149 Religious Exemptions Are Insidious

Chananya Weissman October 24, 2021

Someone forwarded me an email from something called the People & Culture Department of Porter Airlines Inc. in Toronto. The email states as follows:

“Further to your request for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption on the basis of religious conviction, this email sets out the required process. Please submit the following on or before October 22:

1. The name of the organized religion;
2. The physical address of the place of worship that you regularly attend;
3. A written copy of the religion’s doctrine that states the theological objection to vaccination;
4. A signed letter from the leader of the religious congregation confirming you as a member and regular attendance to the physical place of worship.

The Government of Canada has confirmed that all major organized religions (e.g., Islam, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Greek Orthodox, Mennonites) have made statements that they support COVID-19 vaccination for their members in the interest of public health. Other religions that are generally known to have theological objections to vaccinations have also released public statements indicating their support for the COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science).

In the event that your request for a religious exemption is denied, your COVID-19 vaccination status will be updated to “I am not vaccinated for personal reasons”.”

This “process” is fundamentally flawed and morally corrupt on many levels, as I will explain point by point.

1. For starters, the very notion of requiring a “religious exemption” is an effrontery. It implies that getting crapcinated is normative behavior, one that should be required of everyone barring a really good “excuse”. Every student must show up to class and complete their assignments on time; failure to do so is “bad” and worthy of punishment – unless the student brings a doctor’s note. Similarly, the message here is that not taking the crapcine is “bad” and worthy of punishment. An approved exemption just makes it a little less bad and excuses one from punishment.

2. Those who profess religious convictions are not automatically granted an exemption. They can only “request” one. A society that allows and encourages people to decide their own gender “identity”, even in flagrant contradiction to biological reality, and which punishes those who deny one’s chosen identity, is now placing people’s declared religious identities under the microscope. One who claims he is religious must stand before an inquisition, where his claim is presumed false unless thoroughly “proven” otherwise. He will be put through the wringer in a personally invasive, deeply humiliating process, and should consider himself extremely fortunate if his professed religious beliefs are confirmed by the inquisitors.

A man can call himself a woman, and everyone will play along or else, but don’t try “pretending” to be religious.

3. The religious beggar must provide “the name of the organized religion”. Once again, we are talking about a society in which new genders and orientations are invented faster than anyone can keep up, but when it comes to religion, it better be established and organized. I don’t disagree with that – religions shouldn’t be invented, either – but the hypocrisy is stark.

4. The religious beggar must provide the physical address of the place of worship that he regularly attends. Since when is regularly attending a physical place of worship a requirement for one’s religious beliefs to be genuine?

In Judaism there is certainly no such requirement. For starters, women and children are not obligated to regularly attend a place of worship – their attendance is encouraged, but entirely optional. Men have greater expectations in this regard, but one’s religious beliefs are an independent matter.

5. One’s religious performance in general is no measuring stick of one’s beliefs. One can be a sincere believer, but fail to behave according to those beliefs. There are those who are newly observant, and it is unreasonable to expect their actions to be fully indicative of their beliefs. Even those who are used to a religious lifestyle may falter at times; that is the human condition. It is preposterous and downright cruel to invalidate one’s religious convictions because he succumbs to temptation, weakness, or any number of demons internal and external that can blot one’s record.

Since when does some godless committee get to have all the religious people line up before them and decide who goes left and who goes right?

The greatest hypocrites and phonies on earth are disqualifying religious people for being inconsistent at times. Of course they are.

6. The government of Canada – that great arbiter of preferred pronouns and sexual orientations – “has confirmed that all major organized religions (e.g., Islam, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Greek Orthodox, Mennonites) have made statements that they support COVID-19 vaccination for their members in the interest of public health.”

I can’t speak for the others, but the claim that “Judaism” has made any statement about anything is ludicrous. Who is “Judaism” exactly? Who has the authority to make a statement in the name of Judaism that settles the matter for all the millions of Jews in the world?

No one.

The implication here is that some unnamed representative or organization has spoken on behalf of “Judaism” and obligated all Jews to take the crapcine. There are indeed rabbis who have spoken on behalf of themselves and organizations that they represent, but they obligate no one but themselves. Even Jews who generally hold the opinions of these rabbis in high regard have the right to consider other opinions; in fact, this is the Torah way. Furthermore, the obligation to guard one’s life is incumbent on the individual, and cannot be outsourced to a rabbi’s opinion of a vaccine, or even a doctor’s.

The government of Canada has demonstrated complete ignorance of how Judaism works, and must be educated.

7. In the event that one’s request for a religious exemption is denied, his COVID-19 vaccination status will be updated to “I am not vaccinated for personal reasons”. In other words, they have assumed the power to downgrade one’s religious convictions to essentially nothing more than a whim that the person just made up. What gives them the power to make these determinations? Well, they just made it up.

Furthermore, the implication of automatically rejecting “personal reasons” for not taking the injection is that bodily autonomy no longer exists. If one’s religious convictions are validated during the humiliating inquisition process, your lords and masters may, in their great magnanimity, approve an exemption – but this is entirely up to them. If not, your personal reasons, whatever they may be, are utterly meaningless. You are nothing more than chattel, or cattle.

So what if you are afraid the shot will maim you or kill you? That’s just your personal opinion. Tough.

In sum, this whole religious exemption business is a sinister ploy to marginalize religious people while it pretends to honor their convictions. It is just another step in the tyranny process, whose ultimate purpose is to criminalize religion, destroy the self, and turn every human being into property of the state.

If you have religious convictions (and you should) you should not ask anyone for an exemption. You do not have to get on your hands and knees and beg them to recognize your religious beliefs, as if they sit on God’s court. You don’t need their permission to abide by your convictions, nor may they place you and your convictions on trial.

Do not request an exemption. Inform them in no uncertain terms that your religious convictions forbid you from complying with their request, your convictions are inviolable and non-negotiable, and they have no authority to act as inquisitors. Do not allow them to reduce you to a groveler pleading for their recognition and mercy.

These people hate you. They loathe your religious beliefs. They are perfectly content to destroy your body and soul. They are coldly “following orders”, without a shred of compassion, concern, or conscience, and the way they pretend otherwise is patronizing.

Does your religion tell you to kiss the feet of such evil wretches while they stamp you into the dust?

Stand up already, be proud of your religious convictions, and fight God’s fight.

Exposed: ‘Sleeper cell’ of evangelical Christians posing as Orthodox rabbis

Jonathan Sacerdoti

Daniel Bates

October 21, 2021 09:41

Father and son performing sacred rituals in series of Jewish communities deny being secret missionaries

A father and son practising as Orthodox rabbis in America have been accused by anti-missionary investigators of being secret evangelical Christians.

The claims over Michael and Calev Isaacson — who have changed their family name from Dawson — would cause disastrous halachic problems for the Jewish community if true.

Sacred rituals performed by the two men include writing holy scrolls, washing the dead, and conducting weddings, divorces and even conversions.

Investigators allege neither man is Jewish, making any rituals in which they took part invalid.

They are suspected of being a “sleeper cell” of evangelical Christians who may ultimately attempt to make aliyah and embed themselves within Israeli society.

The Isaacsons have been accepted and welcomed in a number of Orthodox Jewish communities in locations across the US.

Extensive research has uncovered no evidence of traceable Jewish heritage or any official conversion by members of the Isaacson family.

An investigation by the JC has revealed that Michael Dawson grew up in a Lutheran home and he and his wife were married in a Lutheran wedding.

An aunt of Michael Isaacson was shocked to hear about his professed Jewish identity, telling the JC she found his claims over his background “bizarre”.

There is no evidence that the Isaacsons are attempting to convert Jews to Christianity, but when confronted over their true faith they have refused to renounce their belief in Jesus.

The Isaacsons currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona. The family was based in Texas between 2014 and 2016, when Michael Isaacson worked as a supervisor in the Houston Kashrut Association.

They have also lived as Orthodox Jews in Portland, Oregon and Milwaukee.

Blending into each community in which they have lived, the Isaacsons have led prayers, blown the shofar, given religious lessons and hosted Orthodox Jewish guests.

Investigators at anti-missionary organisation Beynenyu claim the family always move on when confronted by suspicious rabbis and fellow members of their community to escape being uncovered.

