63 episodes

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.

A Jew and a Gentile Discuss Ezra and Carly

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 83 Ratings

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.

    S2 EP10 | Making Messianic Judaism Less Messy

    S2 EP10 | Making Messianic Judaism Less Messy

    In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk openly about the sometimes messy and perhaps confusing realm of Messianic Judaism. What is it? Who’s part of it? And why should Gentile Christians care about it?  Ezra asks Carly, a Gentile Believer, what Messianic Judaism is. From there, the conversation delves into:

    If “Messianic Jew” is a term believing Jews use to describe themselves
    Whether Messianic Judaism is a denomination
    If Messianic Judaism came out of the Jesus Movement
    Who the first Messianic Jew was
    The context in which faith in Jesus spread in the first century
    Why there seems to be so much variance in Messianic Jewish practice

    Along the Way
    Along the way, they discuss these key matters and more:

    Differentiating the term Messianic Jewish from its essence
    The vital component of Messianic Judaism that sees Jewish people embracing their Jewish identity and believing Jesus is the Messiah and that these two things are not in conflict with one another
    What Jewish sources say about Messianic Judaism
    A challenge to Jewish listeners to consider how believing in fulfilled Messianic prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures wouldn’t mean converting to another religion
    What unites us should be stronger than what differences we have
    Something first-century Jewish Believers in Jesus did not say
    What Jewish/Gentile scenario has been kind of flipped on its head
    The most important question a Jewish person will ever answer in their life, and how no one can answer it for them

    Words You Might Learn in This Episode
    Ecclesia, Mashiach, diaspora, kippah, Shabbat
    Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
    Romans 10:13, Joel 2:32, John 3:16, Deuteronomy 18:15, Psalm 16:8–11, Acts 2:22–36, John 14:3, Isaiah 7:14, Jeremiah 31:15, Jeremiah 31:31, Zechariah 9:9, Zechariah 11:12–13, Zechariah 12:10, Daniel 7:13–14, Daniel 9:24–27, Galatians 3:28, Romans 3:21–23, Matthew 16:13–17, 1 Corinthians 15:1–8, Romans 11:11–26, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Corinthians 12:12–27, Revelation 21:9
    Previous Episodes Mentioned
    S1 E3 – Difference Between Messianic Judaism and Christianity
    S1 E15 – Israel: Promised Land and Political State
    And with that, Season Two comes to a close. Be sure and watch for updates on Season Three, coming this Fall! And, you can always relisten to any conversation on our website A Jew and A Gentile Discuss or wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Other Important Stuff
    May 2-8 is the 2022 Bless Israel 5K. Walk or run “with us” to show your support for Israel and the Jewish people in the 2nd annual Bless Israel Virtual 5K. Learn more on our website and register today!
    Win Free Coffee. Enter our monthly drawing at www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org, and you could win a free bag of some of the finest Ethiopian coffee in the world from Lost Tribes Coffee Co.
    Do you like what you hear? You know, the only way we can continue providing these engaging conversations is through listener support. So, if you like tuning in to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, would you consider supporting the podcast with a financial gift? Any amount &ndash

    • 29 min
    S2 EP9 | Hooo-paaah?? Demystifying the Jewish Wedding

    S2 EP9 | Hooo-paaah?? Demystifying the Jewish Wedding

    Jewish weddings include some really interesting traditions. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk about their meanings, similarities and differences from what most of our audience may be familiar with. Among the things they discuss are:

    Wedding attire, including why most grooms wear kippahs
    Fasting before getting married
    The Jewish tradition of bedeken, the veiling of the bride by her groom
    The significance of the
    The part in the ceremony when the bride circles the groom several times and what that means
    The special marriage contract of a Jewish wedding
    The concluding tradition of Jewish weddings, resulting in the shout of “Mazel Tov!”
    Gifts in increments of $18? What’s that all about?
    So, this is all cool, but how does it apply to Christian listeners?

