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Answers about Messianic Beliefs
These answers are a simple introduction to Messianic Beliefs.
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What is Messianic Judaism? 
Messianic Judaism is a movement of Jewish People who believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the promised Jewish Messiah and Savior for Israel and the nations.  Messianic Jews have not stopped being Jewish, remaining strongly Jewish in identity, lifestyle, and belief that Yeshua is the Messiah and the fulfillment of true Biblical Judaism.   


What is Conservative Messianic Judaism? 
Conservative Messianic Judaism is a sect of Judaism that believes Yeshua is the Messiah and positions itself along Conservative Judaism in practice.  Conservative Messianic Judaism follows Jewish Halacha, allows conversion, and requires Rabbis to be both Jewish and Yeshiva trained.   


How many Jewish believers in Yeshua are there? 
Estimates vary, approximately one quarter of a million in the US, with one million world wide.


Why use the name Yeshua?
Yeshua is the Messiah's Hebrew name, and would have been what His talmidim (disciples) would have called Him.  Using the Hebrew name clearly draws a distinction between the Greco-Roman "Jesus" who broke Torah and taught his followers to do so; and the Jewish Yeshua who fully kept Torah and commanded His followers to also keep Torah.


Do you consider yourself Christian or Jew?
We are not Christians, but Jews (who believe the Messiah has come) either ethnically or by conversion.  Those who come from a Gentile background, and are not converted, are fully accepted into the community as G-d-Fearers (part of the Greater Commonwealth of Israel having been grafted in).


Are Scriptures  inspired of G-D?
Yes.  The Torah, Tanakh, and Brit Chadasha are all G-D-breathed and are profitable for study and application in our daily lives.


Is the Torah still valid today?
Yes, as a standard for righteousness. Yeshua said that 'not one yod or tittle would pass away', and that those who love Him will keep His commandments.  The Torah is not for salvation, but for sanctification (being Holy).  No one can keep the Torah perfectly, but striving to live as Adonai commands brings us closer to His desire for our life.


Do you keep the Sabbath?
Yes, we observe the Sabbath.  From the time of creation, Adonai set aside sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as a gift of physical rest to us.  We should accept the holy gift with joy.


Do you keep kosher?
Yes, we believe it is the plain Scriptural instruction of what animals may be consumed.


Do you keep the Feasts Days?
Yes, we celebrate the holy Feasts as a "memorial throughout your generations forever."  


Do you celebrate Christmas and Easter?
No.  Both Christmas and Easter were adopted from existing pagan celebrations, and they do not fall on the actual days they propose to celebrate.  We celebrate the actual days of the birth (Sukkot) and resurrection of Yeshua (First Fruits), which were already G-D ordained Feasts of Israel.