Odd connections between Jews, Mennonites, Amish, Hasid, White Magic and Khabbalah
I just recently began attending a Messianic Synagogue. After a few meetings, the rabbi seemed positive that I came from Jewish stock which surprised me greatly. Admittedly, I knew that a lot of Mennonite and Amish surnames are exactly the same as some German Jewish surnames, but I had never thought much of it. However, after reading The Chosen many other thoughts are coming to mind with more and more similarities becoming apparent.
First, the Amish are very similar to the Hasid. They are both fundamentalists, strict in their observance of separating themselves from the secular world (including their clothing), and practice white magic. Seems odd doesn’t it? Let’s get a little more picky.
Both excommunicate and shun any members who stray from strict observance of their rules and traditions.
Both speak in an older German language (Yiddish and Pennsylvania Dutch) which many have said that the Amish and Yiddish speakers can understand each other easily.
Both moved to areas in Europe and Russia when heavily persecuted. Mennonites were lynched by Roman Catholics and Lutherans for refusing to baptize their children at birth, thinking the child should be old enough to make a decision for themself on whether or not to pledge their belief systems.
Both practice white magic. To the left is a Amish hex symbol. When traveling through Amish lands, look at their barns and you see many white magic and hex symbols warding of evil spirits or anything unclean.
To the right is a Hasid star and below are images of Jewish mysticism and Khabalist teachings common within the Hasid.
Makes you go hmmmm.
Furthermore, German princes offered protection to Mennonites for their great farming abilities and to Jews for their great monetary abilities.
Both were invited to settle in the Ukraine and both were slaughtered during and after the Bolshevik Revolution, some staying but most fleeing who survived. The Mennonites broke into two groups while in Russia, one turning more charismatic while the other refusing any charismatic tendencies. Some of the Russian Mennonites became known as Hutterites when they moved to the Americas.
It would seem probable that the same Germanic princes would extend welcome to Jews and Mennonites, perhaps bringing the two heavily persecuted branches within a type of friendship. Mennonites rarely marry outside the Mennonite realm and Jews do the same, so maybe that is where the connection ends.
Considering my own ancestry, I know that most of my mother’s family came from Strasbourg. And the historian of that side of the family has even traced our family back to the Alps and the Waldenisians who were persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church for refusing to believe the Pope was the head of the church, the eucharist, and many other Catholic beliefs. On my mother’s side, we are related to some Mennonites (Steiners) who have Jewish ancestry, but that does not convince me. One interesting note is that the Jews and Waldenesians were being massacred throughout Germania during the same time and within a couple centuries, Hans Denck arrived in Strausburg and began working with the Hebrew scholar Ludwig Haetzer. Together they translated the Hebrew Prophets into German. During this work, several rabbis from the town’s Jewish ghetto began helping them.
It wasn’t long before Jacob Kautz, one of Denck’s followers, posted 7 Anabaptist theses on the Strasbourg Church doors – ticking off both Catholics and Lutherans. One of these theses from Kautz is very Messianic sounding. It lays that their is a payment for atonement for sins by Christ’s sacrifice. That our daily lives should be righteous and obedient to all demands in the Bible – very anti-Luther who threw out works. We still see this struggle today. Christians who simply mutter words asking for forgiveness and go on sinning to their heart’s content. Grace – the license to sin. Opposed to those who strive to be righteous, unselfish, longsuffering and forgiving. I honestly believe that the reason why so many protestants get divorced is because of the grace covers all theology – what an awful witness to unbelievers.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5: 14-26
Yeah, so if people were living in the Spirit (longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, temperance, peace, joy, love, etc) and denying the lusts of the flesh as we are commanded to do (adultery, envyings, drunkenness, hatred, uncleanness, wrath, strife, etc) what reasons would be left for divorce?
The Kurtz side of my family is what intrigues the rabbi and it is which I do not know too much about. I know that they came from the Rhineland/Palatinate area of Germany and that all of my ancestors going up are named either Rebecca or Samuel. That’s what got so confusing when I was trying to trace my lineage – everyone going back was named Rebecca or Samuel.
Anyway, I’ll have to look more into this later, but it does make one go hmmmm.