For people not welcome in the church I found this thoughtful text on chabad.org:
A friend told me this true story about a phone conversation that occured over a decade ago between a friend of hers & the rabbi of the local Orthodox Shul:
Rabbi: – Why haven’t I seen you in Shul?
Man: – I’m gay, I didn’t think I’d be welcome.
Rabbi: (without skipping a beat) – Why haven’t I seen you in Shul?”
This shows that G-d welcomes everyone.
Of all 613 commandments, mitzvot, in the Jewish Bible, we can relax and enjoy the words of Rabbi Hillel: “What is hateful to thyself do not do to another. That is the whole Law, the rest is Commentary.” Shalom.
Hi, I’m Jonathan, born and raised in the woodlands of northern Sweden. I became a Christian in 1980 (Pentecostal) at the age of 18, started pretty soon as an usher, prayer meeting leader, and later on as a deacon. I have been working as a senior carer, with radio, TV and printing matters. Interests: long walks in the forest, astronomy, reading books, seeing friends and I enjoy both solving and making crossword puzzles.
In 1997, I left the congregation and started a new journey in life; I begun to immerse myself in the Scriptures. I eventually came to embrace Judaism, which I believe, is the true origin and foundation of our Bible.
I am going to reveal a little secret behind the name on my blog; Tzedaqyal.
The name is a form of Tzadkiel, which is one of the angels, which is housed in the Sefirah of Chesed in the Tree of Life, as described in the Jewish oral traditions.
Angel: Tzadkiel (צדקיאל), “Righteousness of G-d.” Also known as Sachiel, Zedekiel, Zadakiel, Tzadkiel, Zedekul and Hesediel. (Many spellings.)
Choir of Angels: Hashmalim, (השמלים) the Dominations or Dominions.
Characteristic: Patron Angel of all who forgive. Rabbinical tradition considers him to be the angel of Mercy. As an angel of Mercy, some texts claim that Tzadkiel is the unnamed Biblical Angel of the Lord who holds back Abraham to prevent him from sacrificing his son, Isaac, and because of this, the angel is usually shown holding a dagger.
Who knows, perhaps I have been blessed by one of G-d’s Angels?
I also believe that G-d has sent Tzadkiel to help me to be filled with more grace, forgiveness and mercy to fellow human beings and all creation. Tzadkiel is also associated with the color purple, which has always been my favorite colour.
My texts deal with thoughts about how the Scriptures throughout history have been used to support various types of oppression and how it has been used to support ideas that are not so obvious, seeing from a Jewish perpective. But I am also glad to experience how the Scriptures have given readers consolation and encouragement. That is a right use of the Bible.
My texts will also deal with spirituality, asking questions about our origin, where we come from, why we live here, what will happen when we leave our bodies to enter a higher plane of existence. One day your body will die, you know, but the spirit will be set free. I will raise questions about how we can use our lives to develope and grow spiritually, to be able to fully appreciate and use our gifts and talents for a good thing, to be a helper and a light in the darkness for fellow human beings in need. It is my belief that we live our lives for a purpose, no matter what belief system we have embraced, or if we just have this pathos inside of us, religious or not.
Sometimes we experience limits in our lives, due to different circumstances. Sometimes we limit ourselves without knowing it and sometimes we limit other people, controlling people. But our spirit has no boundaries, it wants to be free, but stucked in our body and locked minds, its cry can give us mental problems, yes, even hurt us physically. I’m often thinking of conflicts, wars and sorrows we see in the world. Is it because of people who’s spirits have been stucked and in pain, and now they are longing to be free? Perhaps it is our spirit’s cry for attention? That’s deep, I know, but I warned you.
Another topic will be homosexuality, or rather, how we percieve the Biblical sources that are said to condemn this type of “behavior” or lifestyle. Well aware that this subject is very controversial and creates many emotions among people, nobody is unaffected by these questions. This I believe is due to the fact that sexuality is something sacred and a fundamental part of us, deeply rooted in the human biological history. As a gay person myself, it is therefore with great humility, but also with courage, I am approaching this subject. Note: it is not my intentions to disparage or harass any opinion. These texts carry my own personal testimony, and I can become very personal, so, reader’s discretion is advised. Do feel a warm, heartly welcome to the Meadow of Tzedaqyal.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience”
(Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 1881-1955)
Please note: many links in my articles are provided for documentation purposes and in no way suggest an endorsement of the subject groups’ activities.