Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, the leading kabbalist rabbi of Israel recently passed from this life at the age of 108. Close friends of his stated that before his passing, Rabbi Kaduri claimed to have met the Messiah nearly three years ago, and since that time has been urging Jews to return to the Land and be on their guard against those who would try to destroy them. Read the full article on his funeral and the announcement from Arutz Sheva.
Disclaimer: My posting of this article doesn’t confirm an agreement or disagreement with Rabbi Kaduri’s assessment. This post is purely informative.
Ever wonder why some ice creams (particularly those that are reddish in color), strawberry milk, candied cherries, fruit drinks, candy yogurts (outside of the gelatin issue), IMITATION crab meat (made from kosher fish, such as Pollock/Snow Cod), and other seemingly kosher foods are never given the Kosher stamp of approval? It seems that there has been much concern from both Jewish and vegan groups (and rightly so) over the FDA’s decision to allow manufacturers to hide the fact that these “food” items have a dye added to them which is made with the ground up bodies of dried insects. The Associated Press has recently published an article on this concern and the FDA’s continued debate on the required labeling of such additives (as of now, these ingredients are not required to be listed at all).
All of the aforementioned items are nearly guaranteed to have this concoction added to them in order to enhance their visual appeal. However, this is a serious problem for anyone truly wanted to eat kosher, but has grown weary of trying to find that little circle-K or circle-U (among many other) stamp of approval from a Rabbinic authority on every item they purchase at the grocery store. Issues such as this may cause a return to a reliance upon the Rabbinic authorities, even from those who would not like to be bound to such restrictions. It appears this is definitely a time when the “Rabbis know best.”
Link to the article from the Associated Press
A friend of mine, whom I met when we went to FFOZ’s Wooden Podium, in Minnesota, has a blog that is definitely worth checking out. It’s called JustingJ.Org, and the topics he covers vary, but his primary focus is Judaism and Early Christianity. He also throws in some Mac stuff and some programming stuff here and there, which can only make you a better person (smile!). One of his most recent posts is in regards to a subject on which I am currently writing in order to post on my blog. It’s a comparison between the kingship of Rehoboam and Messiah Yeshua. He comes at it from a slightly different angle, but it’s amazing that we both were dealing with this similar issue at the same time. Check out his blog when you have time.
This week’s Torah portion will begin Shemot (Exodus), and begins the story of Moshe Rabeinu (Moses, our Teacher) and the Great Exodus by which Hashem defines His identity throughout Scripture. If you haven’t begun reading the weekly Torah portion, I would encourage you to begin. You will be amazed at how timely the lessons from each week’s reading will be in your life. I pray you all have a Shabbat Shalom.
Recently the book of Hebrews has come under the scrutiny of a prominent Messianic leader and has caused quite a stir within the Messianic/Torah community. This particular leader has cast doubt upon the creditability and the canonization of this book. Unfortunately, this has stemmed from what I term “Reactionary Theology.” This particular leader was publicly humiliated in a debate nearly a year ago (at which I was present), and pistol-whipped with the book of Hebrews. Since, this book was used to discredit him, instead of re-examining the book to better understand the author and be better prepared, this leader has decided that since our English translations of the book of Hebrews seems to disagree with his theology, it must not truly be a part of the canon of Scripture.
Although we should never just accept any document as authoritative without due cause and validation, when you begin to publicly question the authority of accepted Scripture, you must be 1) willing to examine the text in question with a high level of sophistication in regards to validation (i.e. being able to read in the entire text in it’s original — or at least “extant” — version), and 2) be willing to take the heat from the fallout that will inevitably result from such accusations. Unfortunately, neither has been the case in this scenario. There has been both positive and negative results from this recent set of events. I see them as follows:
-It has brought shame and a discrediting to the ministry from which these claims have been made
-It has brought reproach to the Messianic/Torah Community in the eyes of those who might have given this walk consideration
-It has brought division within the Messianic/Torah Community
-It has revealed a shallow level of understanding of Scripture among those who would be easily accept this claim, without the necessary in-depth examination of this book of Scripture
It has also brought some positive results:
-It has spurred some on to do a close, and careful examination of the book of Hebrews in order to determine if these claims were justified or not
-It has caused the Messianic/Torah Community to realize the importance of good scholarship, and the wisdom of holding one’s tongue
-It has forced us to re-examine the Scriptures with a closer diligence than previous, in order to be able to provide answers to tough questions such as these
More resources on this topic:
Article discrediting the book of Hebrews
PDF from FFOZ in response to Hebrews criticism
18-part Audio teaching on Hebrews by Daniel Lancaster