A Match made in Heaven?

A recent video promoting a mission is currently being promoted by the Land of Israel Network.

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Money is being requested for the funding of this project with the added bonus that if they collect $50,000 dollars, this amount will be matched so that in total $100,000 will go towards a new studio, a guest house complex and a Yeshiva for Jews and non-Jews.

To date we already have a record of collusion between the Land of Israel Network and Ha Yovel ministries since 2004 but currently marketed as a new venture according to the HaYovel website, so  an alarm bell is already sounding.

But the big question is who is matching the funding?

GLC Gimpel

A request to donate to this project came in form of an e-mail from God’s Learning Channel(GLC)[1]. Pleading for folks to:

“Be a Part of the mission to Broadcast The Torah from Zion & Truth from Jerusalem!
Here at GLC it’s our constant prayer that through our teachings Christians will gain a much-needed, Scriptural perspective of the Land of Israel. It’s not just the historical land of the Jews, it’s the prophetic land of our Messiah!

We’re so excited to share with you this amazing announcement from the hosts of Israel Inspired, Rabbis Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel. They’ve taken a huge leap of faith! Please watch the short video and join with them in this historic mission… in the heartland of Biblical Israel!

To date the $50,000 barrier has been broken:

The Land of Israel Network – Because the Truth is Pro Israel   Cause Match

GLC and HaYovel are Christian organizations who want to convert Jews to Jesus/ Yeshua as well as secure for themselves property and citizenship status for themselves in Israel.

It does not take a genius to see who are doing the partnering and the matching of funds for this joint venture in spiritual and physical genocide of the Jewish people right here in the land of Israel!

Who is Donating?

(1.) Aviv Judea Messianic Cong.

(2.) HaYovel

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  1. God’s Learning Channel (or GLC) is a Christian television network which is based in the Southwestern United States. It describes itself as Christian television teaching the biblical roots of the Christian faith. The network was founded in 1982 by Al and Tommie Cooper with its first full-powered station based in Roswell, New Mexico. It is now produced in Midland, Texas by Prime Time Christian Broadcasting with KMLM-DT serving as the flagship station. The network is available on terrestrial broadcast television and cable TV systems. The network has five full power stations and several low-power TV stations; it is also broadcast free-to-air as part of the Glorystar package, as a free-to-air channel on the Galaxy 19 satellite for other direct-to-home broadcast dishes, and is available as streaming video over the Internet as well as on Roku devices. The network offers 24-hour programming, in English, Spanish, & French

 

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Cringe Factor 4 Mr. Scott

I am no expert in body language but in a recent video highlighted on a missionary website caused a high count on my cringeometer. The recent video highlights a new partnership between Hayovel and The land of Israel Network. In the video, one of the two Rabbis present possibly displayed fawning deference to his own role and the roles played out by the others during the video. Via the body language I could almost hear him asking himself the questions, “how is thing going to fly, what are we doing here and what have we gotten ourselves into?”.

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It could of course be none of the above assumptions but the questions are still relevant. During the video it was stated by one of the rabbis:

“True love is not about changing someone or giving them what you want to give them but giving them what they need….. and when the Waller Family came here in 2004, they came here not without any preconceived notions of what they wanted to do or wanted too give but how they came to serve.”

Call me picky but this was not the program or intentions of the Wallers in 2004 and beyond, even to the present day.  As recently as February  2015 we have an example of the type of Agenda that both Rabbi Gimpel, HaYovel and Don Finto are into:

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

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.” (article here)

An extensive list of HaYovel activities and the Wallers may be found at the Jewish Israel site. A survey of the facts indicate that quite the opposite is true, HaYovel is heavily committed to the evangelical mission of converting Jews to jesus/ yeshua from 2004 to 2015 at the very least.

Do some of our Rabbis know what they are doing and what they are enabling? The paradox of how supposedly learned men can fall for this type of thing is not new, apostasy and idolatry is something that has plagued the Jewish people for centuries.

The NT says that the root of all evil is money, I think missionaries know what they are doing and what they are trying to achieve. How can we Jews be so subject to such enticements? What will it take? When our sons and daughters want to intermarry? By then it will be too late. It is nothing new but will we ever learn from playing with idolatry? Worse of all and more cringeworthy is how some Jews presently expect us all to acquire collective amnesia to the facts and go along with madness since the ends of political correctness along with financial gain justify the means ….apparently!

 “Can there be a greater stumbling block than [Christianity]? All the prophets spoke of Moshiach as the redeemer of Israel and their savior, who would gather their dispersed ones and strengthen their [observance of] the mitzvos. In contrast [the founder of Christianity] caused the Jews to be slain by the sword, their remnants to be scattered and humiliated, the Torah to be altered, and the majority of the world to err and serve a god other than the L-rd.”(Chapter 11 of Hilchos Melachim from the Mishneh Torah of the Rambam)

Its like as if we have not been warned many times previously!

