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Authentic Self and the Assimilated Jew, Part 3: Secular/Assimilated Jew?

 

Judaism isn’t just a religion.
Many Jews, religious and secular Jews alike,
feel a Jewish peoplehood connection,
or a cultural connection with Jewish tradition,
even if they don’t connect with the religious obligation element.

 

We are regularly asked whether not every Jew follows the Law.

Many people claim that Judaism is at its essence a religion, a set of beliefs about the world

To this, we are always sad to report that there are quite a few secular Jews. Jews who, like many Christians, do not really believe in God and others who have renounced any belief in a divine being. there are spread allover the world many who feel a connection to their Jewish identity even when not believing in the Elohim Hashem Jehovah God.

But we should also be aware that among Jews there are also quite a few who believe in the One and Only True God of Israel and who do not approve of all that is happening in present-day Israel.

Several Jews and Jeshuaists are therefore trying to spend their days outside Israel for the Most High and to express their faith in a dignified way, even if it is not always according to people’s expectations. But they realise that impression to their God is more important than impression to people.

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To remember

  • “Assimilated Jew” in the title of this series because “Authentic Self and the Assimilated Jew” had a nice aesthetically-pleasing alliteration to it.
  • assimilated = giving up part of your identity/culture/observance to become part of an outside majority community.
  • Judaism significant impact on life
  • imperfect/non-observance of commandment =/= reflection of a belief that G-d does not exist
  • price of keeping keeping commandments = more than willing to pay at present
  • lot of life choices based on Jewish observance => no secular Jew
  • connect to Jewish cultural tradition as much as one might think

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Preceding

Who is a Jew?

Jew refering to be religious or to be a people

This fighting world, Zionism and Israel #1

This fighting world, Zionism and Israel #5

 

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Additional reading

  1. 2015-2016 Religion
  2. A Quarter of Europeans are Still Antisemites
  3. Anti-Semitic pressure driving Jews out of Europe
  4. A Gentile and the Mosaic Law
  5. Hatikvah – the official anthem of Israel
  6. As there is a lot of division in Christendom there is too in Judaism
  7. Judaism and Jeshuaism a religion of the future
  8. A celebration of harvest, and of thanksgiving for the provision God has given
  9. What Jeshuaists believe
  10. Policy Statement of the Jeshuaist community
  11. Noahide Laws or Seven commandments incumbent upon all of humankind
  12. Jewish People Inventors of Hope
  13. Does God really care?
  14. Vital importance of reading and following the Kitvei Hakodesh
  15. Changes in the Remnant of Jewish Believers
  16. Also Goyim or Non-Jews in the Jeshuaist movement
  17. A misunderstanding about Messianic Judaism
  18. Difference between Messianic Judaism, Jeshuaism, Christianity and Christendom
  19. Jeshuaists, Messianic Jews, Messianics and Christians
  20. Who or What is a Jeshuaist
  21. Focus On Your Unique Path

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Related

  1. The Jewish Experience by Gilad Altzon
  2. What Kind of Jew are You?
  3. “But Judaism is a Religion!”
  4. Jewish Oppression and Crimes Against Humanity
  5. Anti-Semitism: Jewish mythology and lies
  6. Reality Check: Jewish Oppression and Crimes Against Humanity
  7. Semitic Semantics
  8. Gene Wilder (1933-2016) feeling Jewish
  9. A Reflection for Purim
  10. Bible Stories for Atheist Babysitters

Jewish Young Professional

I put “Assimilated Jew” in the title of this series because “Authentic Self and the Assimilated Jew” had a nice aesthetically-pleasing alliteration to it. But honestly, I don’t self-identify as a secular Jew or as an assimilated Jew.

Secular?

I don’t consider myself secular because in spite of my imperfect or non-observance of commandments, Judaism still has a significant impact on my life. I believe in G-d. My imperfect/non-observance of commandment is not a reflection of a belief that G-d does not exist. I think G-d exists, and while I do not know what I believe with respect to divine reward and punishment, I believe G-d prefers that I keep the commandments. The reason I don’t keep commandments is because the price of keeping them is more than I am willing to pay at present, come what may.

It’s not that I don’t believe in Torah or mitzvot (commandments). It’s…

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Religious elements in a marriage ceremony

Before planning to live together in union, one should carefully consider the cultural and religious differences and how one will deal with them after the marriage commitment.

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Through Gratitude, Blessings Pour Upon Us, for Hanukkah or Anytime

Walking the Bridge Books

Isaac said, Hanukkah is a time of blessings.

Hanukkah is a celebration of the vast abundance of Uncreated Light that pours Itself into all manner of blessings for us.

