Issue 28 - Summer / Fall 2014

Issue 28 - Summer / Fall 2014

Dear Kesher Friends,

Hashivenu is a Messianic Jewish theological forum, which operates on the cutting edge of Messianic Jewish thinking. We are pleased to present in this Issue the Hashivenu papers that graced their conference in 2014, plus one paper by Mark Kinzer, the President of Hashivenu, which was read at the 2011 Hashivenu Conference.
The papers contained in this Issue first deal with our responsibility for the earth’s resources, and the animals to whom we have dominion over. Elliot Klayman tackles the tough question of a Messianic Jewish theological and ethical approach to our earth’s physical resources. He constructs a metaphorical Jewish house with walls of prayer, rooms of study and doors of loving-kindness in his approach to the topic. He concludes that we ought to take that which God has given us on this earth and reconfigure it to bless the marginalized, the less fortunate. There are two fine responses and a rejoinder that complete the beginning of this valuable and important discussion.
Paul Saal opens the next series of contributions dealing with our responsibility for the animal kingdom. Along with Dr. Carl Kinbar’s review of Matthew Scully’s book, Dominion, the plight of the animals that we eat is elevated to ethical concern. Two responses to Paul Saal’s paper further frame the moral issue of our “dominion” and add to the gravity of our ethical responsibility. This robust discussion brings us into the realm of animal cruelty, humaneness, vegetarianism, animal profits and our role as priests. Dr. Mark Kinzer’s 2011 paper on “Messianic Jewish Community: Standing and Serving as a Priestly Remnant,” is a fitting capstone to our role and responsibility in the kingdom.
Finishing out the Issue, are two journey papers, one by Dr. Vered Hillel of Israel, and another by Jerry Feldman of Kansas City. Though the journeys are different, they wind up on the same door step, the place where Yeshua resides.
The next Issue will feature Hashivenu’s 2015 conference on Divorce and Re-marriage, which will prove to be a most interesting take away for Messianic Jewish cogitation.

In Messiah’s service,
Rabbi Elliot Klayman, Editor-in-Chief

ELLIOT KLAYMAN is not new to the Messianic Jewish world, nor to Kesher, which he has edited and contributed to from its beginnings. He assumes the role of Editor-in-chief for this and the next Issue, awaiting a new crop of younger hands to take over the editorial positions. Elliot also is the Editor of The Messianic Outreach, which is entering is 35th year of publication; is dean of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute’s School of Jewish Studies, and Executive Director of that Institute; heads the Judicial Board of Elders of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations where he served as President from 1986-1990; and is a member and sits on the Board of Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. Elliot has published and spoken widely in various forums. He lives with his wife of 40 years, in San Diego, where he enjoys the outdoor environment and the view from his deck.

Articles and Book Reviews...
Exploring Our Responsibility for Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach for Discus
Kesher Journal[E]very sprout and leaf says something meaningful, every stone whispers some hidden message in the silence – every creation sings its song. – Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook 2 I. Introduction: Building Blocks We begin our journey toward an understanding of cosmology and our responsibility for the Earth, supported by ethics mined from Scripture. Since it is God who put this world in motion, tikkun olam (repair of the world) would appear to be his ultimate responsibility. But it would be crass on...Read More >>

Response to Elliot Klayman’s Article: Julie Goodman
Kesher Journal“Exploring Our Responsibility for Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach for Discussion” By Julie Goodman Introduction To begin I am grateful to not only be here at Hashivenu once again  but to also have the honor of responding to Elliot Klayman’s paper. Elliot – brilliant. I really didn’t know what to expect and I am not only impressed but, as I am sure many would agree, have walked away from this paper feeling both inspired and convicted. Excellent words; excellent research; beautiful conclusion....Read More >>

