Books & Music
Our Lending Library
The library is located in the north wing of the building, with many excellent books, CDs, DVDs, and tapes available for sign out. Be sure to check out all the newly donated wonderful books we have.
Our librarian, Vicki Kline, reports that our library has a plethora of biographies and histories on any Jewish subject. We have books that aid in family life, marriage issues, child rearing and even diet advice. We have been collecting resource books that can be useful for personal study or papers being written and these can be read within the confines of our library walls. We have recently added a Greek New Testament and Young’s Concordance. There are video’s to check out, to make for a wonderful Shabbat afternoon and the latest CD’s for those who could not attend the MJAA conference yet would like to hear the teachings. If you need a book on Jewish Festivals or lessons in Hebrew then come and look through the reference manual or browse the shelves, they are freely given and freely offered for check out.
The following books and CDs are recommendations by Or HaOlam Messianic Synagogue.
This That and Sometimes the Other
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is a natural born storyteller who writes from the heart... --Patricia Clothier.
Rochelle's fourteen little stories can cause literary addiction... --Annie Withers
About the Author: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Initially trained as a graphic artist at the Kansas City Art Institute she enjoys making funny faces, sometimes on paper. Three of her short stories, Savant, The Swimming Lesson and Reap the Whirlwind have been published in three High Hill Press collections, Voices III, Echoes of the Ozarks VI and Voices IV. She and her husband, Jan, raised three sons and live in Belton, Missouri. She attends Or HaOlam Messianic Synagogue.
To order her books click here.
Please Say Kaddish for Me
1899 Russia under the cruel Czarist rule is not a good place to be a Jew!
Russia under the diabolical Czarist rule is a very bad place and a very bad time to be a Jew. Fair game to marauding peasants and government militia alike, the random slaughter of entire Jewish families is commonplace rather than a rare occurrence. It is, however, a time for brave men. And brave women.
Barefoot, wearing only a flimsy nightgown, sixteen-year-old Havah Cohen alone escapes the brutal massacre by the Czarist tyranny that destroys her home and slaughters her family on a frigid November night in 1899.
Love ignited, lost and found, insurmountable struggles and challenges, Kishinev's Jewish pogroms and all odds against them, Havah and her soul mate, Arel, withstand the storms of life in this unforgettable story of a time and place rarely spoken of, and romance and courage so profound as to be rarely experienced.
From Silt and Ashes
Death and destruction was the lot of the Jewish people in 19th and 20th century Russia.
Russian peasants and other miscreants professing to be Christians attack the Jewish population with immunity and the blessing of the Russian Czar. Only by fleeing the country could a Jew be safe. Leaving loved ones and friends behind, Havah and a few relatives and friends escape the marauding horde in Russia, seeking safety in the United States of America. But even in America - the land of the free - there is bias, discrimination, hatred and mayhem.
Although things were worse in America than they had believed, it was like heaven compared to Russia, and Havah did have one American friend in her corner: President Theodore Roosevelt. Her faith and determination enabled her to persevere and lead her people through trials and tribulations that at times seemed almost too much to bear, but she was buttressed by her father's words: "As one must, one can."
As One Must, One Can
Havah Gitterman, her husband Arel, their children, and surviving family and friends have settled into their lives in America, the turmoil and persecution of Eastern Europe behind them. Or is it? Although physically safe in their adopted country, the ghosts of the dead and the horrors of the past still haunt them.
While everything is up to date in 1908 Kansas City, bigotry and religious discrimination abound. Havah faces each challenge, emotional or physical, with courage, determination and her father’s voice ever reminding her, “As One Must, One Can.”
A Lawyer's Case for God
Recommended Book of the Week for May 29, 2009 by Dr. Tom Hills Eaglezine of the Eagle Institute.
Dr. Tom Hill, nationally know speaker, author, and educator. Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Soul
“Clear, concise, and challenging...Written with logic, as well as humor...Illuminating and instructive...A Lawyer's Case for God is well worth investigating.”
Messianic Times, May 2009
“As a professor in the area of apologetics and a writer of an academic text book (The Biblical World View, an Apologetic) I have come to realize the limitations of my type of academic and comprehensive approach to apologetics. People need what I call popular apologetics that defends and gives a good case for our faith. Writing popular apologetics requires simplification and readable presentations which do not distort the evidence. Jim has written a worthy contribution to popular apologetics that fulfills these criteria.”
Dr. Dan Juster,
Founder and Director of Tikkun International, founding president and general secretary of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations for 9 years, the senior pastor of Beth Messiah congregation for 22 years, and a co-founder of the Messiah Bible Institute in several nations. Serves on the board of Towards Jerusalem Council II, participates with Road to Jerusalem and provides oversight to 15 congregations in the USA as well as overseeing emissaries in Israel and the Former Soviet Union.
“I urge everyone who questions God’s love to read this book.”
Rose Price Cregar
Holocaust Survivor and Speaker on Forgiveness
“Jim Jacob answers the most frequent arguments concerning belief in G-d, the Bible and the Messiah in an excellent, succinct way that strengthens the believer's faith, and challenges the pre-believer to search for truth. We highly recommend this book as a tool for sharing G-d's Good News with the House of Israel!”
