pic_Mark_KinzerSince my teenage years I have been fascinated by history. Modern life - especially in America - tends to dull our sense of the way events and people of the past continue to shape our lives in the present. But this sense has always been vivid for me.

Historical consciousness certainly played a role in opening my heart to the reality of God and to an apprehension of God's redemptive and revelatory activity in a particular history - that of the Jewish people and its Messiah. I experienced God acting personally and immediately in my own life, but this relationship derived from what God had done in calling Abraham to leave the country of his birth, in leading Israel out of Egypt and giving them the Torah, and (most emphatically) in raising Yeshua the Messiah from the dead.

Historical consciousness also helped me recognize that the people with whom God established a covenant have an identity much like that of an individual human being. As we age, each of us grows and changes, yet we remain the same person. Hopefully, those changes we undergo involve maturation as we learn from our experience and from the wisdom and experience of others. In the same way, the Jewish people -- and the Christian church -- exist in time, and their identity in later life is shaped by what they experienced and learned in earlier stages of development.

A Jew without a sense of Jewish tradition is like a middle-aged person with amnesia. If we want to know what to live for in the present and how to realize our destiny in the future, we must be rooted in the way God has worked with us in the past.

Of course, I could have simply become a professional historian. In fact, my doctoral degree is in that very field - but I never intended to pursue a purely academic career. From the moment I came to faith in Yeshua I realized that I had a call to devote my life to service. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of real human beings. For a long time I did not know what form that service should take. But eventually it became clear - I was called to the rabbinate.

I came to see that role as one of mediating a tradition. Just as Moses received the Torah at Sinai, and passed in on to Joshua, who passed it on to the Elders; and just as the Apostles received the Good News from Yeshua and passed it on to the leaders who followed them; so a Rabbi receives a living stream of wisdom and seeks to help others to experience its power and beauty, and to plunge into those living waters themselves.

If I can help another Jew to enter into the historical flow of Jewish history and tradition, and to encounter there the living God, then I know that I have fulfilled my calling in life.

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"The MJRC consists of ordained Rabbis and associates who promote a life of faithfulness to God's covenant among Jewish followers of Messiah Yeshua by providing realistic and practical guidelines for Messianic Jewish observance."

Our Mission Statement

Rooted in Torah, instructed by Tradition, faithful to Messiah Yeshua


The Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC) consists of ordained Rabbis and associates who promote a life of faithfulness to God's covenant among Jewish followers of Messiah Yeshua by providing realistic and practical guidelines for Messianic Jewish observance.

Our core mission is to define, clarify, and foster standards of observance for council members and for those in the Messianic Jewish community who look to us for leadership.

We also exist to serve the professional and personal needs of our members by fostering high standards of professional competence, ethical behavior, and halakhic conduct.

The Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC) was formally established in May 2006. It consists of a group of ordained Messianic Jewish Rabbis and associated leaders who share a common vision for Messianic Jewish practice rooted in Torah, instructed by Tradition, and faithful to Messiah Yeshua in the twenty-first century.

The MJRC had its beginnings five years earlier. At that time a set of Messianic Jewish leaders from New England invited some of their colleagues from outside the region to join them in working on a common set of halakhic standards for themselves and their congregations. While other areas of Messianic Jewish life are of profound importance, such as worship, ethics, education, and social concern, we believed that halakhic standards had received far less attention than their place in Messianic Jewish life warranted.