Repentance and Love
In this edition of "Learning from Levertoff", Rabbi Tzahi Shapira illustrates a chassidic concept on Levertoff's chapter titled "Repentance and Love". Personal repentance is contagious and works to inspire others to repentance also — this is what is termed as "gathering the scattered sparks". This process results in the eventual full redemption and the coming of the Messiah.
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For many centuries, Jewish people have put faith in Yeshua, only to be absorbed and assimilated into Christianity. Modern Messianic Judaism was ignited in the mid-1800s as Christians of Jewish descent began to assert the value of their Jewish identity.
Testimony of the Jewish Messiah
Chaim Yedidiah Pollak (1854-1916), better known as “Lucky,” published the first edition of his Hebrew journal entitled Edut LeYisra’el (Testimony to Israel) in 1888. A pioneer of Messianic Judaism a century ahead of his time, Lucky used the journal to actively promote a faith in the Messiah firmly rooted in traditional Jewish practice and interpretation.
Jewish tradition hails the Festival of Weeks as the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. In Exodus 20:18 the Hebrew really says, “They saw the voices and the torches.” What does it mean, “the people saw voices”? How does one see a sound? How does one see a voice?