Associating with the Assimilated
Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr
Did our Rebbe worry about custom, tradition or even Torah obedience when ministering to others? No. He wasn’t worried about it. He knew that through love and acceptance (which there is different between accepting the person and accepting their lifestyle) that the compliance to Torah and a close walk with The Messiah would eventually come. So why have many of us been guilty of harassing new comers and potential Natsarim about kippahs, kashrut, beards and tzitzit? Our goal should not be to change another or try and do the work of the Ruach HaKodesh for Him. Rather, our goal should be to love, accept, educate, instruct and allow the person to come to certain conclusions and change all on their own. The most successful education that sticks is when you come to realizations and conclusions all on your own. Yeshua never went around publishing His Messiahship, He wanted people to come to that conclusion all on their own.