About Worth Beyond Rubies
My name is Diane and I am a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus), a Seminary student working toward a Masters in Jewish Studies and yes, a blogger! I launched Worth Beyond Rubies in late June 2018 and I love sharing the Jewish roots with my readers! I had always enjoyed writing since I was a little girl.
I have been a believer since 1996. I wish I had an amazing testimony story to share with you but I don’t. I had pretty much always believed in Yeshua.As I mentioned, I am a Jewish believer and have never known life without Yeshua in it in some way, shape or form. My faith walk took a lot of detours but I always had faith in Yeshua since was little and would line up my dolls on my bed and teach them all about the Lord!
My grandmother was 100% Ashkenazi and my grandfather was gentile. He and my grandmother (mostly he) decided to let their daughters choose their faith for themselves and so my mother was not raised solely within Judaism although certainly it was part of her life as my Grandmother and all of her family was Jewish. My mother, growing up in the 1940’s, had experienced the vitriol and hate that comes with being Jewish and so she was afraid to identity herself as such throughout her life. But I have always had a deep connection with Judaism through the faith of my grandmother, my sister (who had married a Jewish man), my aunts, uncles, and cousins.
So any conversation about me will include my love for Judaism and Jewish tradition. It was just part of my life from as far back as I remember.
I attend a Messianic Jewish congregation. I am Torah observant (I WILL write about this one day soon since it is not what gentile Christians think it means.), I daven (I do the daily Jewish prayers), I attend Messianic Jewish Seminary and live a life devoted to my faith in Hashem.
I have had a desire to teach people as much as I can about Messianic Judaism (for those who come from a Jewish background and have assimilated into a church due to a lack of familiarity with Messianic Judaism or the existence of Messianic Synagogues) and for gentile Christians, to teach about Jewish history, the Jewishness of Yeshua, the early church and the Apostolic Writings because I have found it allows you to experience your faith and Jesus (Yeshua) in a much deeper, richer way.
So I hope you will let me share some of my learnings with you because when I think about Worth Beyond Rubies and why I started it, that is my main goal!
I attend the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute’s graduate program and I also attend classes at the New School for Jewish Study.
I have studied with prominent Rabbis and teachers in the Messianic Community such as Rabbi Paul Saal, Rav Carl Kinbar, Rabbi Tony Eaton, Rabbi Dr. Vered Hillel, Rabbi Russ Resnick, Dr. Jen Rosner, Rabbi Nathan Joiner, Rabbi Stuart Dauermann, Dr. Rachel Wolf, Richard Harvey, and Rabbi Joshua Brumbach.
I have also trained in the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations’ Lay Cantor Program with Rabbi Aaron Allsbrook.
What is Messianic Judaism Anyway??
According to the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), “Messianic Judaism is a movement of Jewish congregations and groups committed to Yeshua the Messiah that embrace the covenantal responsibility of Jewish life and identity rooted in Torah, expressed in tradition, and renewed and applied in the context of the New Covenant.”
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