Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Rabbi Daniel Lapin Writes:
"What do Danny Kaye, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld, Goldie Hawn, Kirk Douglas, and Bette Midler all share? Along with a disproportionately large number of other entertainers, they are of Jewish background.
There is something else which most Jewish comedians, actors and singers share: they are rarely religious. They have little connection with God or with His Torah. Could there be something spiritual about the desire to entertain which lingers even after the nurturing springs of Jewish faith have largely dried up?
One of the roles entertainment plays is distracting us from silent contemplation. This can occasionally be painful but it nearly always stimulates growth. Like alcohol and cocaine, the plug-in-drug of entertainment helps take our mind off serious thoughts."
When I speak about learning from our Jewish brethren, the original teachers of God's word I am not referring to people like those mentioned above. Similarly, I would not go to Snoop Dog or Marilyn Manson's house to learn the scriptures. [If you don't know who either of these two are just pray over their names!]
If you have never heard a Rabbi teach about the God of Israel or explain Torah than you have a very one sided view of the scriptures. In the case of many Jews who do not believe in the deity of Jesus is it fair to hold this against them in the face of what they do believe? Does it make what they have been teaching for centuries about biblical Abraham or Moses obsolete?
If you are willing to hear me rattle on for two hours about this very thing then I hope you as a believer will walk across the bridge that is being constructed back to Israel. You will find the Jews, what they teach and what they know. Our Savior is going there as well......so we might as well get use to the idea of being brothers, "Kids of the Kingdom!"