Like Douglas Rushkoff, we Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah deem it acceptable to question things, even those things within Judaism that many hold to be sacred. One example of this is the Talmud. In traditional Judaism, the portion of Scripture known as the New Testament is often condemned because it claims to be […]
In the last issue of Havurah we talked about questioning authority, particularly where the Jewish religion is concerned. We observed a shift in authority following the destruction of the Temple. That shift occurred at the council of Yavneh, where the rabbis appointed themselves as the leaders of Judaism in place of the priestly system established […]
An Orthodox-turned-agnostic Jew finds complete forgiveness for his sins.
A potential convert to Judaism once came to Shammai1—so the story goes—and asked him, How many Torahs do you have?” The stern Shammai replied, “Two—the Written Torah (the Law of Moses), and the Oral Torah (the Rabbinical traditions).” The man said, “Well, I’ll convert to Judaism on the condition that you teach me only the […]