Hashivenu is a forum for Messianic Jews who see Messianic Judaism as a Judaism (as opposed to a cosmetically altered version of Christianity). The forum gathers annually in Pasadena to reflect on a major topic each year. This year, we gathered to talk about being a marginal movement while truthfully being at the center of God’s plan for Israel. Messianic Jews are at the margins, but Yeshua is at the center, even though the larger Jewish community cannot yet see it.
The following is a summary of a paper by Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer, who spoke to use about praying the Siddur in Yeshua, letting Yeshua inform the Siddur and, at the same time, letting the Siddur shape our prayer in Yeshua. (NOTE: The Siddur is the Jewish book of prayer, which is very scriptural and very theological and rich.)
Rabbi Kinzer’s paper was long (31 pages) and very full of material. I will not even attempt to cover his entire explanation of praying the Siddur in Yeshua. I want to simply give a few examples and models.
The focus of the paper was the Shema. By giving examples of how we Messianic Jews can pray the Shema in Yeshua, Rabbi Kinzer has provided a model that we can adapt to the rest of the Siddur.
The Shema starts with Deuteronomy 6:4 and then continues with three paragraphs prayed straight out of the Torah: Deuteronomy 6:5-9, Deuteronomy 11:13-21, and Numbers 15:37-41.
The first paragraph begins with,