Quote of the Day

“Messianic Judaism has never had the luxury of being able to sit back and affirm what has always been at the expense of what could (and we believe, will) be: the recognition of Yeshua as Messiah by all Israel. Yet, just as the pioneers of Messianic Judaism had the boldness to reclaim kippot and tallitot, to disavow the label “Christian” to the extent it meant “member of a sociohistorical entity opposed to Judaism / the Jewish people”, to rename Jesus, and to assert their right to create a distinctly Jewish expression of faith in Messiah, we must have the boldness to fix their mistakes, to go where their acquired Christian theologies would not let them, to de-tangle our ultimate goal from the particular cultural forms of early Messianic Judaism and (more broadly) American evangelical Christianity as they become obsolete or counter-productive, and to follow Yeshua not only as Jewish people but as practitioners of an informed and faithful Judaism. Stagnant Messianic Judaism should be a contradiction in terms (Emphasis mine).”

-Ovadia from the blog, Just Jewish

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Simchat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in West Haven, CT, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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1 Response to Quote of the Day

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree! kz

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