What it means to be a Jew


«Thus says YHVH Who gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and stars for a light by night, Who stirs up the sea that its waves roar, YHVH of Hosts is His name: If these ordinances depart from before Me, says YHVH, then the seed of Israel also shall cease to be My people forever!» Jeremiah 31:33-6.


What is «Jewry»? A race? A nation? A religion? A fellowship? Is it «citizenship» in a secular state? Many answers have been submitted to this question, but we will turn to the Word of YHVH, Israel’s Redeemer, Creator of Heaven and Earth, for the ONLY VALID DEFINITION OF THE CONCEPT «Jew».

To be a Jew is to be a child of YHVH, as it is written: «You are children of YHVH Your Almighty!» Deuteronomy 11:1.

To be a Jew is to be a Priest of YHVH, as it is written: «And you shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests!» Exodus 19:6.

To be a Jew is to be HOLY unto YHVH, as it is written: «You shall be holy, for I YHVH Your Almighty am Holy!» Leviticus 19:2.

«And you shall be holy unto Me, for I, YHVH, am Holy, and have set you apart from the nations, THAT YOU SHOULD BE MINE!» Leviticus 20:26.

However holiness in not inherent! It is acquired by fulfilling YHVH’s requirements: «And now, Israel, what does YHVH your Almighty require of you; to respect your Almighty, to walk in all His ways, and to LOVE HIM (YHVH!), and to serve your Almighty will ALL your heart and soul; to keep for YOUR good, the commandments of YHVH and His statues (THE TORAH), which I commanded you today! Deuteronomy 10:12.

To be a Jew means to be a servant of YHVH, as it is written: «But you, Israel, my Servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my beloved; you whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and called you from the uttermost parts thereof, and said unto you: You are My servant, I have chosen you and NOT cast you off! Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am Your Almighty; I strengthen you, help you; I uphold you with My victorious right hand! Behold, ALL THOSE that were incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded!» Isaiah 41:8-11.

To be a Jew is to be YHVH’s anointed («Messiah»), as it is written: «Yea, for their sake He reproved kings, saying: touch not My anointed ones («Messiah»)!» Psalms 105:14-15.

«You have come forth to deliver Your people, to deliver Your anointed one!» Habakkuk 3:13.

To be a Jew means to be the TRUE WITNESS OF YEHOVAH, as it is written: «You are my witnesses, says YHVH! Isaiah 43:10.

To be a Jew means to be YHVH’s light to the nations, as it is written: «I will also give you for a light to the nations, so that My salvation may be unto the end of the earth!» Isaiah 49:6.

There was a time, not so long ago, when most of our people knew and cherished these facts. But today, something terrible has happened to us! We have forgotten our mission and our destiny! We have turned to the false gods of secular nationalism, agnosticism, and pseudo-liberalism. Our children are turning to drugs, to the idols of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Communism, and materialism. Children of Israel, YHVH OUR KING who lives forever, is calling us to His service today! Cleanse yourselves, sanctify yourselves, answer YHVH’s call! Keep His Torah Law! Bear witness to His truth! YHVH our Redeemer wants us, needs us now! We are His portion in the world! We are His sons and daughters! Let us Heed His call! Then shall be fulfilled what was written by the Prophet of old, «If you will return, O Israel, says YHVH, yea, return unto Me; and if you will put away your detestable things out of my sight and will not waver; and will swear: ‘as YHVH lives’ in truth, in justice, and in righteousness; then shall the nations bless themselves by Him (YHVH), and in Him shall they glory!» Jeremiah 4:1-2

Thus says YHVH of Hosts: In those days it shall come to pass that ten men of all languages and nations shall seize the garment of the Jew and say: we will go with you, for we have heard that the Almighty is with you!» Zechariah 8:23


Submitted by: Mordecai Alfandari

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