THE ONGOING CONTEXT:

15 August 2013

“Inquiring Minds Want to Know…”

9 Elul 5773 (15 August 2013)

Commenter Goldie ZP asks a very important question.

What’s really going on with Rav Eliezer Melamed, spiritual head of Yishuv Har Brachah and its hesder yeshivah:

Devash, Has Rabbi Melamed changed his mind? Would you know? Har Bracha residents: Christians out!  …

Quoting from the article:

Settlers living on the western hill of the religious community of Har Bracha recently sent a letter to the community secretariat, protesting the housing of Evangelical Christians in their neighborhood.

According to the residents, the presence of the Christian volunteers – who arrived to work in the community’s vineyards – violates the fabric of their society, and as a result – they hardly leave their houses.

“When we came to live in a religious community, we never imagined that one of these days we would be forced to live alongside people of a different religion, which doesn’t match our faith and lifestyle,” the residents wrote.

“We’re not interested in associating with them, or alternatively – staying away from the public domain… We live in a small, intimate place, which is greatly affected by the composition of the population living here.”

…The Christian volunteers are part of a large group of American volunteers affiliated with Yuval – a pro-Israel Evangelical organization. The group includes dozens of people, and their stay in Har Bracha was made possible after the community rabbi, Eliezer Melamed, met with them and ruled that they are not missionaries.

The rabbi’s stand was recently published in detail in the Beit El Yeshiva website, under the title, “Respect and love for the lovers of Israel.”

Ahavat chinam
at its most damaging.  (The money doesn’t hurt either.)

It’s my understanding that the Jews were forced to leave that area, but I have no documentation of it.

I have not spoken to the rabbi, but I know that others have and that he refuses to listen to anything against the missionaries, only to say that they are not “missionaries” despite all the proof to the contrary. I know he has referred to them as “righteous gentiles.”

If he’s not saying the things the missionaries are reporting in his name then there is a serious disconnect between his words and the ears of those who are listening to him. One prominent missionary, who is training Christians to come to Israel and save the Jews, says in a recent newsletter:

Having noticed the unselfish and unwavering support year after year of the volunteer organization HaYovel led by Tommy and Sherri Waller from Nashville TN, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed has taken an initiative to establish a Christian Zionist Visitor Center on the Mount of Blessing in Samaria, in order to strengthen and encourage Christian support for the so called settlers.

Rabbi Melamed is Head of Yeshivat Har Bracha and is a prolific author on Jewish Law. He is well known in Israel and has a popular weekly column in the Beersheva [sic] newspaper called “Revivim.” At the moment he is gathering other rabbis in Israel to get behind his historic initiative with a visitor center open for Christians on the Mount of Blessing.

We need to pray that Rabbi Melamed will succeed. Melamed has said that it is time for the Jewish people to act like Abraham, and open up the tent in order to receive those that have come to support them. He has gone even further and stated about HaYovel, “If we say no to these people, we will say no to the Messiah!”

Another, but related, question:

Does the fact that the missionaries perform avodah zarah in the vineyards and/or believe that the wine will one day be part of a central Christian religious ritual affect the kashrut of the fruit or the wine?

THE AVODAH ZARAH

HaYovel Ministries has designated “worship leaders” to guarantee that “praise and worship” is ongoing continuously in the vineyards during the working period. (See a clip of one of their videos HERE where they explain it. Transcription below.)

Volunteer Nate Taylor: “A group of worship leaders who have taken different times throughout the day to make sure that there’s continuous praise/worship and prayer throughout the vineyards. These vineyards belong to our Abba (God, the Father) in that our praise and worship is an important part of that cycle to recognize who Ha-Shem is. I believe it does motivate and encourage others, not only to work harder and faster, but they’re not even thinking about that, they’re thinking about how we praise Ha-Shem throughout the day, not only with our words and our lips, but with our actions.”


But, they say “Ha-Shem.”  How is that avodah zarah?  Glad you asked that question.  They’ve been coached to use our terminology, but they don’t mean the same thing by it that we do. So, who are they speaking about when they say Ha-Shem?

Following are five examples taken from Messianic websites where they identify who they mean when they say Ha-Shem.

1) “The Name” in Hebrew is hashem [sic].
A Jew named Peter realized the truth about “the Name” and taught that “the Name” is Jesus; Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

2) Since Jesus is the Name (HaShem) above every name (Phil. 2:9-10) and HaShem means God it looks as if Paul is saying that Jesus is God.

3) Facebook Page: Jews for Real Judaism(Hashem-Jesus is Messiah)

4) ..the first century Jewish Christians did not refer to “Jesus” they called Him The Name, yeah! that would be HaShem.

5) Yeshua is called HASHEM

Well, some Jews claim that this is still ok because these people no longer believe that Yeshu is G-d.  Oh, yeah?

