Leaven A La Carmen Welker

Carmen Welker finds it hypocritical to sell Chametz (leaven) before Pesach only to buy it back again after Pesach. According to Carmen and the New Testament, leaven is equated with SIN and hey presto you have “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29, pesach finds its ultimate conclusion in Yeshu!

Leaven = SIN

Leaven = SIN according to Carmen Welker

 The problem with the above is manifold:

  1. Atonement of Universal SIN is solely a New Testament concept. You can find out about the whole Pesach/ Human sacrifice/ Lamb discussion by clicking here.
  2. The Pesach Lamb was never a sacrifice for atonement.
  3. The Lamb in Egyptian thought, custom and practice was one of the many gods of the Egyptians.
  4. Taking ‘Rabbi’ Welker’s logic to its logical conclusion, she should not be eating leavened bread all year round. After all leaven is sin!
  5. Evangelicals often claim the fact that Jews perform the seder with three sheets of matza is an ancient prophecy of the trinity. This claim goes as far back as Johannes Pfefferkorn (1469-1523), an infamous apostate who incited Christians to persecute his former people. This claim is still being repeated all over the internet. I don’t want to rain on anybody’s parade, but three sheets of matza is not ancient Jewish custom. The Babylonian Talmud (b. Pesachim 115b) mentions only one sheet of matza. Rambam (hilkhot chametz umatza 8:6) mentions two. The current Jewish custom of three sheets of matza on the table dates back to the Middle Ages.
  6. זבח
    “Zevach” translates as slaughter.
    “Zevach” implied a ritualistic slaughter of an animal for a meal. The Passover sacrifice is also a “Zevach”.
    “Zevach” is an early precursor to the Shelamim/Peace Offering.
  7. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a feast that is generally mistaken for Passover. Passover however is only one 24 hour period while Feast of Unleavened Bread lasts for seven days. How did Yeshu supposedly fulfill theses seven days?
  8. Most importantly, the Jewish scriptures never make a connection between leaven and sin:

The festival commemorates the deliverance of Israel’s first-born from the judgment wrought on those of the Egyptians (Ex. xii. 12-13; comp. Ex. xiii. 2, 12 et seq.), and the wondrous liberation of the Hebrews from Egyptian bondage (Ex. xii. 14-17). As such, it is identical with the Matẓẓot (Ex. xii. 17; Lev. xxiii. 5-6) festival, and was instituted for an everlasting statute (Ex. xii. 14). Lev. xxiii., however, seems to distinguish between Passover, which is set for the fourteenth day of the month, and appointed for the fifteenth day. The festival occurred in Abib (Ex. xiii. 4; Deut. xvi. 1 et seq., where the New Moon is given as the memorial day of the Exodus), later named Nisan, and lasted seven days, from sunset on the fourteenth day to sunset on the twenty-first day; the first and the seventh days were set aside for holy convocation, no work being permitted on those days except such as was necessary in preparing food (Num. xxviii. 16-25). During the seven days of the festival leaven was not to be found in the habitations of the Hebrews (Ex. xii. 19, xiii. 7). Leaven was not to be eaten under penalty of “excision” (“karet”; Ex. xii. 15, 19-20; xiii. 3; Deut. xvi. 3), and the eating of unleavened bread was commanded (Ex. xii. 15, 18; xiii. 6, 7; xxiii. 15; xxxiv. 18; Lev. xxiii. 6; Num. xxviii. 17). On the second day the omer of new barley was brought to the Temple (Lev. xxiii. 10-16; comp. First-Fruits). (Passover, Jewish Encyclopedia)