Rabbis have told the JC of their fears that the Isaacsons are Messianic Jews, who live outwardly as ordinary Orthodox Jews while maintaining a belief in Jesus as the Messiah. Messianic Jews want to convert Jews to Christianity in the belief that will bring about the second coming.

Expression of faith: Michael in shul with his son Calev
Expression of faith: Michael in shul with his son Calev (Photo: Beyneynu)

The explosive claims come after the JC in May revealed how a fake rabbi and his family were operating in Jerusalem, alongside a network of other Messianic Jews embedded in Israeli Orthodox communities. The new allegations reveal how the problem may now extend into American Jewish communities.

According to a letter sent by investigators at Beyneynu to the Israeli chief Rabbinate’s office, the Isaacson family were questioned in the past by suspicious rabbis who have heard rumours of their Christianity. The letter says: “They do not deny their beliefs in Jesus and give detailed explanations regarding their belief that Jesus is the Jewish messiah.”

Beyneynu says that immediately after these confrontations, they have more than once fled the community, only to resurface elsewhere.

During their travels, the family has acquired documentation from rabbinical authorities attesting to their Jewish identity without proper checks being made to ensure their claims were accurate. This has enabled them to build an identity as Jews, which Beyneynu fears they plan to use eventually to make aliyah.

Suspicions were first aroused about the Isaacsons after a post appeared on the website of a known Messianic group, the Gates of Zion. The post announced a Shabbat event at which the Isaacsons would be present, mentioning they had previously worked with a known messianic pastor called Guy Cohen and with the ministry in Israel at which he is based, Harvest of Asher.

In email exchanges seen by the JC between the Isaacsons and various rabbis challenging them about their beliefs and ancestry, the family insists they are not Messianic missionaries. They acknowledge having had “the privilege of working with” Guy Cohen, and describe him as a “long-time family friend” but say they were involved with “humanitarian aid”.

They wrote that although Guy Cohen is a messianic Jew “he does not promote missionary tactics but rather works together with the local Jewish community in humanitarian aid”.

When pressed as to their own beliefs they say: “We do not reject Yeshua [Jesus] the Jewish Messiah,” adding “We have no doubts concerning the identity of the Messiah.”

However, they insist theirs was an “ongoing process of return” to Judaism, rather than a conversion or a deception.

They write that they “do reject missionary tactics and do not support any person or organization who seeks to target or convert Jews away from the Jewish faith, heritage and birthright”.

In an email to another concerned contact who had themselves originally been from a messianic Christian background before converting to Judaism, they wrote that they had “left the religion of Christianity when the truth of its pagan practices was revealed to us by G-d, however, we will never reject or deny the name of the Messiah. If that means we are outcasts and alone than [sic] so be it for we know that HaShem is with us.”

They insisted they “were not here to missionize, but to learn”, saying that is why they “kept silent and only answered the questions that we were asked”.

Holy land: Michael and family on a visit to Israel
Holy land: Michael and family on a visit to Israel (Photo: Beyneynu)

The family has given a written history of their family background and Jewish involvement to various Jewish individuals and authorities, including members of a Bet Din in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they had aroused suspicions, leading to a meeting with the local community rabbi.

They showed him a document outlining their history of involvement in various Jewish communities, and their claim to being halachically Jewish by birth.

The document says that Michael’s family originally came from Finland, where his mother’s family had been called Isaacson. It claims they “fled Europe in 1937 through Finland to New York”, but Michael’s aunt has told the JC the family arrived in the US many years earlier.

The document also says that his maternal grandparents spoke Yiddish, and maintained Jewish traditions, including making challah. The aunt also disputes these claims.

In August 2019 the Dawsons filed to change their family name officially to Isaacson.

The JC spoke to Michael’s aunt, Marlene Gruenfelder, on the porch of her home in Centreville, Maryland.

The 65-year-old seemed bemused to hear of her nephew’s claims over the family’s roots.

She said: “No, my family is not Jewish,” adding that Michael’s mother Linda was raised a Lutheran.

The Dawsons’ Lutheran wedding announcement
The Dawsons’ Lutheran wedding announcement (Photo: Beyneynu)

Told about the Dawsons’ current lives as Orthodox Jews, she said: “I don’t keep up with him much,” adding that Michael is “not one for communicating”.

She said: “His brother is Lutheran and is married to a Lutheran minister.

“I remember that they had their wedding in a small Lutheran church near the house my sister has by a lake in Michigan, and shortly after that Michael and Summer got into the Jewish faith.

“When they went to the lake to visit my sister she had to keep all the food separate, it had to be wrapped up, silverware had to be different.”

Asked about Michael’s mother, Linda, Marlene said: “She’s a very devout Lutheran, her son John as well, he’s a Lutheran and his wife is a Lutheran pastor. You have one brother this way and the other brother this way.” Michael, too, was raised a Lutheran, she said.

“He used to like to act, he took acting classes in high school and used to send head shots of how he looked in different performances. My mother used to love seeing the pictures. He was in Oklahoma! one time and he used to sing it to her and she loved it. My mother was the one who kept everybody close. The oldest person in my family is my sister, she’s the matriarch.”

Looking over the documents in which the Dawsons claimed to have Jewish heritage, and also their official registration for changing their names, Marlene mused: “It’s strange… This is bizarre. So this is legitimate? Their name is Isaacson now?

“It’s shocking to see he’s changed his name and the kids. It blows my mind.”

Reading Michael’s claims of Jewish heritage, she scoffed as she read out loud: “Maternal grandparents spoke Yiddish.”

She said: “My mother was born here. Her father was Finnish. My father was born in Finland but he was Swedish. They didn’t speak Yiddish, they spoke Swedish.

“Growing up in high school our teacher always called us Jacobson. My name was Isaacson and he’d say it’s one of those Jewish names.”

Suspicions: Michael and Summer and children in New York
Suspicions: Michael and Summer and children in New York (Photo: Beyneynu)

In response to Dawson’s claims that multiple family members can attest to being Jewish, Marlene laughed derisively.

Denying the family had observed Jewish rituals, such as making challah, she said: “No. My father would make a similar bread, a braided bread at Christmas time, it was sweet with cardamom in it. But not every Friday.”

Contradicting Michael’s claims that his maternal grandmother fled Europe in 1937 through Finland to New York, Marlene bluntly insisted: “My mother is a New Yorker, she was born in The Bronx.”

Marlene said her mother’s family name had not been Isaacson, as Michael has claimed: “She was a Mattson. She became an Isaacson when she married my father. When my father came to this country they screwed up his last name because his last name wasn’t Isaacson, it was Bjorndahl. Which sounds so much nicer than Isaacson. There’s so many variations of how they spelled his name, that’s why it’s hard to do research.”

A wedding announcement in 1995 in a Palm Springs newspaper shows that Michael and Summer Dawson were married in Trinity Lutheran Church in New Era Michigan. They would later obtain a Jewish marriage certificate in 2013 from a Rabbi Rich in Dallas, having told him they became religious after their non-Jewish marriage. At their request he carried out a Jewish wedding for them. Rabbi Rich has since told investigators he was unaware of their true background and would “readily renounce his signature”.

In the years following their wedding, they started to appear in Jewish communities around the US, presenting themselves as Orthodox Jews, starting in Houston, Texas.

Talking to the JC, an Orthodox teacher in America who wishes to remain anonymous says he met the couple multiple times, even welcoming them into his home. The couple told him they were planning to move to Israel and make Aliyah.

“I would have no reason to suspect that they were anything more than just sort of California-style Ba’ale Teshuva,” he said.

He says that when the couple was later confronted by the rabbi of their community, “they essentially disappeared over the course of a weekend, not telling anybody where they were going”. The couple moved out in the middle of the night, he said.

“This is not normal behaviour for anybody, people don’t move that way. Especially, stand-up, responsible people, people who have a normal job. Nobody does that. They broke the lease, they moved on the lease and left the landlord hanging.”

He believes their ultimate aim is to create “a backstory” that will allow their children to marry Jews. Ultimately, he thinks they are part of a wider Messianic plan to create a sleeper-cell of fake religious Jews in Israel: “There is some movement afoot… for some reason, they need there to be an Orthodox looking, observant, Christian body in Israel. I don’t know exactly how this fits into their Messianic scheme, or the whys, but this seems to be what they’re doing.