This was written by one of HaYovel’s main volunteers – Barrett Warren – on his blog in January of this year. (Keep in mind that Tommy Waller handpicks his volunteers to insure that they are “like-minded” believers.)

Some call me a Messianic Jew or a Hebrew Christian. Let’s just say I’m a Torah observant Believer in Yeshua (Jesus).  …I thought I’d address some of the Scriptures that I believe show that Yeshua is YHWH.  …we have Yeshua claiming to be the I AM. That is He claimed to be YHWH who spoke to Moshe (Moses) in the burning bush.

THE WINE

Note that Christians (especially those of HaYovel) believe that Yeshu’s second coming will culminate in a great wedding between him and his faithful believers (who are called The Bride of Christ). They take it all very literally when they say they are helping to produce the wine which will be served at the great wedding feast…

An affiliate of HaYovel encouraging their followers to volunteer writes:

I have drunk the wine from the hills of Samaria. That is the wine that, one day, the Messiah will drink at the great reunion in Jerusalem for all His Believers!! …What if you were among the workers, who picked the grapes, of the winery from which the Messiah picks that big bottle of wine??!!

HaYovel writes in a newsletter:

At HaYovel we absolutely love weddings! …..and because we believe the vineyards have been and are being prophetically planted, pruned and harvested on the mountains of Israel specifically for the wine served at the great wedding feast in Jerusalem …..we feel it is important for us to do anything and everything we can to help. (Is 25:6-10, Rev 19:7-9, Mt 26:29)

These wedding preparation vineyards have, over the last 5 years, expanded exponentially in Samaria and Judea. It certainly looks like Abba is expecting a large gathering!

I’ve consulted a kashrut authority who is currently investigating.

The War for Halachic Judaism

Disclaimer: I don’t like labels as it pertains to Torah identity. I don’t love the term “orthodox Jew”, modern-orthodox, etc. Personally, I would prefer the term halachic Jew, but some of the most aggressive religious innovators insist that they are acting in a halachic manner. On the other hand, I have zero patience for those who nit-pick with ridiculous semantics. In this article I use the term orthodox Jew, because sometimes terms become deep-rooted in a communal identity, and the desire to shake the root free is both wasteful, unnecessary, and sometimes counter-productive. I use the term when referring to religious rabbis who believe in the absolute Divine nature of Torah, and the mass revelation at Sinai.


Once upon a time, there were giants who walked amongst us-giants of Torah. Men with wisdom to combat the modern idols of secularization. Men who defended the integrity of the Jewish synagogue and the Jewish family from goyish modernization. Men who spoke with deep wisdom in defense of the deepest truths. Men who understood that modern definitions of feminism, woman’s rights, and similar minded ideologies spoke more of the faulty psychology of their respective advocates, than of any new-age modern revelation designed to liberate women from being women. Once upon a time, great men of Torah fought for yahadut.

Today, there are few if any prominent vocal voices. And so, whenever the new radical voices in the Torah community (who speak in the name of Torah) speak violence to the system, there is deafening silence. On issues that should transcend all labels and factions, and appeal to everyone concerned with protecting Halachah, one feels the void.

Cardoza Says: We must free the Western Wall of all denominations and abolish all synagogue services at the site, including bar and bat mitzva celebrations. We must remove all Torah scrolls, tefillin and tallitot and restore the Wall to its former state: a place where all are welcome and where not even the most lenient halacha can be violated; a place where there are no mehitzot (partitions) and other sources of ideological or physical conflict; a place used solely for individual prayer and meditation, just as our ancestors treated it throughout our long history.

Ironically, some of the most blatant outrages occur in Israel, where unbridled Jewish messianic fervor renders many Jews vulnerable to aberrant belief systems. Consider the spectacle of orthodox rabbis giving a kosher seal to evangelicals and missionaries in Israel because of a distorted notion of achalta de’geula (a pivotal point in time auguring moshiach). Consider how one prominent Rabbi in the heartland of liberated Samaria opened up his community to evangelicals in order to benefit from their free labor. Today, these evangelicals have transitioned from living in tents to dwelling in cottages.

Consider that Tommy Waller, the leader of these evangelicals from the volunteer group “Hayovel”, once infamously admitted in a promotional video that such opportunities will give him a chance to missionize (video):

“As we’re working with these people, we’ll be able to share with them this…this Jesus that we know.” 


Further on in the video, a family member elaborated:

“Our family has begun a ministry called Hayovel. The vision of Hayovel is to develop a network of individual, 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. We extend the invitation to you, to join us.”


Interfaith-Dialogue

And what of the growing number of religious rabbis who swim in the dangerous waters of interfaith dialogue? Perhaps most outrageous of all is that easily the most prominent individual involved in this lunacy repeatedly treads upon his deceased Rabbi’s famous stringent halachic ruling which prohibited such actions. (See Rav Soloveitchik’s famous essay “Confrontation” and follow-up Addendum.)

