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Portion taken from Article from Palm Tree of Devorah blog post.

Why is Tommy Waller excited about this book launch? Because it will help to further the Ephraimite/Hayovel long-term plan for claiming their inheritance in Eretz Yisrael by building relationships that bring Jews and Christians together as “one new man.”

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In May 2017,  an interview given by Rivkah Lambert to New Covenant Israel (NCI) Radio* in which she described her book idea and asked for people to send her their stories. She compiled them into this book which purportedly represents the “Torah Awakening Among Non-Jews.”

According to one of the NCI objectives:

Unite, as much as we can, the Whole House of Israel—both Jew and Gentile, made up of the House of Judah and their companions, and the House of Ephraim and their companions—into one Body, and One New Man: New Covenant Israel!

But, the term “non-Jew” can be misleading. The majority of the names of people whose stories are included in this book are associated with the Ephraimite Christian movement like Tommy Waller. And this language – “Torah Awakening” – is used on their websites, except they use the word “Christian” rather than non-Jew.

Those chosen to be in this book, by and large, remain believers in and followers of the Christian man-god Yeshu despite however many years they’ve been in contact with “Orthodox” Jews. They are supposed to be on a “path”, but they aren’t arriving at the truth. And they are supposed to be “awakening to Torah,” but they remain with eyes firmly closed to the Torah’s truth. We were told in 2006 that Tommy Waller was on this same path that turns out to lead nowhere as today he has not budged an inch from his original Christian faith.

Fast forward five months. The book is finished and ready to be launched…

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Gidon Ariel Partnering with Christine Darg and at the promotion of the book by Rivkah Lambert.

When Mike Clayton** speaks of Christians awakening to or embracing Torah, what Jew would imagine that it’s just another veiled reference to the Christian man-god Yeshu?

It would be funny if it were not so catastrophic. The Jews think the Christians are awakening to the Torah while the Christians think this new openness on the part of religious Jews signals their awakening to Yeshu, God forbid!

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Two thousand years ago, the Maccabees fought a 25-year war to eradicate Hellenism from our land. It wasn’t long before the Greek Hellenism was replaced by the Roman Christianity as the next attempt to assimilate Jews into extinction.

After 1900 years of failure, they finally hit upon the right combination for some success. “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” At first it was called Hebrew Christianity, then Messianic Judaism followed by the so-called Ephraimite movement. Daniel Botkin talks about it in an article he wrote in 2002 called “Jewish People and the Two-House teaching”, meaning the two houses of Israel – Judah and Ephraim:

We should be aware of the fact that Orthodox Jews do expect Mashiach (Messiah) to regather the twelve tribes. Perhaps it could be pointed out to them that the descendants of the tribes are indeed being regathered from among the Gentile nations as they come to Yeshua and into the Messianic Community.

Centuries ago, when virtually all Gentile Christians just lived a typical Catholic or Protestant lifestyle, the suggestion would not have been so feasible. But now that so many Gentile Christians are embracing the Torah, honoring the true Sabbath, and celebrating the Biblical Feasts, the idea may not seem too far-fetched for Orthodox Jews to consider it. (Some already do believe it, by the way.)

And if they are persuaded that many of these “Messianic Gentiles” are really descendants of the ten northern tribes and are awakening to their Israelite identity because of their faith in Yeshua of Nazareth, then they might also be persuaded to consider His Messianic claims more seriously than they did in the past, when they viewed Christianity as just another pagan religion.

So, this “phenomenon” which Rivkah Lambert is so eager to connect Jews with is just another Christian ploy to bring Jews and Christians together into one people under Yeshu.

How unfortunate that she also has the cooperation and apparent approval of some high profile Jewish names to back her up. The back cover of the book lists Rabbi Tovia Singer as a contributor and prominently includes an apparent haskamah with a brachah for the book’s success by Rabbi Alon Anava.

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Despite the bold display of the prophetic quote on its front cover (Zech 8:23) ……there is no way the pure words of this prophecy describe the idolatrous Christian connivers featured in the book’s pages.

I pray with all my heart that these misguided Jews will awaken (and soon!) to the error of their ways. As for the rest of Am Yisrael – be aware, be informed, keep your distance and warn others.

