20 responses to Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews?
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    Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (March 16th, 2009 at 09:25)

    Yes indeed it is well spoken. To many times we blame everyone but us for how we are or what we do. And we like to nit pick everyone else’s faults while ignoring our own. This is something I believe that ties in with your post. *You don’t always have a choice what happens to you in life, but you do have a choice in how you react to it.*

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    Evan B. Gessman
    Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (March 16th, 2009 at 10:57)

    Could somebody please tell me how I can find an Amish wife? I’m a single,never married Jewish Christian who loves farming, always being here for a woman, showing her over 350% respect and attention AT ALL TIMES, am handsome (can provide pic), 53, totally out of debt, have job security in the medical field for my entire life…The Amish are the best…need companionship in my life…ty, Evan:508-376-1048; evanbgessman@gmail.com. I seldom check my email, so calling me would be the best way to reach me…Evan

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    Jen
    Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (March 16th, 2009 at 08:37)

    Well said. Very interesting, thank you for posting this.

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    Bill
    Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (March 16th, 2009 at 17:33)

    May I add “Well said” also.
    The last few paragraphs call to mind the verse from Matthew about removing the plank from your own eye before trying to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

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    Grew up Amish
    Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (March 20th, 2009 at 07:42)

    “the Bible is a mirror we should use to examine our lives with, and not a spotlight to shine on others”

    That is a refreshing change of pace from what I hear most days. Thank you.

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    John
    Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (April 8th, 2009 at 16:39)

    Mr. Gessman,
    If you are serious about this, you are going about it all wrong. First of all, the Amish avoid marriage outside of their own society. Second, the Amish avoid anything having to do with technology, like the Internet.

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    traci banville
    Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (May 19th, 2010 at 10:35)

    This is becoming ridiculous ! How did the Amish suddenly become America’s most wanted for dating, marriage and copying their lifestyle. For goodness sake. leave them alone. They don’t hold the moratorium on happiness, perfect wives/husbands, etc. Try turning off your electricity,television, and don’t use your car, dress plain including no makeup, cook and bake from scratch and get up and go to sleep with the sun. I bet you wouldn’t last a week, let alone for the rest of your lives.

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      Miriam
      Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (May 28th, 2012 at 09:08)

      I think this is an interesting question, one in which I’ve asked myself, traci. I think much of it has to do with the oversimplied view of the Amish and other Plain People as a Christian utopia, where everyone is friendly, forgiving, kind, and strictly adhere to the exact same principles of religion and society.

      I have members of my family that visit Ohio Amish country frequently and see ‘THE AMISH’ (Plain People) as one, singular group. It shouldn’t need to be said, but when these same relatives gave us a tour of an Amish/Mennonite community, the tour reached a point in which my mother felt the need to point out that although (to them) Plain People dressed similarly, drove buggies, etc., that people everywhere, of all faiths and walks of life anywhere in the world, have different personalities that make up their communities.

      I believe to some, ‘the Amish’ represent those non-existent ‘good old days’ where a woman stayed barefoot in the kitchen, took care of her babies, and submitted to her husband in all respects. The men earned the living, patted junior on the head, and relaxed after a hard days work. Of course, this isn’t even true amongst Plain People–many women have businesses, many men care for their children and so forth. Many seek to attempt to copy this way of life for reasons that are up to their personal circumstances in life.

      But my first thought about the best way to find an Amish spouse? Become Amish.

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    Jorgiana Cole
    Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (October 11th, 2010 at 08:12)

    I would like to move to Lancaster/Pa. I am Jewish . I am a mom with a precious special needs daughter,adopted.She is almost 17. I would like to live near people who live a more natural but gentle and principled life. I make handmade crafts ,and I am the daughter of a great American artist from Colorado.We love nature. I am lost and confused by the culture at this point. I know that it is childish to think that we can be Amish,but I’d like to live near enough to breathe in some of the simpler more basic lifestyle. Can you tell me such a place near enough but not encroaching. Thank you Jorgiana

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    Diana
    Comment on How fortunate to have grown up Amish (June 22nd, 2011 at 02:04)

    How fortunate to have grown up Amish

    I continue to be touched by the goodness of the Amish. The whole focus is on Christ and how to live a life that honors him. It is difficult living in a non-Amish world. While I can use candles, gas, and avoid most technology (which I think is destroying us as a society, I work to support my family and there it is impossible to avoid those things. I would be blessed if my family agreed to give up all worldly things so I didn’t have to work and instead let us focus on God. What a wonderful life to live honoring God every day in thought,prayer, and deed and have a community support you in that. It saddens me to watch this world destroy itself by their lack of belief in God. The way they dress, conduct themselves, and disrespect for each other is only getting worse. I truly believe God is my center and know that if only one focused on him in all things they did, the world wouldn’t be in the place it is. It gives me peace at least to know, that God is still strong in those who truly live their lives in his way, as the Amish have done and continue to do so.

