Needless to say, I’ve had a lot on my mind from Thursday till now. If you followed the comments on “Jews and Gentiles in MJ: A Discussion,” “We Must Never Forget,” and “We Must Welcome,” then you know what I mean.
I have felt more bruised than blessed for a few days. I chose, with a few exceptions made for reasons of judgment call, not to respond.
Being with my congregation on Saturday, the greatest friends in the world, was a consolation, and my wife has been my primary encourager.
Judah, you will be interested to know that the final release of self-pity, anger, and sadness over the beating I took in the comments happened Saturday night at . . . a Joel Chernoff concert. The theme of his concert was shemittah (release). And since my mother’s milk in terms of worship came from Lamb and Israel’s Hope, going to a neighboring synagogue (Beth Hallel in Roswell, Kevin Solomon is the rabbi) and enjoying that Israel and Yeshua focused worship with about a fourth of my synagogue plus a big crowd from Beth Hallel and all over, was a joy beyond compare.
I slept the sleep of the innocent. And I woke to find a few apologies. Rabbi Carl Kinbar, a friend who rebuked me in the comments said:
Tandi119 is absolutely correct–my comment was rude. It should have been expressed gently and privately. I can’t erase the offense, but please forgive me.
I suspect that readers “Messianic Jewish Musings” will agree with me that it is the premier MJ blog, unequaled in quality and consistency over a number of years. I can only hope that more men and women with your integrity and passion for Yeshua will follow your example in the blogosphere. For the record, MJTI has never seen your blog as PR (and I doubt that you see it that way!). You are not only free to express your own ideas, but should feel encouraged to do so.
And then Dan Benzvi said:
I will take Carl’s example and also apologize. I guess you guys don’t understand the Sabra in me…It is very hard when one tries to engage on Scriptural and theologocal basis, but all one gets is preaching and chastising…
sorry if I offended anyone.
So, that was nice.
I would guess there are different ways people think through issues about Messianic Judaism, Jewish roots, and the study of the scriptures with a Jewish sensitivity. Many do not read blogs. Some are academically minded and they read books, journal articles, commentaries, and do a lot of original thinking. Others have less academic training, but they read the scriptures and some books and perhaps less academic articles. Others do too little thinking and just hold on to beliefs they formed in the past or heard from others.
Those who read blogs about Messianic Judiasm, Jewish roots, and so on, do so because they can’t get enough thought and discussion about these vital, complex, and fascinating topics.
Those who do not read blogs, in any of the categories I mentioned above, are missing out. Academia can too easily miss the real issues. Theory has a way of being different than reality. Self-study minus the broader conversation is also missing something. Ideas formed in relative solitude have the disadvantage of one-sided perspectives, lack of accountability, and so on.
If you want to see if your ideas have merit, test them in the waters of public opinion with a learned and argumentative blog readership!
You may sometimes feel more bruised than blessed. But you will learn and grow. You will be sharpened. And (forgive the pun, Judah), you will find consolation in the Lamb.