The Many Colors of Diversity: Jewish Folklore

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“Jews for Jesus is based in San Francisco, California. Jews for Jesus official mission statement is “to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide.” Through media advertisements, production and distribution of literature, producing music and organizing person-to-person evangelism, the organization asserts that “a specifically Jewish mission” is necessary, saying, “Jewish people tend to dismiss evangelistic methods and materials that are couched in Christian lingo, because they reinforce the assumption that Jesus is for ‘them’ not ‘us’.”[19]

Jews for Jesus promotes awareness of the Jewish heritage of the Christian faith. Their website contains brief descriptions of Jewish festivals.[20] The group also provides programs that provide their Christian interpretation of Jewish holidays such as Passover, Sukkot and Hanukkah, explaining what they consider messianic elements and how they believe these festivals are related to Jesus.”  info thanks to Wikipedia.com

 

The Many Colors of Diversity: Jewish Folklore

From:  A Treasury of Jewish Folklore edited by Nathan Ausubel, Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, Random House

The Ancient Art of Reasoning

The use of the Talmudic art of reasoning, tortuous and oblique in its technique as it may sometimes appear, is frequently applied to humorous tales and anecdotes for the discomfiture of the wicked, the pretentious and the designing.

     Sometime Talmudic logic by its realistic application finds common sense answers to the most perplexing of human problems.  This adroit use of casuistry is found in two classic Yiddish anecdotes:  It Could Always Be Worse and One Big Worry.  By viewing trouble relatively and from the perspective of the totality o all troubles, it loses some of its alarming character.  Such wryly humorous anecdotes have arisen in great pr

Jews for Jesus is based in San Francisco, California. Jews for Jesus official mission statement is “to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide.” Through media advertisements, production and distribution of literature, producing music and organizing person-to-person evangelism, the organization asserts that “a specifically Jewish mission” is necessary, saying, “Jewish people tend to dismiss evangelistic methods and materials that are couched in Christian lingo, because they reinforce the assumption that Jesus is for ‘them’ not ‘us’.”[19]

ofusion among Jews and represent a highly individual type of Folklore which is social documentation in the most genuine sense. 

     A short story example:

“A Brief Sermon”

The Rabbi of Ropshitz was a great scholar but had eccentric habits.  He would concentrate on some particular point in his studies to the utter neglect of his routine duties.  One Sabbath Day he mounted the rostrum to preach, but suddenly panic seized him.  He faltered for only a moment, and then plunged into the sermon.

     “How should a Rabbi preach?” he asked.

     “He must always preach what is true”, he answered himself.  “His sermon must be brief and to the point and his subject must be based on the Scriptural portion of the week.  Since a rabbi must speak the truth, I would like to say that I have no idea what this week’s ‘portion’ is.  Now, that I have spoken briefly and to the point and have based my sermon on the subject of the Scriptural portion, I wish to conclude and say “Amen.’”

Researched and compiled by Kimberly Koerber-Bauer-Koerber

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