“It’s very important that they all become rabbis, that they all have beards and peyot like they have to be full-on Hareidi. It’s very important that they all have this look, they do this dance, and yet they don’t.”

Jewish community members say that Michael Isaacson or Dawson’s wife Summer claimed she had Marrano heritage, which would mean her family originated in the Iberian peninsula and had been forced to convert from Judaism in the 15th Century under the Spanish Inquisition. Many Marranos or Conversos continued to keep some Jewish traditions.

However, the JC has seen genealogical research into Summer Dawson’s family that shows a direct maternal line to her great grandmother’s baptism in Mexico. That would require a conversion to Judaism to have taken place at some point since for Summer to be considered Jewish. According to the genealogical report, there is a string of Baptisms and Christian marriages in Summer’s family. Summer Dawson’s maternal great-grandfather was called Jesus De La Rosa.

The report also shows that Michael Dawson’s maternal grandmother Helen Mattson was married in 1916 in Messiah Lutheran Church in the Bronx, a Scandinavian church. Another of his ancestors is buried in St Michael’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

Michael Isaacson has not responded to requests for comment by phone, email and registered letter.

Historical Lessons from Yirmiya – Parts 1 and 2

Historical Lessons from Yirmiya – Parts 1 and 2

Chananya Weissman

October 3, 2021

Tanach is not a history book. Every dot is divinely measured; nothing is superfluous. The historical information included in Tanach is only there for the loftier lessons we are supposed to learn from it. After all, there is so much about the events of the time and the interesting people involved that is not told to us. Those who read Tanach like just another literary work are totally missing the point.

The book of Yirmiya intersperses prophecies about the imminent destruction of the first Beis Hamikdash and exile of the remnant of survivors with prophecies about the near and distant future and historical narratives. It is easy for the reader to run through the latter, but if he pays attention there are critical lessons from these stories that jump off the page. Some of the characters in these stories are obscure, which only further indicates that their inclusion is meant to teach us a lesson that transcends the value of the historical information.

Here are several such lessons that pertain to our situation.

Yirmiya was persecuted throughout his career as a prophet. At times his resolve wavered; he even cursed the day he was born (20:14-18). He was witnessing his nation bring the ultimate calamity upon itself, and they considered him the enemy for trying to save them.

At one point Yirmiya complained bitterly about the relentless abuse and attempts on his life. Referring to his prophecy, or his experiences with the people, or the protection he was relying upon he said: “Why is my pain constant and my wound extremely painful? It refused to be healed. It is to me like a spring that fails, like waters that cannot be relied upon.” (15:18)

Hashem replied: “Therefore, so says Hashem: If you return, I will return you. You will stand before me. And if you take out the precious from the gluttons, you will be like My mouth. They will return to you and you will not return to them.” (15:19)

These verses are explained in various ways. Radak says that Yirmiya went too far with his complaints and was told to repent. Other commentaries are not critical of Yirmiya, but explain verse 19 as yet another call for the Jews to repent. Either way, Hashem was encouraging Yirmiya to continue in his mission and save whoever he could. The generation was most likely doomed, but even if Yirmiya managed to reach only a few individuals, his reward would be great.

We can surely relate to Yirmiya’s frustrations as we watch a generation marching to its doom, while they abuse those who strive to save them. We can also take solace in Hashem’s reply. Maybe we will succeed in salvaging a few precious souls from the overall rot of society. Our reward will surely be great, and eventually the people who rejected us will seek us, instead of us chasing after them.

Yirmiya faced strong opposition from the false prophets, who represented the establishment and the mass media of the time. They attempted to discredit and silence him every possible way.

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One of his main foes was the false prophet Chananya ben Azur, who made a living whitewashing the sins of the people and claiming Yirmiya’s dire warnings were misinformation. Chapter 28 in Yirmiya relates a public confrontation between them in the Beis Hamikdash, before the kohanim and the people. Chananya falsely stated in Hashem’s name that in two years Bavel’s power over Israel would be broken, and the exiles would return with everything that was looted from the Beis Hamikdash.

Yirmiya sarcastically answered “amen” to that, and rejected Chananya’s false prophecy. Chananya assaulted Yirmiya and broke the wooden yoke he was wearing as a symbol of Israel’s impending servitude in exile. Chananya then doubled down on his false prophecy.

Hashem then spoke to Yirmiya and told him to make an iron yoke in place of the wooden one, for Bavel’s power would now be increased. Yirmiya also prophesied that Chananya would die that year. The chapter concludes by stating that Chananya died that year in the seventh month.

Chazal note that the seventh month is Tishrei, which is actually the first month of the new calendar year; Rosh Hashana is the first day of Tishrei, while the months are ordered from Nisan. If this is true, then Chananya would have died the following year!

They explain that Chananya indeed died before Rosh Hashana, but before he died he commanded his children to conceal the date of his death and bury him after Rosh Hashana, in order to “prove” that Yirmiya’s prophecy didn’t come true. (Perhaps all the hospitals fudging death certificates today got their inspiration from here.)

Think about this. Chananya ben Azur was a prominent “leading rabbi”, and might have even convinced himself that he had achieved real prophecy. Even on his deathbed, when he could no longer deny that Yirmiya was the true prophet, he was still obsessed with discrediting Yirmiya above all else. His final instructions to his family were not sage advice, let alone repentance in his final moments, but to perpetuate the lie after his death. He was willing to let his dead body lie in disgrace for several days just so people could play Gotcha and argue that Yirmiya’s prediction came true a minute too late.

We might think this is not the behavior of a normal person, but it is indeed normal once someone has become corrupted by falsehood and stubborn pride. They will simply not back down, no matter how stark the truth is, and no matter what they have to lose. They will even drag their children down with them rather than admit their errors and repent.

Indeed, we find that Chananya’s grandson served as an officer in the army. He arrested Yirmiya attempting to flee Jerusalem before the city fell, falsely charged Yirmiya with defecting to the enemy, and turned him over to his tormentors (37:13). This would have been a wonderful opportunity to make amends for Chananya’s actions, but his grandson continued the family tradition.

(Chazal teach that one who flatters a wicked person will eventually fall into his hands or the hands of one of his descendants, and bring this as an example. They hold Yirmiya accountable for saying “amen” to Chananya’s false prophecy, which might have lent credence to it in some people’s eyes, even though that was clearly not the intention.)

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Chananya ben Azur’s behavior is maddening, but how many people can see it inside themselves? How many people today are continuing to decry every piece of information against the establishment narrative as “misinformation”, while they surrender their bodies, their lives, and their children to regular injections of who-knows-what? What are they gaining at this point beyond upholding their stubborn pride? They are gambling literally everything – their physical and spiritual lives, their liberty, and their children – and they will not concede an inch.

Even when one of them suffers harm or death from the injections, they bend over backwards to deny any possible connection. Many of these people will refuse to cut their losses until they are utterly wiped out.

Chananya ben Azur was not a fool. He was a brilliant, scholarly, charismatic man. He enjoyed prominence and the high esteem of the masses. Perhaps if he chose a path of humility and sincerity he would have achieved true prophecy. Instead, he went down with his ship, disgraced himself even after death, and dragged his descendants down with him.

This will probably not convince anyone who is following the same path; most of them are too far gone to come to their senses now. If nothing else, we see there are biblical precedents for this behavior, and we can better understand it when we see it. Knowing this will help us strengthen ourselves to run in the opposite direction, no matter what.

Eved Melech the Cushi is an obscure figure. It is uncertain that this was even his name. Metzudas David writes that his actual name was indeed Eved Melech, and he was dark-skinned like an Ethiopian (Cushi). Targum Yonasan ben Uziel and Radak translate the words literally as “an Ethiopian servant of the king”, who remains unnamed.

Rashi cites the Midrashic interpretation that identifies Eved Melech as Baruch ben Nerya, the main disciple of Yirmiya. However, this is extremely unlikely, being that Baruch was mentioned by name in many other places, and there is no reason for his identity to be masked in the incident that we will soon discuss. (It is common for the Midrash to identify two different people as one and the same to metaphorically compare them. The most famous examples are Hagar/Ketura and Lavan/Bilam. The latter lived centuries apart.)

