What does a Jew look like? Pretty much like everyone else, I would say. We come in all shapes and sizes, all skin tones, all eye colors and hair that ranges from stick straight to tight curls. With so many media venues using Yiddish expressions, anyone can sound Jewish.
What then makes us instantly recognizable as Jews to both our fellow Jews and to others? It is the rituals of our religion and the paraphernalia that goes with it. A man wearing a yarmulke (kippah) is instantly recognizable as a Jew. A young woman wearing a Star of David, she’s bound to be Jewish. The Torah, the Aaron Kodesh where we keep the Torah, the tallis, modest dress of the orthodox, synagogues with Hebrew names, prayer books in Hebrew and English and our Shabbat services. All these are distinctly Jewish; or are they?
This is a picture of Hope Of Israel, a messianic “Jewish” congregation not far from my home.
Looks like a shul (synagogue) doesn’t it? If you were driving by isn’t that what you’d think? If you dropped by on a Shabbos morning, you would see something similar to a real Jewish service.
They look Jewish; wearing Tallesim, standing in front of what looks like an Aaron Kodesh and reading from what looks to be a Torah. Even if they were born Jewish (and in this “Rabbi’s” case I’m pretty sure he wasn’t) there is no member that can be even remotely considered a practicing Jew. It’s all for our benefit. To make us feel more comfortable while they fill our heads with their lies. They plant the seeds water them with friendship, love and cult-like teachings. I wonder what would happen if our Rabbis, Cantors and Jewish lay leaders spent as much effort teaching us to love Judaism (and yes, many do especially the Lubavitch) as these evangelicals do trying to teach us to love Jesus. My opinion; these messianic groups would wither and die. No Jew that understands the beauty of our religion has any need to seek another path to G-d. What do you think?