Although it is well known that there are some very mixed feelings about Messianic Jews, those who serve in the Israeli Defense Forces don’t seem to have faced as much negativity from their peers as one might expect.
I was on Facebook one day and I saw a quote. I don’t remember the name of the person who posted it or exactly what was said word for word but basically it went like this, stop taking constructive criticism from people who haven’t constructed anything.
I was not having a good day. I didn’t feel very well, and I woke up around 4:00 in the morning to get to work on time, but despite giving myself over a half hour extra to get to work I was over a half hour late.
Figs are very significate in Jewish culture. The fig is one of the seven varieties of foods mentioned in the Tenach as being a blessing to Israel. “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and springs and fountains issuing from plain and hill; a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey; a land where you may eat food without stint, where you will lack nothing.” Deuteronomy 8:7-9. Figs are also one of the core agricultural products produced in Israel. (“Fig”, n.d)
When we are shopping for groceries and other items we need the main thing on our minds besides getting what we want would probably be making sure we get it at the best price possible. But do we really stop to think what the true price of some products really are? Companies have been known to move to countries with less regulations to promote the workers’ well-being and exploit those who do not have many other options with poor wages and unsafe work environments. Is this something Jewish faith should be concerned about?
Foxes are one of the many animals mentioned in the Jewish Bible. Foxes are part of the dog family and can be rather small. With that in mind you can understand the greatness of the insult directed toward the Jewish people by the Samarians when they were trying to rebuild Jerusalem “… ‘What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing?…Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, ‘That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it! Then I prayed, ‘Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land!’” Nehemiah 4:2-4
A study from Pew Research showed that millennials seem less likely to believe in God than previous generations. But even if some do believe in God people also seem to be less likely to attend religious services (Lipka, Michael, 2015). Millennials are also less likely to pray, with about a third of them "seldom/never" praying. This goes hand-in-hand with the fact that the majority said religion is somewhat or "not too/not at all" important in their lives. (Leins, Casey 2015)
I remember reading the news some time ago (I think it was the Daily Mail but it doesn’t really matter) and there was an article which featured someone who was born with a genetic condition. One of the comments to the article was the claim that God does not make mistakes. I believe it was well meaning, and people often say that when things do not go as while as expected.