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Archive for June 26th, 2011

We are about to conclude our visit to my in-laws in Northern New Jersey.  Walking about Manhattan and Hudson County/NJ for two days one sees many different races and religions, including Muslim women with the obvious  signs of their obedience.  The men do not wear any signs of their obedience.  But it is just the opposite with Orthodox Jewish men and women.  The men wear the signs of obedience:  forelocks, yarmulke and prayer shawl under their shirts (one sees the tassels hanging out).  As Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof:  “It shows our devotion to G-d”.   An Orthodox Jewish woman is simply and plainly dressed.(see 1 Peter 3:2-4). It is the Muslim women who show their devotion to Allah.. or is it their husband?  I would think that in Orthodox Judaism the woman is also so devoted to her husband but it is the husband who must be so devoted to the Lord. For what its worth, I prefer the Jewish way.  It is actually more freeing for the woman…and traditional Islam and it’s laws are notorious for subjection of women, including female circumcision.  In this regard, orthodox Christian faith and practice is much more akin to Orthodox Judaism.  In Ephesians 5, a wife is to submit to her husband as to the Lord, verses 22-24, but it is the husband who in particular is subject to the Lord, the Lord made flesh, the Head of His Church:  Jesus Christ.  In fact, more verses are spent on the husband’s married service to his wife, as Christ also serves His bride the Church, than the wife to her husband! Verses 25-33.

Reflection: It is the man, the husband who needs to be so submitted to his Lord!  Not that the woman, the wife, also needs be, but given the nature of literally fallen man to dominate, not serve in his role of dominion in submission to the Lord, it is of greater necessity.  Regarding Ephesians 5: 25-33, a feminist quipped after hearing those verses that if followed, there would be no need for feminism(!). In the Biblical sense: there is no such need.  I think for Christians in NYC and NJ, the visual reminder of Orthodox Jewish men is a salutary one.

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