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* New Covenant Israel is a fellowship of believers, both Jew and Gentile, who embrace the love and mercy of YHWH and desire to abide in His New Covenant. We understand that Yeshua regained the dominion of Earth from Satan to re-establish the Kingdom of God on this planet, and that Yeshua passed that dominion on to the New Covenant Believers.

** Clayton was a part of the Hayovel harvesting team in 2012-2013 and regularly lectures to Hayovel participants and at messianic congregations.

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Anti-Semitic Sculpture Outside Luther’s Church Creates Controversy

The highly anticipated 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in 2017 and the epicenter of the Reformation, Wittenberg, Germany, has been preparing for years. Visitors from around the world are already trickling in to visit historical sites such as the Castle Church where Martin Luther is purported to have posted his 95 Theses condemning the Catholic Church’s sale of indulgences.

However, St. Mary’s, or the Town Church, in Wittenberg, where Luther regularly preached, married his wife Katharina von Bora, and baptized their six children, is currently drawing greater attention because of a challenge to remove a 700-year-old anti-Semitic sculpture from its facade:

Anti-Semitic Sculpture Outside Luther's Church Creates Controversy

Believe in Jesus & Convert too

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The ongoing battle to convert the Jew has taken on a new twist recently a la Asher Meza. ‘Rabbi’ Meza has announced a Conversion to Judaism Event 2016 on July 12-13th in Keansburg, NJ.

The posting of the video announcing of the event by  ‘Rabbi’ Meza has drawn some real hungry folks desperate for Jewish identity:

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Some of Cheri Dillion’s assembly[AKA messianic fellowship] are going to Keansburg, NJ to get converted. The golden question asked is if its possible to covert and believe in Jesus/ Yeshua. The good news according to Cheri is that Meza and company do not ask. But ‘Rabbi’ Meza has no problem with it either. Its a free event so that makes it OK and where is the harm?

The measure of a man and a ‘Rabbi’

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The Asher Meza conversion extravaganza falls hot on the heels of yet another Jewish-Christian relations event: 2016 Shavuot Conference, Celebration and Tour by the Commonwealth of Israel (COY) where the teaching of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai becomes even more relevant:

 A group of people were travelling in a boat. One of them took a drill and began to drill a hole beneath himself.

His companions said to him: “Why are you doing this?” Replied the man: “What concern is it of yours? Am I not drilling under my own place?”

Said they to him: “But you will flood the boat for us all!”

(Quoted in Midrash Rabbah, Vayikra 4:6). From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

There have been many self hating Jews who have knowingly attempted to drill a hole in the boat which represents the Jewish people’s collective reliance on each other for their mutual survival. For many years the boat has seen many drilling attempts!

In a new twist we see another dynamic taking place under the rubric of Jewish-Christian relations. The boat is occupied and populated not only with Jews but now with ‘invited’ Christians who love Israel.

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Slowly and stealthily a new agenda pitches the idea that those lovers of Israel being loaded onto the boat will not be a problem. Anyone on the boat by virtue of being part of the Jewish people who raises just an eyebrow will be quickly branded as a hater. A hater because they fail to see that the new initiative has no holes drilled in the boat…….. apparently.

We may note at this point that rocking the boat, overloading the boat are other ways included in the ways of sinking the boat.

The bigger picture

Glitzy marketing along with literature, slick videos, custom tours and conferences such as the 2016 Shavuot Conference, Celebration and Tour by the Commonwealth of Israel (COY) folks gives a prime example of loading the boat up with the lovers of Israel.

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Anticipating against the naysayers, the frame work of the agenda is set out in the rules of engagement. Judah = Jews, Ephraim (an already forgone conclusion) = non-Jews and 10-Israel = 10 lost tribes;

  1. There shall be no Conversion attempts by any party WITHIN the activities and communications of COY Projects – this applies as much to proselytizing Jews by 10-Israel as to conversion promotion by Judah towards Ephraim.
  2. Ephraim – There shall be no discussion, witnessing, quoting of NT for proselytizing purposes (by Ephraim).
  3. Judah – There shall be no bad mouthing, condemning, de-Messianising attempts towards Ephraimites. judeo-christian
  4. Theological differences will NOT be allowed to bring division –the rule shall be to agree to disagree with respect and friendship.
  5. There shall be NO muzzling of what any party to COY teaches in their own capacity outside of COY communications. The basis of our Reconciliation shall be to build on that which we agree upon (Ref. the ‘Areas of Commonality) above.

