My heart was burning for more… i was just starving to learn more, and to be close to the Jewish community. I wanted to meet people, have conversations, to listen and learn… soak in the richness, and submerse myself in their culture and way of thinking. After googling as much as i could, i found aJewish Community Center
After church, one of the young adults and i went to visit. It was so exciting, and little did we know that this was the first full week of Chef Dans Cafe, which had just opened on October 27! It was a kosher kitchen with no meat, and absolutely delicious! Since it was the first week, there were a ton of people and the wait was pretty long. However, we met this young lady who was a Hebrew teacher and her husband was a Talmud scholar! Her mother had also just flown in from Israel and we got to meet her! What an interesting conversation and such beautiful people. The young adult noticed these white dangling things hanging off of some people and wondered what they were. i had no clue…so, after googling, i saw that we had experienced tzitzit!! Numbers 15:38 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 38 “Speak to the people of Isra’el, instructing them to make, through all their generations, tzitziyot on the corners of their garments, and to put with the tzitzit on each corner a blue thread. The coolest part of the experience was when she made the connection after we read through Romans trying to prepare for her baptism! Romans 3:19-31 19 Moreover, we know that whatever the Torah says, it says to those living within the framework of the Torah, in order that every mouth may be stopped and the whole world be shown to deserve God’s adverse judgment. 20 For in his sight no one alive will be considered righteous[h] on the ground of legalistic observance of Torah commands, because what Torah really does is show people how sinful they are.
21 But now, quite apart from Torah, God’s way of making people righteous in his sight has been made clear — although the Torah and the Prophets give their witness to it as well — 22 and it is a righteousness that comes from God, through the faithfulness of Yeshua the Messiah, to all who continue trusting. For it makes no difference whether one is a Jew or a Gentile, 23 since all have sinned and come short of earning God’s praise. 24 By God’s grace, without earning it, all are granted the status of being considered righteous before him, through the act redeeming us from our enslavement to sin that was accomplished by the Messiah Yeshua. 25 God put Yeshua forward as the kapparah for sin through his faithfulness in respect to his bloody sacrificial death. This vindicated God’s righteousness; because, in his forbearance, he had passed over [with neither punishment nor remission] the sins people had committed in the past; 26 and it vindicates his righteousness in the present age by showing that he is righteous himself and is also the one who makes people righteous on the ground of Yeshua’s faithfulness.
27 So what room is left for boasting? None at all! What kind of Torah excludes it? One that has to do with legalistic observance of rules? No, rather, a Torah that has to do with trusting. 28 Therefore, we hold the view that a person comes to be considered righteous by God on the ground of trusting, which has nothing to do with legalistic observance of Torah commands.
29 Or is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, he is indeed the God of the Gentiles; 30 because, as you will admit, God is one.[i] Therefore, he will consider righteous the circumcised on the ground of trusting and the uncircumcised through that same trusting. 31 Does it follow that we abolish Torah by this trusting? Heaven forbid! On the contrary, we confirm Torah.