, victories, successes -- and the saddest and most feared moments – deaths, divorces, tragedies, failures. Read the complete blog at --

It is time for Christians to agree on something very important.

We are amazingly good at objecting, disapproving and opposing everyone else’s Christian beliefs, as well as the beliefs of people of other religions and especially people with different political ideas. What if Christians could find a way to agree with other about one of the most important words of all – the name of the one we call “Christ”? Read the complete article at --

How to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

For most Christians, one of the most important words in their religious vocabulary is “saved.” Their mission is to save as many people as possible. Why? They have been taught that only those who are “saved” will spend eternity in Heaven with God. That was not the focus of Yeshua’s message. His goal was to bring as many people as possible into the Kingdom of Heaven -- while they are alive. He taught that it will only be those that live in the Kingdom of Heaven before death that will ultimately enter eternal life later. We will be learning much more about that in this series of discussions that we call “Yeshua’s Kingdom of Heaven Handbook.” We will reconstructing the teachings of Yeshua so we can understand them more accurately by incorporating new information that we discover as we learn about his language, culture and the time period in which he taught his followers. Read the complete discussion at --

Why are we are always pointing a finger at someone else?

Sometimes, when trying to make the point that we need to start with ourselves. A famous Hasidic rebbe once proclaimed that when he was a young rabbi: his idealistic and romantic goal was to change the world. There is a common human tendency to view all wrongs in the world as the fault of everyone but yourself. Read the latest TOV Center Lives 1st Blog by clicking here.