In summary the equating of leaven with sin and a lamb to take away the sin is an invention of the New Testament. Moreover, the equating of leaven with sin and a lamb to take away sin is to miss out the context of scripture itself i.e. the liberation of G-d’s people from Egypt and their idols. The liberation of G-d’s people from Egypt all the more poignant when one considers that leavened bread is widely believed by scholars to have its origins along with beer invented by the Egyptians circa 4000 BCE! To rid of leaven is to remind us of our slavery [we had no time to wait for bread to rise like the Egyptians], instead we eat Matza to remind ourselves of our sharp exit from Egypt, humble origins and our afflictions as G-d has commanded us………. which is what we Jews do. In Egypt we said no to their gods, their lifestyle and their values. We rid ourselves of the restrictions and apparent ‘freedom’ Egypt had to offer us [hard work], the Germans were not the only ones’ to come up with the idea of ARBEIT MACHT FREI. The missionary antics of Carmen Welker is yet another facet of the same enemies which have tried to annihilate us.

In every generation, they rise against us to annihilate us. However, the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand.

Carmen Welker the idol worshipper and missionizer to idolatry.

Carmen Welker the idol worshipper and missionizer to idolatry.

The Mumbo Jumbo Train

Christians are being encouraged via Christine Darg and ‘orthodox’ Jew Gidon Ariel to investigate the spooky matter of apparent coincidents between predictable phenomena of the planetary movements and the weekly parsha! Apparently:

The total solar eclipse will take place over the North Pole on Friday, March 20, coinciding with the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nissan, the first month in the Biblical calendar year. The particular timing of Friday’s solar occurrence has never happened before in human history.

Further:

The weekend Torah portion read by millions of Jews around the world describes the Tabernacle dedicated on the first of Nissan designed by master craftsman Bezalel. According to Gidon Ariel, Orthodox Jew and co-founder of Root Source, the connection to Friday’s solar eclipse runs even deeper.

“The Torah portion describes God choosing the chief architect Bezalel: ‘And Moses said to the Children of Israel, ‘See, God has proclaimed by name Bezalel.’” What’s amazing is that, in Hebrew, the name Bezalel literally means ‘in the shadow of God,’” Ariel told Breaking Israel News.

The connection between the Torah portion and this week’s solar eclipse is clear to O’Dell. “It just goes to show how much higher are His ways than ours. God is truly incredible and the ultimate hero of every story.”

And the ‘orthodox’ Jewish approbation by non other than Gidon Ariel:

The sign of the Blood Moon and solar eclipse are, for Ariel, a sign of greater things to come between Jews and Christians. “In our generation, we are noticing an outpouring of teshuva (repentance) on the part of many righteous Christians, recognition of the historical crimes perpetrated by Christians against Jews, and attempts to right those wrongs.”

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Wake up and smell the $tarbuck$ folks!!

Now this is where they tell Menashe to shut up. The problem is that this week’s parsha coinciding with 20 March 2015 is Parshat Vayikra which does not have a mention of Bezalel, in fact the whole of Leviticus (Vayikra) does not have a mention of Bezalel either! It was in fact last week’s parsha which included mention of Bezalel.

Christians currently being confused by the superstitious mumbo jumbo which relegates the Torah to the level of a pack of Tarot cards are blissfully unaware that several ways of reading the Torah have been utilized by Jews in centuries past! Included in the several ways of reading the Torah was to read the entire Torah over a 3 year period. Now how about that? How is that going to be abused by Christians and those who erroneously encourage them for the sake of a profit?

We may say with respect to the profit currently being derived from the latest matching up of the Torah portion also adds to and is currently married with the previous deception of blood moons:

Ariel believes that the Christian fascination with the Blood Moons is particularly instructive and a lesson God is using to teach the Jews.

Well profit Gidon Ariel our book and even the Christian New Testament says otherwise.

The fly in the ointment or the elephant in the room is that even the New Testament actually discredits and disproves[see Rev 6:12-13, Mat 24:29] missionary celebrities’ claims about blood moons. Even Christians with lesser bulging waistlines and/ or multi-million dollar budgets are not blind to the nonsense that plops out of the organs of the missionary celebrities’ agenda to love and ble$$ Israel.

