How Can I Get Them to Accept Me?
By Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr
By now, for those who know me and have read my works will know that I am a modern orthodox Torah observant Netzarim Rabbi who keeps the customs and traditions of my people, believes in an Oral Torah, believes it’s embedded in the Talmud and filters it and all other Jewish and or Rabbinical literature through the Written Torah.
One will also know I believe that modern day Christianity is incompatible with Judaism, has willingly broken away from it’s Jewish roots long ago and is now a separate and distinct religion apart from Judaism and Nazarene Judaism. Their “Christ” is fictitious and conceptually different and even in many ways opposite of Yeshua the Jewish Messiah.
This being established I have the utmost respect, love and familial ties with my non-believing Jewish brethren. Some accept me, most don’t. However I a not looking for, nor necessarily desire their recognition in regards to my, or the Nazarene sects legitimacy. Do I want them to see Yeshua is the Messiah? Absolutely! But I will not and cannot adhere 100% to their rulings, minhag, and halacha. Because of the fact they don’t believe or recognize Yeshua as Messiah and have a plethora of reactionary and anti-Yeshua doctrine and arguments.
I have noticed a disturbing trend of Torah Observant Netzarim trying so hard to be accepted by Orthodox Judaism. Why? They do not believe Yeshua is the Messiah, even though it is probably the fault of Christians and how they portray the Messiah, nevertheless most of them do not want to know or hear about Yeshua from us either. So why would I or should I submit myself to a sect and their rulings or their Sanhedrin who deny and reject my Messiah, Yeshua Ha Moshiach, especially when Yeshua (foreseeing all this happening) gave His Sheliachim the authority to form a Nazarene Sanhedrin we see working and functioning in the Book of Acts? This is what needs to happen; this is what needs to be restored. We do not need to be a loose confederation of people fighting amongst ourselves refusing to unite and be a truly whole sect once again. We especially do not need to run to, and do tricks to be accepted by the descendants of a sect Yeshua warned us about:
Matthew 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
The HRV (Hebraic Roots Version) takes this passage from the Hebrew version of Matthew from the Shem Tob manuscripts and it reads, “And all the he says to you observe and do…” alluding to Moses himself, the Written Torah, not the Pharisees and Scribes who interpret it, especially, if as Rabbi Koniuchowsky says is true, that they were corrupt figure heads.
Messiah points out that they (Pharisees and Scribes) may talk Torah, but many of them do not walk it themselves.
“…but do not according to their works, for they say, but do not.” (Matthew 3:23 HRV)
Clearing up verse three is the lynch pen to understanding and putting into context the rest of Matthew 23. The rest of Matthew 23 shows the contrast of the Torah of Moses and mans torah, we are not even talking about the true Oral Torah here.
Trying to be accepted by Orthodox Judaism today is like being a nerd trying to impress the hot popular girl to like and accept him and go to the prom with him. It just “ain’t” going to happen, only in movies. And I’m not going to grovel or put myself in a position where I may be asked to compromise my beliefs or loyalties to Messiah Yeshua just so I can be accepted and legitimized in the eyes of men. I have no interest or time for this.
Even if we were accepted by one group, like let’s say the Breslovers, doesn’t mean we will be accepted by and seen as a legitimate sect or movement in the Lubavitchers or the Satmars eyes. Will we then preoccupy ourselves to try and gain their acceptance and approval? Look, in this instance it is actually much like Christianity, just as the Baptist believes the Methodist are Christians, so one Jewish sect believes the other is Jewish, but both feel they are more right or correct than the other. It’s only natural. The Breslovers aren’t worried if they are accepted by the Satmars or the Lubavitchers, so honestly why should we Netzarim be worried if we are accepted by Orthodox Judaism or not. We seriously need to organize from within and not try to bring organization from without to make us so within.
I am a true Jew of an ancient sect founded by Messiah Yeshua called the Nazarenes regardless of what the Orthodox Union says or feels, and I am not ashamed nor feel the need to apologize for that.