A publication of Tikkun International, Tents of Mercy & Revive Israel, December 2009   Vol 18, No 12

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ROOTED SPIRITUAL LIFE

By Daniel C. Juster, Director

One of the most significant features of modern Christian movements is the loss of connection to their ancient Church heritage and traditions, the classical roots of the faith. Last month I wrote about valuing the Jewish roots that remain within Christian heritages (see, Rediscovering the Roots that Remain, November 2009). However, many contemporary streams of Christianity have very little connection to their past heritage. The Messianic Jewish movement in America is linked to the classic Jewish heritage. However, in Israel and sometimes in the former Soviet Union, rooting to Jewish heritage and tradition is lacking. I think the abandonment of classical roots is a mistake both in Messianic Judaism and Christianity.

The Meaning of Classical Rooting

In the history of the Church and Synagogue, meaningful traditions and reverent modes of worship have developed which powerfully draw us into the most important truths of our faith. It is amazing how parallel the classical Church and the Synagogue are in their basic worship expression. Scholars see this pattern as the influence of the Synagogue on the early Church.

In the history of the Church and Synagogue, meaningful traditions and reverent modes of worship have developed which powerfully draw us into the most important truths of our faith. It is amazing how parallel the classical Church and the Synagogue are in their basic worship expression. Scholars see this pattern as the influence of the Synagogue on the early Church. ...

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