    How fortunate to have grown up Amish

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      Traci Banville
      Comment on What do the Amish Think About Jews (February 29th, 2012 at 06:29)

      What do the Amish Think About Jews

      @ Diana -Many Amish use kerosene lamps and battery operated ones according to their particular order.

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    Robert Slate
    Comment on Ask an Amishman (February 28th, 2012 at 23:55)

    Ask an Amishman

    Why do the Amish reject technology when many of the things they use are the result of technology, like the horse-drawn buggy for one? God gave us a brain to create things, like computers, the Internet, and medical developments. Do the Amish believe we must reject these things to get closer to God?

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      Michael L
      Comment on Robert Slate (May 28th, 2012 at 13:20)

      Robert Slate

      It has to do with “living apart from the world”, as taught in the Bible. The Amish believe that the world is full of sin, therefore, to walk with the world is to walk in sin. They try to keep their lives much simpler, with the overriding focus being on God and finding His grace.

      That is not to say that they NEVER change. They do. They just change a lot slower than everyone else.

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    Ketzie
    Comment on Ask an Amishman: What do the Amish think about Jews? (May 26th, 2012 at 16:44)

    wow i never actually understood the Amish faith till now. You are very devoted people, unlike some others (me included),and very workful.I just got back from Laccaster and i saw alot of Amish people working in the fields with the young girls on thier carts and boys working. One of the guys waved at us. I even bought two little hand-made Amish dolls, theyre very cute.God bless you all.

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    Michael Meric
    Comment on But, Jesus still the only savior?? (November 30th, 2012 at 11:03)

    But, Jesus still the only savior??

    Nicely said.

    However, while it appears the Amish, as a group at least, do not hold anti-Jewish stereotypes, isn’t it true that, in their theology, one must follow Jesus’ and believe in him to be saved?

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Mark's response (November 30th, 2012 at 13:40)

    Mark's response

    I read this to my son, Mark, who joined the Amish. He responded that he and the Amish he knows leave the judgment of others and their faith beliefs up to God. As an Amish Christian he feels one should be kind and considerate of all. But, if he is asked, he feels that he should always be ready to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the Way, The Truth, and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” Mark said that pretty much sums up how the Amish believe. They have chosen Jesus Christ as the Way. If others have not that is up to them. The Amish still feel that people of other faiths or no faith deserve kindness and consideration as God’s children. If the way they have chosen is not pleasing to God then He will judge them. It is not the responsibility of anybody else. As far as the Jews. Mark said that in his view, he respects the Jewish people but he feels that they have missed their Messiah. When Abraham obeyed God and was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac, God stopped him and provided the sacrificial ram. Abraham’s faith was counted for salvation and sealed the Abrahamic Covenant. The Jewish people are still clinging to this Covenant but God saw that this was not sufficient for mankind and provided a second sacrificial offering, his son, Jesus Christ. Those who, through faith, accept the offering of the Son Of God, are sealed with the New Covenant of Christ’s Atoning Blood. Mark says that as far as he is concerned he is thankful that he has accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour. If others have not that is up to them and up to God how he wants to deal with the situation.

    Mark's response

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      Michael Meric
      Comment on Re: Marks Response (November 30th, 2012 at 15:05)

      Re: Marks Response

      One should note, though, that after the near sacrifice of Isaac, G-d never again spoke to Abraham. It is one well-known opinion that Abraham actually failed his test by being willing to do something so terrible.

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        Lattice
        Comment on Re; The temptation to be unsettled (November 30th, 2012 at 16:29)

        Re; The temptation to be unsettled

        I am comforted by God’s Words:

        Matthew 7:6
        Proverbs 23:9
        Proverbs 26:4

        And may the Good Lord open the ears of those who genuinely want to know the truth.

        God keeps his promises.

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    Mitzy Moon
    Comment on As important a statement as any has been made about the American ideal. (July 10th, 2013 at 16:23)

    As important a statement as any has been made about the American ideal.

    Thank you so much for saying what should be the guiding principle in all of our hearts, god-fearing or not. You tend the great American promise, your tiny flame persisting in the rainstorm we are in.

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