In Chapter 38 of Yirmiya, the fall of Jerusalem is imminent. The city has been under siege by the Babylonians for years, and there is hardly any bread left. Many of the residents have fled to neighboring countries (where the sword ultimately followed them) or surrendered to the Babylonians. Yirmiya had been imploring them to do the latter, prophesying that if they surrender, the city and their lives will be spared. At this time he was languishing in a pit, submerged in tar and left to die. The king’s officers, who wanted to hold out until the bitter end, had cast him there.

Tzidkiyahu, the final king of this era, was a complicated character in his own right (more on him later). He displayed sympathy for Yirmiya, but he was a puppet leader, and he expressed powerlessness before his own officers (verse 5).

This is where Eved Melech comes in. He heard that Yirmiya had been removed from his previous, relatively safe imprisonment in one of the palace courtyards and thrown into the pit. The king had gone to the gate of Binyamin, and Eved Melech left the palace to go after him. When Eved Melech found Tzidkiyahu, he said as follows in verse 9: “My lord the king, these men have done evil with all they have done to Yirmiyahu the prophet, that they cast him into the pit. Had they left him in his place he would have died from the famine, for there is no more bread in the city.”

In other words, Yirmiya was going to die of starvation anyway, because everyone was starving, and the officers should not have actively hastened his death by casting him into the pit.

The king accepted these words. He commanded Eved Melech to take thirty men and raise Yirmiya from the pit before he died. Chazal explain that normally only three men would have been needed, but because they were all weak from hunger, they needed ten times that number.

Yirmiya’s life was saved by an anonymous black servant who went out of his way during a dire famine to intercede on his behalf before an impotent king with much more on his mind.

Hashem later gave Yirmiya the following message:

“Go say to Eved Melech the Ethiopian as follows. So says Hashem the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Behold I am bringing My words to this city for harm and not for good, and you will see it before you on that day. And you will be saved on that day, says Hashem, and you will not be given into the hands of those before whom you fear. For I will surely rescue you, and you will not fall by the sword, and your life will be like spoils for you, because you trusted in Me. So says Hashem.” (39:15-18)

While Hashem was bringing cataclysmic destruction upon Jerusalem and its people, He made a point to single out an obscure person who was low on the social ladder to receive special divine protection.

Notice that Hashem did not reward Eved Melech specifically for saving Yirmiya’s life, but for trusting in Him. It was not the result that earned Eved Melech the divine protection – something that was beyond his control – but the moral courage to try.

Do you feel insignificant? Do you feel as if you are being swept along by the massive upheavals in our time, and it doesn’t matter what you do? Do you believe you are powerless to make a difference when rotten people control everything?

Eved Melech proves that you are very significant, and Hashem is keeping track of everything you do. Your efforts to save someone might seem far-fetched, but they matter. Some of these efforts might even be successful; you might save a life!

Either way, you might just save your own.

31 Reasons Why I Won’t Take the Vaccine

by Chananya Weissman

  1. It’s not a vaccine. A vaccine by definition provides immunity to a disease. This does not provide immunity to anything. In a best-case scenario, it merely reduces the chance of getting a severe case of a virus if one catches it. Hence, it is a medical treatment, not a vaccine. I do not want to take a medical treatment for an illness I do not have.
  2. The drug companies, politicians, medical establishment, and media have joined forces to universally refer to this as a vaccine when it is not one, with the intention of manipulating people into feeling safer about undergoing a medical treatment. Because they are being deceitful, I do not trust them, and want nothing to do with their medical treatment.
  3. The presumed benefits of this medical treatment are minimal and would not last long in any case. The establishment acknowledges this, and is already talking about additional shots and ever-increasing numbers of new “vaccines” that would be required on a regular basis. I refuse to turn myself into a chronic patient who receives injections of new pharmaceutical products on a regular basis simply to reduce my chances of getting a severe case of a virus that these injections do not even prevent.
  4. I can reduce my chances of getting a severe case of a virus by strengthening my immune system naturally. In the event I catch a virus, there are vitamins and well-established drugs that have had wonderful results in warding off the illness, without the risks and unknowns of this medical treatment.
  5. The establishment insists that this medical treatment is safe. They cannot possibly know this because the long-term effects are entirely unknown, and will not be known for many years. They may speculate that it is safe, but it is disingenuous for them to make such a claim that cannot possibly be known. Because they are being disingenuous, I do not trust them, and I want no part of their treatment.
  6. The drug companies have zero liability if anything goes wrong, and cannot be sued. Same for the politicians who are pushing this treatment. I will not inject myself with a new, experimental medical device when the people behind it accept no liability or responsibility if something goes wrong. I will not risk my health and my life when they refuse to risk anything.
  7. Israel’s Prime Minister has openly admitted that the Israeli people are the world’s laboratory for this experimental treatment. I am not interested in being a guinea pig or donating my body to science.
  8. Israel agreed to share medical data of its citizens with a foreign drug company as a fundamental part of their agreement to receive this treatment. I never consented for my personal medical data to be shared with any such entity, nor was I even asked. I will not contribute to this sleazy enterprise.
  9. The executives and board members at Pfizer are on record that they have not taken their own treatment, despite all the fanfare and assurances. They are claiming that they would consider it unfair to “cut the line”. This is a preposterous excuse, and it takes an unbelievable amount of chutzpah to even say such a thing. Such a “line” is a figment of their own imagination; if they hogged a couple of injections for themselves no one would cry foul. In addition, billionaires with private jets and private islands are not known for waiting in line until hundreds of millions of peasants all over the world go first to receive anything these billionaires want for themselves.
  10. The establishment media have accepted this preposterous excuse without question or concern. Moreover, they laud Pfizer’s executives for their supposed self-sacrifice in not taking their own experimental treatment until we go first. Since they consider us such fools, I do not trust them, and do not want their new treatment. They can have my place in line. I’ll go to the very back of the line.
  11. Three facts that must be put together:Bill Gates is touting these vaccines as essential to the survival of the human race.Bill Gates believes the world has too many people and needs to be “depopulated”.Bill Gates, perhaps the richest man in the world, has also not been injected. No rush.Uh, no. I’ll pass on any medical treatments he wants me to take.
  12. The establishment has been entirely one-sided in celebrating this treatment. The politicians and media are urging people to take it as both a moral and civic duty. The benefits of the treatment are being greatly exaggerated, the risks are being ignored, and the unknowns are being brushed aside. Because they are being deceitful and manipulative, I will not gamble my personal wellbeing on their integrity.
  13. There is an intense propaganda campaign for people to take this treatment. Politicians and celebrities are taking selfies of themselves getting injected (perhaps in some cases pretending to get injected), the media is hyping this as the coolest, smartest, most happy and fun thing to do. It is the most widespread marketing campaign in history. This is not at all appropriate for any medical treatment, let alone a brand new one, and it makes me recoil.
  14. The masses are following in tow, posting pictures of themselves getting injected with a drug, feeding the mass peer pressure to do the same. There is something very alarming and sick about this, and I want no part of it. I never took drugs just because “everyone’s doing it” and it’s cool. I’m certainly not going to start now.
  15. Those who raise concerns about this medical treatment are being bullied, slandered, mocked, censored, ostracized, threatened, and fired from their jobs. This includes medical professionals who have science-based concerns about the drug and caregivers who have witnessed people under their charge suffering horrible reactions and death shortly after being injected. When the establishment is purging good people who risk everything simply to raise concerns about a new medical treatment — even if they don’t outright oppose it — I will trust these brave people over the establishment every time. I cannot think of a single similar case in history when truth and morality turned out to be on the side of the establishment.
  16. This is the greatest medical experiment in the history of the human race.
  17. It is purposely not being portrayed as the greatest medical experiment in the history of the human race, and the fact that it is a medical experiment at all is being severely downplayed.
  18. Were they up front with the masses, very few would agree to participate in such an experiment. Manipulating the masses to participate in a medical experiment under false pretenses violates the foundations of medical ethics and democratic law. I will not allow unethical people who engage in such conduct to inject me with anything.
  19. The medical establishment is not informing people about any of this. They have become marketing agents for an experimental drug, serving huge companies and politicians who have made deals with them. This is a direct conflict with their mandate to concern themselves exclusively with the wellbeing of the people under their care. Since the medical establishment has become corrupted, and has become nothing more than a corporate and political tool, I do not trust the experimental drug they want so badly to inject me with.
  20. We are being pressured in various ways to get injected, which violates medical ethics and the foundations of democratic society. The best way to get me not to do something is to pressure me to do it.
  21. The government has sealed their protocol related to the virus and treatments for THIRTY YEARS. This is information that the public has a right to know, and the government has a responsibility to share. What are they covering up? Do they really expect me to believe that everything is kosher about all this, and that they are concerned first and foremost with my health? The last time they did this was with the Yemenite Children Affair. If you’re not familiar with it, look it up. Now they’re pulling the same shtick. They didn’t fool me the first time, and they’re definitely not fooling me now.
  22. The government can share our personal medical data with foreign corporations, but they won’t share their own protocol on the matter with us? I’m out.
  23. The establishment has recruited doctors, rabbis, the media, and the masses to harangue people who don’t want to get injected with a new drug. We are being called the worst sort of names. We are being told that we believe in crazy conspiracies, that we are against science, that we are selfish, that we are murderers, that we don’t care about the elderly, that it’s our fault that the government continues to impose draconian restrictions on the public. It’s all because we don’t want to get injected with an experimental treatment, no questions asked. We are even being told that we have a religious obligation to do this, and that we are grave sinners if we do not. They say that if we do not agree to get injected, we should be forced to stay inside our homes forever and be ostracized from public life.
    This is horrific, disgusting, a perversion of common sense, morality, and the Torah. It makes me recoil, and only further cements my distrust of these people and my opposition to taking their experimental drug. How dare they?
  24. I know of many people who got injected, but none of them studied the science in depth, carefully weighed the potential benefits against the risks, compared this option to other alternatives, was truly informed, and decided this medical treatment was the best option for them. On the contrary, they got injected because of the hype, the propaganda, the pressure, the fear, blind trust in what “the majority of experts” supposedly believed (assuming THEY all studied everything in depth and were completely objective, which is highly dubious), blind trust in what certain influential rabbis urged them to do (ditto the above), or hysterical fear that the only option was getting injected or getting seriously ill from the virus. When I see mass hysteria and cult-like behavior surrounding a medical treatment, I will be extremely suspicious and avoid it.
  25. The drug companies have a long and glorious history of causing mass carnage with wonder drugs they thrust on unsuspecting populations, even after serious problems had already become known. Instead of pressing the pause button and halting the marketing of these drugs until these issues could be properly investigated, the drug companies did everything in their power to suppress the information and keep pushing their products. When companies and people have demonstrated such gross lack of concern for human life, I will not trust them when they hype a new wonder drug. This isn’t our first rodeo.
  26. Indeed, the horror stories are already coming in at warp speed, but the politicians are not the least bit concerned, the medical establishment is brushing them aside as unrelated or negligible, the media is ignoring it, the drug companies are steaming ahead at full speed, and those who raise a red flag continue to be bullied, censored, and punished. Clearly my life and my wellbeing are not their primary concern. I will not be their next guinea pig in their laboratory. I will not risk being the next “coincidence”.
  27. Although many people have died shortly after getting injected — including perfectly healthy young people — we are not allowed to imply that the injection had anything to do with it. Somehow this is anti-science and will cause more people to die. I believe that denying any possible link, abusing people who speculate that there might be a link, and demonstrating not the slightest curiosity to even explore if there might be a link is what is anti-science and could very well cause more people to die. These same people believe I am obligated to get injected as well. No freaking thanks.
  28. I am repulsed by the religious, cult-like worship of a pharmaceutical product, and will not participate in this ritual.
  29. My “healthcare” provider keeps badgering me to get injected, yet they have provided me no information on this treatment or any possible alternatives. Everything I know I learned from others outside the establishment. Informed consent has become conformed consent. I decline.
  30. I see all the lies, corruption, propaganda, manipulation, censorship, bullying, violation of medical ethics, lack of integrity in the scientific process, suppression of inconvenient adverse reactions, dismissal of legitimate concerns, hysteria, cult-like behavior, ignorance, closed-mindedness, fear, medical and political tyranny, concealment of protocols, lack of true concern for human life, lack of respect for basic human rights and freedoms, perversion of the Torah and common sense, demonization of good people, the greatest medical experiment of all time being conducted by greedy, untrustworthy, godless people, the lack of liability for those who demand I risk everything… I see all this and I have decided they can all have my place in line. I will put my trust in God. I will use the mind He blessed me with and trust my natural instincts. Which leads to the final reason which sums up why I will not get “vaccinated.”
  31. The whole thing stinks.

