A relationship akin to sleeping with the enemies of the Jewish people is already operating here in Israel. The relationship includes a collusion between Jewish organizations who supposedly support Jews in Israel and the whole missionary industry which covers a wide spectrum of various brands of Christianity. An ongoing unholy alliance between Roman Catholics, Evangelical Protestant groups and the so-called ‘Messianic Judaism” they support is presently becoming more brazen in its efforts to convert Jews to Christianity. The collusion sees a huge chunk of cash being proffered to the money/ power/ prestige hungry leaders of certain Jewish Organizations all under the guise of mutual respect, support of Israel and love of the Jewish people.
Any attempt to address concerns is immediately branded by the recipients of the huge chunk of cash as promoters of Loshon Hara. But the question still remains.
When will we Jews, our politicians, rabbis, business and community leaders snap out of their hallucinations that this relationship, as we ourselves have allowed it to unfold, is anything but poison to our people and country?
The recipients use every means at their disposal to quash any concerns raised about the cash cow they are currently drawings huge sums of money from, after all its not easy living here in Israel!
The most moderate responder wrote: “I was shocked and embarrassed. I really admire you, Rabbi Melamed, and your books, etc … I simply think that you are unaware of Rabbi Riskin’s sympathetic views of Christianity and oto ha’ish (literally ‘that man’, or a euphemism for the Jewish founder of Christianity) … God have mercy … Rabbi, I suggest you have a look at the videos on YouTube where Rabbi Riskin speaks the praises of Christianity and oto ha’ish. The videos are in English. With this in mind, I’d be happy to understand how you could defend Rabbi Riskin.”
Rabbi Melamed supports Rabbi Riskin and discusses debatable details of the video without a broader enquiry. The broader enquiry would ask why in the world would an organization founded and directed by the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Shlomo Riskin, and staffed by Orthodox Jews enter into the church-building business? Surely it is not a mitzvah incumbent upon the Jewish people to facilitate the spreading of the gospel of jesus christ anywhere in the world, let alone in Israel! But then again, Rabbi Riskin and his rabbinic partners have proclaimed that Christians and Jews jointly share Abraham’s covenant with G-d. Riskin and the CJCUC have also sanctioned everything from Jews engaging in theological dialogue with Christians to Jews entering churches to granting jesus rabbinic “smicha”.
Now at this stage you may hear the cries of Loshon Hara go up to silence the opposition?
However, according to the laws of Loshon Hara, JewishIsrael has sought through various channels to meet with Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, the Rabbi of the Har Bracha community in the Shomron, with regard to his halachic and hashkafic pronouncements pertaining to the deployment of Hayovel Ministry volunteers in the fields of Yehuda and Shomron (and now in the Golan Heights as well), a service Rabbi Melamed deems as a “fulfillment of prophecy”. These volunteers are recruited from a number of messianic Christian sects and cults, which are missionary in nature.
On Thursday, October 10th, 2013, JewishIsrael board members met in Har Bracha with Avraham Hermon, whom Rabbi
Melamed assigned the task of meeting with JewishIsrael and listening to what they had to say. The meeting lasted for over an hour, during which time JewishIsrael gave a presentation of what they viewed as the problems caused by the deployment of Hayovel Ministries’ volunteers in Israel. Some of the topics the presentation covered included:
- The missionary nature of Tommy Waller’s and Hayovel’s past and present agenda
- Problematic activities and missionary associations, both past and present
- Contradictory statements relayed to Rav Melamed and Har Bracha representatives
- Problematic venues of recruitment
- HaYovel’s present theology and vision
At the end of the presentation, JewishIsrael staff informed Hermon that they planned to go ahead in the near future with publication of the information presented, and that JewishIsrael hoped Rav Melamed would review the material shortly and respond with his opinion.
Following their meeting in Har Bracha, other prominent rabbis viewed the very same presentation. These rabbis have concluded that the material presented is “of great concern, very serious in nature, and requires follow-up“. One rabbi from the Shomron added that he “doesn’t understand how Rav Melamed could possibly ignore such vital information.”
Ignoring such vital information is part and parcel of the poison that some of the Jewish people have swallowed in subscribing to the doublespeak currently being banded around and accepted on both sides of the Christian / Jewish equation.
The weird effects of the term follow the money certainly seems to apply with respect to Diane Weber Bederman’s enquiry for a review of one of the funders of the organization StandWithUs; the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ). The weird effects of trying to follow the money also possibly opens up to the rational inquirer the world of doublespeak. Doublespeak with its love of Jews/ Israel and mutual respect promoted by the likes of StandWithUs, perhaps? Kind of like the doublespeak of the left-wing BBC with their mantra that Islam is a religion of peace contrasted with the reality of bombs going off all over the place and hey presto: a piece of you here and a piece of you there, perhaps?
What is really important in the world of doublespeak is the ability to lie, whether knowingly or unconsciously, and to get away with it; and the ability to use lies and choose and shape facts selectively, blocking out those that do not fit an agenda or program.
At this stage in the game we see a gaping dissonance between the doublespeak of not proselytizing and in reality aggressively proselytizing by various Christian organisations. Worst still, some of our Jewish leaders choosing to remain silent, which is the same as consenting to the conversion of Jews. Sadly also that some of our Jewish leaders are more than happy to see the spiritual suicide of their fellow Jews for the sake of financial gain.
Its time for all Jews to make Havdalah using the correct criteria specified by the clear and widely accepted rulings from modern Torah authorities prohibiting interfaith theological encounters which blur the lines between religious faiths. In other words stop taking the money and do the right thing!!