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Izzy Avraham

Holy Language Institute
Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

What is the main focus of your activities today?
I teach Christians about the Jewishness of Jesus and the Hebrew context of the New Testament.

How long have you been doing that?
15 years

What are some of the successful related programs or projects that you have done this year and in past years?
Hebrew Quest, our foundational 40-lesson Biblical Hebrew course:

Mishnah Snapshots, showing where the Mishnah sheds light on the Jewish context of the New Testament:

Hebrew Verses, reading through the Bible verse-by-verse in Hebrew:

Messianic History, telling the story of how the New Testament was translated into Hebrew:
I’m also doing a series reviewing Bibles coming from Jewish/Hebraic perspectives here:
We have other courses and resources on the website but these are some of the primary ones. We also have online groups where our students meet each other and discuss these lessons and related topics.
That’s what we’re doing through Holy Language Institute. We also recently started the Mussar Center at where we teach introductory lessons and offer lists of Mussar books and Middot.

How did you get to where you are today?

A short version of that is here: I also share the backstories to my organizations and courses here:

What is your “testimony”?
I was a homeschooled pastor’s kid. In my mid-teens I embarked on a spiritual quest. The realization that Jesus was Jewish drew me back to my Jewish roots. After spending thousands of hours immersed in the study of Hebrew and the traditional texts of Judaism and roughly a year in Israel I began teaching classes in person and sharing my discoveries. From there I began teaching online and now have thousands of students learning with me worldwise. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share what lights me up, create community where people can learn and grow together, and make so many beautiful friends along the way.

What do you think God is doing with regard to Jewish-Christian relations?
The God of Israel is pulling people closer to himself and to his Word, his Torah. Along the way Christians and Jews are looking over and finding themselves closer to each other too.

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