"Torah Life Ministry" is a Messianic Judaism teaching website that proclaims that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah through the Torah, Tanakh, Jewish Writings, Jewish History, and the Brit Hadashah. It welcomes the serious student, both Jew and Gentile to join the ongoing studies. This forces a Question...
What is Messianic Judaism?
Answer: Messianic Judaism is the term given to Jewish people who believe and have accepted Yeshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus) of Nazareth as the promised Messiah of the Tanakh (the Torah, Prophets, and Writings). These Jewish people do not stop being Jewish, but they continue to remain strong in their lifestyle and culture, while following Yeshua as He is revealed in the Tanakh and the Brit Hadashah (Apostolic Writings).
God-Fearing Gentiles, desiring to understand the roots of Jewish teaching, have also attached themselves to this movement, and be part of the "commonwealth of Israel".
In reality, Messianic Judaism began 2,000 years ago. Yeshua Himself was a Torah observant Jew, the Apostles and writers of the Brit Hadashah were, (except maybe Luke), Jewish, and the vast majority of the early believers in Yeshua were also Jewish (see Acts 2 and Acts 21).
After the destruction of the Temple in 70CE, both Rabbinical Judaism and Messianic Judaism coexisted together while maintaining their different beliefs. They both followed the written Torah.
Only two differences separated these two groups, both then and now. They were:
- Observant Jews accepted the "Oral Law" (Talmud) equal with the Torah, Messianic Judaism did not.
- Messianic Judiasm accepts Yeshua as their promised Messiah, Observant Jews do not.
Today, they both still follow the written Torah; but traditional rabbinical Judaism, still does not believe that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah, and they place the Talmud equal or greater than the written Torah. Observant Jews are still waiting faithfully in accordance with the Rambam’s (Rabbi Moses Maimonides, 1134-1204) "Thirteen Principles of Jewish Faith," which states in Principle 12, "I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah. However long it takes, I will await His coming every day."
Most secular Jews do not believe in the physical coming of a personal Messiah, but some still look forward to a general Messianic concept or Messianic Age.
Messianic Jews continue to celebrate the Jewish festivals and feast days as prescribed in the Hebrew Scriptures (i.e., Passover, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, etc.) but they do it in a way that demonstrates how Yeshua has already fulfilled, or will fulfill, these Holy Days. Most Messianic Jews do not celebrate Christmas or Easter, since neither holiday is mentioned in the total Scriptures – the Tanakh and the Brit Hadashah.
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