About Steven

I was born in Amityville, NY and moved to Commack (on Long Island) when I was 8. I went through high school there (Commack North) and to college at Temple University (Philadelphia) where I received a Ba in History.

I went straight into the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant, and at the end of the next 3 1/2 years was a First Lieutenant, Company XO in the Combat Engineer Battalion. The only Jewish officer in the Battalion, I may add. That meant that I was assigned the Officer of the Day every Christmas. Bah, Humbug!!

I came out, did about 12 years on Wall Street as a suit, managing different departments and ending up a Bank Officer writing programs for the Securities Processing Division at Marine Midland Bank.

I left there to run a successful business; after all, I had gone to school at night for 5 years to get my MBA and figured I should use it. I also thought that being close to home would save my marriage.

I was wrong on both counts: the business never took off but my life savings did, and the marriage ended up in divorce, as well. After more than 20 years of trying to be friendly and helpful, all I have received back is spiteful hate from the “ex”, my children have been turned against me and both Alexandra and Bryce have rejected me. I love them, though, and am waiting and praying for God’s intervention.

I went from Wall Street to Sales, and I was good at it (once someone really good trained me correctly.) In 1995 I met Donna McGill, and we married. This one is the one! On August 26, 2015, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of our first date (the date from hell, I might add) and this February 7 (2017) we will have been married 19 years. To this day, every kiss with Donna is like the first kiss.

Dad passed in August 2005 and in January 2007 Mom went to tell him all that he is doing wrong, where ever he is. I took the inheritance, which was enough for me to change careers, and applied it to get Microsoft and CompTIA certified as a computer technician and systems engineer. I have been doing help desk and network administration since. I like the challenge of the work, but despite the enjoyment, I had been more than ready to retire for some time. Finally, as of January 2017, I am now a retired “gentleman of leisure.” Well, OK- let’s just leave at I am retired.

In 1997 I decided it was about time I made a decision about God. I had always felt something missing in my relationship, which was more of a non-relationship. I studied, talked to many people, and God sent many mature Christians, who understood that Jews don’t want to hear about Jesus but Jesus is what all Jews need. I ended up accepting Yeshua (His real name) as my Savior and discovered Messianic Judaism, where I have grown in my faith and am more Jewish in both worship and practice than I ever was. I have taken classes and have a Certificate of Messianic Studies, which would allow me to call myself a Messianic Minister if I paid them dues. I served at Temple Beth Emanuel in Philly for 17 years, as Ministry Head for a few different ministries, and Rabbi Pro Tem (along with my other Counsel members) for a few years while looking for a new Rabbi when the man who really built it all up went into a different ministry (Jacob’s Hope) , which is helping thousands of Jews in the worst places in the world for Jews to live.

In May of 2013, Donna and I moved to Melbourne, Florida and we haven’t looked back. We are happy here, God provided the job I needed and in 2015 I found a place to worship where I feel right at home. It is a Hebraic Roots church, and in January 2016 they asked me to join the Council. I serve in a role similar to what a Cantor would do, and will “fill in” for the Senior Pastor when he needs someone to deliver the message on Shabbat. That church had to disband in 2017 and I have concentrated on this ministry since.

Donna and I are tremendously blessed.

I wrote my first book, “Back to Basics: God’s Word vs. Religion”  while in Philadelphia and since then have written two other books, one on Prayer and my most recent book (published 2018) called “Parashot Drashim“, a commentary on each of the 54 Shabbat Torah readings on the one-year reading cycle. . You can find them under the heading “Book” on the Home page.

If you are interested in my Testimony, here’s the place (please excuse the lousy video- it was from a 17-year-old VCR tape.)

Comments

  1. Steven R. Bruck
    john spizziri November 10, 2014 at 18:27

    ah I see now – also let me thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of me and my family for your service and sacrifice to our country. God Bless You and Yours!

  2. Steven R. Bruck
    EsseRealis February 13, 2015 at 09:57

    Steven, I look forward to reading more of your journey. I appreciate learning about the Hebrew roots of Yeshua and love how you explained how we got the name of Jesus Christ from Yeshua ben Yosef.
    Have a blessed day,
    Brandon

  3. Steven R. Bruck
    Hugo September 27, 2017 at 15:12

    loved to read your “about”…
    Recognized many things you experienced in your life…as they seems to me like looking into a mirror.
    Still having no luck, finding a good assembly for Shabbat and appointed times..
    Doing them at home, is like missing something.(my new partner is orthodox…but she respects me in keeping Shabbat en appointed times)
    From time to time I visit the synagogue, there were the Rabbi comes, which was my teacher for Hebrew at the univ…
    I am really amazed reading your story… be blessed by HaShem !
    Although I mention my website, it is not update since 3yrs (even pictures of my ex are still there….LOL)

    • Steven R. Bruck
      Steven R. Bruck September 29, 2017 at 12:43

      I appreciate you’re wanting to find a place to enjoy the Shabbat and festivals. The place where I worship now will be disbanding in the next few months, as the Senior Pastor is going to pursue his Masters (it’s free from his job)and the Assemblies of God will take over the church, which means it won’t be Hebraic Roots anymore. There are other places I may seek out that are Hebraic Roots, but i will probably take a Shabbat rest from Shabbat, if you know what I mean. I have always be picked for Council work, and even though I refused for a year this time, God has His way of making what He wants happen. I am going to be a little like Jonah and run to Tarshish, so when the place where I worship now changes, I will be like you are- no place to go for Shabbat and festivals except my own home. I don’t mind, really- didn’t Yeshua say in Matthew 8:20 that the fox has it’s hole and the bird it’s nest, but the Son of Man has not a place on which to lay his head? I can live with that for a while.

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