It used to be that when someone presented himself to you as a Jew, there would be no reason to question it. Although I am more wary these days, for a number of reasons, this past week – I was duped.
A bearded gentlemen, donning Talleth and Tefilin, showed up at our “Power Minyan.” He was wearing a plastic hospital bracelet, and said that his wife just had a baby girl and he would like to name the girl during the Keriat haTorah.
The man read the berachot flawlessly and gave us his wife’s name and the name of the new baby in perfect Hebrew. We wished him a mazal tov.
After Tefilah, we asked him who he was, and where he’s from.
Tim Buckles, and he’s from Everett.
Now what would a modern “Hasidic” – looking Jew be doing in Everett? What kind of Jewish life is there up there?
You see, Seward Park is just too darn expensive….
A trusty minyan attendee was suspicious and started looking into this person’s background.Â Mr. Buckles, in the internet age, it’s pretty tough to be a practicing charlatan!
Tim Buckles is none other than Timothy Layne. He is not Jewish. He is one of the leaders of the Tzemakh David Messianic group in Everett WA.
That has not stopped Rabbi Tim from trying to get a foothold in the Orthodox community, including an attempt at infiltrating Chabad outside of Seattle.
Look, it’s a free country, and people can believe in whatever religion they want, even make up their own religion which somehow reconciles classical Judaism with the belief in Jesus as one’s personal savior.
It’s the deception that’s troubling. I’ve put a call into Matthew Steele, President of the Tzemakh David Messianic group, to request that his congregants, maybe even his rabbi (?) conduct their missionary work elsewhere.
You see, in an effort to “win souls”, Mr. Buckles, Layne, or whatever his name may be tomorrow….feels that God is on his side.
Praying Mincha without a Minyan
In yet another famous desperate attempt for gaining authenticity we see another attempt by ‘Rabbi’ Dr. Stuart Daurmann to gain authenticity no doubt in line with his policy of pandering to the Jews by convincing them, by your elevated observance, that the Torah is “best interpreted in concert with the historical stream and transgenerational discussion of that people to whom it was given”[to use Staurts words of course]? Attempts for legitimacy now of course include the study of ‘Rabbinic’ Judaism. The inclusion of ‘Rabbinic’ Judaism would appear to be a new way of evangelism and may address the growing problem(?) of intermarriage in Messianic Judaism [if Stuart’s Interfaithfulness website facebook page is to go by] and how the Christian part of ‘the intermarriage equation’ deals with the Jewish in-laws.
Stuart Daurmann is seen left pausing to daven Mincha [afternoon prayers] without a minyan and of course capturing the moment of beating his chest during the shemoneh esrei, how touching! No doubt the lack of a minyan was to ensure his modesty and not wanting to make a show of things!
Sticking the Knife in
Then again we have the latest shocking news according to a good friend and colleague of Stuart Daurmann, ‘Rabbi’ Derek Lehman. The shocking news is that Jim Staley [Pastor, Rabbi, Messianic] of Passion for Truth ministries has been indicted for fraud by the Federal Government. A great opportunity no doubt for ‘Rabbi’ Derek Lehman to stick the knife in to establish his authentic position as a real ‘rabbi’ etc…
I have been a vocal opponent of Jim Staley’s (Jim Staley) ideas, of the way he promises people a better identity with God if they start living Torah. There are a thousand variations of the “snake oil” message (“get your snake oil, the only good kind, right here, for a lifetime of easy installments of 10% of your gross income”)
Sure that your sin will not find you out Derek Lehman and it is not a reflection of your own brand of snake oil too?
Just goes to show.