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Do you want to start following Torah but just don't know how? In Intro to Torah Living Tim Hegg takes you step by step through the history, and life style of a Torah based life. Learn what kosher is, or how God shows us the cycle of life in the festivals. Learn about the differences between Torah laws and Rabbinic laws.

A basic introduction to Torah Living, including basic descriptions of traditional, Jewish culture and practice. Synagogue, life cycle, Shabbat, festivals, liturgy, rabbainic literature are introduced and explained. 14 classes on audio CD (MP3) with 204 paperback textbook. Originally taught by Tim Hegg in the TorahResource Yeshiva. Reviewed in "Petah Tikvah" (Vol. 21, No. 3, July-Sept, 2003) by Moshe ben Shaul Our congregation is small and over extended and when we get new congregants who are convicted about observing Torah to the best of their ability, it has been a real challenge to know where to begin teaching them and what materials to use. Getting periodicals like Petah Tikvah and Bikurei Tziyon are wonderful tools, as is David Stern's Messianic Jewish Manifesto, but we still hadn't found one book that goes through most of the basics and is both detailed and challenging. Tim Hegg has written a book called Introduction to Torah Living that fills this niche. This 203-page book teaches the basics of Torah from an observant Messianic perspective. At the same time it tackles many other important theological issues.

Questions accompany each chapter that would make great Sabbath afternoon group studies. Chapter one is entitled "Who is a Jew," and deals with the issue of who is Jewish, the non-Jewish Torah observant believer, what the Scriptures say, and what first century congregations did. He also looks at the Two House movement. Hegg goes on to give a brief overview of the different sects of Judaism today (including Messianic) as well as those of the first century. He historically brings us through the Yavneh period to show the transformation of first century Pharisaism to the rabbinic Orthodoxy of today. Hegg gives information as well as cautions concerning the Targumim, Mishna, Tosefta, Midrash, and Talmud. He then goes into the synagogue-church split as well as the evolving church theology of the early "church fathers." The remaining two-thirds of the book examines and explains the synagogue service, liturgy, Shabbat, feasts, tzitzit, tefillin, kosher laws, etc. These are looked at from both traditional and Messianic viewpoints and what the scriptures say. This book is no light read, and even I who have led a congregation for 6 years found it challenging, and have had to stop and contemplate the deep truths brought forth. Messianic congregations today have a habit of either adopting the Christian theology that most of its members and leaders were trained in, or adopting the theology of rabbinic Judaism. (Most congregations end up an amalgamation of the two). While each group may have much to offer, we need to theologically understand why we do what we do as well as be familiar with the history behind it. In this way, we can formulate authentic Biblical Halacha as Yeshua instructed his disciples to do (Matthew 16:19). I have personally known Tim Hegg for a few years, and have found him to be one of the academic giants in Messianic Judaism, as well as a balanced believer, and humble man. I highly recommend that congregations buy this book in bulk for discipleship and that folks with no congregation also buy it to study.

  • Chapters include- 1) Who is a Jew? 2) A brief overveiw of Judaism 3) First century Judaisms 4) Rabbinic Judaism 5) Rabbinic literature 6) The synagogue & the church-some history 7) The synagogue: Traditions in worship 8) A brief history of the synagogue liturgy 9) The appointed times of the Lord 10) Objects and symbols used in Jewish worship 11) The cycle of life 12) Kosher laws and standards.
  • PLEASE NOTE: this textbook has two new pages added, on 12/27/10. The page numbers will be different from the page numbers of a textbook ordered before this date.

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