On a more general level, how is orthodoxy supposed to cope with the following?

  • Rabbis with kipot and beards who reflect on a morality independent of Halacha? Rabbis whose readings of Torah verse and Talmud require a torturous misreading of the written and articulated meanings?
  • Rabbis whose usage and defense (if only for application regarding what they believe to be “antiquated” injunctions, and not every day Halacha) of this tactic remind me of the perverse attempts of “Jewish Renewal”.
  • Religious Rabbis whose interpretations of of Divine injunctions mirror the tactics of maskilim new and old. Rabbis who see metaphor in the biblical injunction to destroy Amalek and the 7 Nations of Canaan.
  • Rabbis who believe in a “new Halacha.” Rabbis who opine that Rambam and others spoke for their age alone.
  • Religious Rabbis who advocate for homosexual marriage.
  • Rabbis for Hillary Clinton and her leftist anti-Torah positions.
  • Rabbis who engage in biblical criticism.
  • Rabbis who wish to free Spinoza from his well-earned excommunication.
  • Rabbis for “open-orthodoxy” and the ordination of women.
  • Rabbis whose well-intended but misguided notions will surely lead the next generations on the path to a new reform movement.

I worry about the future of Judaism. Not for its ultimate survival, since our tradition is stronger than any threat we face. But the war will come at a cost. The cost of souls lost to heresies new and old. Once upon a time, giants of Torah fought for truth against the ‘reformation’ of Torah. Today the Torah community is as weak as ever. Not in terms of over-all Torah study. In that context, there is more Torah study today than ever before. But with the rise of social media, and the new movements pandering to all sorts of foolishness, Torah Jewry is intellectually susceptible. We lack sophisticated courageous Torah leadership to stand up for unpopular truth.  Even the RCA has shown an inability to reign in radical thought. How long did it take for them to take a stand against the growing clamor of the new “orthodox” to ordain woman?

Totally out of wack

The great men are gone. The classic men of past generations who fought critical battles for the preservation of Torah are gone. Today’s religious rabbis shirk their duty to protect their flocks. Worse yet, many lead their flocks astray.

Factionalism render’s certain camps relatively insulated from some of these heretical voices. For the time, at least. One attraction of these new voices which will appeal to the disaffected of every community, is that some of these new prophets raise valid points about institutionalized rabbinical abuses which represent a chillul Hashem. These real issues act a springboard to hoist radical ideas. The fact that a stopped clock tells accurate time twice a day does nothing to change its general status as a broken instrument.

Yet the willingness to admit abuse speaks of a candor which people find impressive. The answers are usually less impressive, and are usually more grounded in feelings than Jewish law. But one cannot ignore the real issues, and the attraction of those who address them. One must find better solutions reflecting Torah positions. “Orthodoxy” doesn’t need to change, despite the popular insistence that it must. Corruption is by definition contrary to Torah. If it is corrupt, then it cannot be orthodox despite the identification as such by the corrupt. We need to aggressively return to the truths of Torah.

Where are the giants who fought for halachic integrity? These great men are gone. Today we have silent men. Fearful men. People afraid to confront those who seek to ordain female rabbis in the name of orthodoxy, and those who would rather create a new Halacha to free chained women, rather than call for Jewish men to break open the heads of recalcitrant men. Today, we have Rabbis who in the name of compassion, will create leniency where none can be found, and in turn, will create mamzerim. The greatest and most sensitive poskim of the past, were sometimes hamstrung by halachic reality. They understood that non-halachic compassion will destroy the Jewish people.

In the name of political correctness, some may opine that the Rambam’s words were for his age alone, and that the Nesher could never have imagined a Jewish state in a modern age. My understanding of the Rambam is that he foresaw much more than his modern day detractors ever could. Unlike others, he wrote about biblical wars precisely because he understood that the process of redemption will occur, and war will be necessary.

In the name of religious tolerance, many distort the Meiri in a way that he could never have imagined, as a source for all sorts of prohibited activities. The Meiri never could have fathomed a prominent religious America rabbi in America entering a national church for Obama’s initial swearing in ceremony. No one puts a gun or a sword to a Rabbi’s head in America, and yet he entered a forbidden place of his own volition.

Political correctness has infiltrated orthodoxy making orthodoxy increasingly susceptible to liberal sensibilities. Now is a time for intellectual zealousness for Hashem. Men of Torah need to face the new heresies and radical innovations, and intellectually combat the religious proponents of these foreign notions.

An orthodox Judaism which fails to heed today’s call, will suffer in the coming years. The impact will affect even the most insulated communities. One day, the orthodox will awaken from their slumber and cry out for action. What will they do? They will create conferences to deal with the new “crises”. But by then, the bleeding will be copious.