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A recent video “The Gate Of Heaven” shows the above rules of engagement in action where a rising young star of the Waller family (headed by Tommy Waller) is seen in his enthrallment of the land of Israel in a recent promotion of ‘biblical tours’ where the scriptures come alive.

The Wallers have trashed their old web presence and now have a relatively gospel-free site at Hayovel.com. However, they and their harvesters continue to share jesus and express an ever-more overt and fervent Christian end times message via YouTube, Facebook, blog sites, video productions, documentaries and newsletters.

Hayovel’s original vision and mission can be viewed in this clip:

“…for us sharing the gospel is not only verbal, it has an action to it. It’s based on relationships. As we’re working with these people [the Jews], we’ll be able to share with them this Jesus, that we know…   Our family has begun a ministry called Hayovel. The vision of Hayovel is to develop a network of individuals, families and congregations who are ready to labor side by side with the people of Israel. To bless them, to stand with them, to share with them a passion for the soon coming jubilee in yeshua messiah.” http://jewishisrael.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-waller-family-making

The warm fuzzy glow produced by the first four points in the rules of engagement above is no doubt to serve to pacify the natives of the boat that no one is drilling those holes in the boat.

The points in the rules of engagement above however, reflect Greek thinking that every point can be viewed separately with no interaction/ interconnection between the points. Somehow we just have to pretend that all is OK, the Christians invited onto our boat are not drilling holes on the bottom of our boat.

Point 5 however sticks out like a sore thumb, especially in view of the nefarious activities of the various missionaries which include those outlined above; ‘good’ Jews know and just have to accept that “There shall be NO muzzling of what any party to COY teaches in their own capacity outside of COY communications”… NO ONE IS DRILLING THE BOAT……. YOU CANNOT HEAR THE KERCHING OF THE CASH TILLS…………

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Bringing Tears to our Eyes

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Christine Darg wept and no doubt along with other Christians were doing cartwheels at the release of a statement on 3rd December 2015 by the CJCUC. The CJCUC headed by Rabbi Riskin have their fingers in the pies of almost every interfaith endeavour across the Christian spectrum of belief from the likes of the initiatives of the Roman Catholic’s Domus Galilaeae, evangelical Christian groups such as the ICEJ and so called messianic Judaism.

In the guise of ‘charitable’ cooperation in the common goal of easing ‘suffering’ we have nothing to fear apparently:

Now that the Catholic Church has acknowledged the eternal Covenant between G-d and Israel, we Jews can acknowledge the ongoing constructive validity of Christianity as our partner in world redemption, without any fear that this will be exploited for missionary purposes. (point 3 of the Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity)

According to Christine Darg we have a common enemy:

You see, even in the highly demoralizing terrorism coming out of San Bernardino, California, God is bringing good. People of faith are rising up to say “this city belongs to God.” Inevitably, the peoples of the Book, Jews and Christians, must come closer together because we have a common enemy.

When will we Jews understand we also have a Holocaust of love also?

Just to give you a flavour of what the CJCUC are up to here is a fortaste:

CJCUC Improving Christian Relations or Destroying Jewish Foundations?

JewishIsrael has been closely monitoring the continued radical interfaith activities associated with the Center for Jewish Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC), founded by the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Shlomo Riskin.

A comprehensive report, as well as a statement fromJewishIsrael Rabbinic Director, Rabbi Sholom Gold, will be forthcoming in response to the following endeavors:

  • The new “Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity” which endorses such positons as “Jesus brought a double goodness to the world… he strengthened the Torah of Moses majestically… “.
  • CJCUC’s active fundraising to purchase a facility for a missionary church in Jerusalem.
  • CJCUC’s participation in and promotion of events with personalities who directly seek to evangelize Jews.
  • CJCUC’s collaboration with a controversial Catholic advocacy group on funding Christian schools loyal to the Palestinian Authority.
  • CJCUC’s cooperation with a Christian University involved in anti-Israel activities and missionary work.
  • CJCUC’s radical reinterpretation of the intentions and writings of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Z”L.
  • CJCUC’s continued promotion of mixed Christian-Jewish prayer events.
  • CJCUC’s continued distortion of the scope of Christian support for Israel, in light of the current facts on the ground.

