Judaism & Yiddishkeit

What does it means to be Jewish?  But more on a personal level, what does Jewishness means to me? Its not that easy to answer, like for instance you could  easily can get confused that a chassidus is  just a part of Judaism, but not Judaism itselves, in this case you think youself as part of this chassidus which becomes more your indentity than being Jewish in the first place. There are also many, many rules you have to live by apart from Halacha. Therefore i believe whatever Chassidus we are part of, we are Jewish first and in itself i think that is something we must not forget.

Secondly our religion, our faith is everthing to me,  you don't necessarily need to belong to a Chassidus to believe! Whats important to me is to live by Halacha, to do the right thing by others and give a helping hand where needed.

To me  Yiddishkeit means so much more than what they taught me up till now, living in a community is not a bad thing, but to really know who you are and how you experience life could easily been snowed under.

What more does Yiddishkeit means to me? To be honest i makes me feel proud, it makes me think about our history, its also is a way of life that is so different from the way of life in the secular world, its also loving to learn, to gain more and more knowlegde, our books are almost our lifeline, our Torah is holy and our religion is beautiful and full of love, as the Torah, the word of Hashem given to us by Him.

All these things together makes it so easy to fallow the Mitzvot, where in todays secular world we all have to live by what we know as The Law and that in itselves makes it special.

I cannot say that personally can see Jewishness apart from Judaism,to me its just one, maybe not everybody sees it that way, which is okay, i think this is very personal.

We come a long way from where we are now today, we are still here, still standing and that in itselves makes me proud. I do believe that whatever happens on our way in life or whatever problems we are facing, we will overcome them with the help of HaShem.

What else i love about being Jewish are our traditions, which binds us more than anything else i could think of, the feeling it gives me when i think about the millions of Jews all over the world celebrating the same holiday is amazing, its makes you feel so close eventhough maybe we hundreds or even thousands miles away from each other, i also feel like they are my sisters and brothers. 

Shabbat is something that is so dear and so special to, more so now than before, i will try to discribe the feeling under the title " Traditions ".

The only thing remains for us Jews is still living in Golus, we are (or at least most of us) waithing when the time is there to go to Israel! For its no longer a dream, as it becomes more and more clear that this wil become reality!

Leaving a community there is no longer a questions of where is the choice in all of this! To me being Jewish and Orthodox is a far better option to a much more open and free lifestyle where we are responsable for our own actions and where we only have answer to HaShem.

The Third Temple, The Moshiach, Judaism & Sacrifice.

                             Tefillin

The Tefillin is one of the most ancient commands of the scripture and to Jewish religious men its a reminder of the relationship with G'D on their hands an forehead. Tefiillin is related  to the hebrew word of prayer. In common practice today among observant Jews, its also for males over the age of thirteen to wear these leather boxes at dailiy morning prayers. By doing so they are reminded that the commandments of G'D should be on their mind ( forehead)  and applied in their life ( hand).

The Tefillin is developed in two parts "Shel Rash " which means for the head and " Shel Yad" which means for the hand. Shel Rash consists four compartment, each containig a parchment with a handwritten pessage from the Torah, Shel Yad only contains one single parchment that holds the same pessages but written on a single  parchment - passages that has the common commandments to bind the word of G'D

                     Tallit & Tzitzi

The command that every man wears Tzitzi on the corners of a garment is direchtly from G'D. HaShem wanted the Tzitzi to be a constant reminder that they were distinct people and set apart for service to the one true G'D. Even the clothes reminds of a special calling. The is a very clear indication to the world dat Jews have a G'D- ordained mission.

The custom of wearing the Tzitzi stil fallowed today by Hasidic and Orthodox Jews. The Tzitzi are not worn as part of a regular garment, in Jewish tradition they developed a custom of wearing a Tallit with the Tzitziyot in Shul or during special worship occasions.

However in Hasidic and also Orthodox lives today they still fullfil the commandment by wearing a under garment called a Tallit Katan. This garment with the Tzitzi is worn during all waking hours.

It is important for Jewish faith and life as this is built on the foundation of the Tanakh which is the Old Testament, this is just as important in much the same way that the B' rit Hadashah is, which is the New Testament for all believers, both Jewish and Gentile. Jewish and also Christians consider the Tanakh to a secred Scripture.

The Tanakh stands for:

🔹️Torah ~ The five books of Moshe.

🔹️Neviim ~ Prophets of Moshe.

🔹️Ketuvim ~ Mishlei/ Proverbs.

Wat is the Torah? 

The Torah is the most important Prophecy ever been written and  word for word from G'D to calfskin parchment by Moshe, our holliest Prophet. These Prophets appears in all Bible connections. I have to  stress that the Torah is not the Old Testament, its the only Testament.

 

G'D provided guidance and direction for his people and trough them to all mankind. This instruction is know as the Torah and is a foundation and accurate understanding of the of the Scripture. The common misconseption is that the Torah should be translated as " Law" because the Torah simply means " instructions" . The Torah of HaShem finds it orgin in the Eternal One and declared His commands to Israel on mount Sinai and Israel was to fallow and teach His ways to others.

The Scripture describes Israel respons to the Law, and all people answered as one:

" Everything Adonai has said  we will do" (Sh'mot 19:8)

And so the people of Israel accepted the challenge.

 

           Mitzvot ~ Halacha & the Torah

So in the Torah there are a large number of instructions and rules, for the religious Jews this is very important,the Mitzvot are commandments and Halacha are the laws, which we live by. We have the written Torah, this is called the "Torah Mishnah" and then there is the oral Torah and that is the "Shel Ba 'al Peh", especially the Hasidic Orthodox Jews believe in the oral Torah as HaShem gave this to Moshe.

The Mezuzah

Why saying Brachot makes a difference