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The Ultra-Orthodox Jews are the most identifiable Jewish group since they continue to dress in the clothing of the Middle Ages. Men wear the black hats, black robes and white shirts with tzitzit (tassels) on the corners of their garments. Women wear long skirts, long blouses and wear a head covering. They are actually not one group but several different strands.

The Ultra-Orthodox community is a closed circle. It is a sect which controls the minds and hearts of the people. They live in poverty since the men do not work but spend all day studying Torah (Old Testament) in the yeshivas (Bible schools). Marriages are often arranged and the women typically have large families so spend much time in child-rearing.

If the men really studied the Scriptures, it would be good, but they spend most of their time studying the Talmud and Kabbalah, not the Bible. The Talmud is a collection of Jewish law and tradition which was collated from the teachings of the elders around 400 AD (Palestinian Talmud) or approximately 500 AD (Babylonian Talmud). It consists of the Mishnah (commentaries - similar to board meeting minutes of rabbis discussing a Bible passage) and the Gemara (rabbinic analysis and commentary on the Mishnah). Kabbalah is mystical Judaism. It is believed that, in addition to the written law of Moses, there was an oral law without which one cannot understand the hidden, deeper meaning of the written law. It is very philosophical and, like freemasonry which draws much from Kabbalah, one ascends the rungs to gain secret knowledge which then gives one power. This is occult teaching, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Its foundational book, the Zohar, was mostly written by Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai in the 2nd century, who was reputedly visited by Elijah.

Most Torah students have little grasp of the Bible. A student may not read the Scriptures alone - he must ask the Rabbi or look at a commentary. They follow their rabbis or ‘tsaddik’ (holy ones), cannot think for themselves and rarely have any personal relationship with God. They follow the strictest demands of the law, as did their spiritual ancestors, the Pharisees. They have a zeal for God but not in accordance with knowledge (Rom 10:2). Saul was one of these but God appeared to him in a light from heaven, transforming his life.

It is extremely hard for any believers to break out of these closed communities. They will be interrogated, ‘de-programmed’, ostracised, persecuted, even drugged and beaten. They have no job skills and no money, but have to support their families whom they may never see again. Despite this, God is opening eyes and beginning to reveal Himself to some.

● Pray for Damascus Road revelations of Yeshua for the Ultra-Orthodox (Acts


● Pray for those believers who have broken out of the stronghold (I Pet 1:6-9)

● For dreams and visions for those who seek a relationship with God (Acts 3:17-21)

Day 5: Thursday Sept 13