The CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board exists because Explore Messiah…? and Tzedakah Ministries recognizes the importance of community within this website. Feel free to visit the discussion board to explore your concerns, and voice your fears. We cannot promise to respond immediately but we will answer as quickly as possible and we will be honest with you!
The concept behind the CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board is built first around the idea of community and it is based upon these four founding principles:
C = Compassion
- Tzedakah Ministries’ and Explore Messiah…? wants to offer “compassion” as you are on a journey where you are looking for truth and maybe even the answer to the question of just who is the Jewish Messiah
- We also know the search is often terrifying and forces Jewish people to go outside where you have been told “it is safe and/or acceptable to go”
- Therefore, we are not here to “push you” but to walk the thousand-mile journey with you because many of us were once there as well. So … if you ever have a question or just want to experience community all you have to do is click on the CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board and we will be there as soon as possible
A = Acknowledgement
- Tzedakah Ministries’ and Explore Messiah…? acknowledges that our perspective for this search for the Jewish Messiah, who we believe is Jesus, includes confronting both personal sin and a personal Messiah … and this is something that is new and unique from what you have been taught in Rabbinic Judaism
- Therefore, we acknowledge that you might have a lot of questions for us, your rabbi, and even yourself … and we want to be here for you throughout the process even if and when it becomes confusing. Hence the reason why we have developed the CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board
F = Forgiveness
- Tzedakah Ministries’ and Explore Messiah…? believes forgiveness is only available in Messiah Jesus and we know that this is a concept that is only considered on Yom Kippur and only in a tertiary concept. We also know that it is often forgotten about for many once the bar/bat mitzvah presents were opened
- Therefore, we want to discuss with you at the CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board about the idea of atonement and acknowledgement of personal sin is one that needs to be recognized and considered. We are not here to judge but simply to discuss. We have sins in our lives as well and we are far from perfect; however, we have discovered that forgiveness is possible through not any good works that we might could do but through THE WORK Jesus did for us. Is this something you would like to discuss with us?
E = Empathy
- Everyone at Tzedakah Ministries’ and Explore Messiah…? once was on the journey that you are now taking. It is frightening and we can truly empathize. We want to offer through this CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board a place of community as you consider these eternity-changing decisions.
- We are not here to pressure you. We do not consider you a statistic, a trophy or a convert – regardless of what you might have heard. If you choose to walk away, come back, walk away, come back, walk away from our conversations … just know we will be here. Grace and mercy is unconditional as is the love of Messiah Jesus for you. The journey is difficult and we know it.
Is “Jewish Guilt” enough of a reason for you to drop any consideration of Jesus as Messiah? Why? How could you overcome the guilt factor and begin the consideration once again?
Are true Christian values that much different than true Jewish values? Have you ever heard Christians values explained in the way that were explained here? What is your reaction?
Who is Jewish to you? Do you think a Jewish person who identifies as a believer in Jesus is still Jewish by ethnicity? Why or why not? How do you defend your answer?
Has Explore Messiah…? explained what Christians truly believed about Hell more effectively? Do you see it as that much different than what Biblical Judaism teaches? Why or why not?
Does it surprise you that while we affirm the truth of “fire and brimstone,” that Explore Messiah…? has a broader concept of Hell that includes emptiness and loneliness? Which terrifies you more – fire or being alone for all eternity? Why?
If you have an understanding as Hell as a real place or even if you don’t, can you imagine it as simply as a place resembling Purgatory? Why or why not?
Modern Judaism argues that Christians cannot be individuals if we believe in “Original Sin.” When you look at “us,” do you see robots or individuals working on developing their relationships with God while grateful for the fact that we don’t have to earn our way to God?
If you have sinned (messed up at least once) and there is a God who demands holiness (i.e., perfection) … how can we ever hope to achieve reconciliation with God (Isaiah64:5/6)?
Is it truly possible for a person to be born, live, die without sinning once in their lives?
What do you think of the New Testament verses of John 1:1-3 and I Peter 3:18 (including verse 15)? Do they appear to be anti-Semitic to you? Or just a continuation of Biblical Jewish thought?
Who has the strongest argument for how to translate Isaiah 9:5 – Chabad or Christianity?
What do you think of the Rabbinic arguments for Genesis 1:26? Which ones make the most sense? Which ones are the weakest?
Why would Maimonides want to change the Shema concept of “One” from Echad to Yachid unless there was something he also struggled with as well? The plural unity of Echad is something that needs to be discussed … don’t you think?
If Jesus is the Messiah for the Jewish people, would your family want you to hold onto tradition and deny him? Or would they want you to believe and receive the truth today?
The Jewish singer Neil Diamond that your grandparents, parents and Amy Farrah Fowler/Howard Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory likes, has a song called “Man of God” that describes his faith journey as being a man of God even though he never learned to pray and as one big search for meaning in life (https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/neildiamond/manofgod.html). […]
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