Chief Rabbis Vindicated for Asking Jews to Avoid ICEJ’s 2015 Jesus Worship Feast

“Suddenly, the music swelled again as the worship team led the gathering in a contemporary version of a very ancient creed: ‘We believe in the crucifixion; we believe in the virgin birth; we believe in the resurrection, and that He is coming back to earth!’… the worship team kept singing: ‘Make me a house of prayer.’ These were the same words that Jesus cried out upon his final, triumphant entry to Jerusalem: ‘For my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ (Isaiah 56:7).”

– Charisma Magazine’s report on the opening event of the 2015 ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles: One Simple Declaration: ‘We Believe’

“As a nation, Israel remains in rebellion against Jesus of Nazareth and this factor has more to do with her present struggle than we are prepared to admit! (Matt 23:37-39) (Luke19:41-44) Jesus is a Jewish Messiah and the only way of salvation. (Acts4:11-12)

Malcolm Hedding, ICEJ Executive Director Emeritus, Position Statements – ICEJ’s Core Beliefs

As in past years, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) held its annual Feast of the Tabernacles in Jerusalem. The large evangelical worship event was hosted at the Pais Arena in Jerusalem from September 27 through October 2nd. The Arena has become a popular venue for international Christian gatherings.

The religious nature and agenda of ICEJ’s Feast is frequently dismissed or reinterpreted by Israeli government officials and the press, and therefore misunderstood by the Israeli public.  The result is that many Israeli Jews are perplexed as to why the Chief Rabbinate needs to issue warnings with regards to participation in Christian prayer, and the heavy missionary presence at what is perceived to be a large tourist event for lovers of Israel.

What the “Feast” Is

ICEJ’s Feast of the Tabernacles is first and foremost a Christian religious event – a pilgrimage centered on the worship of jesus. The week-long “Feast” features as speakers a number of messianic and evangelical leaders who are actively involved in efforts to bring jesus to the Jews.

 What the “Feast” Is Not

Contrary to press reports, the 6-day ICEJ Feast is not a “pro-Israel summit“.  It is clearly a christ-centered worship event. And unless Judaism’s vision is to have jesus sitting on King David’s throne on the Temple Mount, surrounded by humanity bowing down and worshipping him, ICEJ’s Feast is far from being a fulfilment of the end of days prophecy as described in Zechariah 14- 16.

The Source of Confusion

The ICEJ expresses solidarity with Israel and is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the Jewish state. However, in recent years ICEJ has become increasingly transparent regarding both its missionary intent and its active collaboration with Israel’s messianic leadership. By hosting ICEJ events, Israel is empowering and legitimizing the messianic movement in Israel and its evangelical missionary network.

Israeli messianic leader Mati Shoshani, the COO of Israel’s messianic-led Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ), credits international Christians visitors for inspiring and spawning a young messianic leadership in Israel and for bringing his Jewish-born father and aunt to Christ in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. It’s likely no coincidence that his father, missionary Oded Shoshani, has been repeatedly featured at ICEJ events, including the Feast of the Tabernacles. Since the beginnings and eventual establishment of the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem in 1980, the number of “Jewish believers in Jesus” has grown exponentially, as have the number of messianic congregations.

Many Israelis associate the ICEJ Feast with the throngs of Christian pilgrims who regularly participate in the annual Sukkot march through the streets of Jerusalem – a spectacle that mesmerizes with its colorful display of international pageantry and expressions of “love” for the Jewish state.

[Note: Christian symbols indicating an allegiance to jesus/yeshua as the “king” and “lion of Judah” are also always present among the plethora of nations’ flags].

This outpouring of support-on-parade, however, does not negate the fact that that organization and its affiliates are activelycollaborating and networking with missionary entities whose intentions are to strengthen a firm base of “messianic Jews” in Israel. It must be remembered that evangelical Christians are dedicated to missionary outreach efforts and their faith-based activities and mode of worship is not a private matter to be held in cloistered houses of worship.

