Understanding Orthodox’s way of Thinking
Here is an excerpt from an article of one of Israelis leading Newspapers. In order to pray for the Orthodox, you need to understand their way of thinking. We see a lot of articles in the Hebrew newspapers similar to the one I pasted below, but very rarely in the English newspapers.
The neighbourhood of Meah Sharim has become a lawless no-man’s-land. It’s part of the ultra-Orthodox community’s process of radicalization. But there’s no reason for radicalization to lead to unrestrained violence. These are not isolated excesses – large crowds take part in the incidents. Mea She’arim is ruled by the rabbinical court of the Eda Haredit, the extreme ultra-Orthodox group that could stop the riotous behaviour if it wanted to. But it doesn’t want to.
The violence is encouraged by the police’s kid-glove policy and fear of a full-scale confrontation with the ultra-Orthodox. Quite often, instead of facing off with the rioters, the police simply close off the neighbourhood. There are daily attacks on soldiers, police, technicians and bus passengers without a clear response. The locals realize that Israeli law does not apply to them. They are immune to punishment.
What are the strongholds Ultra Orthodox trust in?
Here it is one:
Orthodox believe Rabbinical authority is superior and infallible concerning interpretation of the bible. Rabbinical authority is expressed in the Oral law. In order to show them prophecies fulfilled in Yeshua in the Old testament we need to prove that the written word of the old testament has more authority than Rabbinic Oral law (Talmud, Mishna etc).
“A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof”. Proverbs 21:22
NIV “One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty, and pull down the stronghold in which they trust”.
Judaism has strongholds which are in their minds and thoughts barriers that block revelation of the truth. The greatest stronghold is that ‘The Rabbis’ interpretation of the Torah is infallible. When proving to an Orthodox that Yeshua is our beloved Messiah in scripture they always answer, “How can you be right and all our wise famous Rabbis be wrong?” Here is one example I use to bring down this stronghold in their minds.
“Rabbi Akiva in 132 ad proclaimed that Bar Kochba was Israel’s Messiah, do you think he was right?” They always answer rather sheepishly, “He was wrong” Then I make this statement, “Rabbi Akiva more than any other man that ever lived was responsible for the Talmud and the interpretation of scripture which you study and believe today. Is it possible that he made other mistakes?”
How Ultra Orthodox prepare for the Messiah
They believe that by learning the mystery of Kabbalah are preparing their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. A young Orthodox we know was so frightened that the Messiah would come and he wasn’t prepared. Many Orthodox have the same fear.
We prepare with love and good works; their preparation is intellectual and mystical.
Why doesn’t the Jewish Orthodox movement recognize the state of Israel?
Why doesn’t the Jewish Orthodox movement recognize the state of Israel? Why is the State of Israel diametrically opposed to the Torah?
Orthodox Jews do not recognize the state of Israel! They view it as Zionism against Judaism. The Orthodox are against the Zionistic movement and the “State of Israel” because they claim it to be diametrically opposed and completely contradictory to YHWH’s revealed word in the Torah. Here is a quote of the Rabbis:
“Because of all of this and other reasons, the Torah forbids us to end the exile and establish a state and army until the Holy One, blessed be He, in His Glory and Essence will redeem us.”
I can completely understand their reasoning. The Law (Torah) clearly states that if we break YHWH’s law we will be scattered amongst the nations and the only way back to the land and blessings is national repentance.
“But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors, their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me… Then I will remember the covenant, I will remember the land.” Leviticus 26:40, 42
The Zionist movement, which brought the Jews back to the land of Israel (immigration or Aliyah) from 1882 until now, has not at all been based on repentance and turning back to God. Here are a few quotes from Newspaper articles and the links to the full articles:
“Although there are those who refuse to accept the teachings of our Rabbis, and will continue to support the Zionist state, there are also many who are totally unaware of the history of Zionism and its contradiction to the beliefs of Torah-True Jews.”
Let it be known that:
“The State of “Israel” does not represent the voice of Judaism and/or the Jewish people. The Torah clearly forbids the formation of a State, for the Jewish people, in their time of exile.”
This is an interesting YouTube video: Thousands of Orthodox Jews protest Netanyahu and the State of Israel.
“The rabbinical authorities had led the Jewish communities of the world for nearly 2,000 years. The rise of Zionism was a distinct threat to their authority and their teachings.”