Dr. Neil Lash and Jamie Lash
Co-Hosts of Jewish Jewels T.V. Program and
Rabbi and Rebbitzen of Temple Aron HaKodesh
“It is my pleasure to endorse the book "A Lawyer's Case for God" as our congregation plans to use it as part of our outreach to the secular community. This book is written with enough facts that a person seeking God should get most of their questions answered. It is written in a clear, concise, and thorough manner so that everyone can understand. It is a compelling book which answers key questions of faith. As I read it, I found it strengthened my faith. This is a must read book and one that needs to be given out to those we love.”
Steven J. Weiler, Senior Rabbi
Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue
"A Lawyer's CASE for GOD is well written. I enjoyed reading it. I think it is a valuable tool.”
Chosen People Ministries
“We think you have a winner in your new book.”
Founder of Apple of His Eye Ministry
“Terrific book. Incredibly persuasive! Very compelling! I give this book to many of my patients.”
Jay F. Morris
Doctor of Dental Surgery
“This is a powerful presentation of information. It allows the reader to ponder matters in both a rational and emotional way.”
Dr. Marvin Aaron
College Dean and Professor of History
“Great book! I’ll probably read it every couple of months. It provides great support for faith.”
A Lawyer's Case for the Resurrection
Is belief in the resurrection of Yeshua (Hebrew name of Jesus) a matter of faith, or is there historical evidence to support its occurrence? Even if there is compelling evidence, one question remains—how did this seemingly impossible event take place? We struggle to wrap our minds around this, and justifiably so. We are faced with a daunting paradox: can a historic event be validated despite its miraculous nature? Attorney and former atheist Jim Jacob sought well-grounded answers to these questions and many others. He has researched and compiled evidence to answer such important questions as: Are the gospels in the New Covenant historically accurate? Did Yeshua actually live? Was He crucified by the Romans? Did Yeshua truly rise from the dead?
As he has done throughout his nearly 40-year legal career, Jacob presents clear evidence that answers these questions and confronts head-on the rebuttal arguments as well. When an individual is requested to serve on a jury, he or she is asked to set aside any biases and serve impartially as a juror, giving both sides a fair trial. If you desire to objectively assess the evidence and determine whether there is any validity to the claims of the followers of Yeshua, then this booklet is for you.
A Lawyer's Case for His Faith
Is it primitive to believe in G-d and the Bible? Can there be harmony between faith in G-d and the findings of science? Is the natural world really all there is, or is there something more?
Attorney Jim Jacob has taken on the biggest case of his career: the case for his faith in Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus). Utilizing his nearly 40-years of legal experience, Jacob presents evidence for the existence of G-d, as well as the historical validity of the Bible, and the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua, among many other topics. As he would do in a courtroom, Jacob anticipates and systematically refutes many of the rebuttal arguments. Jacob understands the perspective of skeptics, as he was a Jewish atheist for the first 39 years of his life.
As if he were speaking to a jury, Jacob lays out his evidence in an easy-to-follow yet persuasive and thoroughly documented manner to address such important questions as: Does G-d exist? Can the Bible be used as historical evidence? What guidance does the Old Covenant provide so that we will recognize the Messiah? Is there historical evidence for the resurrection of Yeshua? Can God exist amidst a world filled with suffering? If you desire to communicate your faith through sound logic, this book is for you.
Jim Jacobs attends Or HaOlam Messianic Synagogue. To order Jim Jacobs books click here.
Messianic worship music with a contemporary sound. Original music, some in Hebrew, mostly in English. As the rabbi of Or HaOlam Messianic Congregation, where Mordekhi and Yisraela serve as worship Directors, I want to say that they are stellar musicians and worship leaders. They understand the Messianic calling, and love the Jewish Messiah, the covenantal calling of our people, the Jewish genre of music, from Klezmer to Tel Aviv Israeli. The Great Light CD reflects the skill and passion of their worship expression, and will augment any music library. Shmuel Wolkenfeld. To listen to samples of their music, click here.
Sound of the Soul, A Recipe for Love; and The Power of Words, and several others
Sound of the Soul is a very lovely, soothing new instrumental CD available by another one of Or HaOlam's talented people, Oxana Eliahu. She is a recording artist from Israel, a songwriter, composer and producer of six albums. Oxana's songs are touching, healing, and anointed full of deep emotions and passions. Her lyrics are very meaningful, truly inspired by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Each song is in itself a message of faith, love and hope.
Oxana wrote all her songs in Hebrew. Today they are translated into different languages and she sings them also in Spanish, English and Russian. Oxana attends Or HaOlam Messianic Synagogue. Click here to Hear Sample Music. (Scroll down to get to samples.)
Intimate Moments With the Hebrew Names of God
But the L-RD is the true G-d; He is the living G-d, the eternal King. (Jer. 10:10 IV). You are the Everlasting King. Before time began, You reigned. You reign today. You will reign forevermore. Mehlekh Olam, Eternal King, I praise You. What assurance and peace this truth is, that no matter what assails me, Your power will ultimately conquer. Thank You for this perfect divine plan." Excerpt from book.
To Order: Intimate Moments with the Hebrew Names of G-d by Barri Cae Mallin and Rabbi Shmuel Wolkenfeld; Bridge-Logos Publishers; Gainesville, FL 32614. ISBN: 0-88270-801-5