On Monday (09/21), I will be flying up to Washington, DC to visit the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land (they are the religious order charged with…well…custody of the major Catholic churches in the Holy Land such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and many others) for a week. I am strongly considering pursuing a vocation to the Priesthood with them.
Anyway, the Vocations person I spoke to there told me of someone who has just joined their Order (I guess he is a Candidate) who fully intends to wear his tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) and kippot (Jewish skullcap…they look awfully similar to zucchetos and, according to Wikipedia, they are based off of an old kippah design). I do not know what, if any, other Jewish laws/customs the man keeps (I will get to meet and talk to him while I am at the monastery).
I am of Jewish background and, early on as a Christian (when I was a Protestant and I had a certain attraction to Messianic Judaism and Seventh Day Adventism), I kept kosher for a time and such. Anyway, is it okay for a Catholic to adhere to Jewish laws and customs?