- Similar marital proceedings and laws against adultery
- The worship of one god named “Ya’ho’wah”
- Laws pertaining to ritual purity
- An East-facing temple that contained continually burning flame
- Similar holidays, such as a day for the atonement of wrong doing and a week-long festival celebrating the harvest
- A tradition of carrying a sacred ark into battle by a Cherokee holy man
While I was in college, I held many part-time jobs that allowed me to come in contact with many people I normally would not have come in contact with. While I was working at a printer cartridge re-manufacturing store, around the same time I was really shifting away from Christian thought and more into a Hebraic perspective of the Scriptures, I was fortunate enough to have a conversation one day with a certain customer who really shined new light on eating kosher. Interestingly enough, this man was a Christian. By Christian, I mean he probably believed that his salvation came from Jesus, but other than that, I bet this guy had been kicked out of a couple churches just by the way he spoke.
- Mammals that don’t both have a cloven hoof AND chew their cud
- Fish that don’t have both scales and fins
- Birds of prey
- Winged insects that go on all four besides those that have jointed legs above the feet for hopping
- Any reptiles or amphibians
- Pretty much any animals that eat other animals
If you were to ask someone who doesn’t keep Shabbat when Shabbat starts, even if they were knowledgeable of other cultures, they’d probably tell you that it starts Friday night at sundown. While this seems fairly feasible, if you were to ask someone who keeps Shabbat when Shabbat starts for them, they’d probably tell you that it starts Friday afternoon, Friday morning, or even possibly Thursday or Wednesday. I know it sounds really odd, but Shabbat wouldn’t be Shabbat without being prepared. In order to properly prepare for Shabbat, the Torah commands preparedness:
Ok, this is my chance to be political and religious without being political or religious. I hope you enjoy.
To that, I only have this to say: WELCOME TO AMERICA!
Being a religious person who devoted to the Torah, many people expect that I will simply come down on the side of the religious wing nuts and scream against same-sex marriage; that homosexuality is what is killing this Christian nation.
Well, I got news for you; I ain’t no Christian.
The Torah was given as a guide to Israel on how to serve God and how to get along with your fellow man. I do not believe that the Bible was intended as a means of cramming the will of God down the throats of every person that crosses your path. It was given to those who are in covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. If someone doesn’t want to be in covenant with that God, I have no problem with that. That is their path and I believe people should have the right to do whatever they feel as long as aren’t bringing harm to anyone else or bringing injustice into the world.
Why people have decided that a piece of government legislation that doesn’t even have anything to do with them is worth fighting against is beyond me. Two guys getting married or two women getting married is not going to change my relationship with the Creator. Why should people let it change their’s? Marriage has not always been a legal issue in the United States and I don’t think it should be any longer. I am a supporter of zero legally recognized marriages and anyone who wants to be legally bound to another for whatever reason should be able to be without the title of “married” on any government paper work. If you want to be married, that should be between you and God and not you and the government.
Now, I’m not wanting to bash Christians. I have many God-fearing Christian friends who feel the same way I do about the whole gay marriage topic. However, for those who feel the need to go out of their way to bark in everyone’s face about how homosexuality is an abomination, need I remind them that the same book of the Bible that says homosexuality is an abomination also says the same about eating shrimp and lobster. So, unless you’re eating kosher, please do us all a favor and shut up. To join this particular fight, check out www.godhatesshrimp.com for more info.
Do not be mistaken; I am not pro same-sex marriage and would not attend a gay wedding if I were invited because it goes my personal spiritual legislation – the Torah. However, I would not protest one if it were to take place.
It is my theory that the reason why Christians see observant Jews as being so diametrically opposed to them because of their commitment to the Torah is, for the most part, dependent on the translation of one word linked to a theological concept.
Teshuvah is a continual process that each person works on every single day; all day long. The more teshuvah takes place, the easier it is until the commands of Torah become habitual and a part of everyday life. It can be extremely difficult at first, but grows easier with time and practice.
As an experiment, let’s see how reinserting this Hebrew concept back into some New Testament passages would force change in the lives of some Christians:
“Return to the Torah; the Kingdom of God is at hand.”
– Matthew 3:2
“So they (the disciples) went out and proclaimed that people should return to the Torah.”
– Mark 6:12
“No, I tell you; but unless you return to the Torah, you will all likewise perish.”
– Luke 13:2
– Acts 3:19
“Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of returning to the Torah to all the people of Israel.”
– Acts 13:24
And this isn’t changing the meaning of the passage since the original meaning of “repent” in the spiritual sense was a returning to the Torah. Interesting perspective, ain’t it?