We all know the story behind Hanukkah, how a handful of holy men withstood an army of soldiers. The odds were overwhelming. It was practically a sure thing they would lose. You could bet on it.

This tiny group of people were so low, you could hardly even call them the underdog. You’d just call them the dog. Yet they came out victorious. God’s light brought them through. Then the single vial of holy oil for the lamps surprisingly lasted eight days, to rededicate the temple.

They were beyond grateful. They were deeply blessed.

Uncreated Light pours into whatever blessing is needed, at any time.

Your needs change over time. What you need now is not what you needed a few…

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Difficulty in getting new young members

As a small faith community, getting new young members is not easy. We all must do an effort to bring in the younger generation and to get them enthusiastically to share their knowledge and gifts with the older generations.

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News Update: Offbeat Jewish News Edition

For us Rosh Hashana for Hebrew Year 5783 began on Sunday, 25 September 2022 and ended on Tuesday, 27 September 2022 and we made the best of it.

Though perhaps late, we love to share this writing of a ‘Jewish Young Professional’ who is not shy about dropping a sarcastic but also humorous overtone and who finds that Rosh Hashanah should suck more than secular New Year’s. Rosh Hashanah like being a liturgical marathon, though for us such service would only take about 3 hours (she and some others perhaps finding it much too long). But good luck, there’s some good food afterwards, making it a “happy” holiday,

CoViD affected every community. No matter how kind, warm, and well-intentioned the community, we all now have to find a way to get back on track. Concerning meals, we just had to be on our own, figuring out to have something that did not contribute to the pollution of this world.

At the European continent, some of us may be living far away from a synagogue where we can come together daily, so we have to do it with weekly services and meetings at homes of brothers and sisters. There we can enjoy the food which the host has prepared, and for whatever it may be we say ‘praise to Hashem’.

 

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Preceding

Looking at 1 Nissan, 5781 or Sunday, March 14, 2021

A New Year festival to bring better times

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Additional reading

  1. End of Summertime and the Time of introspection.
  2. Thinking ahead before Rosh Hashanah
  3. Our Responsibility in corona-times #2 Opportunities for spirituality and reflection
  4. Rosh Hashana 2021 / רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה 5782

Jewish Young Professional

If you don’t blog about Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), are you even a Jewish blogger? And yet, the Rosh Hashanah post I want to post is taking too long to write (timely blog content has never been my strong suit), so I’m doing a News Update post on 7 Jewish-related news stories (7 in honor of Shabbat, you know?) as my pseudo Rosh Hashanah post.

At this rate, I’ll post my real Rosh Hashanah post for Valentine’s Day. “Rosh Hashana 5777 | ראש השנה תשע’ז” by Lilachd is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

As always, I shall cover the amusing, light-hearted stories, not the important, controversial, or sad. Btw, I’m not covering any Rosh Hashanah/Sukkot inspirational message stuff. First off, I’m not feeling any of that and secondly, you can just google – it’s all over the internet. Unless otherwise noted, bolding in the…

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Fish vs. Pond Size – Jewish Community Edition

For a community that is already small in normal times, there has been a time of more loneliness during the lockdown periods due to the impact of the Coronavirus.
In some countries, things are allowed to return to normal, while in others, such as Belgium, we are still very cautious and foresee Zoom meetings.

We can imagine that in several countries the communities are still a shadow of what they once were. Getting all the congregants turning up again will also not be so simple, because often people have to travel some kilometres to come to service, and as such shall lose again some time by travelling to and fro.

For many, it will be a matter of readjustment and of having healthy fresh water in the fishbowl again. For many, it is also not so evident to get back in form and in confidence to share some tasks. Some prefer to stay in the shadow, whilst others would not mind being lions leading the troup.

We may question how far we as a community want to feel the collective experience. For months, many of us became accustomed to the private enclosure, and prayer time on our own at home.
Now going to yeshivah demands again some effort people have to bring up after work or daily duties.

After the Covid pandemic, we need retaining walls to carry out our daily work and bring life back to the brewery. For this, big fish are welcome to pull the procession of little fish along in an adventure of reading and study, but also of reflection and argumentation.

Now it may well be that people have come to a point where they want to look further afield and go to places where the sea is deeper but where the fauna is also wider and more abundant.

Do not mind exploring other Jewish communities, even when they may be much further or even out of state.
Who would not love to look for a Jewish or a Jeshuaist community that not only is vibrant and fully egalitarian, but also a Jewish community that is still a moderate-big pond post-pandemic with an existing coral infrastructure?

Those who are able to such larger communities are the lucky ones.

I want to be a smaller fish in this pond. I’d like to grow into a big star Torah-reading fish again. And I’m willing to take on some of those thankless coral jobs for the right community. But mostly, I really just want to feel like a fish again.