    Along the Way
    As they talk about the fascinating meanings of Jewish wedding traditions, they bring out some other intriguing things, like:

    The Owen Wilson image Ezra can’t get out of his mind when he thinks of Jewish weddings
    Why a Jewish groom meets the bride halfway down the aisle
    What Jericho has to do with Jewish weddings
    The funny thing Ezra’s Israeli wife put in their Hebrew-written marriage contract
    The difference between the Jewish marriage covenant and typical wedding vows
    What some Jewish grooms forget in the wedding ceremony that leaves brides saying, “Um, hello?”
    How Jewish letters and words have numeric values associated with them
    A great reminder about one of the primary purposes of this podcast, for both Jewish and Christian listeners
    How Jewish wedding traditions are so filled with meaning that Christians can relate to
    What the traditional stomping of the glass by the groom has to do with the Temple
    A false choice many people think they have to make – if they’re Jewish, from a Jewish background or are in a mixed relationship
    A challenge to dig into the Scriptures and see if Jesus could be the unifying factor you never realized

    Words You Might Learn in This Episode
    Ashkenazi Jewish, kippah, yarmulke, chuppah, bedeken, tallit, Ani ledodi vedodi li, ketubah, mazel tov, chai, lechaim
    Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
    Matthew 19:5, Song of Solomon 2:16, Luke 22:20, Ezekiel 40–43, Revelation 11:1–2 and 9, Matthew 15:24, Isaiah 53:5–12, Psalm 16:10, John 4:42, 1 John 4:14, Ephesians 2:14
    Previous Episodes Mentioned
    S2 E1 – Jewish in America: What the Pew Survey Missed
    S1 E40 – Staying Jewish: Love and Marriage
    A1 E49 – Mixed Marriages: Love and Marriage
    Other Important Stuff
    May 2-8 is the 2022 Bless Israel 5K. Walk or run “with us” to show your support for Israel and the Jewish people in the 2nd annual Bless Israel Virtual 5K. Learn more on our website and register today!
    Win Free Coffee. Enter our monthly drawing at www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org, and you could win a free bag of some of the finest Ethiopian coffee in the world from Lost Tribes Coffee Co.
    Do you like what you hear? You know, the only way we can continue providing these engaging conversations is through listener support. So, if you like tuning in to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, would you

    • 31 min
    S2 EP8 | Christian Zionism: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    S2 EP8 | Christian Zionism: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Are you thinking what we think you might be thinking?
    Hm. Zion. I know that word – it’s in the Bible. Isn’t it a mountain? No wait, is it a city? Or is it the Temple? I’m confused. How can I know what Christian Zionism is when I’m not even sure what Zion means?
    Never fear; in this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly clear that up at the beginning with a really cool analogy. Then, they discuss a common definition of Christian Zionism, analyzing it bit by bit to root out the Good, the Bad and where it can get downright Ugly.
    Along the Way
    As they explore various aspects of Christian Zionism, their conversation takes them to:

    What Scripture means when it says God stretches out His arm
    Before there was Christian Zionism, there was Jewish Zionism
    One of the main verses Christian Zionism springs from – and it’s part of “the Good”
    A “Messianic declaration” necessary for Jesus’ return
    How Israel’s regathering needs to also lead to Israel’s redemption
    Putting the shoe on the other foot – What if this attitude about Jewish people was the attitude toward your family? It’s part of “the Bad” that’s possible with Christian Zionism, and it can alienate us from each other
    Whichever way you look at this particular understanding of Christian Zionism – either from a Jewish perspective or Christian – it really belongs in “the Ugly” category
    A phrase that has become a trigger to Carly now
    A poorly-worded part of a Christian Zionism definition that, if carried out to its subtle conclusion, essentially aims to make Jewish people cease to exist in their own faith. Now that’s Bad! And Ugly!
    A “Really Ugly” thing that emerges out of a fear of the hot-button issue of the Gospel