A relationship built on the intangible, irreconcilable & impossible foundation of conflicting ethics & theologies allows for no honest debate or respect.

Opinion July 7, 2021

Changing The Missionary Narrative

by Donald Zev Uslan

Changing the Missionary Narrative
Artwork: Elisheva Horowitz

Following the recent “outing” of covert missionaries in Israel, who had been living for years in the Jerusalem area as ḥaredi Jews, reactions ranged from individual and communal anger, resentment, confusion, accusations and denial – and by some definitions, trauma. Friendships were stretched and broken and there was a sense of shame and betrayal, with many wishing to keep things quiet “for the sake of the community.”

This is seemingly the “tip of the iceberg” with other long-embedded clandestine messianic missionaries, and their evangelical sponsors, being discovered throughout the country. The hope is that the thorough research and evidence being presented, by various counter-missionary organizations and investigative journalists will pressure and motivate Israeli government ministries and quasi-government agencies to take action and fulfill their responsibilities to enforce and enact counter-missionary measures.

The denial and negation of the problem, expressed in reactions on social and mainstream media, and via informal social conversations, largely centered on several questions: 

“Who did they really harm anyway?”
“Did they actually convert anybody?”
“Doesn’t Israel have bigger problems to worry about?” 

This is all a thinly veiled defense by those who fear any criticism of Israel’s partnership with American evangelical Christians could possibly jeopardize the political, financial, and “moral” support that comes with that relationship. 

There has been a lot of frantic finger-pointing and blaming: 

“The people who outed them are anti-Christian.”
“What a display of callousness towards the children and disrespect for the deceased mother.”
“Who are we to say who is really Jewish?”
“Why didn’t you tell us about them when you first found out?”
“Your Jewish identity is insecure if you let this bother you”
“You are going to harm our relations with the few friends we have left in the world”
(These are but a few of the typical reactions)

A response of studied quietude came from Israeli leaders, while members of the communities infiltrated by the missionaries were outraged and resembled “chickens with their heads cut off” as they scrambled to find leadership and direction. And therein lies the problem… 

There is no consultative body with which to address the public’s concerns. No ministerial governmental guidance. No support for communities. No guidelines. No plans for intervention. No political will to discuss the problems, initiate change or to come up with regulatory guidelines and legal clarity. But there is a lot of defensiveness and counter-blaming emanating from those institutions which should be dealing with the problems at hand, because… nobody wants to touch and reign-in the untouchable “faith-based” alliance.

A relationship built on the intangible, irreconcilable and impossible foundation of conflicting ethics and theologies allows for no honest examination and debate, no practical frame of reference and no reciprocal understanding and respect. 

This ”faith-based” relationship is much like a marriage gone awry, characterized by a forced and false intimacy, where a domineering partner insists, “I know what you need.”

Relationships often go wrong because there haven’t been agreed upon ground rules. We are attempting to jury-rig two different worldviews together, each with vastly different theologies, languages, terminologies, expectations for the future, sense of entitlements, histories and reasons for being.

A “no strings attached” relationship that is enmeshed in copious quantities of  economic, political and philanthropic benefits requires a no-nonsense moral, ethical and legal written foundation. “Faith-based diplomacy” is too abstract, and too open to interpretation. “Faith-based” leaves the door open to projecting one set of beliefs onto another, to not agreeing upon common language and concepts. For example, the phrase “Judeo-Christian values” is frequently bandied about in pro-Israel interfaith forums, but whereas naive Jews perceive the catch phrase in the context of  Western civilization and values, evangelicals infuse the concept with an added spiritual dimension that amounts to a theological fusing of both faiths. 

