Maiden of Light
Holy Orthodox Temple

Member Guidance

Below you will find some simple guidance to assist you in your worship.

Orthodox Practice

Certain core practices are generally considered essential to being Orthodox the most important of which are the doing of good deeds and kindness called mitzvah:

1) Refraining from murder, idolatry, and certain Biblically prohibited sexual practices, such as adultery, and incest (see Self-Sacrifice in Jewish law and Kenosis in Orthodox Christianity).

2) Observing the Sabbath, and Holidays.

3) Practicing the Dietary Laws of the Maiden of Light Temple.

4) Following the laws of family purity, restricting sexual relations after menstruation and after childbirth, and

5) Circumcision for males (except in circumstances where culturally inappropriate).

Our Explanation of the Holy Trinity

The schism between Judaism and Christianity, an early sect of Judaism, was a result of the concept of duality and trinity.

According to Judaic beliefs, the Torah rules out a trinitarian God in Deuteronomy (6:4): "Hear Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one." Fundamentally, Judaism believes that God, as the creator of time, space, energy and matter, is beyond them, and cannot be born or die, or have a son. Judaism teaches that it is heretical for any man to claim to be God, part of God, or the literal son of God.

Christianity believes in various degrees of the duality of Jesus as both man and God, or may believe in a trinity comprising God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

The Maiden of Light Temple does not believe in the divinity of Jesus. We consider him to be a wise man, but not a God. However, not all traditional rabbinical authorities viewed Jesus in negative terms. Maimonides wrote that Jesus helped to "pave the way" for the future true Messiah, by introducing the basic concepts of Judaism to Gentiles. Rabbi Jacob Emden considered Jesus a righteous man, who brought the light of faith and morality to the world, but not a Messiah.

The original ancient Trinity was a female Trinity based upon the Goddess and the Priestess as ruler of the spirit world. This female Trinity originates with the ancient Goddess, and the Priestesses of the Dryad, that existed long before the male Druid Order came into existence. As such the Dryad was revered by the Druids, and held the final word in all things spiritual. The ancient Greeks believed that women ruled the spirit world, and thus the Priestess performed all religious duties. The male duty was to die on the battlefield for the woman, and the woman, as Priestess, to pray for the spirits of their men.

Diana was part of an ancient trinity, with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god. "The Italic type of the tripliform cult image of Diana Nemorensis was reconstructed by Andrew Alföldi from a sequence of later Republican period coins he connected with a gens from Aricia. In the early examples, the three goddesses stand before a sketchily indicated wood; the central goddess places her right hand on the shoulder of one other goddess and her left hand on the hip of the other. The three are demonstrated to be one by a horizontal bar behind their necks that connects them. Later die-cutters simplified the image. "The Latin Diana was conceived as a threefold unity of the divine huntress, the Moon goddess, and the goddess of the nether world, Hekate."

Worship Services

Early Christian prayer meetings were held in the home. Orthodox Jewish prayer services are also often held in the home. Early Christianity, previous to the establishment of hierarchy, was very much a religion of the woman. Perhaps the most beneficial of the services performed by women was to host prayer and worship gatherings in the private homes of members. These meetings were held privately, to help avoid persecution, and were inexpensive as the expense of a temple building was avoided.

Members are encouraged to gather for prayer and worship gatherings in the home with friends and family. Sabbath prayer is traditionally held on Saturday. Fridays and Sundays are acceptable in regions where local culture prescibes.You may gather for prayer on Sabbath, Holiday, and at other times as you desire. Members are also encouraged to gather with friends, family, and believers for friendly activites and to perform good works in your local community.

The Maiden of Light Temple does not tithe or expect any form of contribution, as our members are self-supporting, gathering in the home, and partaking in activities within their local community.

Death and Dying

Our Temple believes in an afterlife. We believe that those who have lived a good life will be happy in their afterlife. Those who have lived a bad life will be unhappy with the knowledge of how they lived their lives. We believe in Persecution Theology which is the belief that those who were persecuted in life, murdered, tortured, or disrespected will be rewarded with happiness and satisfaction in their afterlife, and those who persecuted them will suffer eternal damnation. Our Temple members are forbidden to unjustly criticize or humiliate other human beings, and are required to treat all human being with respect and dignity.

