A reasoned Jewish overview of the messianic movement

Finally, a Jewish web site has offered a nonemotional, nonantagonistic look at the messianic movement.

A typical Jewish take on the messianic movement is frothy with anger or misinformation. In fact, messianics have mostly been coming to attention through attacks on them by haredi Jews in Israel.

But My Jewish Learning offers this overview of the movement. Quite a change from the Tovia Singer approach.

Health care vote on ‘Sabbath’?

Rep. Steve King of Iowa and talker Glenn Beck are upset the health care vote apparently will take place on Sunday, which King calls the “Sabbath.”

“They intend to vote on the Sabbath, during Lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God,” King said on Beck’s radio program Thursday, the Hill reports.

Beck chimed in, “Here is a group of people that have so perverted our faith and our hope and our charity, that is a — this is an affront to God.”

Yeah, well, not really. The Sabbath is the seventh day. Nowhere in the Bible–although Beck’s a Mormon, meaning he has extra scripture–does it say the first day is the Sabbath. And not all Christians observe a pre-Easter season called “Lent.” And if the people calling for this Sunday session aren’t believers, then why should they care, anyway? So of all the procedural objections, this is perhaps the lamest conservatives have come up with. They would have gotten more sympathy by pointing out that the session will conflict with NCAA basketball tournament games.

Where does it say the Torah will be abolished?

Aaron Eby of First Fruits of Zion has a great post up at ffoz.org, “The Double Standard of Abolishing Torah.” 

Working from how the U.S. Constitution would continue to function even if a U.S. president perfectly carried out its mandates, Eby argues that

Likewise, the Torah does not include any provision that one may cancel it by keeping every law.

Indeed, I’m not aware of any provision in the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament that the Torah would cease to function even if somebody perfectly lived it out, as Yeshua (Jesus) did. That teaching was developed by post-apostolic Christians.

Aaron concludes:

It is hypocritical to demand that Israel’s constitution [the Torah] be abolished and replaced by a few ethical sentiments, while at the same time devoting oneself to the preservation of your secular nation’s legal framework. How can Christians keep and enforce the laws of secular governments, which are the mere products of human reasoning, while abolishing the legal system established by God? Which one is more enduring, righteous, profound, and true?

Post at First Fruits of Zion

Boaz Michael of First Fruits of Zion has posted my reaction to the ministry’s change of approach to the obligation for Christians to keep Torah (a/k/a Jewish law).