Is it time for Messianic Judaism to define observance levels similar to the Traditional Community?
Several levels are evident in Messianic Judaism:
- Hebrew Roots
Orthodox - follow both Torah & Oral Torah, Halacha as defined by the Shulkhan Aruch using traditional understandings of meanings. Practice includes Mikvah.
Conservative - follow both Torah & Oral Torah, Halacha as defined by the Shulkhan Aruch using traditional understandings of meanings with changes allowed for modern circumstances such as driving. Practice includes Mikvah.
Reformed - maintains that Judaism and Jewish traditions should be modernized and should be compatible with participation in the surrounding culture. Many branches of Reform Judaism hold that Jewish law should be interpreted as a set of general guidelines rather than as a list of restrictions whose literal observance is required of all Jews.
Hebrew Roots - generally not part of Messianic Judaism, looks at Hebrew root of Christian Faith.
Is it time for our Synagogues to reflect belief and practices using widely understood definitions in the Jewish Community? What minimum qualifications should be required for each? Share your thoughts.