But do not be discouraged by the lack of large communities. We must be fully aware that, as Children of God, we will only be part of small communities. It is up to us to bring life into our very small communities. Each of us must bring new oxygen and even though the Covid period is not yet over, we must bring back the taste for more. Sometimes we have to do the digging ourselves to make the pond bigger.

Now is the time to bring out the picks and shovels and build a stage on which we can sing and dance together.

Jewish Young Professional

I thought I’d offer a somewhat different take on Fandango’s Provocative Question, as it got me thinking about my preferences and priorities for the Jewish community I want to be a part of, and how they have changed.

I’ve written before about my love for the singing, dancing, energy and celebration of “Big Party Judaism“. I guess this would be a small fish in a big pond model. Even aside from the fun social aspect, I enjoy the spiritual energy of Judaism in a large group of people.

Party time! Photo byQuang Nguyen VinhfromPexels

That said, when it comes to having a congregational home, I found myself more at home in the big fish in a small pond model. I gravitated towards communities where I’d play a bigger more active role, say, as a regular Torah/Haftarah reader, vs. a more passive one…

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Melt the Ice of Form and Become a Blessing to the World

In our capitalist consumerist world, lots of people have the light of their hearts extinguished to feast their eyes on the light of all that is without substance and as such there is by many no natural urge anymore that lives in their hearts so that they are not strengthened.
But each person has the possibility to light a fire and meditate in prayer. Many have to find the light that has some heat to melt the heart of ice and have the warm blood running again through the veins.

Putting the world aside and giving space to yourself again in time, that is where the secret lies hidden, to getting to know that true self and coming closer to the One Who is The Being, The I Who Am, The Eh-heh-yeh ashair Eh-heh- yeh.

Walking the Bridge Books

Isaac said,

Let’s speak about the water of life. Water comes in several forms. But it is still and always Water, just as the One is always One. Water can be ice, liquid or steam. Consider that ice is form; water could represent consciousness; steam represents awareness.

We humans are all three of these: form, consciousness, awareness. But we have focused upon and become fascinated with our “ice” form – our body and our physical world. We tend to think the body is us, the body is all we are.

But as we know, whatever we focus upon becomes more solid and more real.

In coming to earth, we have put virtually all our attention into our form, our “ice.” That’s why we appear to be in these bodies.

As the Baal Shem Tov teaches, wherever your mind is, there you are.
Even though we exist as consciousness and awareness…

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Zelensky’s toespraak voor de Knesset sloeg de plank volledig mis

Geschiedenis, Joden, Mensdom, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others

Beknopte geschiedenis van de Aliyah van Russische Joden naar Israël (1881-1991)

Jews, News and Events

In Moldova, Ukrainian Jewish refugees anxiously wait out the war in synagogues and Jewish centers

Since the fighting started in Ukraine, Moldova, not a member of NATO nor the European Union, opened its gates for refugees and has mobilised to support the influx of Ukrainians.

Jews, Life matters, News and Events

As Russian siege wears on, Jews left behind in Ukrainian cities face grim conditions

Shelter, vital supplies, and escape from besieged cities: these are the keys to survival many Ukrainian Jews are seeking as the Russian invasion enters its second week. Ukrainian and Russian negotiators on Thursday acknowledged a need for humanitarian corridors for civilians, reflecting growing fears about an imminent crisis in multiple major cities under attack. ...… Lees verder As Russian siege wears on, Jews left behind in Ukrainian cities face grim conditions

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We Count. We Just Weren’t Counted.

Susan Katz Miller is the author of The Interfaith Family Journal and Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith FamilyHer original surveys of multiple religious practitioners in US interfaith families are often cited in the academic literature. A former correspondent for Newsweek and New Scientist, she has spoken on interfaith families at The Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, The Wild Goose Festival, and many other venues. Find her at susankatzmiller.com or on twitter @susankatzmiller.

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In Judaism and Jeshuaism there have always been two opposite views on interfaith relationships. All groups know having a partnership with someone of another religious system or with a non-religious person makes life more difficult.
Those who are not so against intermarriage and would allow such contacts with people of other religious groups, do believe it can enrich both partners and families.

The way people feel about Israel have so much to do with interfaith. Also groups that are keen to be not mixed can take an adverse opinion of Zionists. Look for example to some Haredim.

That the non-Orthodox Jewish world in America now have extended interfaith families, and that they are taking the demographic lead, does not mean that would be to according to the mitzvot. What the opinion might be we always should remember that it is the Elohim Who touches and knows the heart and Who shall be the most righteous Judge.