The elephant in the room of course is the often glossed over principle of understanding a passage with respect to immediate context and wider context. If you are averse to immediate context and wider context and do not want facts to get in the way of what you want to believe stop reading here, otherwise:

Immediate context:

Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. .. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD…. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. Joel 2:10, 31, 3:15

Wider context:

7 When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light. 8 All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you; I will bring darkness over your land, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezek 32:7,8

From the above verses it is patently clear that any kind of blood moon and the coming messianic age and the dreadful day of the LORD is accompanied by earthquakes, the sun, moon and stars becoming dark. Present day blood moons (lunar eclipses) are not a fulfillment of biblical prophecy because absent are the accompanying earthquakes, the sun, moon and stars becoming dark etc…

Scientifically during a blood moon or lunar eclipse, the earth’s atmosphere scatters out shorter-wavelength light (green through violet) leaving mostly longer-wavelength light (red, orange, and yellow) in the earth’s umbra. This is why sunsets and sunrises generally are red, and why most lunar eclipses ‘blood moons’ are red.

Mark Blitz and John Hagee use the term Blood Moon to apply to the full moons of a ‘very rare’ ongoing tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) which began on the night of April 14-15, 2014 followed by next Blood Moon eclipse of October 7-8, 2014. In attempt to hype things up and increase book sales thereby, Darg, Ariel, Hagee and Blitz ignore that lunar eclipses are not that unusual or ‘rare'; there are in fact 39 lunar eclipses in the twentieth century that coincide with Passover or Sukkot which is approximately one-sixth (39/230) of the twentieth-century lunar eclipses.

In sum the most glaring omission of Hagee and Blitz and now with profits Ariel and Darg is that the blood moons of the Jewish Scriptures, in the context of the approaching day of the Lord are accompanied by earthquakes, the sun, moon and stars becoming dark. That nothing like this has happened so far means that the blood moons (lunar eclipses) we presently experience are part and parcel of the predictable and observable pattern of the effects of natural movements of the sun, moon and the earth. Given that the eclipses of April 14-15, 2014 and October 7-8, 2014 have already passed without incident and that the solar eclipse does not match up with the current parsha of Vayikra, what else needs to be said?

Blood Money (Much of What Christainity Salutes is Pagan to its Roots)

Menashe Dovid (מנשה דוד):

This blood moon thing is a real money spinner !

Originally posted on Menashe's Blog:

Christianity is a pagan religion   John Hagee   YouTube Much of what Christainity Salutes is Pagan to its Roots

From the display in the background of a video at some mega Church were Pastor John Hagee[1] is talking, he is introducing his audience / followers to the idea of blood moons[2] and the fulfillment of prophecy. In conclusion at the end of the video Hagee gives validity to the supposedly ‘Jewish’ idea of blood moons by stating, “Much of what Christainity Salutes is Pagan to its Roots”. The idea of a “blood moon” a la Hagee serves as an omen of the coming of the end times apparently from the Book of Joel, where it is written:

“the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”[Joel 2:31][3]

The idea of blood moons and the fulfillment of prophecy is primarily the invention of Pastor Mark Blitz…

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Why do Christians Become Enraged When Fellow Parishioners Choose to be Chosen?

by Tovia Singer, March 2105

I always wondered why Christians have a visceral reaction when the core principles of their faith are questioned. They might laugh off annoying atheists, but they glower at former Christians who urge them to choose the Jewish faith. I thought about this conundrum for the past 30 years. I cannot count the number of people who I watched return to God during this time. Hashem redeemed so many from the Church in recent years. As it turns out, I have never been a Christian. As such, I studied this phenomenon as a detached observer. This, I believe, has been to my advantage.

On most occasions, people do not toviathe church in an instant. Rather, there is a transitional period where Christians begin to apprehend that something may be askew in the Church; they begin to grasp that many of its core teachings are doubtful. They let go one finger at a time. There is a gradual process of awareness. Ex-Christians may not take this into account as they engage in what turns out to be a stressful conversation with their former coreligionists.

