The Massorite sect of Talmidaism
Massorites value ancient tradition and ritual, and follow a modernised form of Galilean custom. Massorite meshartim (ministers) wear traditional clothing in services, and at festivals, Massorites make traditional food based on ancient recipes.
The term should not to be confused with ‘Massoretes’, who are the editors of the text of the Hebrew bible; or with ‘Masorti’, who are the conservative Jews of Israel. All three terms are however derived from the same Hebrew word – masóret, which means ‘tradition’.
The outlook of Massorites is relatively moderate and flexible. They are not fundamentalist or even conservative. They take a scholarly, moderate view of biblical interpretation, realising that spiritual truth is not always the same as historical truth. They also accept that not all Followers of the Way are called to be Massorite, believing that each tradition within Talmidaism has its place and its own role to play in the life of the modern Talmidi community.
The ethos of Massorite spirituality is humility and compassion, and gentleness of spirit. A Massorite appreciates ancient style, customs and traditions, preserving what is best and meaningful, and modernising what is not transferable to modern life. Massorite prayers are very much in the ancient Hebrew style of poetry, Massorite music is very Middle Eastern, and Massorite social custom tries to reflect that of ancient Israelites.
The theory behind all this is that, in recreating as much as possible the culture of ancient Israel, a Massorite Talmidi will eventually be able to automatically understand the imagery and reasoning behind Hebrew scripture. The Torah & The Prophets were written with a specific culture behind it, and without understanding that culture, one cannot fully appreciate the Scriptures.
Massorite theology also does not see a conflict between science and true religion; all knowledge and wisdom ultimately come from God.
To learn more about Massorite Talmidaism, please go to our contact page and either write to us (‘The Association for Massorite Talmidaism’, c/o Shmuel ben Naftali, 14 Ashtons Court, Lincoln LN5 7SR, United Kingdom) or email us at: shmuliq . parzal @ googlemail . com [no spaces – these spaces have only been inserted to prevent spam from email bots].