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Preceding

Intermarriage and Protecting the state of the Jewish and/or Jeshuaist family

Welcoming Interfaith Families, Maintaining Tradition – Eqev 5781

Being Both

More on Pew’s Jewish Americans in 2020

For generations, interfaith families who felt excluded, misunderstood, or disrespected by Jewish clergy or institutions, have found other homes. Some gravitated to Unitarian-Universalism, which draws on many religions. Some added Buddhism, or Sufism, or Paganism, to their spiritual practice. And for more than a quarter of a century now, interfaith families have been building their own dual-practice communities in which to honor both Judaism and Christianity.

But very few of these people with complex religious practices (and I have studied hundreds of them) stopped practicing Judaism altogether, or stopped calling themselves Jews.

The irony is that Jews who did stop practicing Judaism altogether are considered Jewish in the new Pew study of Jewish Americans in 2020, as long as they don’t claim a second religion. But if you claim two religions, you forfeit your right to have Pew consider you part of the…

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Welcoming Interfaith Families, Maintaining Tradition – Eqev 5781

Throughout the ages, interfaith has always been a matter of discussion and for sure did not make matters of life easier.

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Preceding

Intermarriage and Protecting the state of the Jewish and/or Jeshuaist family

The Modern Rabbi

I recently completed my fourteenth year as a rabbi, since I was ordained at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 2007. As many of you know, I have been affiliated with the Conservative movement for my entire life.

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

But you may not know that in 1994, when I was finishing my Master’s degree in chemical engineering at Texas A&M University, I applied to the rabbinical school at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College, at the urging of the Reform rabbi at the Texas A&M Hillel. When HUC rejected me, Rabbi Tarlow was incensed, and he called the chair of the admissions committee to find out why. He was told that the committee felt that I had difficulty seeing multiple sides to an issue.

Now, it may be that what they saw about me during the interview was engineering clarity: trying…

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Evangelical influence in the Jewish world

Jayson Casper has presents his view about Israel on his blog and looks at certain Messianic Jews and wonders how evangelicals should identify with the issues Israel faces. Jamie Cowen, an Israeli lawyer and a believer in Jesus says: “going through Messianic Jews is best.” This brings Casper to think the complexity of Israel divides… Lees verder Evangelical influence in the Jewish world

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A Letter to the Ekklesia

From the onset, there have been real followers of the Nazarene master teacher. Centuries past and many false teachings entered Christendom, but in Christianity, several people kept to the True Biblical Words and kept worshipping only the One true God. Also in the Jewish community, there were people who came to see that Jeshua was the way to God and that he was the promised Messiah.

Today it has even become more important that those Jews who follow Jeshua as their Messiah should unit and feel strengthened by their unity all over the world.

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To remember

  • A mass exodus from man-made religions happening over the last few years, specifically since the fulfillment of the Revelation 12 prophecy in 2017, but much more frequently over the last few months, even weeks.
  • once avid believers subsequently led astray by various new age deceptions or have abandoned their faith all together.
  • More and more things being taught at church started to contradict Scripture,
  • pastors & religions avoided answering any questions that challenged their doctrines
  • False teachings + inherited generations old lies became like flashing neon signs.
  • Works without faith = as dead as faith without works. (James 2:18)
  • constantly called Judaizers, heretics, false teachers, mocked, & persecuted for speaking of the joy  found in turning back to Torah,
  • early believers > followers of “The Way”, also known as the “Natsarim”. + called “Torah Observant Christians”, or Messianic Jews” = followers of Jesus existed in Acts before Westernization of the church largely made by the Emperor Constantine.

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Preceding

Certain Messianic groups betraying the Elohim

What’s a Hebrew?

Biblical Yeshua/ Jesus or Another European Greco- Roman Jesus ??

 

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Additional reading

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  2. Y’hudah (Jude)
  3. The Problem With Judaism: All The Good Jews Live In Israel
  4. Meet Me
  5. Legally Free Churches vs. 501(c)(3) Churches
  6. The Idolatry of America

Rose of Jericho Ministries

With love from your Torah Observant Brothers and Sisters

My dearest brothers and sisters in Christ,

A mass exodus from man-made religions has been happening over the last few years, specifically since the fulfillment of the Revelation 12 prophecy in 2017, but much more frequently over the last few months, even weeks. Unfortunately, many of these once avid believers were subsequently led astray by various new age deceptions or have abandoned their faith all together. However, an ever-growing number of us took a different route- we all have a very similar testimony, in fact. More and more things that we were being taught at church started to contradict Scripture, and our pastors and religions avoided answering any questions that challenged their doctrines like the plague. Everyone online started constantly bickering over different doctrines and clashing over theologies. We all claim to serve the same God and love Jesus, but that’s…

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