Donny Fuchs

About the Author: Donny Fuchs made aliyah in 2006 from Long Island to the Negev, where he resides with his family. He has a keen passion for the flora and fauna of Israel and enjoys hiking the Negev desert. His religious perspective is deeply grounded in the Rambam’s rational approach to Judaism.

“Ker-Ching”

2016 Shavuot Conference, Celebration and Tour by the Commonwealth of Israel (COY)

 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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Guess who has gone to Church [Christ Church Jerusalem] today!

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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THE DRILLING TEAM

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.

The Gate Of Heaven trailer   YouTube

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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Cast The Foreigner Out

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“You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind. You shall fear your G-d. I am the L-rd.” (Leviticus 19:14)(JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh)

 It’s bad enough that our leaders refuse to protect the Jewish nation from the genocidal Arabs. Equally grotesque is the reality that the same Israeli leadership allows Christian evangelicals/missionaries to run rampant in Eretz Yisrael, because the Likud desires the cash flow of such undesirables. Yet worst of all in this scandal, is the pernicious role that religious Jews have in selling out the Jewish nation. All for the attraction of free gentile labor in Samaria. The portrait is perverse.

Brother has sold brother’s soul for cash.

That is precisely why Yisrael Medad’s recent article Let The Foreigner Come” on Arutz Sheva (a reworking of a previous article written in Hebrew) demands a response. Am Yisrael is in spiritual danger in Eretz Yisrael, and religious Jews are aiding these missionaries. I have written about this topic before. I hate to rehash everything, so in lieu of the former, I am posting several links to my previous posts. The articles and links embedded within these articles reference the work of such resources as Jewish Israel, Tomer Devorah, and Esav Exposed. They are excellent starting points for anyone who desires to know what is going on. (The comments are also very telling.) My articles are a humble attempt to process their work and present it to the reader:

Of late, Jewish supporters of evangelical aid have embarked on a campaign to gain rabbinic approval for Tommy Waller’s Hayovel Ministry. Naturally, when they introduce Waller to these rabbonim, they present a doctored history to make him look kosher. Baruch Hashem, the tide is turning. Anti-missionary experts are meeting with some of these rabbis and providing the evidence that was withheld from them. Many rabbonim are now seeing the problem in the right light for the first time, and they are outraged by this deception. With G-d’s help the true nature of “Brother Esau’s” intent will soon become widely known.

Yet for this to happen, it is critical that Torah committed Jews follow up with concrete actions, by apprising their local rabbis and community leaders of this terrible spiritual onslaught, and demanding action. Apathy and laziness are the villains. This cannot be left to the “experts” who are already up to their necks trying to sound the alarm. The message must get out!

A few words on Medad’s recent article:

Fallacy #1: He prefaces his article by noting that Christians are “assisting” Jews.

 My Response: Assistance? I categorically reject this term. If one economically “assists” Jewish farmers with free labor, but endangers them spiritually by planting roots in Eretz Yisrael, co-opting our exclusive heritage as part of a new “shared heritage” and by bringing the evangelical belief of “restoration” to Jews, no Torah Jew could honestly argue that this is assistance. One would have to ignore the evidence, including Tommy Waller’s own infamous words about bringing “this Jesus that we know” to Jews, to reach such a conclusion. I don’t see how this qualifies as assistance.

Fallacy #2: The notion that assistance from evangelicals is a fulfillment of Torah prophecies. Medad writes:

“At the present, the help is being expressed at the highest levels in the corridors of governments, foreign ministries, Houses of Parliament and Congresses and on the ground, literally, in acts of voluntary labor in the vineyards and orchards in the hills of Judea and Samaria, and, in the words of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed:

“In modern times, we have witnessed increased support for Israel among evangelical Christians…They see with their own eyes how the Jewish people is returning to its land after its awful, two-thousand-year-long exile, and is creating a prosperous country. They see new settlements and vineyards flowering in the very areas described by the Bible, and they are excited by our miraculous return to Zion. They are overwhelmed by the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies of the prophets of Israel… “Christians fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah,” September 18, 2013.

The following verses are also used as “proof”:

Do our own Biblical, Talmudic and Rabbinic sources contain relevant material that we can consult to provide us insights? King Solomon was sympathetic and considerate:”

“Moreover concerning the stranger that is not of Thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for Thy name’s sake– for they shall hear of Thy great name, and of Thy mighty hand, and of Thine outstretched arm–when he shall come and pray toward this house; hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger called to Thee for; that all the peoples of the earth may know Thy name, to fear Thee, as doth Thy people Israel, and that they may know that Thy name is called upon this house which I have built.” (I Kings 8:41-43).

My response: The fact that “help is being expressed” among high government officials and entities isn’t surprising, nor should it be seen as a positive development. What can I say? They are sick. In the past, Israeli governments armed and funded Fatah. Today our own government perpetuates the insane path of Oslo, hardly role models for sane behavior.