    Words You Might Learn in This Episode
    Zion, Christian Zionism, Am Israel, Eretz Israel, Baruch haba bashem Adonai, aliyah
    Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
    Psalm 76:1–2, Psalm 87:2, Psalm 135:21, Psalm 51:18, Genesis 13:14–17, Deuteronomy 12:4–5, Ezra 6:12, Zechariah 14:8–9, Ezekiel 36:24, 2 Samuel 22:50–51, Ezra 3:11, Isaiah 54:10, Ezekiel 20:34, Ezekiel 11:16–17, Ezekiel 36:25, Matthew 23:37–39, Romans 11:25–27, Romans 3:25, John 1:29, John 14:6, Zechariah 14:2, Matthew 15:24, Galatians 3:28, Romans 3:23, Acts 4:12, Romans 11:17–24
    Previous Episodes Mentioned
    Episode 15 – Israel: Promised Land and Political State
    Other Important Stuff
    May 2-8 is the 2022 Bless Israel 5K. Walk or run “with us” to show your support for Israel and the Jewish people in the 2nd annual Bless Israel Virtual 5K. Learn more on our website and register today!
    Win Free Coffee. Enter our monthly drawing at www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org, and you could win a free bag of some of the finest Ethiopian coffee in the world from Lost Tribes Coffee Co.
    Do you like what you hear? You know, the only way we can continue providing these engaging conversations is through listener support. So, if you like tuning in to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, would you consider supporting the podcast with a financial gift? Any amount – small or large – helps. Thanks

    • 24 min
    S2 EP7 | Differences between End Times Jewish and Christian Thought - Olam Haba

    S2 EP7 | Differences between End Times Jewish and Christian Thought - Olam Haba

    An Urgent Message about UkraineWhat’s happening in Ukraine right now is terrible. Jewish Voice is partnering with trusted ministries right in Ukraine – and also Moldova, Romania, and Poland – to provide shelter and relief in Jesus’ name to the escalating number of Ukrainians fleeing for safety. Jewish Voice plans to provide as much comfort and aid as the Lord enables us to do. Please keep praying for Ukraine, and give as the Lord enables you to help during these difficult times.
    Global pandemic. Supply chain shortages. Energy crisis. And now Russia has invaded Ukraine. Hard times and heartbreak confront us all around. And it’s making some people wonder how close we’re advancing toward the End Times.
    In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk about this Bible topic that some may prefer to avoid. (It’s not exactly what most people read about for a morning devotional, right?) But, they come at it from a different angle than the typical debates about pre-this or post-that. Their conversation reveals a lot about the Jewish perspective of “the world to come,” and they share some Hebrew words that carry some hefty meaning related to the Last Days. They also mention a ton of Scriptures revealing that this whole idea of “the End Times” is not a New Testament, Christian thing. It's an Old Testament, Jewish thing. 
    They discuss

    The End Times as an Old Testament thing, not just a Christian thing
    How a Jewish person would define how the world ends
    Waiting for Messiah to come – either for the first time or again
    The Jewish perspective on the Book of Life and what happens “in the end” to someone who’s not Jewish
    For Believers, how understanding Jewish End-Time thought may help them when talking to Jewish friends

    Along the Way
    Along the way, they get into some really interesting things like:

    How the Hebrew definition of a single word in Jeremiah 29:11 changes so much. Like, whoa!
    What the book of Daniel says about Jewish people in the End Times
    Something for Christians to think about as they eagerly await the return of Jesus
    A cool word-study challenge
    Encouragement to not neglect, brush over or take as symbolic an important factor of End Times events
    And hey, don’t shy away from this stuff because it’s too complex, OK? This is important stuff worth looking at (It’s in the Bible after all, right?)

    Words You Might Learn in This Episode
    Eschatology, Olam Haba, Baurch haba, Yakov/Jacob, Israel, aharit hayamim, sof, Am Yisrael, Messiah, Maschiach
    Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
    Ezekiel 38, Revelation 20:7–10, Psalm 89:14, Matthew 24:1–32, Matthew 25:31-33, Genesis 49, Jeremiah 29:11, Revelation 7–14, Daniel 10:14, Isaiah 39:5–7, Jeremiah 25:12–14, Revelation 3:1–10, 2 Thessalonians 2:3–10, Daniel 10–12, Genesis 3:15, Deuteronomy 18:15, Isaiah 9:6–7, Isiah 59:20, Isaiah 53, Genesis 37–41, Zechariah 9 and 14, John 1:29, Isaiah 53:6, Zechariah 14:8–9, Acts 1:6, Luke 24:50–51, Zechariah 8:22, Zechariah 14:16, Isaiah 45:21, Matthew 15:24, Romans 10:13, John 3:16, Matthew 25, Revelation 6, 8–10, 16, Ephesians 4:30, Revelation 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17, Revelation 5:10, Jeremiah 30:7, Matthew 23:39
    Previous Episodes Mentioned
    Episode 5: Die Another Day – Yom Kippur
    Episode 34: What Happens When You Die?
    ◦◦◦
    Other Important Stuff
    May 2-8 is the 2022 Bless Israel 5K. Walk or run “with us” to show

