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Showing posts with label Messiah. Show all posts
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

I've Made My Decision In Terms Of Naming A Pet...

If I ever get a pet, I may name the said pet after a deceased love one. After all, based on the answers that I've received (one of them quite inappropriate, as I made clear), I see no contradiction against or contradistinction from Judaism or Jewishness in naming a pet after--for example--my beloved and late Great-Granduncle Bernie. The answers (not in chronological order) that I received are as follows, and I break down the answers as to why they affected me to decide that naming a pet after Great-Granduncle Bernie would be okay:

Firstly (and I made quite clear that I didn't appreciate being yelled at or having to ask a follow-up question):

Reform Judaism/Answered Question

Expert:Rabbi Sue Levy
Subject:Naming Pets In Judaism
Question:QUESTION: Is naming a pet after a deceased loved one appropriate or encouraged for a Jewish person to do?

ANSWER: Dear Nicole,

No, it is absolutely NOT appropriate to name a pet after someone who died.

Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Sue

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: Why is it inappropriate to do so?
Answer:A pet is not a person who will carry on the honored legacy of the individual being remembered. You cannot teach a put about the person for whom it is named. A pet cannot emulate that person or behave in its honor. A pet cannot feel a sense of connection with that individual. It is degrading to the memory of the deceased to consider an animal worthy of such an honor.

Secondly (and I give David kavod for not yelling at me, and I asked him partly because he didn't list himself as a "rabbi" or an Anti-Messianic ["Anti-Missionary"] type):

Orthodox Judaism/Answered Question

Expert:David Rosenblum
Subject:Naming Pets In Judaism
Question:Is naming a pet after a deceased loved one appropriate or encouraged for a Jewish person to do?
Answer:Hi Nicole,

Please know that I am not a Rabbi.

I never heard of a provision for naming a pet after a person.  It is most certainly not encouraged.  I would avoid it for the following reason (this is my own judgement and subject to critical debate):

The purpose of naming someone after they passed away is so that their memory should continue.  Since we remember the dead fondly, we remember their good deeds and will strive to emulate their ways which benefits ourselves for obvious reasons but also benefits the deceased since we improved ourselves in their merit.  This is stimulated by attaching the name to another person and continually calling that person who has equal standing in the hierarchy of creatures, by that same name.  If the name is attached to a lesser creature I can see the possibility of the memory being degraded and the effect being nullified and perhaps even reversed.  In other words, since we degraded the memory, we will not end up emulating the good ways and perhaps incur a negative trait due to the degradation.

About the naming in general: many families attach great importance to this and sometimes quarrel about which name to give to newborns.  I always hear Rabbis say that the loss of peace is a much greater issue than can be gained by naming after their loved one.  Intelligent and learned Jews always are very easy with giving up the right to such honors in favor of keeping peaceful relations.  To me it always seemed that the naming after a deceased is a nice to have but not very important.

I hope this helps.


Fourthly (and this connects to this):

Nicole Maratovah Czarnecki
3 hours ago near Baltimore
: Wait a minute: if you give a pet a Jewish name, isn't that possibly naming that pet after a deceased loved one--e.g., "Rivkah", 'imenu?
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Nicole Maratovah Czarnecki
Friday near Baltimore
: Is naming a pet after a deceased loved one Jewish or Jewishly appropriate?
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By way of these answers, I'm getting  impression that one's naming of a pet after a deceased loved one would be okay provided that doing so would not cause someone else to stumble--after all, if one can't die for another person, why should he or she have to live for the same--especially if living is or was incumbent on the other person (After all, that Yeshua died for someone else is often an objection to Yeshua per a perversion of. for example, Deuteronomy 24:16, and Ezekiel 18:4 and 18:20.)? . Also, as a ChaCha expert stated, what the deceased one would have wanted or not wanted is what matters.