Regarding the evangelical threat, naturally, there are individuals in governments abroad and at home who desire evangelical aid. The Likud’s Danny Dannon has a vested interest in a close relationship with evangelicals. Netanyahu cultivates and praises the relationship with CUFI (Christians United for Israel) because he has a bankrupt notion of Judaism’s spiritual mission and because they give Israel ridiculous sums of money. When you consider his track record it makes sense. Our Prime Minister refuses to protect the Jewish body, so why should the ephemeral, perplexing “Jewish soul” concern him, when billions of tangible dollars are at stake?

A theme threads throughout the many convoluted attempts to justify working with evangelicals by citing biblical verses and forcing interpretations into the text. It relates to the fundamental Torah understanding of the Written Law through the Oral Law’s interpretation, a fundamental tenet that every Torah Jew believes; since so many concepts in TaNaCh are literally devoid of information in the absence of our divine Oral Code. We could not keep Shabbat or perform ritual shechitah without the Oral Law.Words can often not be defined without the code of the Oral Law.Examples:“An eye for an eye.” The numerous uses of the term “ger” that can be found in the Torah and a host of other Hebrew verses/terms that cannot be understood without the Oral Law.

The Oral Law explains that while there is a philosophical notion of “an eye for an eye” relating to general justice, from a halachic perspective, we Jews never popped out an eye as punishment for the loss of one. Torah committed Jews adhere to the Written and Oral Law. The use of one without the other is foreign to fundamental Torah concepts. Verses and concepts from Tanach without the articulation of the Oral Law, cannot explain the cryptic words of the prophets. This is precisely the tactics missionaries use to convert Jews.

john-hagee-jonathan-feldsteinThe Jewish Moshiach will not come by misreading Jewish texts and applying them to those who don’t satisfy the criteria, nor will it actualize itself by such hostile groups strengthening their own skewed beliefs rather than drawing closer to Hashem. In short, the verses he cites from I Kings 8:41-43 were clearly NOT referring to evangelicals who call out in the name of Jesus!

Nor can the verses of Isaiah 61: 1-5 where the “strangers” stand and pasture our flocks, and “aliens” act as our plowmen and vine-trimmers refer to evangelical missionaries who believe they are witnesses to the “Second Coming.” Ironically, the next verse (verse 6) concludes by noting that “you shall enjoy the wealth of nations And revel in their riches.” It is hard to accept that this prophecy has materialized when most hard-working middle class Israelis struggle each month just to stay out of the “red.” Not to mention the undignified behavior of the State of Israel who grovels before the United States for foreign aid.

Finally, the quoting of Zechariah 8:20-22 as another proof text to equate the nation which will come to Jerusalem to pray to Hashem is clearly not referring to those who continue to worship and believe in their role as witnesses to “that man.” The classical Jewish commentators agree that those who come to Jerusalem are motivated by truth and to learn from Am Yisrael about the One true G-d.

Critical Point #1: The “foreigner” of the Torah (whoever he may be) is not a missionary!

Critical Point #2: The “foreigner” desires to come closer to Hashem!

Frum Messianic Fervor Gone Amuck

The desire to see halachically prohibited evangelical volunteerism as proof of the fulfillment of biblical prophecies is not only a distortion of holy texts but a form of false messianism. Please refer to the article “Jumping The Geula Gun”, from Jewish Israel’s Rabbi Sholom Gold, for an articulate formulation of the spiritual dangers inherent in such actions. Throughout Jewish history, the end result of unrestrained zealous messianic fervor is that Jewish neshamos are endangered. In a perverse irony, Jews have adopted the same distortions of our Torah that missionaries use. They have become masters of evangelical language and ideology. While they claim that no one has yet been proselytized, they are Exhibit A of the kind of effect evangelicals have had on them!

Gentile Residence In Israel

The Rambam is clear about which gentiles may reside in Eretz Yisrael. Assuming that the situation is one where Jews fit the criteria as being stronger than the gentiles, only those gentiles who meet the following criteria can reside in the land: a) adherence of the 7 Noachide law b) acceptance of “tribute and servitude” c) obtaining the status of ger toshav (resident stranger) in front of a Jewish court during a time of yovel (jubilee).

