It has been one year since my mother, Fayga bas Tzvi Hirsch, passed away and we commemorate her first Yahrzeit on January 6, 2019, the 29th of Teves. In her honor, I would like to share some thoughts about the mission of the soul and what happens after a person passes away. What is the Soul’s Mission? A curious statement in the Talmud can provide an insight into the soul’s mission. In Tractate Pesachim 87b, Rabbi Elazar said: “The Holy One, blessed be He, exiled Israel among the nations only so that converts (גרים) would join them.”  (ואמר רבי אלעזר לא הגלה הקדוש ברוך הוא את ישראל לבין האומות אלא כדי שיתוספו עליהם גרים) In his work Torah Ohr, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745 –1812) says this statement doesn’t make sense. He observes that during the Jewish people’s time in exile we have lost more Jews to assimilation and [Read More]Read More
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Religious coercion and deceptive proselytizing may include the attempt to convert people through devious and false means, pushing others to change their faith, and pressuring people to think differently. Although not all coercion is deceptive, when you are challenged by someone, it is important to delve deeper, ask questions and make an informed decision.
68% of teens and 85% of college students have been approached by someone who tried to share another religion with them.
There are several reasons why Judaism rejects the notion that Jesus was the messiah. However, the main objection to his ‘messiahship” is that he simply did not qualify. In order to be considered a “candidate” for moshiach a number of scriptural prophecies must be fulfilled by him, and such an individual must demonstrate a wide range of unparalleled attributes. Additionally, a radical transformation in the human condition must take place for that time to be deemed auspicious for advent of the messiah.
As with all family members these situations should be handled respectfully and delicately. Start by encouraging your relative to be open minded to exploring more about Judaism. Both its spiritual and practical applications. Remind them that they are part of a long and rich heritage and their decision impacts future generations.
Absolutely. Judaism teaches that non-Jews should believe in God and accept and practice the 7 Noahide commandments. These include: 1) Not worshiping idolatry, 2) No blasphemy, 3) No murder, 4) No stealing, 5) No adultery, 6) Establishing courts of justice, 7) Not being cruel to animals. Actually, these are 7 categories and include other details. A non-Jews who accepts the Noahide covenant can get to heaven.
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