Like the Blog is subtitled, “When you need a second opinion.” This blog represents my opinion on a variety of topics. I am not trying to tell anyone what they should or should not do, nor am I trying to convince anyone of anything. I am just giving my opinion, which often differs from opinions of others. If you agree with me, thats fine, but if you don’t agree with me, that fine too. I really don’t care if people agree with me or not. My goal is for people to THINK about issues in a different way. I hope the reader will enjoy my writings as well. There is an old saying, “A rabbi who’s congregation always agrees with him is no rabbi, and a rabbi who is afraid of his congregation is no man.”
Because people like to know backgrounds, here is mine:
Dr. Michael Schiffman grew up in Jericho, NY in a traditional Jewish family. He became a follower of Yeshua while a student at Arizona State in November 1973. He has earned BAE in Communication Arts at Arizona State University, an M.Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a D.Min. from Ashland Theological Seminary. In addition, he had a 12 year private study of Talmud, Shulchan Oruch, and Chasidus with a Chasidic Rabbi.
He has lead Messianic Jewish congregations in Phoenix, AZ in Columbus, OH, and Manhattan, NY He served as associate Rabbi in Simsbury, CT, and currently serves as a Rabbi in Cape Coral, Florida.
He has served as the UMJC Theology Chair, Credentials chair, Midwest Regional Director, and UMJC Treasurer and Secretary. He also has authored two books, and has been a frequent contributor of articles to Boundaries, of blessed memory, Kesher, Messianic Outreach, and other publications.
Dr Schiffman is a lecturer on Messianic Judaism, Jewish History, Torah, and Messianic Worship in the UMJC Yeshiva, MJTI, and the Netzer David Yeshiva.
Dr Schiffman serves as the director of Chevra USA, a humanitarian arm of the UMJC and has done so since 1994, feeding holocaust survivors and the Jewish poor in the Former Soviet Union and Israel and is a frequent speaker advocating for the people he helps.