Frequently, this informal investigation and probing begins by calling into question the long-enduring doctrine of the Trinity. Their departure from the church spirals from there. As time moves on, Christians eventually discover that the authors of the NT may have quoted the Jewish scriptures dishonestly. I mean dishonestly here; I don’t mean incorrectly. They grasp that the authors of the NT may have done their work in a nefarious manner. Christians could live with mistakes in the NT. After all, some scribe may have copied something wrong. Mistakes happen. No one leaves Christianity because there is a mistake in the New Testament. But they cannot abide by lying.

Finally,─and this is big─they are shocked by the vacant, unsatisfying answers they receive from their pastors and church elders about these inconsistencies. They are appalled by the fuming reaction they often encounter from their coreligionists. They don’t know what happened to the “love.”

There is, however, another element in the foreground.

For most Christians, converting to Judaism or becoming a Ben Noach is incomprehensible. Theoretically, anyone can convert to anything; however, becoming a Jew is not a real, practical option for most Christians. It is not a part of their world. In one word, it is alien. Almost all Christians in the West perceive that they have two practical alternatives: 1) believe in God and be a Christian 2) deny the existence of God and identify as an agnostic or atheist. Theoretically, there are countless other choices in a free society. Practically speaking, however, those who grow up in the Christian world consider these two options as their only real, viable choices. Because the belief in God is innate─after all, we are all created in the image of God, and therefore awareness of the Creator is primal─those who leave the Church must discover that they can worship the true God of Israel. If they let go of one understanding of God, there better be a correct one to hold onto. They know there is a God, and they know it isn’t Buddha. It has to be the Father, the God of Israel.

With this in mind, I may be able to explain why people, who are completely rational in other aspects of their lives, cognitively shut down when everything they believe about God’s salvation plan for mankind is challenged. First, they are emotionally unprepared for the conclusion of the ex-Christian: everything you believe in about Jesus is false. They are not there yet; they never went through the process. They are utterly unprepared for the trauma they associate with “rejecting Jesus.” This “rejecting Jesus” part is very important.

Why do Christians always call not being a Christian “rejecting Jesus?” We don’t think of not being a Muslim as “rejecting Mohammad.” We just don’t believe in the tenets of Islam. It’s nothing personal about Mohammad. Why the fuming rejecting language?

This leads me to the next point: the Christian mind is filled with powerful stories of people turning their back on Jesus. Don’t underestimate the importance of the stories found in the Gospels. It is these stirring stories about Jesus, not the firm doctrines of Paul that attract people to Christianity. The moving stories in the Gospels may contradict each other, but they are so compelling. All the characters in the Synoptics and especially John are well-developed. The odious villains are gripping. “You want me to do to Jesus what his enemies did to him?,” they wonder aloud. “I’ve been betrayed. I know what that experience feels like; and I am not going to do it to Jesus. And don’t do it to Jesus either!” Furthermore, “I’ve been talking to Jesus since I was four years old. Was I speaking to nobody?” Christians are appalled at the suggestion that they should “reject Jesus.”

The fear of going to hell is very real to Christians. The confidence that they exude by their certainty that they are going to heaven after they die is supremely important to Christians.

To make matters worse, except for a few famous stories here and there, a handful of prayers from the book of Psalms, and Isaiah 53, almost no Christian has read the Jewish Bible in its entirety. And the few that are somewhat conversant in the Jewish Prophets, read only selected parts of the Hebrew Scriptures. A very tinny number of Christians have ever thoroughly read the entire Jewish Scriptures. And with the exception of a studious few, the tinny number of churchgoers who read the entire Book of Jeremiah only did it once in their lives. Few pastors ever read the Book of Amos or Chronicles; and they rarely can tell you a thing about the book of Habakkuk. Of course, Christians believe these timeless works are holy; they are just not motivated to study them. And, to make matters worse, except for some professor in college, no Christian can read Tanach in its original Hebrew. They are all slaves to the all-important Christian translator who happily leads them by the cross dangling on their necklace. As a result, it never occurred to any Christian that the Jewish Bible almost never mentions heaven or hell. It is mentioned. And if you search carefully, you will find those passages that briefly discuss the afterlife. As it turns out, the discussion of heaven and hell in the Jewish scriptures comes up passingly and indirectly. It is not the point of the teaching. It is never conveyed as a threat or an epic creed. In stark contrast, the authors of the New Testament routinely threaten their readers with eternal damnation and hellfire; and Christians seem to know exactly who is going there. Why the vast disparity between the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Bible on this point? Christians never ask this question. Never.