We do not believe in separate places called heaven and hell, but we do believe in an afterlife. We believe that you will be with your marriage partner in Eternal Marriage in your afterlife, and that you will meet your family and friends in spirit form in your afterlife. Heaven is the knowledge that you have lived a good life, and hell the knowledge that you have not lived a good life.

For a cute description of our "world to come" follows:

WORLD TO COME: THE JEWISH AFTERLIFE

The Tibetan Buddhist religion has perhaps the most advanced philosophy of death and dying. We recommend all who seek enlightenment on death study the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death.

TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD-VIDEO AND TEXT

TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD-TEXT

Dietary Laws

Please visit our Dietary Laws page in the members guidance section.

Members should eat modestly and take care never to overeat for reasons of health and modesty.

Fasting

Wednesday is a traditional day of fasting in Orthodox culture. Friday in Catholicism. Monday and Thursday are days of fasting in Islam. Please refer your local culture to adhere to tradition regarding fasting in your region.

Dress & Modesty

Please read our dress code page at Dress Code in the members guidance section.

The Maiden of Light Orthodox Temple maintains a dress code that members should consider in their daily dress. It pays to dress respectably. You never know when you are going to meet that special person or business acquaintence. If you are always dressed respectably you will always make a good impression. It is a sign of respect to have good dress and hygiene. Use common sense when dressing and always try to look good.

Fabrics: Do not purchase linen and linen blends (especially linen/cotton or linen/wool blends) as they hold dampness, are prone to wrinkling, and do not meet kosher standards.

Cotton, silk, 100% unblended wool, and most synthetics are acceptable.

Gifts to Women

Practicality should be considered in the giving of gifts to women. Gifts of food, cash, silver, and gold are practical as they help to feed and adorn the woman and offer financial security.

Nuclear Arms and Energy

Our Temple opposes all forms of nuclear weapons and opposes the use and development of nuclear energy.We only support the medically supervised use of radiation as may be necessary to prolong life such as in cancer therapy.

Medical Treatment

We support the use of both natural and modern medicine as the doctor prescribes is best for the patient.

War and the Draft

We are opposed to war. Our Temple is opposed to the draft and supports peace globally. Our Temple is a pacifist religious organization. We believe people do have the right to defend themselves and that the decision to do so is left to the individual. We support conscientious objector status.

Circumcision

Male Circumcision

Male circumcision is a cultural and religious issue that varies widely around the world. Judaism, Islam, and most Christian religions require circumcision. The Maiden of Light Orthodox Temple accepts male circumcision except in cultural and medical circumstances where it is inappropriate. There are benefits and risks to male circumcision that may be a matter for the parents and their doctor. A global religion we encourage you to strongly consider your decision and to consider the culture in which your son will live.

Female Circumcision

Female circumcision is forbidden. It is forbidden to circumcise a female infant, girl, or woman. If a woman has been previously circumcised as is the custom in parts of Africa she is welcome in our Temple. We view female circumcision as a cultural ritual in which the woman did not have a say. All women are encouraged to join our Temple.

Eternal Marriage

Eternal marriage is the belief that marriage lasts forever on earth and after death in the spirit world. After death married partners continue to be married in their afterlife in spiritual form. Love lasts forever beyond the physical into the spiritual. Eternal marriage requires love, committment, and loyalty from the man toward his wife on earth and in the afterlife. A man must treat his wife fairly and with respect to be rewarded in his afterlife with eternal union in marriage.

Our Temple has in the past accepted the practice of celestial (plural) marriage. We do not encourage its practice in cultures in which it is not accepted or illegal. Our position is that our members should adhere to local laws and culture. It is required of members who live within regions that do permit plural marriage that they receive the permission of each wife and that each wife be treated exactly equal and with complete fairness. This is a very difficult standard to meet.

Abortion

Our Temple supports life. We encourage women to have families and to consider all other alternatives. We believe that abortion is ultimately a decision between the woman and her doctor. Abortion in the case of gross malformity and to save the life of the mother is permitted. Women who have had abortions are welcome to join our Temple, and are encouraged to look to the future.


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