Here I am at the delegates’ meeting at the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations conference (umjc.net).
It is a somber day for a meeting. I’m not sure whose fault it is that we are meeting on Tisha B’Av, the day of commemorating the destruction of both temples, one in 586 B.C.E. and the other in 70 C.E. It doesn’t seem an appropriate day to have a meeting.
Further, what is the stance of UMJC leaders regarding the observance of a traditional day as Tisha B’Av? How Jewish is the Union in practice? I’m guessing from observation that about half of the leaders here observe it and half don’t. Fifty percent is better than zero, but we have a long way to go.
Since Tisha B’Av is not an observance directly commanded in Torah, why follow it? We follow it because we are Jews (or, in my case and many others, non-Jews who have joined with Israel as God-fearers or proselytes). To be with Israel means to stand with Israel on matters of tradition as well as Torah. To refuse to fast on Tisha B’Av on the grounds that it is not in Torah makes a statement.
What statement are Messianic Jewish leaders making when Tisha B’Av is ignored? For some, it says,