ט[ו] אֵין כָּל הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלּוּ אֲמוּרִים, אֵלָא בִּזְמָן שֶׁגָּלוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל לְבֵין הָאֻמּוֹת, אוֹ בִּזְמָן שֶׁיַּד הַגּוֹיִים תַּקִּיפָה. אֲבָל בִּזְמָן שֶׁיַּד יִשְׂרָאֵל תַּקִּיפָה עַל אֻמּוֹת הָעוֹלָם, אָסוּר לָנוּ לְהַנִּיחַ גּוֹי עוֹבֵד עֲבוֹדָה זָרָה בֵּינֵינוּ; אַפִלּוּ יוֹשֵׁב יְשִׁיבַת עֲרַאי, אוֹ עוֹבֵר מִמָּקוֹם לְמָקוֹם לִסְחוֹרָה, לֹא יַעֲבֹר בְּאַרְצֵנוּ, עַד שֶׁיְּקַבַּל עָלָיו שֶׁבַע מִצְווֹת שֶׁנִּצְטַוּוּ בְּנֵי נוֹחַ–שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר “לֹא יֵשְׁבוּ בְּאַרְצְךָ” (שמותכג,לג), אַפִלּוּ לְפִי שָׁעָה. וְאִם קִבַּל עָלָיו שֶׁבַע מִצְווֹת, הֲרֵי זֶה גֵּר תּוֹשָׁב. וְאֵין מְקַבְּלִין גֵּר תּוֹשָׁב, אֵלָא בִּזְמָן שֶׁהַיּוֹבֵל נוֹהֵג; אֲבָל שֶׁלֹּא בִּזְמָן הַיּוֹבֵל, אֵין מְקַבְּלִין אֵלָא גֵּר צֶדֶק בִּלְבָד. (Machon Mamre Online Mishne Torah)

“All the above is only applicable when we are in exile or among the nations.pr when the nations are mightier than Israel, but when Israel is mightier than they, we are forbidden to leave non-Jews among us. Even for a non-Jew to live temporarily in Eretz Yisrael or just to pass through on business is forbidden unless he undertakes the seven Noachide Laws……And if he undertakes them he is a ger toshav (resident stranger). We do not accept a ger toshav except when the Jubilee year is operative. At other times, we accept only real converts.” (Hilchot Avodah Zara V’chukot Hagoyim) “Uncensored Versions” of the Rambam.

The Rambam adds that they must also accept “tribute and servitude.” One without the other is insufficient. Other commentators who agreed: Sifri, Redak, and Sefer Hachinuch.

א-אֵין עוֹשִׂין מִלְחָמָה עִם אָדָם בָּעוֹלָם, עַד שֶׁקּוֹרְאִין לוֹ לְשָׁלוֹם–אֶחָד מִלְחֶמֶת הָרְשׁוּת, וְאֶחָד מִלְחֶמֶת מִצְוָה: שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר “כִּי-תִקְרַב אֶל-עִיר, לְהִלָּחֵם עָלֶיהָ–וְקָרָאתָ אֵלֶיהָ, לְשָׁלוֹם” (דבריםכ,י). אִם הִשְׁלִימוּ, וְקִבְּלוּ שֶׁבַע מִצְווֹת שֶׁנִּצְטַוּוּ בְּנֵי נוֹחַ עֲלֵיהֶן–אֵין הוֹרְגִין מֵהֶן נְשָׁמָה; וַהֲרֵי הֶן לַמַּס, שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר “יִהְיוּ לְךָ לָמַס–וַעֲבָדוּךָ” דבריםכ,יא).(Machon Mamre Online Mishne Torah)

The Ra’avad takes a lenient position, although he essentially agrees with the Rambam that we don’t accept resident strangers today. He parts ways from the Rambam regarding non-idolatrous foreigners residing in the land. Even in the absence of accepting the Laws of Noah in the presence of a court of Israel, the Ra’avad would permit their presence. Regardless of how one defines “resident stranger,” Hayovel’s Ministry clearly doesn’t meet the criteria. Nor do the“nochri” or “foreigner” of prophetic verses refer to missionaries. They are not calling out in the name of Hashem. They are calling out in the name of another.

Fallacy # 3: The justification that working with evangelicals is the equivalent of teaching gentiles the truths of yahadut.An oft mentioned sentiment. On the contrary, evangelicals are bringing their beliefs to Israel and planting them in Jewish camps. Furthermore, when they go on field trips across Eretz Yisroel,Hayovel’s own guides are notorious missionaries. So not only are they adversely affecting Jews spiritually, they are also cultivating their own ideological beliefs. The argument that they are being brought closer to Hashem is false.

Fallacy #4: The fundamental problem: The dissemination of the myth that the Hayovel Ministry is not a missionary organization. Medad notes the following:

“What is evident is that the foreigner is not to be rejected outright but to be encouraged to come closer and that as the redemption proceeds, there are various stages and, to me, our task is to begin to realign ourselves and to understand that outright opposition to any and         all relationships is wrong. Vigilance is still required.”

