Jewish Halakha and the Rabbinic Authority in the Messianic World


Much is being talked about in the Messianic Congregations of the Halakhah: jewish halacha (Jewish Law), laws instituted by the rabbis and from long-standing customs. Some people may claim that to practice it shows someone who still follows laws of men, without knowing that Rabbi Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, practised many rabbinical laws during his short life in this world.

The Orthodox synagogues observe Halakha in full form, conservative synagogues are less strict, though they give it an importance place in their life. For the reformist synagogues, the Halakha is an important guide, but the Torah have preponderance over it. In Answers in Torah we follow the reformist trend, without belittling all the rich content of the Jewish Halakha and the rich customs that that comes with them.


Let me show you what I mean by that.

Let’s see and example:  Numbers 15:38-40 saysSpeak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes (Tzitzi) in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:  And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the YHWH, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your Elohim”.

Do any of us know how are the fringes? Of of what material are made? What tone is the blue?. None of us knows anything about it, because none of this is information is not in the text of the Torah. That’s why the Jewish Halakha, a manual of how to do those Mitzvot (Commandments) of Elohim and make them in detail.

Do you know how to fulfill the mitzvot of Deuteronomy 6:8-9? “And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontals between your eyes; and write them on the posts of your House and on your gates.” The tefillin and the mezuzah is the rabbinical answer as how to carry out these mitzvot.


I ask you that affirms to be a Messianic Jew:

1.Do you use Kippa? That norm is not in the Torah, it is a rabbinic tradition.
2.Do you use tallit? That norm is not in the Torah, it is a rabbinic tradition.
3.Do you use lulav & etrog in the Festivities of Sukot? The Torah  speaks only of branches and beautiful fruits.
4.Do you celebrate Bar / Bat Mitzva? That norm is not in the Torah, it is a rabbinic tradiction.
5.Do you make at the end of the Shabbat the Havdalah ceremony? That norm is not in the Torah, it is a rabbinic tradition.
6.Do you made kiddush? That norm is in the Torah, in the priesthood obligations, but without specific detail .
7.Do you celebrate Hanukkah? That norm is in Maccabees I y II, books that are not in your Tanak.
8.How do you turn on the lights of Shabbat? What sentences do you use when you turn them onThose norms are not in the Torah, it is a rabbinic tradition.
9.How to bless the Jalah on Shabbat? What sentences do you useThose norms are not in the Torah, it is a rabbinic tradition.
10.Do You got married under the Jewish rite and signed the Ketuba? The Rabbi who performed the ceremony, Did he knew what to do and say? How the Rabbi knew what to write in the Ketuba? Those norms are not in the Torah, they are rabbinical traditions.
11. Do you use a Siddurim in your congregation? ¿Who wrote it? How that perso knew what was said? Those norms are  not in the Torah, it is a rabbinic tradition.
12.Why do you use the traditional Jewish calendar? That norm is not in the Torah, a different calendar, where the Moon is the only parameter.

NOTE: If you used or  or did any of the rituals or jewish tradictions, you are using Jewish Halaja, Jewish Law and rabinic tradition.



Many believe erroneously that Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, criticized and removed all the Jewish Halakha. THAT IS NOT TRUE. Yeshua only criticize the exaggeration of the same by the Pharisees and priests of his time. Yeshua said nothing against it: the way how was the marriage performed (Yeshua was in one, and turned the water into wine), wore a tallit and continued doing the order of the Passover ceremony.

There are some teachings that you and I will not approved of the Talmud, like:

Talmud (Yomá 66b): “the place of a woman is in the kitchen”.

That is only a lesson from one of the rabbis, you can accept it or consulting others on the rich and extensive Jewish Halakha.


Blessings to you

Rabbi Yosef Ben Marques © 2016

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