In the story of Yoseph’s descent to Egypt and his rise to leadership, we read that during the famine wagons full of supplies were sent to Yaacov in the land of Canaan. The issue of who sent the wagons to Yaacov is especially relevant since Yaacov says that when he “saw the wagons Joseph sent” he took it as proof that Joseph was alive. However, first it says Pharaoh sent the wagons (Genesis 45:21) then it says it was Joseph (Genesis 45:27). If it was Pharaoh, who sent the wagons how could Yaacov say Joseph sent them? There are several answers to this question. In my opinion, the most straightforward explanation is found in a Jewish mystical text. The Zohar explains that although Pharaoh gave the command to send the wagons, it was in response to Joseph request, that he made in his role as Pharaoh’s advisor. As it says, [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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