I have some Catholic friends, and they invited me to go with them to a Jewish synagogue, attend a “traditional service” and listen to a speaker talk about the different aspects of the Jewish faith. I politely declined. (By the way, I am a Roman Catholic)
Anyway, is this acceptable that they are going to the Jewish synagogue to celebrate their “service” with them? I don’t know what it’s called, that’s why I called it a “service”
The service at the temple would be on Sabbath, probably the Friday evening service, and would in no way keep them from attending Sunday Eucharist.
It is valuable for us as Christians to understand the underpinnings of the Christian faith which is Jewish in origin. To pray with Jesus’s cousins might be a very good idea. The early Jewish Christians prayed both in the synagogue and the church. Read Acts.
I agree with the others. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with attending a Jewish service to learn about the faith or if you are attending a wedding, funeral, etc. My former voice teacher was Jewish and I would go with her for her services once in a while as she was a cantor when I lived with her and her husband for a month. They lead all the chants and songs in Hebrew, and when properly trained, it is beautiful. (For those aren’t familiar, it’s not like RC cantoring at all.) I always attended mass, BTW, and love my faith. But I just wanted to learn about the Jewish faith and I knew that much of our own chants came from the Jewish traditions, which I found very interesting.
it would certainly have been permissible to attend. you would not be necessarily participating in worship you would be attending, listening, observing and hearing the speaker. I think it would be great if every Catholic could witness traditional Jewish services (by invitationonly) for an understanding of how deeply rooted our own liturgy is in Jewish tradition.
DD and granddaughter just went to a bar mitzvah for a friend, rather common in their area, same family attended her own first communion party. led to great discussion of similarities and differences, esp. she was struck by role of the psalms, and could even recognize when a psalm was being prayed.