So, maybe I shouldn't have stopped for a minute and worried when a Golden Retriever named "Bernie" affected me to, G-d willing, someday name a pet after Great-Granduncle Bernie--after all, especially if I don't have children, can't one of my "fur children" have a family name? By the way, the above-cited verses meant only that a sinful human couldn't die for another sinful human--if anyone died for someone else, G-d would have to (See, for example, Psalm 112 and Isaiah 43:10-13--where G-d even states, "And My servant whom I have chosen,[t]hat you may know and believe Me, [a]nd understand that I am He."--and 53.). 

Also by the way, the answers from Amy, David Marshall, and Tareq (as far as I know) came from gentiles; Michelle is my twin and (as much as I love my twin) not--as far as I know--a mevinah (though she was our community college's JSU President until an Anti-Messianic type came in and took it over); and I'm a little surprised that Nehemia, for a Karaite, cited Jewish tradition as opposed to giving an answer from a purely-Karaite (even if a Non-Messianic Karaite) perspective. 

Furthermore by the way, since--in the case of a grieving cat owner--"[i]t might be wise to purchase another cat, similar in breed to the previous one, and even name it the same name as the previous one.  [since t]his will somewhat alleviate the pain.", why can't a grieving person name his or her fur child after a deceased loved one?

Friday, September 28, 2012

I Could Be (So To Speak) "Jumping the Gun", But...

If you are who I think that you might be and you are just using a different operating system than last time (if you were and are indeed the same person), let me tell you some things:

  1. I saw you today when I was walking back to Erickson, and I think that you may have seen and ignored me--good. I'd rather be ignored than persecuted by you. Besides, I deliberately went the opposite way.
  2. I'm not afraid of you. I scared off my grandparents; I can scare you--and I'm not threatening you (or anyone else); I'm just stating a fact, and one that's evidenced by my grandparents being scared off. I watch my Feedjit stats, and that's how I found out that you may have been witch-hunting Messianic Jews. As far as I know, my grandparents haven't been back on this blog since I caught them spying on me--and now I've caught you. I don't think, if you are who I think that you might be, that this is the first incident, either. e.g.:     
    Baltimore, Maryland arrived on "The Nicole Factor".
    19:51:20 -- 1 day 5 hours ago
  3. What in the heck do you want with Messianic Jews? Besides, you are--I'm not--the meshumad here. You don't even believe in a Messiah (but a Messianic Age without a Messiah involved), and you have the chutzpah to imply that you don't consider me Jewish and would kick me out of Hillel if Hillel weren't at UMBC and in the democracy that the United States is? By the way; get your facts straight: firstly, the United States is a republican democracy; and, secondly, both Tanakh and Maimonides codified the concept of Mashiach.
  4. Given that you are Reconstructionist and work at UMBC, I expected (or at least hoped) that you'd be more tolerant--perhaps like Carol Harris-Shapiro. Bad me--I was wrong about you being tolerant.
  5. I might be posturing a little bit, but turning the other cheek (as a Messianic Jewish Facebook friend pointed out) doesn't mean being a doormat--and my schtick is this: if you leave me alone, I'll leave you alone. As I stated, I'd rather be ignored than persecuted by you. As I've also stated in the past, I won't proselytize--so, frankly, leave me alone if I'm not bothering you (and I really am trying to watch my language here--I was thinking of a curse-word phrase that means the same thing as "leave me alone".).
  6. Everything that I have said about what you said is true--so, you have no case against me, just to let you know (in case you're looking for lawsuit material here). Besides, if I wanted to, I could get a case against you together for your violation of my First Amendment rights--I chose to be in full disclosure about my Messianic Jewishness, and you implicitly persecuted me for being a Messianic Jew.
One more thing: your website lies. Next time, say "...except for Messianic Jews..." instead of the following:

The Interfaith Center? But I see myself as more culturally Jewish than religiously Jewish? Is there a place for me at Hillel?
Yes, and you are not alone. Studies show that many college students think of their Judaism as a culture and not as a religion. Avram Infeld, the former director of International Hillel, loves to remind students that "Judaism is not a religion,"; it is a family, a community, and entire culture. It was only after Emancipation in Europe that some Jews started thinking of Judaism as a "religion." Rabbi Moredecai M. Kaplan called Judaism an "evolving religious civilization," meaning that Judaism consists of people with traditions, art, music, language, land, bound together by a shared history, a shared destiny and a common quest for meaning.