As one very popular evangelical leader said, “Judeo-Christian values have no meaning apart from Scripture…  the proclamation of the Good News [the gospel of Jesus] is the ultimate Judeo-Christian value.”

It’s time we change the narrative and put the relationship on a moral and ethical footing. Evangelical missionaries engage in what they perceive as biblically sanctioned ploys to win souls. From my perspective, I see many of these maneuvers as orchestrated and calculated deceptions akin to criminal-like behaviors. 

Missionaries have infiltrated the most intimate place of a Jewish person’s life, and, in our case, the Jewish nation’s life: our home, our soul, our peoplehood and our relationship with our Creator. What defines our essence is an intimate and private concern, and yet we have given over the keys to our home and entered into an ever-evolving  pathologically manipulative relationship with those who claim rights to our inner sanctum.

The evangelical missionaries are part of well-financed, organized networks of, dare I say… “criminals” – with an unethical psychological and anti-social mentality. These missionaries have more in common with Al Capone than with theological advocates. Narcissistic sociopathy is not a religious event, not an expression of “sharing” religious comfort, but rather, an imposition of one’s will upon another without regard to the impact on them or their family or community.  

Foreign nations use cyber technology to infiltrate and damage Israeli defense and infrastructure. On some level, can this not be compared to foreign evangelical organizations funding stealth missionary operations with the objective of  impacting and influencing Israeli people and society as a whole? Thus, someone who enters the country under false pretense, funded by an American or other foreign missionary entity that promotes  a hidden agenda… is stepping on illicit ground

Deception is a lie. Fraud is a crime. Fraud is defined as intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain monetarily or other benefits by way of false statements and false actions.

Let’s deal with it and take it out of the lofty and complex realms of “religion,” “theology,” “ideology,” “messiah,” “points of view,” “freedom of religion,” “marketplace of ideas,” even “anti-Semitism” and other grand and broad debates and concepts. 

It is time for a “constitution” – a relationship contract with obligations and consequences between Israel and evangelizing Christians, to include:

  • If one makes a false and unverifiable claim as a Jew under the Law of Return, that person should not be able to enter the country. If he or she does enter the country, it should be considered a criminal offense.
  • Entering the country due to political or financial influence, or “protexia” with missionary intent, is unethical and immoral, and should not be allowed. If discovered, it should be deemed criminal behavior for the person entering and the person performing the manipulation of or from within the system.
  • If one has a proven history of missionary activity, or intentions to missionize, that person should not be able to enter Israel. If so, it should be regarded as a criminal action.
  • If one has been advised by missionary entities or advocates on how to circumvent the questions on the entrance application or falsify documentation to Israel, it should be understood as illegal. 
  • If one presents false information or misrepresents themselves in order to enter and stay in Israel, this should be punishable by the law.
  • If a Jew has converted and become a Christian (and let’s be clear: “Messianic Jews” are Christians), and enters under the Law of Return, that is misrepresentation and should be punishable.
  • If one has falsified a family name or genealogical records to enter Israel under the Law of Return, that is deception and falsification.

*[NoteThe above list should be seen from an ethical and moral perspective, with the hopes that one day it will be properly legislated.

If you are a concerned and proactive citizen, contact authorities (numbers below). Insist on prosecutorial action. Appeal for an investigation into intentional or unintentional administrative negligence. Advocate for legislative change.

Each society and culture defines what is a “crime” based on its values and ethics. We Jews are the proud progenies of a long and distinguished tradition of boldly facing daunting moral and legal  dilemmas, and formulating redemptive and livable solutions. 

Israel has much work to do in facing the age-old challenge from Christian missionaries, but we need to recognize fraud for what it is and to insist on transparency in our relationships that is in alignment with everything we stand for and strive to be as a people and as a society. 

Contact Numbers:

  • The Knesset-02-675-3333
  • Nefesh B’Nefesh-Israel: 02-659-5800; USA & Canada-1-866-425-4924
  • Israeli Ministry of the Interior (Misrad Hapnim)- Israel: 02-629-4666
  • Israeli Population and Immigration Authority-Israel: 074-708-3450; Abroad: +972-72-708-3450
  • Chief Rabbinate of Israel-02-531-3131
  • Call Center for Reporting Fraud (National Insurance Institute of Israel)-Israel-02-370-9955

More Christian Missionaries Coming out of the Woodwork

From JC article Posted May 27, 2021

With additional reporting by Etan Smallman

Four members of a “sleeper cell” of alleged undercover Christian missionaries who infiltrated Orthodox communities in Jerusalem have been unmasked in dossiers passed to the Israeli government, the JC can reveal.

They are from a group of 10 fake Jews who followed evangelical ringleader Michael Elk — calling himself Rabbi Michael Elkohen — whose Christian upbringing was exposed earlier this month in a special report by the JC.

Elk had set up a seminary in Jerusalem called Yeshivat Yarim Ha’am, teaching a belief in Jesus. He gave students a ‘Messianic’ smicha, making them rabbis.

The Buckles getting married in a Messianic synagogue in the United States. Michael Elk, with his back to the camera, is officiating, and Jeff Adelman is on the left of the chuppah in the grey hat and waistcoat Jewish Chronicle.
Jeff and Katelyn Adelman, right and centre, and Amanda and Michael Elk, left and background

Elk himself has now fled. A recent photograph shows him sporting a hipster haircut and sculpted beard.

Now that the lynchpin has been unmasked, the Israeli anti-missionary group Beyneynu has set its sights on the other members of the covert group.

This week, Beyneynu sent two dossiers to Israel’s Ministry of the Interior naming four suspected missionaries, calling for an inquiry into how they gained Israeli citizenship.

The first dossier focuses on Timothy and Anna Michelle Buckles, an American couple who made aliyah in 2017. Both were close to Elk.

The couple met at the Bellingham Chabad House, Washington, where the alleged undercover Christian was so knowledgeable that he led Rosh Hashanah services.

Investigators believe that Anna Buckles’ family had a legitimate conversion at the Chabad House, making her halachically Jewish.

But her husband is believed to have “converted” through a “beth din” established by Elk. In 2012, he flew back from Israel to officiate at their wedding at the Beit HaShofar messianic congregation in Tukwila, Washington.

Buckles, 41, then set up a messianic yeshiva, Tzemach David, 25 miles north of Seattle, the dossier claims. It was registered as a church — but under the category “Judaism”.

Shannon Nuszen, director of Beyneynu, said: “The Buckles ran the American side of things. After Elk married them, they founded Tzemach David, the American branch of Elk’s yeshiva.”

Traces of Buckles’ true ideology were found online by Beyneynu activists. On the website of First Fruits of Zion — a group dedicated to a “Messianic Jewish reading of the Bible” — Buckles, under his Hebrew name Ami, is listed as a Jerusalem-based “support staff member”.

He is also the author of Avram and the Idol Shop: Growing disciples of Yeshua, a storybook for messianic children. And he has written articles for the evangelical Messiah Journal, most recently in November last year.

In 2017, the Buckles made aliyah. Both found work at Green Good Food, a strictly kosher café in Jerusalem popular with religious American immigrants, Beyneynu activists said.

They left their jobs, however, after their true identities were revealed to the managers.

Their missionary activities were only just beginning. They allegedly set up an Israeli version of Tzemach David — the messianic yeshiva they had founded near Seattle — in order to spread a Christianised Judaism to Jews.

Orthodox people living in local communities began to find missionary pamphlets mysteriously pushed through their letterboxes and magnets promoting messianic websites placed on their bins.

The second dossier handed to Israeli authorities focuses on fellow Americans Jeff Adelman and his wife Katelyn.

Adelman’s Jewish journey appears to have begun in 2019. He only started attending synagogue a few months before he made aliyah, in November that year, the dossier said.

Adelman told the congregation at the Seattle Jewish synagogue he attended that he was a ba’al teshuvah, whose interest in Judaism had been sparked in Los Angeles.

Elk as investigated by Rabbi Singer

Earlier this month, a rabbi in Seattle revoked a 2019 letter recommending Mr Adelman for aliyah. The rabbi, who has asked not to be named, said:

“I am officially retracting the contents of that letter, due to inaccurate and misleading information that I was provided with. I cannot attest to the Jewish identity of Jeff Adelman.”

