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Maggie Mae posted a topic in Christian "Persecution" & Privilegehttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/11/23/university-yoga-class-canceled-because-of-oppression-cultural-genocide/ Wanted to get FJ's thoughts on this.
I stumbled across this blog, while following a link to another post on her blog on a completely unrelated topic (the problem of shaming your kids online). heidistone.net/what-do-i-think-of-calling-yourself-messianic/ We've discussed the Messianics ("faux Jews") before. My main problem with them is what I see as deceptive tactics - using a smattering of Hebrew terms and Jewish rituals to lure Jews into a religion based entirely on Christian theology. Heidi's giving her perspective as someone who sincerely came to the Messianic movement from the Christian side, was genuinely interested in the Jewish roots of Christianity, but who also came to realize imitating Jewish customs in a superficial way and not respecting the actual people and their history was wrong. I havent' read the rest of the blog, just these two posts. Thoughts?
Revive is an annual gathering for followers of Hebrew Roots, a movement ofâ€”for lack of a better termâ€”Torah-observant gentiles. These are non-Jews who have no intention of converting to Judaism yet follow laws, customs, beliefs, and practices commonly associated with Judaism. And while they do believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the messiahâ€”though in these circles he goes exclusively by his Hebrew name, Yeshuaâ€”they are emphatically not Christian. They do not celebrate Christmas or Easter. They do celebrate Passover and Sukkot. They do not display, either in their homes or as jewelry, crosses or other traditional Christian symbols. They do, however, wear Stars of David and post mezuzahs on their doors. The movementâ€™s central belief is that the Torah is still bindingâ€”that God, or Yahweh, or Hashem, did not intend for Yeshuaâ€™s appearance to render irrelevant the lessons of the Old Testament, whose rules and instructions remain valid. The Brit Chadasha, or New Testament, which most Christians believe superseded the Torah, is understood as a sort of extension of the Torah. Followers of Hebrew Roots believe that Christian practice has been, over the last two millennia, corrupted by pagan influences and like to say that theyâ€™re aiming for a pure, first-century version of their religion. In other words, they want to understand and observe the Torah the way they believe their messiah Yeshua did. http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/161086/observing-torah-like-jesus (Not breaking the link because it is Tablet Magazine) ETA: While some Messianic Jews and Jews for Jesus follow Torah or even rabbinic laws, they tend to self-classify as Jews, not Christians: The movement recognizes the halakhic distinction between Jews and gentiles and considers itself part of the wider Jewish community. Reminds me of our old friends, Lina & TT!
http://goynif.tumblr.com/ No need to break the link, but I came across this tumblr that documents and talks about Jewish appropriation of language and customs. Very interesting for those who see the messianic trend popping up in Christian circles.
I started this thread to serve as a place to report all of the weirdo shit that Fake Jew fundies have come up with for Passover this year. Unfortunately, some of our more prominent bloggers in this area have shut down their blogs or are blogging infrequently, but there is still stuff out there. For example, this little tidbit from Messianic Keepers at Home: Wow. I don't think even ultra-Orthodox Jews have come up with a deep mystical meaning for the tiny holes in store-bought matzah. And it can't/doesn't represent something just because you say so. The only thing the "piercings" represent are the drying process. After the holiday, there will probably be tons of comments of ways that they've (inappropriately) incorporated symbols of slavery and servitude into the seder, like eating while standing up and washing the headship's feet.
FaustianSlip posted a topic in Messianic JudaismJust ran across this article from the New York Times. It discusses the emerging trend of fundamentalist Christians appropriating Jewish traditions and symbology to throw "bar mitzvah" celebrations for their sons. An excerpt: I don't even know what to say, except that this just infuriates me for all of the reasons discussed on other threads about faux Jews. Get your own frigging rituals and rites of passage, people. And besides, why not just use confirmation, which is an actual thing in a variety of Christian denominations? The idea of some Pentecostal kid getting up to the altar in a tallit, probably with no idea of just how incredibly offensive he's being (because it's not like his parents would tell him), just infuriates me. As for Rabbi Pearlson, who seems to be cool with this kind of thing (and praises Hagee and his ilk in their own appropriation of Judaica), he ought to be ashamed of himself. I wouldn't attend the synagogue or trust the halachic decisions of a rabbi who kept those kinds of ties with fundamentalist Christians. Not on a bet.
The Fake Jews are all a flutter over Rosh Hashanah--or "Yom Teruah," as they are insisting that people call it over at Messianic Keepers At Home. After all, us silly Jews have it all wrong! This isn't REALLY the beginning of the year, that's in the spring! Ben at Home Shalom has a big blog entry on the Sacrifice of Isaac, saying that it should totally be a Passover story since it's a precursor to the resurrection of Jesus. homeshalom.blogspot.com/2012/09/shofar-so-good.html Major BOOOO on the name of his groaner of a title. Also, one of his three "Jewish" sources is not. I wonder what Tabby is going to serve for her festive meal? Perhaps she will replace the apples and honey with that recipe for mock apple pie made of Ritz crackers?
Just wondering, does anybody know what is the general feeling about non-Native people practicing private smudging ceremonies? Background info - I consider myself an atheist, but am also quite deeply spiritual in a non-religious sense. I do have an abiding love and respect for aboriginal spiritual practices, and have taken part in smudging ceremonies in the past which I have found to be very spiritually meaningful and fulfilling. I guess my concern is of cultural appropriation, maybe? I know there was an uproar over non-Aboriginal women holding "Blessingways" instead of baby showers, so would this be the same thing?
From the latest issue of Torah Family E-magazine, I'll just cover the highlights. http://freepdfhosting.com/4b64bdc371.pdf Always good to traumatize the kids early. For families that actually keep kosher for Passover, this isn't really "fun" so much as a necessity. What, they were too lazy to pick up some ram's blood on that trip to the farm? This makes no sense. How could the Hebrews spoil the Egyptians? They were slaves! This is the 2nd time I've seen FakeJews incorporate foot washing and servitude into the seder, and I'm really offended by that. The whole point of Passover is to celebrate our freedom from slavery, and a lot of the rituals in the seder symbolize luxury (sitting with cushions, reclining while eating, dipping food). Trying to incorporate servant imagery shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the holiday. The barley harvest is associated with the holiday of Shavuot, 7 weeks later. Just because a shofar is Jewish, doesn't mean we use it for every single holiday.