Remind UMBC students that, unlike Carol Harris-Shapiro and other decent-enough human beings, you don't consider Hillel the place for Messianic Jews. The even-sadder part, by the way, is that my Non-Messianic and Non-Jewish (e.g., Mohammedan) peers who come to Hillel's Shabbat and who are under your leadership are (as far as I can tell and as I've experienced) more tolerant than you--I guess that I stupidly hoped for better from one in a leadership position, especially for better than people in his charge would have given. 
I'm still coming to Shabbat--you can't chase me away, and I'll leave you alone if you leave me alone. But don't come back to this blog unless you're not going to look for trouble--my grandparents learned the hard way when I caught them spying on me, and I hope that this entry affected you to learn the same lesson that they did in the same, hard way that they learned it. 

Baltimore, Maryland left via from "The Nicole Factor"
23:24:12 -- 1 hour 22 mins ago
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

I Expect To Get Belittled and Persecuted, And...

I'll only stand up in a fight-back kind of way when necessary. Otherwise, I'll turn the other cheek. I can hold my own--after all, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13) While I might care about what you believe (since I don't want to say "I don't care what you believe", because I do care), there's nothing that I can do about what you believe--I've brought up 1 Corinthians 3:5-8. However, I care about when you're proselytizing and persecuting others.

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated:

Even though I am a Messianic Jew, I intend to follow the example of the ger tzedek Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Update: When I saw this picture on Facebook, I had to explain:

It takes a different meaning for me--at least for this week. As a Messianic Jew, I was pretty persecuted. Not a few days later did I find a disturbing search result on my blog that indicates that Messianic Jews are being silenced at where I was persecuted. If only more people would speak up, that certain persecutor couldn't persecute us.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In Case Wikipedia Deletes This...

Here's what Messianic Jews and gentile Christians alike have failed to take up in regards to Messianic prophecy--in other words, I (as far as I know) am the only Messianic Jew taking this up:

Psalm 112

Ironically, Messianic Jews and gentile Christians alike have failed to take up the following:
"Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5 A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies. 9 He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor. 10 The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish."(NKJV)
Messianic Jews and Christians could easily argue that the psalm states, for example, "his righteousness endures forever", not "will endure forever", meaning that only God could fit the description of the one whose "righteousness endures forever." Furthermore, for instance, verse 2 ("His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed") could be connected to zerah (i.e., "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.") in Isaiah 53:10.
Therefore, especially in connecting Psalm 112 to Isaiah 53, one could argue that only Jesus fits the description of the Messiah. Furthermore, in light of that Messiah has to be God, one could connect Psalm 112 to Isaiah 43:11 [32] and Isaiah 45:21[33].

By the way, be forewarned: if I did any more editing, I'd have to weed out much of the Anti-Messianic bias. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

UMBC, Messianic Jews Are Out There...

Keep looking. You'll find us--me, my sister, and so many others. By the way, don't be afraid: only meshumadim v'koferim (heretics and apostates) like "Rabbi" Jason Klein--the same Non-Messianic, Reconstructionist clergyman who implicity accused me of proselytizing for merely mentioning that I'm Messianic--will try to shut us up. I can assure you that you needn't worry about meshumadim who don't even believe in a personal Mashiach--since Reconstructionists don't. Most of the Non-Messianic Jews who I've met here are--even if they don't believe in a Mashiach--understand and will tolerate those who do. After all, a concept of a Mashiach is in Tanakh--which even our persecutors like Rev. Klein can't escape. If Rev. Klein gives you tsores, by the way, you tell him what I should have told him when I "out[ed] [my]self" as a Messianic Jew: "At least I believe in a Mashiach, and that a Jewish man is HaMashiach."

As a Messianic Jew, I am telling you to be unafraid to speak out--chazak v'amatz tov.