There is a Yiddish expression, Hoch mir nit a chinik, which literally translates to "Don't you hit me with a tea kettle!" Since Jewish people are not generally being inclined to smack one another with teapots, the phrase really comes to mean, "Stop nagging me!" Presumably at some point in history someone felt that their significant other's repeated verbal bombardments felt like the blows of a kitchen implement, and the expression was born.
"Human attainment v. divine accomplishment" is a phrase I heard this past weekend to describe the major paradigms of faith worldwide. Human attainment is a core value in Judaism, for example. Pharisaical law - layering around each of the 613 commandments in Torah - further complicated religious life for the Jewish people of Y'shua's (Jesus') day. Perhaps some following modern Orthodoxy feel similarly. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus offers, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." These words… resound in a world where every other religious teacher says, "Try harder, work harder, do more, and become better" (Platt 56). Jesus offers us a replacement for this "Harder Better Faster Stronger" Daft Punk gospel. The truth is our work can be over.
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Most modern Jews have significantly departed from a Jewish religion that held a hope for a coming Messiah—a Judaism that was sacrifice-centered and looked to a time when the Temple would be restored. Its destruction in 70 C.E. and the acceptance of ritual substitutes played a major role in that shift. [Read More]
It's not that I grew up as a bird and somehow claimed my humanity later on. I'm thinking instead of this passage in the Hebrew Bible, from the book of Job: