Simplistic thinking.

Author:Brumbach, Rabbi Joshua
Position::MESSIANIC JEWS - Letter to the editor

In her column, "Israel's Best Friends or Jews' Mortal Enemies?" in the July/August 2013 issue, Sarah Posner concludes by asking, "Is Messianic Judaism changing Judaism? Not very much." It may be true that Messianic Judaism has not, as of yet, revolutionized Judaism, but it is far too soon to completely dismiss the movement altogether. As with most religious movements, Messianic Judaism represents a spectrum of individuals, beliefs, identities and communities. Posner only focuses on a very small slice and then attempts to make broad-brushed applications and assumptions of what Messianic Judaism is and believes, and how the wider Jewish community should relate to it. Posner only describes the more "Evangelical" and "Pentecostal" side of the Messianic movement. She completely ignores other slices of the spectrum, maybe because they are not as visible and surrounded in hype.

She mentions Tikkun Ministries. But Tikkun is not the largest Messianic Jewish organization. The two largest Messianic Jewish organizations representing the mainstream within Messianic Judaism are the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) and the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), both of which also represent various sides...

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