Pre-Feast Concerns

Several months before the Feast, JewishIsrael was reviewing the ICEJ promotional materials and noted that at least half of the evangelical personalities scheduled as speakers for the 2015 Feast where and continue to be actively involved in encouraging or directly supporting the messianic missionary movement in Israel.

JewishIsrael sent its concerns to the Chief Rabbinate after meeting with Jewish leaders on this issue at the Jerusalem municipality. Some excerpts from that report are available in Hebrew.

At that time, JewishIsrael did not review every speaker listed, but rather focused on those whose activities we are familiar with.  For example:

Dr. Jürgen Bühler is an ordained minister who presently serves as Executive Director of the ICEJ.  He is active with King of Kings messianic community at the Clal Center in Jerusalem and calls for and endorses the growth and expansion of the messianic missionary community in Israel and offers a platform for their leadership.

Rev. Juha Ketola has served as a missionary in more than 30 nations around the globe. He presently serves as the ICEJ’s International Director. Ketola claims that the ICEJ’s “core” mission is to let the world know of “the return of the lord jesus”, and to spread that news from Jerusalem to the nations. Ketola openly collaborates with messianic, missionary leaders in Israel.

Cindy Jacobs is considered a “respected prophetess” in the evangelical world. With regards to Israel in 2015,Jacobs has announced that:

“This is the time for the harvest of the Jews to begin. Bold witness will arise from believers in both the Jewish and Arab sectors.”

[Note: “Harvest” refers to harvesting of souls. “Witness” relates to missionary activity via testifying one’s belief in jesus].

Jacob’s website, Generals International, features articles which call for the financial support of “Messianic Jewish and Arab-believing staff” [in Israel] and “to pray for much revelation of Jesus on the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem, and across the Middle East.”

Peter Tsukahira is an evangelical pastor and citizen of Israel who been instrumental in establishing and leading messianic congregations in Haifa such as Kehilat HaCarmel Or HaCarmel Ministry.  Excerpts from his teaching, The Restoration of Israeli Missions:

“In our day we are witnessing not only the historic return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel but the rise of indigenous Israeli congregations worshipping Jesus in the very land where He once walked…Today, in the modern state, a remnant of Israeli believers are worshipping Yeshua (Jesus) and bringing the power of His Spirit back home to Israel after almost two thousand years. Among the steadily growing numbers of Jewish believers are individuals and families who are called to go…to the Muslims, to the Hindus, to all the nations. These Israeli missionaries have received the mandate and mantle of Abraham and they are humbly joining their Gentile Christian brothers and sisters who have thus far carried the work of world evangelization…”

Jane Hansen serves as President/CEO of Aglow International – a world-wide evangelical community with 200,000 members. She supports and collaborates with messianic missionaries in Israel. In her own words:

“I would say the understanding of our commitment to Israel continues to unfold and become more focused as we unite with Messianic Jews in the land. They are the tender shoot of believers in Yeshua that is growing in accord with scripture related to the return of Jesus in Matthew 23:39.

This year, the reality of Romans 11:17 was expanded as we realized that as Christians, we aren’t only there in a supportive way “for” the Jewish people.  As grafted-in-ones, we are there “as” them.  We are not replacing them as a nation, but are certainly coming alongside them in a way that is deeper than just being there “for” them…

Asher commented on the fact that we had been grafted in saying, ‘Remember, you are no longer a Gentile and now all of the promises given to the Jews are yours.’”

Morning after Yom Kippur at the Chief Rabbinate’s Office

The day after Yom Kippur, JewishIsrael was called to a meeting at office of the Chief Rabbinate with a representative from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At that meeting we presented additional concerns and developments regarding key evangelical personalities who were scheduled as main presenters at the ICEJ Feast.

What JewishIsrael found particularly alarming was that the ICEJ’s popular speaker, Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, sits on the newly formed board of directors and advisors of Fellowship of Israel Related Min…, an organization founded by KKCJ’s Wayne Hilsden and comprised of the most comprehensive and aggressive team ofevangelical missionary leaders which JewishIsrael has ever come across. FIRM’s team members have had their sights on Israel and the Jewish people for quite some time.

