Messianic Rabbi Russell Resnik
I have written before about the misunderstanding, marginalisation and persecution of Hebrew Catholics and especially those who adhere to both the Written and Oral Torah. Not only are these Torah-observant Hebrew Catholics marginalised by many Gentile Catholics but also by other Hebrew Catholics who do not hold this position. Many do this out of sincere conviction that this is a position inconsistent with the Catholic Faith. Others because they feel threatened by such observance. Others who themselves are not opposed to such observance, nevertheless marginalise the observant ones because they fear the reaction of other Catholics.
In an article in "Kesher" entitled "Hesed And Hospitality: Embracing Our Place on the Margins" Messianic Rabbi Russell Resnik of the Union of Jewish Messianic Congregations describes a similiar phenomenon among the Torah-Observant Messianic Jews. He writes:"...The risk of marginalization intensifies if we actually defend traditional Judaism to our Christian friends, and this is surely an aspect of marginalization that we must embrace. Levine speaks of the "popular Christian imagination," which sees Yeshua as the only one in the Jewish world of his day who cares about the poor and marginalized. He is not just against religious leaders who have missed the heart of Torah with their rigorous teaching; rather, in the popular Christian imagination, he is against Torah itself, and ultimately against Judaism. Such a reading may be able to accept that Jews who have not yet found Jesus will cling to their old ways, at least until some final apocalyptic resolution. But Jews who profess loyalty to Yeshua and remain attached to Jewish tradition and community are suspect and risk marginalization..." This article clearly explains the place of marginalisation as a deeper embracing of the way of Yeshua and his mission of Chesed (lovingkindness/mercy). For me the marginisation by the wider Jewish community and the wider Christian communities is difficult but the greatest suffering is when this marginalisation comes from fellow Jews who believe in Yeshua as the Messiah.
Also see Five Kinds of Hebrew Catholics
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