This morning one of the most interesting emails I received was a notification that I was being followed on Twitter by someone using the name “YeshuaFilm.” I thought this was interesting enough to check out, and thus went to their Twitter page and checked their only two existing tweets. These brought me to YouTube for a teaser trailer of a documentary on Messianic Judaism that they are in the process of creating.
Turns out that this is a very non-biased look at the development of Messianic Judaism from a non-Jewish, non-Christian standpoint. It looks promising, but it also looks as if they are still needing input for the film. This is where I would like to call on all of you to action. I think they have a some good information already, but I think they need a more rounded perspective on the topic, and they are specifically asking for input from Messianics. They need to know how real this thing is. They need to know about historic Messianic Judaism. They need to know we are not just a recent phenomenon or fad. They need to know about Messianic non-Jews. They are also needing funds to complete this project. Maybe you could help out a little to show our support as well.
Below is the teaser/trailer from their documentary as well as their website where you can find out more information about them and will be able to make contact with them and give them your story or pass them on to someone you think would represent us well.
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6 thoughts on “Yeshua Film: A Documentary of Messianic Judaism”
cool! send them to Beth Immanuel :)
They followed me this morning, too. Must have done a search for Messianic twitter members.
Amusing there’s a Christmas tree in one of the congregations they show.
Jews for Jesus does not represent the Messianic congregational movement. It is far more evangelical, far less of a Judaism, than the greater Messianic movement. I hope their film captures that.
Thanks for posting about my film! I really appreciate any help I can get reaching out to the Messianic community. I would be interested in hearing why you think I need a more rounded perspective of the topic, as I hope that I already have a rounded perspective on the topic. I have been doing research for this film on and off for close to four years, and while I know the trailer only skims the surface of all the complexities of Messianic Judaism (such as non-Jewish participants within the Messianic movement), it is only a trailer that is less than three minutes long, meant for people who know NOTHING about Messianic Judaism (which seems to be just about everyone I encounter outside of the movement). The point is just to make people say “I want to see this film and learn more,” not to accurately represent the entire Messianic movement in under 3 minutes, which is honestly way too complex to even try to do that.
But any constructive criticism you want to give, I would be glad to hear, I just wanted to clarify the context of this trailer.
And yes, to all your readers, I would very much appreciate any financial help that anyone is willing to give (thank you so much for including that in your post) – if even one third of the people in the Messianic movement gave me just $10 or $20, I would probably have almost my entire budget for the film.
And to Cliff – where is Beth Immanuel?
This is really neat, and I applaud your efforts. Beth Immanuel is a special community located in Hudson, Wisconsin; that is, about 5 minutes east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. They practice Messianic Judaism, and to me personally probably the most unique blend of authentic liturgy/Torah reading/discipleship and Jesus-centered services you will find in the U.S. http://bethimmanuel.org/
Already told those on the source page:
I did not realize just how controversial the movement was! Crazy to see people spitting and the stories of getting hit! Well all believers should really be getting persecuted if they are truly serving God! –
Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
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