In Messianic Judaism , David H.
Stern explained the symbolism of this picture in a way that is different from the traditional Christian understanding: The roots of the tree are the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The trunk is the people of Israel, with Jesus the Messiah — the most important member of the nation — at the core.
The original branches are the Jews, and the Gentiles, the wild olive branches, are grafted into the tree. Lying on the ground near the tree are some original branches, cut off due to their unbelief. Instead of being church-centered, this picture is actually very Israel-centered, and that has very often been a difficult idea for the Church to grasp.
Many churches live, function, teach, evangelize and do missions without Israel. Contrary to this mindset, appreciating your Jewish roots could mean being aware of the whole we are always a part of, and remembering the common roots, which nourish us all. We Christians are called to accept and value the eternal election of the nation of Israel. You do not support the root, but the root supports you Rom.
I would like to propose a Christian world view where Jews also figure into the picture. The election of the Jews as a chosen people did not vanish after Jesus came, nor has it somehow been reconstructed into the calling of Christians.
Although it is obvious that the Jewish people cannot really fulfill their calling until they receive Messiah. The scriptures have many prophesies about the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the great end-time outpouring of the Holy Spirit over the nation.
God will keep the Abrahamic covenant with its promises to Israel, as well as to the Church. And with Orthodox American Jews aligned with evangelicals, that coalition has at least an interfaith veneer — even without Conservative and Reform Jews, the bulk of American Jewry. The divide between American Jews and Israeli Jews goes beyond politics.
A recent law tried to reinstate the Chief Rabbinate as the only authority that can legally convert non-Orthodox Jews in Israel. Already only Orthodox Jewish weddings are legal in Israel. Reform Jews have been roughed up when praying at the Western Wall. Promises to Jewish women that the Israeli rabbinate would become more inclusive have largely led to disappointment.
And the stalemate over Palestinian rights and autonomy has become nearly impossible to dismiss as some temporary roadblock, awaiting perhaps a new government in Jerusalem or a new leadership of the Palestinian Authority. The two-state solution is increasingly feeling like a cruel joke. Be patient, American Jews are told.
Peace talks are coming. The Palestinians will have their state. In the meantime, the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel grows stronger on American campuses, and new voices are emerging in the Democratic Party, such as Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who are willing to speak openly about Palestinian rights and autonomy where other lawmakers have declined to do so.
Of course, American Jews, like Israeli Jews, are not a monolith. Within the American Jewish population, there is a significant generational split on Israel that goes beyond ideology. Older American Jews, more viscerally aware of the Holocaust and connected to the living history of the Jewish state, are generally willing to look past Israeli government actions that challenge their values. Or they embrace those actions. In a historical stroke with resonance today, American Jewish leaders gathered in Pittsburgh in to produce what is known as the Pittsburgh Platform, a new theology for an American Judaism, less focused on a Messianic return to the land of Israel and more on fixing a broken world, the concept of Tikkun Olam.
For a faith that for thousands of years was insular and self-contained, its people often in mandated ghettos, praying for the Messiah to return them to the Promised Land, this was a radical notion.
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And several recent polls indicate a decrease for Trump outside of his most loyal base. A Marist College survey last month showed that Republican support for the president has dropped to the lowest point of the Trump administration, below 80 percent for the first time. He supports policies that are offensive to American Jews. In the 5 Towns Jewish Times, Dr. Joseph Frager, a physician and pro-Israel activist, cited a symbolic action by Trump — a visit to the Western Wall during a trip to Israel in May.