Guest Speaker: Rabbi Russ Resnik

Guest Speaker: Rabbi Russ Resnik
Saturday, July 24, 2021, 11:00 AM

Location: Ahavat Yeshua Messianic Jewish Congregation, 3855 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC US 20016

On July 24, 2021 at our 11:00 Shabbat Service, we have the privilege of hosting guest speaker, Rabbi Russ Resnik,  Rabbinical Counselor of the UMJC. 

Please read his bio below and spread the word.  He is scheduled to be with us in-person, but we will also be live-streaming the service. So let people know who cannot make it in person to tune in online HERE on July 24, 2021.

Russ Resnik Bio

Russ Resnik is a veteran rabbi, teacher, counselor, and writer, currently serving as Rabbinic Counsel of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC). In this role, Russ speaks regularly within the UMJC community, particularly in areas of pastoral care and congregational life; provides consultation and counseling services; and functions as a rabbi to rabbis within the community. He has taught and lectured on similar topics as well as biblical studies throughout the USA and in Israel, Canada, Mexico, South America, South Africa, and Russia, and is currently an adjunct instructor at Messianic Jewish Theological Institute and The King’s University.

Russ was ordained through the UMJC after completing their Yeshiva program in 1990, and served as UMJC executive director from 1999 to 2016. He holds a Master’s degree in counseling from the University of New Mexico and is a Nationally Certified Counselor, as well as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in New Mexico, where Russ maintains a private practice working with men and couples.

As a writer, Russ contributes regularly to Messianic publications and websites and is the author of numerous books and articles, including those listed below. He currently serves as editor of Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism. Russ and his wife, Jane, have four children and seven grandchildren, and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he leads Adonai Ro’i chavurah.

Besorah: The Resurrection of Jerusalem and the Healing of a Fractured Gospel (co-authored with Mark S. Kinzer). Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2021.

 A Life of Favor: A Family Therapist Examines the Story of Joseph and His Brothers. Clarksville, MD: Lederer Books, 2016.

 Divine Reversal: The Transforming Ethics of Jesus. Clarksville, MD: Lederer Books, 2010.

 Creation to Completion: A Guide to Life’s Journey from the Five Books of Moses. Clarksville, MD: Lederer Books, 2006.

 Gateways to Torah: Joining the Ancient Conversation on the Weekly Portion. Clarksville, MD: Lederer Books, 2000.

 The Root and the Branches: Jewish Identity in Messiah. Albuquerque, NM: Adat Yeshua Publications, 1996.  

“The Death of Messiah: Human Agency and Divine Necessity.” Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, Issue 39, Summer/Fall 2021.

“What Should Messianic Jewish Leaders Say about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?” Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, Issue 34, Winter/Spring 2019.

“Identity, Joseph, and the Hero’s Journey.” Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, Issue 31, Summer/Fall 2017.

 “The Two Shall Become One Flesh: The Beginning and End of Marriage.” Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, Issue 29, Summer/Fall 2015.

“Messianic Jewish Ethics,” in Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations, David Rudolph and Joel Willitts, general editors. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.

 “An Ethical Window: Framing a Messianic Jewish Moral Perspective,” in First Steps in Messianic Jewish Ethics: Defining Our Involvement with One Another and the World About Us. Np: Hashivenu Forum, 2013.

 “Shema: Living the Great Commandment (Part 4).” Messiah Journal, Issue 112, Winter 2013.

 “Shema: ‘Whole-hearted Love’—The Second Imperative.” Messiah Journal, Issue 111, Fall 2012.

 “Shema: ‘Listen’—The First Imperative.” Messiah Journal, Issue 110, Spring 2012.

 “Shema: Living the Great Commandment.” Messiah Journal, Issue 109, Winter 2012.

 “Hesed and Hospitality: Embracing Our Place on the Margins.” Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, Issue 23, Fall/Winter 2009.

 “Defining Messianic Judaism—A Commentary.” Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, Issue 17, Spring 2004.

 “Halakhic Responsibility,” in Voices of Messianic Judaism: Confronting Critical Issues Facing a Maturing Movement, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, ed. Baltimore: Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2001. 



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