After moving to Israel, the Adelmans presented themselves as relatives of the Elks, with Jeff Adelman claiming to be Mrs Elk’s second cousin.

“They claimed to be related but it was not true at all,” said Amanda Bradley, an Orthodox friend of the undercover evangelists who was shocked to learn of their true identities.

“I got to know the Adelmans. They moved into my community in Ramat Beit Shemesh about two months ago. But two weeks back, after Michael Elk was exposed, they fled the city in a hurry, with months left on their apartment lease.”

Mrs Bradley added: “I myself told the Adelmans everything I knew about the Elks not being Jewish, and actually being Messianic, before the story broke publicly.

“I didn’t want them to leaern about it through the shock of a newspaper article, if they had also been lied to.

“They really didn’t seem surprised at all. The only time that Jeff looked shocked was when I told him I knew that Amanda wasn’t Jewish. I think he was shocked I knew.”

When Mrs Bradley discovered that the Adelmans were also secret Christians, she reacted with disbelief. “I wanted to know more proof, and I kept looking to find out more before I believed it,” she said.

“I had turned to Jeff Adelman to help explain the web of truths and untruths I had heard about the Elks, but I just got more lies.

“It was upsetting to find even more people you can’t trust.”

Mr Adelman’s wife, Katelyn Whitaker, is believed to have first visited Israel as a volunteer with Christian Friends of Israel in 2014 and returned the following year with Bridges for Peace, an organisation for “Christians supporting Israel”.

She eventually entered the official conversion programme of the Rabbinate of Jerusalem, via the Machon Ora seminary in the city.

Shannon Nuszen, director of Beyneynu, said the network was “like a sleeper cell”.

Describing its methods, she said: “They are supposed to embed themselves, pray for the Jews and when God finally removes the blinders from their eyes, they’ll be in place and influential to be able to bring all Jews to Jesus.”

She added: “Missionary activity is legal in Israel. There are over 300 messianic organisations that operate with a stated goal of bringing Jews to Jesus. But this is about honesty and mutual respect.

“The deceptive tactic of masquerading as Orthodox Jews is simply offensive.”

The JC has attempted to contact the Buckles by telephone and WhatsApp, with no reply. But a spokesperson for First Fruits of Zion, the missionary organisation that lists them as “support staff”, denied they were missionaries.

In an email to the JC, he said: “First Fruits of Zion is an educational organisation that provides Messianic Jewish teaching for Christians and Jews.

“Tim Buckles does work as an illustrator for our organisation. If Tim Buckles were involved in any form of proselytization or covert, deceitful evangelism, he would not be associated with our work as we denounce such activity.

Tim sporting the Charedi look

“While we cannot speak on behalf of Tim and Anna, we can say that our impression of their practice of Torah Judaism seems as if it is motivated by personal conviction and not as undercover missionaries.”

The spokesperson added: “If they are secret missionaries, they are incredibly inept and unsuccessful at proselytising. We don’t know of any Jews that have become Christians (or to not give way to semantics: Messianic Jews) because of Tim and Anna.”

When approached by the JC, Mr Adelman denied being a missionary but said “no comment” to further questions. Mrs Adelman could not be reached.
Buckles First Aliya

Buckles Second Aliya

Buckles Third Aliya

The Infamous 3rd Aliyah of Timothy (Ami) Layne Buckles

Following hot on the heals of The Infamous 2nd Aliyah of Timothy Layne Buckles we have yet another infamous Aliyah of Timothy Buckles or should we say Ami Buckles? Below in glorious technicolor is a picture of the Buckles family which you may identify in your local community soon. However Timothy may well be forced into finding another place and re-locate to enable the missionary work to continue:

Family Buckles

Link to original article here: Jerusalem Christian missionary training center poses as yeshiva

‘Synagogue’ and study hall in Jerusalem found to be used as Christian missionary training centers by missionaries posing as Orthodox Jews.

Tags :Messianic JewsMissionariesYad L’Achim Arutz Sheva Staff , May 26 , 2021 11:08 AMShare

A stranger visiting the Tzemach David synagogue and study hall in Jerusalem would never imagine that the innocent-looking facility was actually a training center for Christian missionaries in how to conduct themselves as religious Jews.

A wide-ranging probe by Yad L’Achim revealed that Tzemach David is the tip of the iceberg in the missionaries’ efforts to earn the trust of the Israeli public through deceit and manipulations.

Tzemach David is housed in a building called the Bram Center, after Abram (Bram) Poljak, a pioneering missionary in Israel.

The “Beis Medrash” (study hall) is run by an organization called FFOZ (First Fruits of Zion) that was established in the United States in 1992 with the central aim of presenting Christianity as Judaism and conducting intensive activities to gets Jews to convert.

In its publication, the organization speaks of its mission to “restore the original faith and kingdom message of the Jewish J.”

It goes on to describe what it describes as its four key missions: “Restoring the Jewishness of J, restoring his message about the kingdom, restoring the authority of the Torah, and restoring the people of Israel. ‘FFOZ Friends’ are at the forefront of this restoration, providing the support and advancing the cause to teach the truth and raise disciples for the Jewish J.”

According to internal documents obtained by Yad L’Achim, the missionaries established Tzemach David because would-be missionaries were having difficulty gaining admission to traditional yeshivas.

“The Bram Center provides … a place for Israelis to learn about the connection with Messianic Judaism.”

Half a year ago, the missionaries ratcheted up their activities, starting a “Torah Club” that claims to offer in-depth study of the Bible and Judaism to enable “Messianic Jews” to lead full “Jewish-Torah lives.”

The two main activists are Ami (Tim) Buckles and Boaz Michael.

Buckles, who dresses like an American haredi Jew from the United States, lives near the Givat Mordechai neighborhood in Jerusalem.

According to information obtained by Yad L’Achim, he first appeared as a missionary nine years ago in the United States in Jewish communities in the state of Washington, but local rabbis discovered his true identity and banished him. He went on to establish a missionary congregation in Seattle by the name of Tzemach David.

Yad L’Achim tracked him down in Jerusalem, where he gives a range of classes for FFOZ. Buckles works in the organization’s offices, as an author of missionary books that appear to have Jewish content and as a lecturer in Judaism.

In the organization’s official literature, he is described as the author of the children’s book Avram and the Idol Shop. “Together with his wife, Anna, and a team of young Jewish families, Tim has worked as an outreach director creating opportunities for interested Messianic Jews and Jewish Christians to reconnect with Torah and mitzvot.”

Boaz Michael, chairman and founder of FFOZ, lives in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem and walks around with a large knitted kippah.

A Yad L’Achim official said in a statement Wednesday: “We decided to immediately publicize the identity of these missionaries and the details we have on them, so that the public can take precautions.”

“The Tzemach David facility that trains them looks like a synagogue in every way. Instead of crosses, it has an aron kodesh, sifrei Torah and sifrei kodesh [holy books]. The literature they put out appears to be Torani but is spiked with Christian teachings. The missionaries themselves conduct what would appear to be Jewish lives and wear haredi garb – kippahs, beards and so on.”

The official added: “Based on past experience, we suspect that once their identities are revealed, Buckles, Boaz and other missionaries connected to FFOZ will try to change their addresses. We ask people to keep an eye open and notify our emergency hotline in the event they come into contact with the missionaries.”

Yad L’Achim adds that this latest revelation is just one in a string that will be publicized in the near future to protect the public.

Meanwhile, Yad L’Achim continues its battle against dozens of missionary organization acting in a variety of ways to influence Jews and get them to convert. “We are dealing with many families that have come under the influence of missionaries,” a senior official said.


The Buckles family are just one of many possible incursions in to the Jewish communities here in Israel. Another famous recent incursion includes another Missionary Posing as Hassidic Rabbi in Jerusalem along with his family. Tovia Singer provides more information at the following and also here:

Only Human After All

Amidst the craziness of the world today, surrounded by so much contradictory information, how does one obtain a true spiritual connection to Hashem? How to be human is a pre-requisite to receiving the Torah. Find out in the following video link:

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Passover and the teaching of Monotheism

There are many possible distortions to the Jewish Scriptures if the context of the Jewish scriptures are ignored. The context of course is the Jewish people and their formation as a Torah Nation with its origins in a restrictive land (Mitzrayim). Freedom to follow the will of Hashem is obtainable even in great times of distress and persecution. We can understand that we can be free from the insidious idolatrous agendas of the Pharoahs who have appeared across the stage of human history. Enjoy the above youtube video.