Response to Elliot Klayman’s Article: Jason E. Palmer
Kesher Journal“Exploring Our Responsibility for Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach for Discussion” By Jason E. Palmer With his work, Exploring Our Responsibility For Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach For Discussion, Elliot Klayman has initiated a profitable discussion about a subject that is of great personal interest to me. Furthermore, while engaging with the words of the author, it soon became evident that I was going to have a most difficult challenge in providing a thought-provoking response to his work. In sum,...Read More >>

Rejoinder to Jason Palmer and Julie Goodman’s Response Papers
Elliot KlaymanBy Elliot Klayman First, I want to give a shout-out to Michael Schiffman who is responsible for suggesting my name to do this paper. There were times during the research and writing of the paper that I could not believe that a friend could do that to a friend. But there were other times that I was thankful that I had the opportunity to contribute to this most valuable discussion. So, thank you Michael and the Hashivenu Board for giving me this...Read More >>

It’s Not Your Meat
Kesher JournalBy Paul L. Saal This past summer in my capacity as Northeast Regional Director of the UMJC Iwas visiting Camp Ohr L’Dor, a Messianic Jewish teen camp about an hour north ofNew York City. While speaking to a group of teen girls that had just returned from acamping and canoeing trip I inquired how they enjoyed the food on the trip. I wasspecifically interested in their reaction since I was aware that the food had been entirely veganon their trip. One...Read More >>

A Response to “It’s Not Your Meat”: Dr. John Fischer
Kesher JournalBy Dr. John Fischer In the interest of complete disclosure, and for the sake of transparency, I have to admit at the very outset of this response paper that I am deeply troubled about Paul Saal’s paper. I have a serious difficulty with it and with its argument, and because of this I am uncertain as to how to respond and what I can say. I am in a real quandary over this. I have carefully read through my friend’s paper, and...Read More >>

Tears at the Table, A Response to It’s Not Your Meat: Jason Forbes
Kesher JournalBy Jason Forbes I would like to thank the Hashivenu Forum for affording me the opportunity to respond to Rabbi Saal’s paper. I appreciate his willingness to tackle a subject that is rarely discussed in our circles. Though my time to respond and contemplate this issue has been relatively short, my hope is that the discussions here will influence our own ethical decisions and actions positively going forward. I have several comments regarding the paper, but I must start my first at...Read More >>

Matthew Scully, Dominion:The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
Kesher JournalDr. Carl Kinbar A Summary Matthew Scully’s Dominion is a 400 page appeal to our reason and conscience in behalf of the millions of animals who suffer unnecessarily at human hands. Scully describes what few of us will ever see – the pain and misery of animals in factory farms, slaughterhouses, and laboratories; in oceans where whales are hunted, in forests and jungles where sport hunting takes place, and more. Dominion is an argument for the application...Read More >>

Messianic Jewish Community: Standing and Serving as a Priestly Remant
Kesher JournalHashivenu Forum 2011 By Mark S. Kinzer To build community of any sort in the 21st century Western world is a formidable task. The building of Messianic Jewish community involves additional challenges, but also unique resources and opportunities. We must perceive the distinctive character of Messianic Jewish community if we are to face the challenges, draw upon the resources, and take advantage of the opportunities. This is the task of the present paper. I will pursue it in the...Read More >>

Journey Paper: Dr. Vered Hillel
Kesher JournalBy Dr. Vered Hillel I want to tell you the story of how I went from being a good conservative Evangelical Christian girl to a Conservative Jewish Believer in Yeshua. I praise HaShem for the journey he has led me on for the past 60 years—the good ones and the bad ones, as together they make me the person I am. I want to relate some high points of this journey, but before we begin let me tell you about the person...Read More >>

My Journey: Rabbi Jerry Feldman
Kesher JournalBy Rabbi Jerry Feldman I want to thank Hashivenu for this assignment. What an unexpected delight and in reality a daunting task. Likewise, this is one tough house to play! After all, in my book you all are the best of the best! This has required me to dig deeply into memories of life gone by, long forgotten or simply left behind. At the same time it has required me to identify the meaning of my own Messianic Jewish life in the...Read More >>
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