The Jerusalem Council

A Global Association of Orthodox Jewish Disciples of Messiah Yeshua

FAQs

Is the Torah for Gentiles?

The Torah is a beautiful gift, like a bride for her groom (as Shir HaShirim puts it), and though is meant to be shared with the nations, it requires one to make the covenant commitment to be intimate with her and thus receive all that she offers. We believe that this commitment (conversion out of love for HaShem and his Living Torah, the Mashiach) is one that one must make in order to be intimate with Torah, and is just another step of obedience in one’s walk of discipleship to the Master – the Master himself who models that intimacy with Torah for us, and who desires to live Torah through us every step of The Way.

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Is Yeshua G-d?

Many ask us if we believe Yeshua is G-d. We respond: G-d is not a man. We have no King, Savior or Redeemer than HaShem. Yeshua is the Messiah, and he is our King, Savior, and Redeemer. Outside of these three statements, we can not say anything more, for we would be saying something that G-d in his wisdom never thought to put explicitly in the scriptures.

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Why Must All Teaching Be Tested By Torah?

We are to limit our understanding about the Messiah and what he taught, to the boundaries of HaDavar – the Word that HaShem commanded (mitzvah), that is, the Tablets, the Torah, and the Mitzvah. Anything else in addition, or subtraction of that, and thus of the Messiah, is according to Hashem equatable to those who engaged in fornication in the incident of Baal Peor.

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Do I need to be circumcised?

Yes, it is a sign of the Covenant, in that it is a sign as to Who the Messiah is, in that he does not come by human effort, and that He is the “seed of the woman” prophesied in Genesis 3:15.

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What is HaDerech (Messianic Judaism)?

HaDerech, Hebrew for “The Way,” and in modern times called “Messianic Judaism,” is a sect of Judaism whose adherents, called “Messianic Jews,”¬† “Netzarim,” or even¬† “Christians” by their detractors who wish to separate them from Judaism, are disciples of Rabbi Yeshua ben Yosef mi’Netzaret, and believe that he is the Moshiach (Messiah, Christ) of Israel, […]

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