As it turns out, we spend a lot more time dead than alive. Why then is there so little ink spent on this topic in Tanach? The answer is simple: of course there is a heaven and hell. Without Olam Haba and Gehenim, the World to Come and Hell, there could be no justice in the world.

Detailed information about heaven and hell, however, has nothing to do with how you are to conduct your life in this world, the only place you have free will. Tanach is committed only to conveying information that you need to live your life properly in this world. In other words, the details about the afterlife are unimportant (and incomprehensible), and God is not going to threaten you with something that is inaccessible. You can’t test it.

In stark contrast, when Hashem speaks to us in the Torah, He brings into view epic moments from the knowable past; events that the entire Jewish people witnessed. In turn, the people of Israel are commanded to be a “witness” to the world, a “light to the nations.” The Almighty therefore declares to us, “I am the God Who brought you out of Egypt; I am the God Who brought you to the Promised Land.” It is for this reason that the Torah calls upon us to “Remember” (Deut. 4-5, 7, 13, 15-16, 24). The Torah commands the Nation of Israel in the first person, “You shall remember, you shall remember!” No nation would have accepted such a detailed command to remember that which was seen and experienced had these events not actually occurred. The emphasis which is placed on remembering demonstrates that the memory of these events carved itself deeply in the consciousness of the nation. Furthermore, the nation of Israel is commanded to remember the events that they were witness to and personally experienced. Only when it becomes evident that the Torah was not written at a later date or dates, but at the time the events themselves occurred, is it conceivable that the entire nation would shoulder the responsibility to remember. This claim is testable─it is verifiable─and therefore it is a claim made only by the children of Israel. No other nation in history had the audacity or the ability to claim that God revealed Himself to their entire nation. On the other hand, no one can test the veracity of the well-worn claim that you are going to go to hell if you don’t believe.

None of what I stated has ever crossed the mind of a Christian. Nothing. Are Christians therefore stupid? Are they unable to process such unambiguous teachings? We know the answer: they were deprived of the tools to discover this on their own. As such, they imitate the scandalous methods of the New Testament writers and impose Jesus onto the Jewish Scriptures, an Oracle they cannot read and know too little about.

In short, Christians need a lot of room to think, lots of space to ponder, lots of patience for growth, and lots of prayer to Hashem.

Jeremy Gimpel and Hayovel Pray with Convert-the-Jew Pastor Don Finto in Nashville

On February 22nd Jeremy Gimpel an educator, radio host, and Deputy Director of the World Mizrachi Movement was the featured speaker at an event in Nashville sponsored by HaYovel, a ministry founded by Tommy Waller.   Hayovel brings hundreds of messianic and fundamentalist Christian volunteers to work with farmers, especially vintners, in Judea and Samaria.

Since 2009 JewishIsrael has been monitoring the Waller family’s extensive network of missionary collaborationsand associations. JewishIsrael has been alerting the Jewish community via online reports as well as through private and public presentations. We have also provided information to rabbinic leaders who have formulated a“Document of Principles” regarding the acceptance of monetary and manpower assistance from Christian organizations or individuals.

Joshua and Caleb Waller as well as Luke Hilton, all from HaYovel, hosted the evening in Nashville, which put the spotlight on Jeremy Gimpel and his personal story, visions and interpretation on prophecy. At the conclusion of the event, Don Finto, a notorious Nashville-based missionary known for his aggressive and public campaigns to bring the Jews to jesus, took the stage at the behest of Calev Waller.