Build back Better?

Build Back Better. This is the slogan of the New World Order – aka the Great Reset.

You hear it often these days intoned — in the manner of dutiful Stepford Wives — by everyone from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Prince of Wales to Canadian blackface artiste Justin Trudeau and, inevitably, Joe Biden who has adopted it as his campaign slogan.

About the only leader you won’t hear using it is Donald Trump because he recognises its true significance. Build Back Better is the code phrase for one of the most terrifying and dangerous, globally co-ordinated assaults on liberty and prosperity in the history of mankind. If the plan succeeds, the world you inhabit will be unrecognisable, your children will have no prospects and your life will barely be worth living. Build Back Better means totalitarian rule by a global, technocratic elite – as constrictive and immiserating as life under fascism or communism. This hideous New World Order is the Great Reset.

It sounds like a conspiracy theory but the people behind it are perfectly open about it. Why else would they dedicate a special issue of Time magazine to outlining their masterplan?

One essay – titled ‘It’s 2023. Here’s How We Fixed the Global Economy’ – imagines a world where things all started getting better with the ousting of Donald Trump.

The U.S. began to change its approach after Nov. 3, 2020, when Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the presidential election and the Democrats held the majority in both houses of Congress.

So how do Biden and his Great Reset pals fix the global economy in this apparently desirable future?

Simple: Big Government takes care of everything, only not on a national scale this time, but a global one. It will be managed by a technocratic elite over whom you will have no democratic control.

Jobs and high minimum wages will be guaranteed; shale gas will be replaced by solar; businesses — in return for massive bailouts from the government — will agree to be run more like communist worker co-operatives; car lanes on freeways will be replaced by cycle lanes; companies are no longer driven by profit by ‘public interest’ and goals like sustainability. Oh — and you needn’t worry about your mortgage repayments any more — because private property will be abolished.

(And yes, they’re serious about abolishing ownership. Here’s their website boasting about their plans back in 2016.)

Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city – or should I say, “our city”. I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes.

It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service. We have access to transportation, accommodation, food and all the things we need in our daily lives. One by one all these things became free, so it ended up not making sense for us to own much.

What’s unusual about this global communist takeover plan is that it originates not from some meeting of hair-shirt sociology students at Berkeley but from the World Economic Forum, which hosts the annual meeting at Davos where billionaires lecture millionaires on how ordinary people live.

The founder of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab has written a book — several books in fact — on his masterplan.

His latest, called Covid-19: The Great Reset, makes no bones about the fact that the chaos of the Coronavirus pandemic represents the perfect opportunity to accelerate the entire world towards a ‘new normal’.

At the time of writing (June 2020), the pandemic continues to worsen globally. Many of us are pondering when things will return to normal. The short response is: never. Nothing will ever return to the ‘broken’ sense of normalcy that prevailed prior to the crisis because the coronavirus pandemic marks a fundamental inflection point in our global trajectory.

Got that? As far as your new globalist overlords are concerned, you are NEVER going to get your old life back, however much you might wish it. Also, be clear: this is being done for your own good because your old way of life was based on a ‘broken’ model.

Such is the author’s conviction that the new normal is what we need and should want, he scarcely bothers to pretend that Chinese coronavirus is anything other than a handy pretext.

Unlike certain past epidemics, COVID-19 doesn’t pose a new existential threat.

Schwab is clear in his book that coronavirus is not so much a crisis as an opportunity to be exploited – a chance to accelerate the birth of the New World Order he calls The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Radical changes of such consequence are coming that some pundits have referred to a ‘before coronavirus’ (BC) and ‘after coronavirus’ (AC) era. We will continue to be surprised by both the rapidity and unexpected nature of these changes – as they conflate with each other, they will provoke second-, third-, fourth- and more-order consequences, cascading effects and unforeseen outcomes.

This might all seem pie in the sky — the demented ravings of a German so sinister-looking and sounding that he would have made an excellent Blofeld in the Bond movies — were it not for one major problem: lots of world leaders, billionaire businessmen and other masters of the universe are totally onboard with the project. This includes, if we’re very unlucky, possible future President Joe Biden.

Because it all sounds like something out of a dystopian novel in the manner of Nineteen Eighty-Four, many people are under the illusion that the Great Reset is a conspiracy theory they can safely ignore. But as a commenter at Lockdown Sceptics puts it: ‘It’s not a conspiracy when they tell you what they are doing.’

Slowly people are waking up. One of them is Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, formal Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, who has written an open letter to President Trump warning him of the threat posed by the Great Reset.

A global plan called the Great Resetis underway. Its architect is a global élite that wants to subdue all of humanity, imposing coercive measures with which to drastically limit individual freedoms and those of entire populations. In several nations this plan has already been approved and financed; in others it is still in an early stage. Behind the world leaders who are the accomplices and executors of this infernal project, there are unscrupulous characters who finance the World Economic Forum and Event 201, promoting their agenda.

The purpose of the Great Reset is the imposition of a health dictatorship aiming at the imposition of liberticidal measures, hidden behind tempting promises of ensuring a universal income and cancelling individual debt. The price of these concessions from the International Monetary Fund will be the renunciation of private property and adherence to a program of vaccination against Covid-19 and Covid-21 promoted by Bill Gates with the collaboration of the main pharmaceutical groups. Beyond the enormous economic interests that motivate the promoters of the Great Reset, the imposition of the vaccination will be accompanied by the requirement of a health passport and a digital ID, with the consequent contact tracing of the population of the entire world. Those who do not accept these measures will be confined in detention camps or placed under house arrest, and all their assets will be confiscated.

The Archbishop is right to be concerned. This is not a drill. The Great Reset is an imminent, deadly threat of which everyone who cares about freedom, prosperity and national sovereignty should be aware.

It still has had remarkably little coverage in the media. One of the few MSM outlets to address it has been Sky News Australia, whose Rowan Dean described the Great Reset as ‘an anti-democratic enterprise designed to destroy your job, steal your prosperity and rob your kids of a future.’

You can watch my brief take on it here – also at Sky News Australia.

There’s an excellent, longer-read summary of the key issues by Marc Morano at Climate Depot. Morano recognises that the Great Reset is actually just a repackaged version of the Green New Deal, only with Covid-19 now being used as the big excuse for wholesale Socialistic transformation, rather than ‘climate change.’

He quotes healthcare journalist Peter Barry Chowka, who calls it ‘A flu d’état”

‘A flu d’état”

Health care journalist Peter Barry Chowka was blunt, calling the COVID/Climate “solution” linkage “a flu d’état.” “A takeover of our supposedly democratic political process by unelected & unaccountable administrative state medical bureaucrats,” Chowka warned, noting that all of the COVID solutions were virtually the same as the Green New Deal “solutions” to the purported climate “crisis.”

“Overnight, our society is doing what radical leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her fellow Green New Deal fanatics have demanded: An almost total end to air travel; personal automobile travel down to a trickle; promises of free health care for all quickly becoming the new status quo; and the ability of people to sit at home without working and receive a paycheck from the government. The Democrats want that to continue indefinitely,” Chowka wrote.

Also definitely worth a view — if you don’t mind being greatly depressed — is this explainer from  Dave Cullen (aka Computing Forever), who says:

‘You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy…Sounds an awful lot like global communism.’

I also recommend this account by James Corbett on the Corbett Report, who pulls together all the WEF’s own statements — including interviews given by Klaus Schwab — to construct a damning and frightening case as to the horrors that await us if this thing progresses any further.

#WhyAreTheyDoingThis has become a popular hashtag on Twitter for the increasing number of people concerned at the extraordinarily draconian and often scientifically inexplicable policies being adopted by governments the world over to deal with Coronavirus.

The Great Reset may be the answer.

And if it is the answer — and so if so many world leaders are on board — then my view is that there is only one man in the world who can save us from it.

That man is Donald Trump.

It’s why, in my view, this presidential election is probably the most important political event anyone alive will live through.

On the outcome depend our liberty, our prosperity, our civilisation.