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A Community or a Congregation? For What are We Striving? Pt 2 & Pt 3

A Community or a Congregation? For What are We Striving? Part 2 & Part 3
by Tim Hegg

Critical Issues for Torah Communities” taught at Torah Resource Institute

As people who have come to love the Torah as God’s gracious instructions in righteousness, this assertion makes perfect sense. For as one studies the Torah, it becomes evident that certain of the mitzvot cannot be obeyed apart from community involvement. The very fact that the Shabbat, as well as the Mo’edim (Appointed Times) require a “sacred assembly” ( מִקְרַא קֹדֶּשׁ , mikra’ kodesh, cf. Lev 23:4–5) points conclusively to this fact. Or consider the mitzvah of wearing tzitzit. This command involves not only wearing tzitzit but also looking upon them: “It shall be tzitzit for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them… (Numbers 15:39). The “you” in this sentence is plural in the Hebrew as are the following verbs “to look,” “to remember,” and “to do.” In other words, a person cannot fulÞll the commandment of tzitzit by himself or herself—looking at them means looking at others who are wearing the tzitzit and this requires a community. In fact, when the Torah is studied as a whole, it becomes entirely evident that living in accordance with the Torah can only be accomplished within a community that is committed to obey the Torah’s commandments. From a Torah perspective, community is an absolute essential, not an “add-on.”

Read the entire Pt. 2 Article HERE

Read the entire Pt. 3 Article HERE

This class is taught at TorahResource Institute.

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A Community or a Congregation? For What are We Striving? Pt 1

A Community or a Congregation? For What are We Striving? Part One
by Tim Hegg

Critical Issues for Torah Communities” taught at Torah Resource Institute

One would think that things might be different within the very small circle of what has commonly become known as the “messianic movement.” But sadly, such is not the case. The Messianics are a microcosm of the larger religious milieu in our society. In this movement you’ll find everything from truth to heresy; from being “slain in the Spirit” to black-hat Orthodox Judaism, and most everything in between. If we’re not big enough to actually match the “world class” antics of the Christian Church, we can’t be faulted for not trying. We hype our seminars with the same billboard flash: music concerts galore, promise of “Spirit-filled” experiences, and all the amenities to make the time a dazzling vacation. Even more, we’re tickled pink when we’re invited to that Christian seminar housed in the sports arena so that we can put on a tallit and blow the shofar. What unity! And hey, we are making progress! One of the largest Christian book distributors lists two items in the “Messianic” section of their catalog: a tallit with the prayer of Jabez embroidered on the collar and “messianic shofars” (can someone please tell me what makes a shofar “messianic”?!). Wow! Maybe we’re finally being accepted!

Read the entire Pt. 1 Article HERE

This class is taught at TorahResource Institute.

You may also read many free articles at TorahResource.com

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