MembersEmergence of the New Judaism, Part I

Judaism today looks much like a large construction site in its initial stages.

By Tsvi Sadan | | Topics: Judaism
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Builders of the ‘New Judaism’ envision a religion that is not Orthodox Photo: Shutterstock

The Jewish people have gone through three major catastrophes, out of which new forms of Judaism have emerged.

Out of the first catastrophe, the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BC, emerged Ezra and Nehemiah who established the Great Assembly (Sanhedrin) to take the place of the absent prophets. The Sanhedrin developed a religion based around the Oral Law.

From the second catastrophe, the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD, came the familiar synagogue-centric Judaism that took the place of the former, irrecoverable Temple-centric religion. The third catastrophe, the Holocaust, presents Jews once again with the challenge of building a new Jewish world upon the ashes of the former.

The most pressing challenge is recovering a faith that was severely damaged by what has been perceived as God’s silence during the fateful years of the Holocaust. The other hurdle is the need to “update” Judaism in a way that it maintains its intrinsic values in a modern world loaded with new technologies and ideologies, many of which are seen as standing in direct opposition to the Jewish religion.

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3 responses to “Emergence of the New Judaism, Part I”

  1. Masami Cobley says:

    God of Israel was not “silent” about the Holocaust. He prophesied through Zechariah about it more than 2500 years ago (13:7-9). “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep [Jewish believers] will be scattered, and I will turn My hand against the little ones. In the whole land, declares the Lord, “two-thirds [6 out of 9 millions] will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. This third I will put into fire … The Lord is our God.’ The God of Israel foreknew that His people would crucify their long-waited Messiah King Yeshua, and the Holocaust was the very punishment for that dreadful sin. ‘Because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles’ (Romans 11:11). Gentile Christians owe so much to the Jews’ transgressions! (cont.)

  2. Masami Cobley says:

    After the Holocaust, it is Yeshua who has been gathering the remnant – the third – to fulfil Isaiah 49:6. Only He can bring those different components together to build what needs to be built in Israel. Messianic Jews who already believe in Yeshua ought to call on His name, pray to Him and beg Him to give the gift of revelation about Him to all Scripture-believing Jews in Israel. The Gentile Church has been terribly misunderstanding and misrepresenting the forever King of the Jews Yeshua to Jewish people for many centuries. It’s time for Gentile Christians / missionaries to seriously repent of the wrong doing, not to preach to Jewish people!

    • Susan says:

      My comment is that you did not include all who crucified the Messiah. That, in itself, is a stumbling block to the Jews.
      In Acts 4:27-28 it says:

      27 “for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.”

      He, the Revelation says, was slain from the foundation of the world. So, none of us is without guilt.

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