Among FIRM’s board members are missionaries JewishIsrael has exposed in previous reports, such as Jonathan Bernis, Jack Hayford, Mitch Glaser, Erez Soref, Myles and Katherine Weiss, Don Finto, Eitan Shishkoff, and Raleigh Washington.

The new endeavor in Hilden’s own words is “openly identifying with and supporting messianic Jewish believers”.

Last February, JewishIsrael published a report which focused on FIRM and the new and disturbing trend of very public and orchestrated collaborations between prominent Christian Zionist leaders and renowned missionary and messianic leaders. But it is not just Torah observant leadership in Israel which is expressing concern.  Several months ago secular pro-Israel columnist Diane Weber Bederman threw a spotlight on FIRM and its missionary leadership in columns that appeared in the Times of Israel and CJN News.

The open participation of Samuel Rodriguez in such an endeavor is of great concern because he is a powerful preacher with political clout who serves as President ofthe National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference(NHCLC), representing millions of evangelicals and 40,000 US churches.  Rodriguez has also been a featured speaker at the White House.

Last month, Michael Freund’s regular column in theJerusalem Post, Fundamentally Freund: Rallying Hispanics for Israel, praised Rodriguez:

Prominent Latino leaders such as the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Guillermo Maldonado have been outspoken in their love for Israel, inspiring many to stand with the Jewish state and pray for her well-being.”

The obvious problem for Jewish activists and political leadership is to find a way to encourage and nurture an ethical alliance with evangelicals which offers political, philanthropic and popular support without sanctioning of missionary endeavors in the Jewish State. Unfortunately, for the last forty years Israel’s leadership has categorically failed – if not totally ignored – to address this crisis.

It was obvious from JewishIsrael’s meeting in the Office of the Chief Rabbinate that some of our rabbinic leaders are trying to hold the line on the missionary challenge despite resistance and objections from the Foreign Ministry and other government bodies.

At the meeting, JewishIsrael presented its objections to Mike Evans being scheduled as ICEJ’s Feast speaker for Israeli Guest Night. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s, Evans headed the list of serious missionary threats to Jewish youth on college campuses by an emergency task force of major North American Jewish organizations. At the time Evans bragged about the numbers of Jews he brought to Jesus.  JewishIsrael notes that Mike Evans apparently did not appear at the Feast’s Israeli Guest Night. We do not know if this was due to our protest to representative of the Foreign Ministry a week prior to that event or for other reasons.

Last year, the 2014 Feast’s Israeli Guest Night involved the preaching to 300 IDF soldiers by Robert Stearns.  Among other things, Stearns’ preached about the Jewishness of Jesus.  The event was organized by Doron Schneider an employee of the ICEJ and a messianic leader in Israel.  At the time, JewishIsrael excerpted the video of Stearns and the IDF and made that information available to the public, rabbinic, and counter-missionary sources. We ran follow-up reports, issued clarifications, and sent a letter to the editor of the Jerusalem PostJewishIsrael is pleased to see that thanks to Yad l’Achim, action was taken on this matter as reported on Israel National News (INN), IDF Bans soldiers from Taking Part in Missionary Events.

“Please understand that the handing out of any tracts has been prohibited”

In JewishIsrael’s meeting at the Office of the Chief Rabbinate, the Foreign Ministry representative was quite adamant that the Christian Pilgrims would not be proselytizing at the Feast. Indeed ICEJ instructions for the Sukkot march clearly state that, “the handing out of any tracts has been prohibited.”

Limiting the definition of missionary activity to street proselytizing is inaccurate and disingenuous.  It is imperative that the problems inherent in ICEJ’s activities and of evangelical missionary influence in Israel be examined through a wider and more candid lens.

