I have always had a sense of the spiritual, something that has defined the way I have lived all my life. I can readily identify with the story of “The Emperors new clothes”, I was that boy in the story! If anybody can state the obvious it is me! I enjoy writing and thinking. I often test out my ideas with my wife and children during may favorite time of all which is Shabbat. Shabbat for me is something else, I am blessed to have a synagogue just 20 metres from the door of my house. I live in a small quiet village where my children can go out and play safely outdoors and where we are shielded from commercialism and secularism. I look forward to the times of Moshiac (messiah) when prior to the messianic age, a change in the world as we know it will occur. The change is very profound but even so at first glance on the surface, you may be led to say “what good will that do!?”. The change will be when the whole world will cease to hate the Jewish people and all Israel will dwell safely in the land of Israel. The change will bring about the consolation of the Jewish people which is expressed according to the Tanach;
19 O LORD, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge, in the day of affliction, unto Thee shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say: ‘Our fathers have inherited nought but lies, vanity and things wherein there is no profit.’20 Shall a man make unto himself gods, and they are no gods? (Jer 16)
23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you. (Zech ch8)
1 And in that day thou shalt say: ‘I will give thanks unto Thee, O LORD; for though Thou was angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou comfortest me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for GOD the LORD is my strength and song; and He is become my salvation.’ 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day shall ye say: ‘Give thanks unto the LORD, proclaim His name, declare His doings among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. 5 Sing unto the LORD; for He hath done gloriously; this is made known in all the earth. 6 Cry aloud and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.’ (Isaiah 12)
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Menashe is not a believer in Jesus/ Yeshua (or any name combinations) in any way whatsoever. Menashe is an Orthodox Jew who has a knowledge of Christian theology by virtue of the study of comparative religions. The aim of this blog is to address and provide a reasoned response to those who consider me and my people fair targets for conversion to some form/ brand of Christianity, of which there are many. This blog is not to make you become Jewish either since Judaism advocates the 7 laws of Noah as the path for the gentile. Conversion to Judaism is a possibility, however.
The definition of a Halachic Jew according to Orthodoxy is that a person’s mother and their mother’s mother is Jewish or that a person has undergone a recognized Orthodox conversion to Judaism. In either case Jews are Jews and nothing will stop them from ceasing to be Jews, regardless of their level of observance within Orthodoxy or any other ‘ism’ of their choice. According to Orthodoxy a conversion to Reformed, Liberal, Reconstructionist and Conservative movements is not recognized as a valid conversion and so in terms of Orthodoxy a non-Jewish converter to non-Orthodox Judaism is not Jewish.
In general a Halachicly Jewish person who decides for example to be a Jewish Adventist or a Jewish Buddhist is still Jewish. However, it should be noted that according to Orthodoxy, for a Jew to practice Christianity or a variant of it, such as Messianic Judaism or Jewish Adventism, that Jewish person is placing themselves in a situation of potential spiritual excision or to be cut off from the world to come for practicing idolatry. A non-Jew according to some opinions with respect to Christianity, similarly has the potential to be cut off from the world to come BUT according to other opinions not. Whilst a doubt may hang over the non-Jews fate with respect to their belief and practice of Christianity, the case is absolutely clear for the Jew……potential spiritual excision or to be cut off from the world to come. In the present as long as a Jew practices idolatry by believing in Christianity, it is as if the Jew is no longer a Jew and may indeed be in a worse situation as the non-Jew who practices and believes in Christianity. Repentance for the Jew from belief and practice of Christianity is vital if they are to avoid being cut off from the world to come.
Up until 250 years ago Judaism was in principle Orthodoxy until of course the ‘enlightenment’ took place which gave birth to the Reformed, Liberal, Reconstructionist and Conservative movements. The Reformed, Liberal, Reconstructionist and Conservative movements have of course chosen to redefine Judaism on their terms to accommodate their views of what Judaism is to include things like rejecting Oral Law, authority of Orthodox Halacha, gay marriage is OK, eating pork is OK, somebody with a Jewish dad is Jewish, driving to synagogue on Shabbat is OK and no need for circumcision for conversions etc..
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