“Papa Don come on up here and bless us. I want to honor you for being here with us tonight and thank you for leading the beacon of Israel here in this town. And this is an honor. Let’s rise and honor Papa Don here this evening. So stand with us as we bless.”

After being welcomed on stage by Gimpel and the HaYovel team, Finto expresses his gratitude at seeing “what’s happening among Christians, believers in jesus, coming together, united together for ‘your’ purposes”. Finto lays his hand upon Gimpel’s shoulder and blesses him and Hayovel.  This is followed by Finto’s prayer in the name of jesus, as well as Finto’s Hebrew version of the priestly blessing.

The Jewish community was widely exposed to Don Finto’s agenda when he made an appearance in 2011 at a mass rally in a Texas stadium with messianic associates, and openly prayed for the conversion of the Jewish people. The “Response” prayer rally, the brainchild of then Texas Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry, made international headlines and was a source of national debate in addition to causing concern in America’s Jewish community.

Despite Finto’s open conversionary agenda and support for messianics in Israel, he penned a book back in 2001“Your People Shall Be My People”, which remains an acclaimed classic among Christian Zionists. Professor Stephen Spector writes in his book, “Evangelicals and Israel“, that “Even organizations that officially avoid proselytizing seem to sympathize with Finto’s beliefs.”

Messianic leader Daniel Juster, who works closely with Don Finto and a missionary team in Israel, endorses the book and is quoted by Finto:

“I have become convinced that Rabbinic Judaism is a more severe departure from biblical faith than I had ever realized in my early days of Jewish recovery…The atmosphere of New Testament carried on the spirit of the Hebrew Scriptures pervasively and profoundly.  The essence of Rabbinism is a severe departure, replacing revelation with human reason…We who are Jewish are biblical New Covenant Jews, not Rabbinic Jews!”

Finto’s more recent views on rabbis, Judaism, and what goes on in the synagogues continue to be disingenuous and condescending.

That Jeremy Gimpel has recently been promoted on the speaking circuit as Orthodox “Rabbi Gimpel” should make his appearance on stage with Don Finto all the more discomforting.

As far back as 1997 Don Finto was making waves and headlines with his sermons and promotion of the Christian mandate to convert the Jewish people.

At that time, Reform-Progressive Rabbi Stephen Fuchs held the line for the Jewish people and was able to deliver a firm response that would put many of today’s younger Orthodox rabbis and Torah observant activists to complete shame. A good number of Jeremy Gimpel’s responses delivered to an audience two weeks ago at Fellowship Bible Chapel  appear to be noncommittal, fawning and ambiguous at best. And, in the opinion of JewishIsrael, Gimpel’s “open-ended” approach to Jewish-Christian theological relations could actually encourage those looking forward to a missionary harvest.

JewishIsrael expressed concern about a possible association between Don Finto and Tommy Waller of Hayovel in its November 2013 report Evangelists, Politics and Shomron PR – The Pew of It All. At that time, blogger “Geula Girl” picked up the ball and a few days later posted an in-depth look at those connections on her website,  “Esav Exposed”.

It would have been hard for Jeremy Gimpel not to have known about Don Finto.  Had he not been informed of Finto’s appearance at the conclusion of his presentation he could have chosen a dignified, appropriate and halachic response by leaving the stage during the Christian prayer session.

Certainly Jeremy Gimpel now knows that his Hayovel sponsors endorse, honor and are close with “Papa Don” Finto. One wonders how Gimpel feels after being used by Hayovel to legitimize and empower the likes of Don Finto. In addition, Gimpel’s personal family photos (including wife and children) and stories from his family history are being used to publicize and raise funds for an organization which has consistently shown itself to be missionary in nature.