  • ICEJ invites Jews to interfaith events which encourage the theological coming together of Jew and Christian.
  • ICEJ encourages, organizes and participates in events intended to create missionary networking and cooperation in Israel between evangelical and messianic leaders.
  • Messianic and missionary leaders who have an agenda for Israel are directly involved in the organizing of ICEJ events, including the Feast of the Tabernacles.
  • Jewish leadership crosses established interfaith halachic boundaries by actively participating in ICEJ’s Feast and related events.
  • Even if ICEJ policy forbids the handing out of tracts and other traditional modes of proselytizing, it cannot and has no desire to control the activities of thousands of missionary participants who come on the Feast pilgrimage.
  • By hosting ICEJ events, Israel is empowering and legitimizing the messianic movement and its evangelical missionary network in Israel.

The Chief Rabbis Raked Over the Coals

As in previous years, Israel’s Chief Rabbis came under a barrage of criticism for cautioning the Israeli public about participating in ICEJ Feast associated activities.

The Israeli press was merciless, describing the Chief Rabbinate as attacking, blasting, besmirching, and accusing “pro-Israel” Christians of missionary activity. JewishIsrael notes that a number of those columnists and sources leveling criticism at the Chief Rabbis have interests which quite possibly clouded their objectivity on the matter at hand.

Tamar Pileggi, a columnist for the Times of Israel, penned the report “Rabbinate: Boycott ‘dangerous’ pro-Israel Christian event“. The writer chose to underplay the Feast as a pilgrimage of Christian worship, as stated in the ICEJ description, and instead portrayed the Feast as an event which “draws thousands of evangelical Christians who celebrate the organization’s declared unshakable bond with Israel.” Pileggi went on to juxtapose rabbinic censure and concerns of missionary activity with the philanthropic support that ICEJ gives the State of Israel.

JewishIsrael is not questioning Pileggi’s journalistic credentials, but her reluctance to honestly address the Chief Rabbinate’s concerns could have something to do with her father, David Pileggi, being an active missionary leader in Israel and serving as rector of the Anglican Christ Church in Jerusalem. The church houses messianic congregations and in David Pileggi’s own words, “was built to be a home for Jewish believers in Jesus”and continues to encourage “witnessing” to the Jews and to carry the message of “Jesus is the Jewish Messiah”.

Former Israeli Ambassador to Washington and current member of Knesset, Michael Oren, was quoted throughout an article critical of the Rabbinate position while praising the ICEJ:

“I have never once encountered an instance of proselytizing by its [ICEJ’s] staff. Just when Israel is grappling with the threat of economic sanctions and rising anti-Semitism throughout the world, this is the time to embrace – rather than to alienate – Israel’s Christian friends.”

The article appeared in the Breaking Israel News (BIN) website, run by Rabbi Tuly Weisz, and often containing pro-evangelical articles with little regard for concerns of related missionary activity.

 Last year, following the Feast, Michael Oren participated as a keynote speaker in Robert Stearns’ Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem“, an annual Christian worship event which invites Jewish participation. Other speakers at that event included known missionary and messianic leaders, such as Rick Ridings who has called for a jesus revolution in Israel among young people.

In his remarks at that event, Oren cited the birth, baptism and death of Jesus and compared Mary and Joseph to Judean settlers. He went on to speak about church silence in the face of Palestinian denial of “the Temple where Jesus taught”, stating, “Temple denial is quite simply Gospel denial.”

Similar remarks about Christianity’s “first family” can be found in Oren’s remarks to the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC), as reported in the Jerusalem Post article, Oren: Jesus today would be a settler.

While a politician and diplomat like Michael Oren may be comfortable playing the jesus card in order to draw Christians close and solidify Israel’s political policies and positions among evangelicals, Oren should certainly understand that before welcoming foreign guests to the State of Israel, it is first and foremost the role of the office of the Chief Rabbinate to uphold the Torah and to ensure Jewish continuity and the spiritual integrity of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. Raising the name of jesus not only irrelevant, but it erodes the very foundations of Judaism.

Isi Leibler who regularly campaigns on behalf of evangelicals and against Israel’s Chief Rabbinate used his regularly featured column in the Jerusalem Post to level fierce criticism at Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef:

“It is disgraceful that the Chief Rabbinate failed to verify the false allegations made against the Christian Embassy and slandered those who represent Israel’s greatest friends in the world. The chief rabbis’ churlish action shames the Jewish people, and they should apologize and withdraw their scurrilous accusations.”

