We are all different so if people want to be Christians but celebrate Judaism too, that is OK, but Jews, myself included, despise being lied to in an attempt to convert us. There is such a thing among the Messianic Jews. They pretend they are having a Jewish holiday, try to attract Jews, and then they bring up the theology of the Christian religion as sort of a surprise or trick. And attempt to convert. Not cool.
I have to ask, why not just say “no thanks”. I do that with Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. And liberals.
I think we all despise the “bait-and-switch,” whether it’s sales, philosophy, or religion. But what you consider the B&S may be a genuine attempt to demonstrate exactly what the narratives and elements of the blessed past foreshadow.
To the Christian, Judaism is not an enemy - it is the foundation of everything we believe. Everything from Genesis to Malachi points to Messiah.
Some may do it in a sneaky way, but some have a genuine love and joy in their heart that they want to share.
Um...those Jewish holidays are in their Bible, too! Who are you to tell them they can't celebrate them?!
And were you tricked? Can someone being nice to you but proclaiming Christian faith be any different from all of the other Christians who thought they would take a stab at this? I mean really. Jews have had no end of "opportunities" to see and understand what evangelists are peddling. If it was easy to turn a Jew, then all of the coercive tactics used through out the ages wouldn't have been tried.
Still, obviously, when presented with a plate of treif, the Jew respectfully declines. When presented with an uncomfortable situation, a Jew leaves. If you want to stay and address their entreaty directly, you share why you can never accept what they are selling because all Jews stand at the foot of Mt. Sinai and make their own commitment to God which they will not forswear for any promise of earthly or heavenly delight. Its a promise to God. If you can't keep that, what can you keep?
The Christians of Spain, having insisted that Jews convert to Christianity on penalty of expulsion and homelessness, found that they couldn't believe a Jew would actually convert for real. The work of the Inquisition was to root out the false converts, because the thought of Jews who couldn't keep their oath to God made any other oath they made suspect. This was a time of horror and bad choices.
You are lucky to live when no one is threatening your life because you are a Jew. Still, each Jew has a life long struggle of temptation to accept false gods and idols. If you are secure in your faith, you are more of a threat to these people than they will ever be to you.
Trickery is not particularly admirable . . . particularly outrageous trickery in the name of religion.
On the other hand . . . sounds like any such invitations would be suspect from the outset.
So where would the surprise be, really?
I am a Messianic rabbi, and I take great offense at this.
So, we believe Yeshua is Messiah, within a Jewish context — ever heard of the concept of Messiah ben Joseph? Rebbe Menachem Schneerson is viewed the same way by many, if not most Lubavitcher Chasidim. Do you castigate them?
I can’t speak for anyone but my congregation (Beit Tefillah Messianic Fellowship of Fresno — http://beit-tefillah.com) and my covering organization (the Coalition of Torah Observant Messianic Congregations — http://ctomc.ca), but when we celebrate festivals, it is not a lie, it is not a setup, it is not trying to fool anyone. It is simply to celebrate a festival, because we believe in those festivals. And we interpret them in ways that match our theology. But so do different groups within mainstream Judaism interpret and celebrate festivals in different ways that match their theologies. For example, some liberal Jewish groups have added a “cup of Miriam” to the Passover seder (http://www.miriamscup.com/). Do you castigate them?
Are there groups that do not truly believe in the Torah, that use Jewish trapping as a false front? Undoubtedly. Just as much as anti-missionaries like you blatantly lie about Messianics. I do not defend the groups who use Jewish trappings as false fronts. But it is not most Messianic groups that I know.
You and your Jews for Judaism/Yad L’Achim cohorts engage in falsehoods and spew your impotent anger onto the marketplace of ideas. I am sick and tired of that.