The shinning light on the hill, been thinking about that these past few days and when I didn’t show up at Synagogue, one weekend that I didn’t show up and members were calling to find out if I was okay. I have not been a member that long, and yet in a sea of people my absence was noticed, my presence mattered, and I thought of Yeshua.
He and Paul, both had the same annoyance with the establishment, religious establishment, and it was that they focused only on the few, the elite, while both Yeshua and Paul felt that the whole ocean mattered that were present in the fold of Judaism. The “clicks” were looked upon very unkindly by both Yeshua and Paul, those at the top who encouraged that clickish and elitist behavior were given a good tukkus kicking and rightly so. I feel very drawn to what they were trying to do, which I feel is create a modern Conservative Judaism, grafting together Jew and Gentile in that Conservative Judaism, balancing the modern world with the values of Torah. That is not an easy task, but those who lead in the Conservative movement must find a way to honor the precepts and concepts of Genesis, including Covenant marriage as it is given in Genesis, of Torah, the Pentateuch, the Constitution of the nation, Free Enterprise all of that with what is going on in our society. I love that I can be Conservative Tea Party etc… in my philosophy, embrace Jesus, Paul etc… as I understand them to have come and their mission, explore that and be embraced into the Jewish community and faith, openly and I can explore it in different ways, from different angles. I can still stand firm in being a Constitutionally Conservative Federalist, still be Jewish, be me, be an artist, and whatever else God has called me to be. It’s a beautiful thing. No matter what direction I move to, I keep feeling pulled back to Judaism, and I look forward to balancing this journey of faith into Judaism and maintaining my cultural identity as an Italian-American at the same time. It’s gonna be interesting folks, very interesting!! I trust God to help me thrive in both worlds beautifully.
Shalom and Amen