Monthly Archives: May 2011

Mika Mocha Latte

I can’t imagine why they disabled ratings and comments for this rousing rendition of “Mikamocha [sic]” in which the singer manages to make five major pronunciation mistakes in the very first line.

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Beth Goyim Messianic Congregation

Beth Goyim Messianic Congregation

I can’t decide whether this is the worst or best Messianic Jewish congregation name ever.

All of you likely know what “goyim” means, but in case you don’t, Morfix helpfully offers the following translations: ”gentile, non-Jew (male); non-observant Jew (derogatory); (biblical) nation, people; הגויים – non-Jews (derogatory).”

SBC ChurchSearch Results

SBC ChurchSearch Results

Did you know that some “Messianic Jewish” congregations are actually Southern Baptist churches? Take a look at these search results on the Southern Baptist Convention site.

The Southern Baptist Convention is one of the most aggressive groups trying to convert Jews to Christianity. There’s nothing Jewish about their congregations: they’re simply engaging in what they describe as “cultural evangelism.”

Why Christian Seders are Offensive

Why Christian Seders are Offensive

jessielester:

The traditional Jewish celebration involved four cups—each representing something different, each with a different name. At various points during the ceremony a drink would taken from every cup. Every cup that is, except the third. This cup represented the coming Messiah for whom the Jews were in waiting. During Jewish Passover, the cup would remain untouched.

But when Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples, this is the cup he picked up when He said “This I my blood shed for you.” This is the cup he told his disciples to drink from. Similarly, the bread he broke was a piece that was ceremonially set aside to represent the Messiah the Jews could not yet see. Jesus picked up both of these symbols, and said, “This is me. My body. My blood.” With those words, Jesus was declaring himself to be the Messiah they’d been anticipating every Passover up to that point.

Earlier in the post, this person said she attended the Christian Seder because of her desire to learn about Jewish culture. That’s great! Unfortunately, these Seders—whether they’re hosted by churches or “Messianic synagogues”—are offensive not only because they co-opt traditional Jewish rituals to deliver a Christian message, but because they distort the rituals to make it easier to deliver that message.

Had this person attended an actual Seder, she would have drunk four cups of wine; there’s no third cup left alone for the Messiah. (There is a fifth cup set aside for Elijah, but that’s another matter.) She would have also learned that the piece of matzah she mentioned, the afikoman, is merely set aside for eating at the end—and for children to steal in exchange for a reward, of course, in Ashkenazi communities.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to experience a Seder, and many Jewish families and synagogues open their doors to others during Passover. In fact, half the people at the Seders I attended this year weren’t Jewish. There’s definitely something wrong, though, with distorting another group’s traditions in service of your own beliefs. I hope this person has the opportunity to attend an authentic Seder next year and experience the actual traditions.

Inner monologue: “Wow, people actually think I’m an Orthodox rabbi, even though I’m yammering on about Christ, just because I’m wearing a tallit gadol. Do they even know that Jews only wear it during prayer? Man, I bet I can pull off being a Jewish Cherokee Indian next time if I add a headdress.”

(The so-called “Orthodox rabbi” in this video is Daniel Kayes Thomson, who led a Messianic congregation in Michigan and falsely claimed to have received a rabbinic degree from an Orthodox yeshiva. He still lies about his background, but now he’s a guide for a Christian tour company.)

[Update: The video is no longer available.]

The person lighting the candles is usually the one who recites the blessing, but not in this household—he’s the man of the house, dangnabbit, and he’s going to show everyone just how badly he can butcher Hebrew (2:25).

Also, if you’re new to the whole “Christian Seder” phenomenon, note that participants Christianize everything in it. Why do they light two candles? To symbolize G-d and Jesus, as well as the Old Testament and the New Testament. What do the three pieces of matzah represent? G-d, Jesus, and the church. And why is the matzah perforated and baked? To symbolize Jesus’ torment and descent into Hell. It goes on and on.