JewishIsrael’s Rabbinic Director, Rabbi Sholom Gold responded to Isi Leibler in a letter to the editor which was published on October 2, 2015. We close this report with the original complete text of that letter:

Sir;

Isi Leibler’s column of September 21, “Rabbis besmirch Christian Embassy”, is inaccurate and misleading.

While Mr. Leibler cited former Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren as blessing the Christian Embassy Sukkot gathering in 1981, the situation has changed dramatically since then.

In the early 1980s, the number of “Jewish believers in jesus” residing in Israel were estimated to be in the hundreds. Today, Christian, Jewish, and international organizations are putting the figure at twenty thousand.  Messianic leaders openly credit international Christian visitors for spawning this revolution, with young Israeli messianic leaders frequently appearing at ICEJ events.

Although the ICEJ expresses solidarity with Israel and is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors, in recent years the ICEJ has become increasingly transparent regarding its active collaboration with Israel’s messianic missionaries. By hosting ICEJ events, Israel is empowering and legitimizing the messianic movement and its evangelical missionary network.

It is not “misguided zealots” who have raised concerns over the ICEJ’s greater agenda. Rather it is those who have worked extensively with pro-Israel Christian organizations and its leadership who are taking note of the problems and providing the Chief Rabbinate and government representatives with documentation for their review and consideration.

Since 2007, JewishIsrael.com has been urging Jewish leadership to draw appropriate red lines and issue guidelines on a theologically loaded relationship with evangelicals.

Mr. Leibler routinely uses his columns as a forum to critique the Chief Rabbinate. This time, however, he is ignoring the facts. Before welcoming foreign guests to the State of Israel, it is first and foremost the responsibility of the Chief Rabbinate to uphold the Torah, and to ensure Jewish spiritual continuity in the Land of Israel – and that includes warning Jews not to associate with missionaries and their activities, which is what the Rabbinate did.

Rabbi Sholom Gold
Rabbinic Director
JewishIsrael.com
Jerusalem

A date for Your Diary

The latest dooms day scenario:

ON SEPTEMBER 23  2015 SATAN WILL RECEIVE FULL REIGN OVER THE WORLD

The crazed loon department of Christianity has started up again.

Previous nonsense WRT the blood moons and general spooky stuff click here and here.

For the mean time a date for your diary:

Part of the irony of these references is that this year, September 23, 2015 is the Jewish Day of Atonement. Moreover, the blood moon tetrad has been happening on all the Jewish feasts the last 3 moons, and will fall again on 9/28/15.

The implication is that it is possible God’s wrath will be poured out on the entire earth, starting on the 23rd of September by allowing Satan to have full, unrestrained rule upon the earth (see Revelation 12:12) upon those who have not received Jesus as the atonement for their sins. In essence, those who reject Jesus will have to pay the atonement fee themselves, and that means wrath.

pope alien

The latest is that the new pope will be an alien in fact some wacky groups insist that angel/ demons will in the end impersonate space aliens. Guess who will come to the rescue and save humanity from the aliens? It will the very same shape shifting pope who is an alien!! And all to stop you from believing in Jesus and not just any Jesus but Yeshuwahah or is it Yeshyrashiwah? Apparently the spelling of this name is of vital importance to your salvation too. Imagine, salvation by spelling!!! Here is the evidence of the more believable practice of photoshoping  as opposed to shape shifting:

The evidence of the more believable practice of photoshoping as opposed to shape shifting

A Question you Should not Ask

LOSHON5A 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!

loshon 2In an appeal by a Rabbi Melamed concerning Rabbi Riskin to judge the Rabbi fairly. Rabbi Melamed quotes the most moderate responses to Rabbi Riskins enthusiam for Christianity:

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”.

Israel Jewish Council for Interreligious Relations IJCIR

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

Collusion between Gidon Ariel and evangelical missionary Christine Darg is readliy verifyable on the internet.

Collusion between Gidon Ariel and evangelical missionary Christine Darg is readliy verifyable on the internet.

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.

Stand with usOn Sunday, October 13, 2013, Avraham Hermon conveyed Rav Melamed’s response to the materials they conveyed to him, saying that Rav Melamed retained his position regarding Hayovel Ministries.

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!!