    • 31 min
    S2 EP6 | Purim - Beyond the Partying

    S2 EP6 | Purim - Beyond the Partying

    “I’ll take Purim for 800, Alex.” There’s meaning to every holiday, but sometimes it gets lost behind its symbols and traditions. Listen to this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, and you might even ace a Purim category on Jeopardy. From ooos and boos, noisemakers and baked goods, to the threat of destruction and profound deliverance, Purim has it all.
    Join Carly and Ezra as they discuss the story, meaning and traditions of Purim – one of the most festive Jewish holidays on the calendar. You’ll hear:

    The Purim story, its main characters and the meaning beyond the partying
    What graggers are and their part in Purim celebrations
    What the Purim plays are all about
    How young the brave and noble Queen Esther may have been
    Why Purim is both fasting and feasting
    All about hamantaschen

    Along the Way The conversation leads to all kinds of fun facts and meaningful insights, including:
    • How rabbinical tradition gauges “celebrating well”
    • The most common Purim tradition
    • The saying that evolved into “the whole enchilada”
    • Why retelling stories is a part of so many Jewish holidays
    • A traditional, ancient Jewish curse (not that we endorse it) and what it has to do with Purim celebrations
    • The historical pattern of “intended annihilation” followed by great deliverance of the Jewish people
    • What “ears” have to do with Purim’s most famous baked treat
    • The super-surprising number of times God is mentioned in the book of Esther
    • God’s miraculous fingerprints all over the Purim story
     
    Words You Might Learn in This Episode
    Gragger, Megillah, Megillat Esther, pur, Purim, Hadassah, chag, Chag Purim, tsum, Tsum Esther, hamantaschen, oznei Haman, mohntaschen
    Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
    Esther 3:7, Esther 7:1–6, Esther 4:14, Esther 4:15–16, Jeremiah 25:11–12, Daniel 12:11, Luke 22:49–51
     
    Previous Episodes Mentioned
    Episode 26 – Why Purim is Such a Party
     
    Watch the Hamantaschen Taste Test Video on YouTube
    Ezra and Carly will be trying a popular Purim dessert blindfolded and on video so you can get their great reactions! Let’s see who can guess the flavor of the treats. Carly’s 0 for 2 in their holiday food taste tests. Can she beat Ezra this time?
    ◦◦◦
    Other Important Stuff
    May 2-8 is the 2022 Bless Israel 5K. Walk or run “with us” to show your support for Israel and the Jewish people in the 2nd annual Bless Israel Virtual 5K. Learn more on our website and register today!
    Win Free Coffee. Enter our monthly drawing at www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org, and you could win a free bag of some of the finest Ethiopian coffee in the world from Lost Tribes Coffee Co.
    Do you like what you hear? You know, the only way we can continue providing these engaging conversations is through listener support. So, if you like tuning in to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, would you consider supporting the podcast with a financial gift? Any amount – small or large – helps. Thanks!
    Subscribe. You can subscribe to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
    Watch us on YouTube and subscribe there to help grow the channel. Share. Don’t keep us all to yourself! Share the podcast with people you know. Leaving a review will also help spread the word about the podcast.
    Follow and Engage. Keep up with us by following and engaging with us on social media under the handle A Jew and A Gentile Discuss. Ask and Comment. We’d love to hear from you! Please leave us feedback or send in your questions for us to

    • 27 min
    S2 EP5 | Communion: Borrowed from the Jews

    S2 EP5 | Communion: Borrowed from the Jews

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on a second. You’re saying that communion – as in the Christian remembrance of Jesus’ death for us – is Jewish? WHAT?
    Some things seem distinctly Christian. And communion is one of them, right? It’s just so New Testament that how could it not be? But what if everything about the New Testament practice of communion originated from an ancient Jewish custom commanded by God? Well, that would almost be like God had some intentional plan to connect the two.
    Ahh, now you’re tracking!
    In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly engage in an eye-opening conversation that you’re definitely going to want to hear. First, they share their personal stories of understanding communion from their different backgrounds. Then, they dig into:

    The incredible Jewish context of communion
    How Messianic Jews observe communion and how often
    How Jewish observance of Passover relates to the Christian communion
    Application for Christians today

    Along the Way
    You’ll learn a ton of fascinating stuff during their conversation, including:

    Carly’s, “Do not make a face” experience
    The connection between Jewish matzah and Jesus’ death
    A key motivation for this podcast
    Night, supper, bread, wine and cups – slowing down through this Scripture passage to ask “wait a minute” questions about each phrase – and the fascinating answers to them
    How the Jewish context provides amazing insight into the words “before” and “after” of the Last Supper account
    Communion is a commandment to Believers
    Do Coke and Doritos count?
    How every year, the worldwide Jewish community goes through communion without even knowing it
    Encouragement to Christians: Do this! (You’ll be glad you did)
    How we’re living in an unfinished Passover Seder

    Words You Might Learn in This Episode
    Communion, Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, yizkor, Yeshua, Seder, matzah, Cup of Redemption, ekklesia, Hallel, Cup of Hallel
    Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
    1 Corinthians 23:23–28, Romans 1:16, Matthew 15:24, Romans 10:9 and 13, John 19:31, Luke 22:19, Matthew 16:21, John 3:14, John 12:32, Ezekiel 18:20, Jeremiah 31:31–33, Exodus 12:24–27, 2 Corinthians 3:14–16, Matthew 26:17–30, Mark 14:12–26, Luke 22:1–30, John 13:1–30, Revelation 19:16, Matthew 26:29, Matthew 6:9–10, Leviticus 16:7–10, Genesis 2:17, Deuteronomy 30:15:20, Ezekiel 18:20, Hebrews 10:8–10, Romans 10:13
    Previous Episodes Mentioned
    Season 1, Episode 41 – Top 5 Jewish Objections to Jesus
    Season 1, Episode 30 – The Difference between Passover and Easter
    Season 1, Episode 32 – Holy Week from a Jewish Perspective
    ◦◦◦
    Other Important Stuff
     
    Win Free Coffee. Enter our monthly drawing at www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org, and you could win a free bag of some of the finest Ethiopian coffee in the world from Lost Tribes Coffee Co.
    Do you like what you hear? You know, the only way we can continue providing these engaging conversations is through listener support. So, if you like tuning in to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, would you consider supporting the podcast with a financial gift? Any amoun

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

Adamcraig92 ,

Review

This is my opinion only. So take it for what it’s worth. Which isn’t much. I sense a lot of arrogance from Ezra. Carly kind of bows down to what he says to. Which I don’t agree with. Like I said my opinion only. If I’m wrong, then so be it.

MommaBabs82 ,

An important discussion about Christians incorporating Jewish traditions

I have come to a cross roads of sorts about how I should best understand my walk with Jesus and faith. There is a lot I understand and agree with those Christian movements that teach practicing the Feasts and Sabbaths that the Messiah did. Your S2E2 episode did a wonderful job about addressing the “why”. Hearing Ezra explain there is an invention, not expectation. That’s how I have embraced things so far- and hearing it articulated in such a way as this episode does, was affirming and I believe helpful.

MJGoulie ,

God is so good!

This podcast came at just the right time for me. I had been feeling God tugging at my heart to understand the roots of my Christian faith, but I had no idea where to begin. It was very overwhelming. This podcast and a messianic book explaining Jewish holidays with a Jesus perspective has been amazing. And the beautiful thing is that the book and the podcast confirm each other. God is so good! I had a lot of Jewish friends in college, but I was always nervous to speak about my faith in front of them. This podcast has given me so much clarity and wisdom about their perspective and how to speak about my faith around someone that’s Jewish. We have stumbled 😂 through the Jewish holidays and have finally come full circle this Rosh Hashanah! We will definitely be keeping them as an integral part of our faith. Thank you to this podcast for helping us feel like we are more than welcome to enjoy the holidays of our faith! 🙏🙌

Top Podcasts In Religion & Spirituality

Ascension Catholic Faith Formation
Sadie Robertson
D-Group
BibleProject
Hank Smith & John Bytheway
Joel Osteen

You Might Also Like