WHAT IS LAPID?

“For Zion sake I will not be silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be still, until her righteousness emanates like a bright light, and her salvation blazes like a torch (lapid).”

Isaiah 62:1


The word “Lapid” is a title of Messiah with many deep meanings. Concerning the “lapid” of salvation, Radak (Rabbi David Kamichi 12th century) wrote: “Just as light is visible at a great distance, so too, your righteousness and salvation will be recognized universally.” It is noteworthy to mention that the word for “salvation” in Hebrew is the same word used for the Name of our Divine Messiah – Yeshua HaMoshiach, Peace be upon Him! Therefore, Lapid represents the blazing light; the shining torch of Yeshua HaMoshiach which will be recognized by the whole world, may it be soon and in our time, amen.


Concerning the term Lapid, the Midrash Rabbah Bereishis 30:8 states, “Thus is it written, A torch (lapid) scorned by the complacent, hardened ones, who are destined to stumblings of the feet. (Job 12:5). This is the meaning of the verse: The Holy One, blessed be He, said, ‘A single herald arose for Me in the generation of the Flood, that being Noah.’ The word lapid is interpreted to mean “herald” because it is customary there that they say instead of ‘Call him,’ ‘Lapid him’.” The comment to this passage reads, “Therefore a herald, whose job is to call out important messages, is called a Lapid.” What is the message of these Lapidim (Lapids)? The previous verse in Job (12:4) refers to צדיק תמים a “perfectly righteous one”. The Sages who authored the midrash above applied the title to Noah who was perfectly righteous in his generation איש צדיק תמים היה בדרתיו. However, where Noah was perfectly righteous in “his generation” our verse simply says “a perfectly righteous one”. Yeshua HaMoshiach alone is perfectly righteous. He is the Lapid and we proclaim His besorah (good news) as His Lapidim!


The first use of Lapid is in Genesis 15:17: “When the sun set and it became dark, behold, there was a smoking oven and a fiery torch (lapid) that passed between these pieces.” The phrase “and a fiery torch” is ולפיד איש, literally “and a torch of fire”. Our Sages (Midrash Rabbah Yitro) say that this is an allusion to the Torah referencing Exodus 20:15 “All the people witnessed the thundering and the lightning, and the sound of the shofar, and the mountain smoking. When the people saw it, they trembled and stood far off.” The word translate “lightening” is lapidim, literally “torches”. To the ancient Sages, the torch and the Torah are synonymous. In another midrash, the Lapid is synonymous with the Divine Presence as Rabbi Elie Munk writes, “The Divine Majesty descended in a torch of flame…and passed between the pieces”. Thus another aspect of Lapid is the Divine Torah and the Divine presence. The Torah and the Torch are One!

YESHUA CENTERED JUDASIM

Lapid, as a movement, is defined as Yeshua-Centered Judaism. It is a return, restoration and revival of the original faith of Moshiach and His Talmidim (disciples). Lapid is a tradition with its roots in the Orthodox tradition and its soul linked to the Chassidic movement. We are distinct from so-called “messianic Judaism” in that we have a unique focus of being Torah-true and Messiah Yeshua centered. For the Lapidnic, the Torah is not just relevant it’s authoritative. The commandment is Divine and the fulfillment is a great joy. The Lapidic observes the Torah in the same manner that our Master Yeshua did, Jewishly. Our motivation is both to live as He lived (be faithful Talmudic) and to connect ourselves to the Divine by observing the mitzvot (commandments).

WHAT IS A LAPID HOUSE?

Lapid is influenced by the teaching of the Baal Shem Tov, a great Jew of 18th-century Eastern Europe who loved his people with an immeasurable passion. The calamities of his time had created a situation in which there were many simple Jews who had no learning and little knowledge, alongside great scholars who looked askance at the ignorance of these commoners. The Baal Shem Tov sought to find there the divine spark in every Jew, simple or learned and reveal it with unconditional love. The Divine Messiah Yeshua had a very similar approach. He too searched for those divine sparks that lay cold and barley smoldering; nearly extinguished by sin. Many of these sparks of holiness, as in the days of the Baal Shem Tov, were not considered worthy of saving or inspiring. However, it was precisely those “passed over” ones that the Moshiach called to follow Him.


Today things are both different and yet the same. There are thousands, tens of thousands and even millions of divine sparks in the world desperate to hear the liberating message of Lapid: Yeshua-Centered Judaism. Their souls long to live as the Messiah lived, an observant Jew. They come from Jewish backgrounds and non-Jews backgrounds. Some, through their journey have discovered that they are part of the anusim others have come to realize that they have distant Jewish heritage long lost to the winter of assimilation. Still other are likened to Abraham Avinu. Suddenly they have been awakened in their soul by Yeshua HaMoshiach and have been beckoned by the Living Torah to cross over; to become a true Hebrew. The precious souls, both men and women, have been rebuffed by messianic congregations who resent their adherence to a neo-orthodox messianic walk and they have been summarily rejected at traditional synagogues for their emunah (faith) in the true Messiah. Desperate, frustrate, discouraged and alone these divine sparks have been left to burn out on their own….until now.


The approach of Lapid today mirrors that both the Baal Shem Tov and Chabad. We look past the outward person and focus on the soul within. We are not concerned about their heritage, their pedigree, if they speak Hebrew or their level of Jewish knowledge. If Yeshua is calling them then we desire to help them connect to the covenant. We love unconditionally considering no man unworthy of taking up the mantle of Torah. We welcome the born Jew to reconnect with HaShem through Messiah and we enthusiastically welcome the non-Jew to convert to Judaism in Messiah – following the footsteps of Abraham. Our goal is to bring the Kingship of HaShem and His Messiah to the whole world and that is all that matters.


A Lapid House, then, is a center established to facilitate all of the above. A Lapid House will generally host classes, lectures, and workshops on Jewish topics; religious services; Shabbat meals; and special events as needed in that community. Counseling services, the Friendship Circle for physically or mentally challenged children, and other volunteer services are common. Most often a Lapid House does not charge membership–if you are Jewish or convert to Lapid Judaism, then you are a member. There are exceptions, according to the local situation.

Is lapid ''ORTHODOX?''

Lapid is referred to as an “Orthodox” Jewish movement because it adheres to Jewish practice and observance within the guidelines of Talmudic law and its codifiers. We will not meet the criteria or specific definition of “orthodox” among every Jewish sect nor do we care to do so. Lapid is a Jewish movement centered on Yeshua. If one must have a label for our observance level then we should prefer “Torah-true”. To some men we will seem rather orthodox and to others less so. Our desire, however, is how we look in the eyes of the Holy One, blessed be He. Who we are and what we do will always be driven by the desire to please HaShem.

Lapid is Global Community of Individuals, Ministries, and Affiliated Organizations devoted to an Observant Jewish Lifestyle Fully Centered on Messiah Yeshua.


Originally, faith in Yeshua the Messiah, as lived out by the early talmidim, was a very Jewish faith. Not “Jewish” simply in terms of ethnicity or culture but in practice as well. The early talmidim lived observant Jewish lives in accordance with Rabbinic Judaism of the period. As we learn in Acts, even many Pharisees believed. Lapid is a movement / a new sect of Judaism that seeks to restore that original Torah observant practice, faith and message. May HaShem give us success! B’Shem


Our Mission – To revive the original sect of Torah Observant Judaism in Yeshua as seen in the 1st century. To be a light unto the nations; bringing them into the covenant as fully Jewish members of the mishpocha (Isaiah 2:3).


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