A New Strategy: Embrace the Missionary

For years Jewish leaders and activists have consistently and persistently denied that they were working with missionaries, and insisted that Christian Zionists were not interested in bringing Jews to faith in Jesus. However now that this is obviously no longer true, Jewish activists are scrambling to keep these unholy alliances intact. The new strategy is to deem the missionary infiltration into Israel as benign and benevolent. Rather than take an honest accounting of a tragic mistake, the questions now being asked and explored by Ari Abramowitz, Jeremy Gimpel and others are, “should we be afraid of missionaries?” and “should Christian missionaries be banned or embraced?”

And the dangerously naïve and ironic answer being given is that the Jewish people are strong enough and well educated enough in their faith to withstand any missionary threat from people who truly love us.

Unfortunately JewishIsrael needs to remind those Jewish leaders who sit in yeshiva halls and radio broadcasting booths, as well as those held captive by loving Christian donors and congregations, to remember that there are reportedly hundreds of thousands of Jews worldwide who have converted to Christianity since the establishment of the State of Israel. They have been the target of countless numbers of active Evangelical missionaries whose inspiration and urgent need to bring Jews to jesus has been inspired by the rebirth of the Jewish state and by what they see as the end-times role for the Jews according to Christian scripture. Christian Aliyah is another solution being pondered by those Jews who have for years been fanning the flames of evangelical fervor.

Perhaps more than the missionaries, the Jewish people should be afraid of some of their own personalities and leaders who are apparently incapable of recognizing a spiritual foe and holding the line when their faith and people come under a centuries-old threat. It is especially poignant when one considers that in this past week’s special Torah reading for Parshat Zachor, we Jews are commanded to remember those who attacked the frail and vulnerable among us.

In part two of this post we will explore Jeremy Gimpel’s recent appearance at Fellowship Bible Chapel in Colombus Ohio.

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A sampling of Don Finto’s teachings

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Hayovel’s Caleb Waller: all nations worshiping his king

Genuine but not Genuine

Over recent days my blog has become a source of self therapy to myself. In fact one of the reasons I first started my blog was to try to help myself form going insane with ‘life’ here in Israel. Apart from the usual grief which you can find in any country, Israel provides the unique opportunity of Jewish grief. The unique opportunity of Jewish grief all the more so intense when someone has the added bonus of being a convert to Judaism too!!

Take for example this classic scenario: You spend over 4000 shekels to get your Israeli driving license, which includes failing the driving test twice after driving on a UK license in Israel [UK license held  for 33 years] 12 months prior to taking the driving test. Then the challenge of a theory test, a third driving test and WALLA you have an Israeli driving licence just like any other Israeli!

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The famous olim tatoo.

………Well not really! You are in fact not like any other Israeli or other immigrant who was lucky enough to pass first or second time. In the Israel system you see driving instructors who are hand in glove with examiners and you know that something stinks. Now post 7 years later something really stinks. After one renewal of my licence, after three further years of driving and a further 4 years I should be OK with my license until 2024, it says so on the license.

Then……… a letter which says that since you are a new driver[?], you need to take 2 days off work, pay a fee of 240 shekels and attend a refresher course. If you do not take and pass the refresher course your license will be revoked in 60 days time! Worst still the course and test is in hebrew!!

So there you have it, a license which is not a genuine license………… ripped off once again but it gets worse…..

The high court in Dec 2014 ruled that a rabbinical court was within its rights to retroactively annul a conversion because the convert in question had deceived the court when she said she undertook to observe Jewish law. Deputy President of the Supreme Court Justice Miriam Naor, with Justices Esther Hayut and Neal Hendel ruled on a case concerning a woman born in Romania to a Christian family who converted in Israel in the state conversion system. Two years later, the rabbinical court annulled her conversion because, according to the court, doubts had been raised as to the sincerity of the convert when she converted.

The major flaw in the decision is that it says that someones behavior following a conversion is grounds for determining ones sincerity, but it does not give a timeline for evaluating behavior. In theory, a court could undermine a conversion years later.

Sounds a bit like driving licenses does it not?