Looking at the Biblical terminology used to denote the term “righteousness”, the Hebrew tsadiq translated by the Greek dikaiosune and its various forms in both the LXX and the NT.
Categorie: Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith
Necessity to be allies
The Remembrance Day concerning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was a fascinating opportunity to see, those rescued from death, to socially exchange views.
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.
- “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
Jew refering to be religious or to be a people
This fighting world, Zionism and Israel #1
This fighting world, Zionism and Israel #5
- 2015-2016 Religion
- A Quarter of Europeans are Still Antisemites
- Anti-Semitic pressure driving Jews out of Europe
- A Gentile and the Mosaic Law
- Hatikvah – the official anthem of Israel
- As there is a lot of division in Christendom there is too in Judaism
- Judaism and Jeshuaism a religion of the future
- A celebration of harvest, and of thanksgiving for the provision God has given
- What Jeshuaists believe
- Policy Statement of the Jeshuaist community
- Noahide Laws or Seven commandments incumbent upon all of humankind
- Jewish People Inventors of Hope
- Does God really care?
- Vital importance of reading and following the Kitvei Hakodesh
- Changes in the Remnant of Jewish Believers
- Also Goyim or Non-Jews in the Jeshuaist movement
- A misunderstanding about Messianic Judaism
- Difference between Messianic Judaism, Jeshuaism, Christianity and Christendom
- Jeshuaists, Messianic Jews, Messianics and Christians
- Who or What is a Jeshuaist
- Focus On Your Unique Path
- The Jewish Experience by Gilad Altzon
- What Kind of Jew are You?
- “But Judaism is a Religion!”
- Jewish Oppression and Crimes Against Humanity
- Anti-Semitism: Jewish mythology and lies
- Reality Check: Jewish Oppression and Crimes Against Humanity
- Semitic Semantics
- Gene Wilder (1933-2016) feeling Jewish
- A Reflection for Purim
- Bible Stories for Atheist Babysitters
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.
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.
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Several Sabbaths defined and a look at Pesach and passing over
The Pesach teaches that God will 'skip over'.
Not always so easy to keep to the sabbath
We always should remember that Shabbat is not just about not doing certain things, or the other way round, just doing special things, or having special food or bringing sacrifices.
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.
Through Gratitude, Blessings Pour Upon Us, for Hanukkah or Anytime
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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Hanukkah gathering under the light in the darkness
In the literal darkness of the war bringing figuratively light with the real light of the candles to commemorate a previous battle won long ago and not forgotten.
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.
Shemini Atzeret 5782 Times and Torah readings never to stop
Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Day of Assembly”), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot in the month of Tishrei (mid-September to early October on the Gregorian calendar).
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’.
Looking at 1 Nissan, 5781 or Sunday, March 14, 2021
A New Year festival to bring better times
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.
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.
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.
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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Purim in days of Ukrainian war
On Some View on the World Immanuel Verbondskind looked at the day which is normally a special day for children with a lot of fun. Though this year Purim was not as such a moment to celebrate. Five days after one of the most solemn days of the year, the International Holocaust Memorial Day, we… Lees verder Purim in days of Ukrainian war
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 Family. Her 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.
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.
Intermarriage and Protecting the state of the Jewish and/or Jeshuaist family
Welcoming Interfaith Families, Maintaining Tradition – Eqev 5781
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.
Intermarriage and Protecting the state of the Jewish and/or Jeshuaist family
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.
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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