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You may notice we do things a little differently around here…and we like that. Here are some explanations to common questions that we hear.
Messianic Judaism is a worldwide movement of Jewish and non-Jewish believers from all walks of life who believe that Yeshua is the promised Jewish Messiah. As Messianic Jews we hold on to our Jewish identity as we walk out our faith in Yeshua.
Historically it began 2000 years ago during the time of Yeshua. However the modern day messianic movement was birthed shortly after 1967 in the six day war, when Jerusalem was returned into Jewish hands in fulfillment of prophecy after 2000 years. Dan. 9:24-27; Psalm 102:13-18. These prophecies indicate when Jerusalem is restored to the Jewish people it will be God’s appointed time to once again turn His favor upon them. It was soon after this fulfillment of prophecy that there was a great revival where many Jewish people came to faith in Yeshua, some of whom are leading Messianic congregations today ( Jeremiah 23:1-4).
Yeshua. Rabbinic Judaism does not accept Yeshua as the Messiah, however in Messianic Judaism Yeshua is the focus and center of our faith. Rabbinic Judaism follows the teachings of the Tanakh (Torah and the Prophets) as well as the Talmud (oral teachings of Rabbis). In Messianic Judaism we recognize the value of the Talmud but believe the Tanakh and New Covenant to be the only divinely inspired word of Adonai.
The term Christian originally meant “follower of Christ” or follower of the “Messiah”. However over the centuries it has become a term to describe “non-Jews” or “Gentiles”. As part of our Jewish identity we use the term Messianic Jews or Messianic believers to proclaim our faith in the Jewish Messiah.
Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus and means “Salvation”.
In keeping with our Messianic identity, we call ourselves a Shul. It is a Yiddish term meaning ‘a place of learning’ – which is really what we do here. We come together to learn from Adonai’s Word, from Yeshua’s example and from our relationships with one another. We can also be heard referring to our group as a Congregation or a Synagogue.