For example, there are those who promote this illogical approach among Christians who  purport to be pro-Israel:

We must come to fully understand that the following of Yeshua is the only true and proper extension of Israel spiritually, fulfilled through His life, sacrifice and resurrection, and that   Christianity is Jewish. As hard as this maybe for Jewish people and even Christians to understand, if they do not accept Messiah, they like everyone else remain under the curse of sin; that current Judaism whether religious or reformed has no hope for Israel spiritually, except to keep them until their appointed time of awakening, which we know must come before Yeshua returns to us…God is not finished with Israel who must come into an awakening and that along with the church, Israel’s priesthood will be re-established when Yeshua returns.

He concludes:

Dangers exist but I still maintain that matters have altered and in fact, the true message of the Bible is being understood by Christians that delve into the realization of the essence of the Prophets in witnessing Israel’s successes today. Jews are not released from the need to be able to refute such illogical theology and I am amazed that many Rabbis opposed to the volunteers are uninterested in educating our youth in this sphere, unlike my own experience.”

My response: By his own admission, those who are hostile have no place in Israel. The problem lies with the consistent refusal to address the plethora of evidence proving Hayovel’s culpability. As such, an admission of theoretical hostile groups is irrelevant. He concludes:

“True, as we witness, not all of the “foreigners,” the non-Jews, those among the pro-Zionist Christians, are of this frame of mind. There are those, perhaps, who are need be encouraged in their process if they so wish, while others, who seek to cause us to stray from our path, must be identified and kept at bay. What is to be recognized and dealt with is that there is the existence of those who ‘come’ which cannot be denied, or, indeed, ignored. And their volunteer work is part of the era of the redemption.”

CantorMy Response: If by redemption, he means the coming of the true Jewish Mashiach (a man and not a pagan human deity!), then nothing can be further from truth. Rather than bringing the knowledge of the One true G-d to the world, those who assist Hayovel are endangering Am Yisrael. The ramifications will Heaven Forbid see the tenets of evangelical Christianity make their way into religious Jewish communities. Evangelicals in Hayovel have already adopted the dress, language, and clothing – even tzitzit for men and mitpachot (hair coverings) for women – of their religious neighbors. They engage in Jewish prayers at the crack of dawn, and say the Almighty’s name, even as they remain completely committed to bringing Jesus into the camp of Am Yisrael.

This is nothing less than spiritual warfare. Missionaries have penetrated a barrier that was closed to to them. The religious jew was always shielded from the worst of the missionary efforts. Until now, they never had a foothold into such a closed world. Today, Brother Esau is sleeping in the Jewish camp. He has set up his tents and is ready to break ground and build something permanent. One prominent Rabbi even gave his personal seal of kashrut and welcomed “the hunter” with open arms – all in the name of ”redemption!”

Here I make a personal plea to fellow Jews: Help protect Am Yisrael from this spreading contagion. This is an issue of shmad! This is not a kiruv movement to save Christians as some would define it. On the contrary. Those who are aiding Hayovel are being egregiously impacted upon, since they cannot see what Tommy Waller has already stated outright:

“As we’re working with these people, we’ll be able to share with them this…this Jesus that we know.”

And for those who would argue that Waller and his Hayovel Ministry have undertaken t’shuva, the following video from Hayovel Representative Luke Hilton exposes this. Mind you, this is not from a minor player, but from a prominent personality in the movement. They believe they are witnesses for Jesus. It is interesting to note, and very telling, that Hayovel quickly pulled this video from their site. It was more akin to their earlier videos in the past when they were still getting started. In other words, they screwed up. Fortunately, we have the video as yet another proof that they are the same old Hayovel Ministry. Nothing has changed.

Righteous gentiles or crafty “witnessing” Christian missionaries? You decide. It is clear to me that Hayovel is comparable to Fatah, in the manner that Jews for Jesus is comparable to Hamas. The former are more dangerous, because unlike Hamas, our own camp thinks that we can make peace with them. It’s time to wake up. What we are seeing now is only the beginning. Future governments will surely reward evangelical missionaries by giving them the status of “righteous gentiles” and granting them citizenship as reward for their volunteerism. Some of the bolder ones from Hayovel will deceptively put themselves through false conversions to further infiltrate Jewish communities. And Am Yisrael will continue to bleed to death, a physical death from the Arabs, and a spiritual slaughter from the lethal blows of Christian missionaries, to the core of the Jewish neshama.

Hashem Yerachem!

Let the Foreigner Come?

by Menashe Walsh

A recent 2 part post entitled “Let the Foreigner Come” by Yisrael Medad toys with a guilt complex that some Jews feel with regards to Evangelical and / ormedad Messianic believers of Jesus and Yeshua respectively loving and blessing Israel. In particular, the guilt complex is driven in part by the actions of a pro-Israel/ Zionism group called HaYovel who help Jewish farmers in the growing and harvesting of grapes in Judea and Samaria. The guilt complex developed with an idea that somehow we Jews are not being grateful, accepting and in fact we are quite the opposite; we go out of our way to make things as tough as possible for those of the pro-Israel/ Zionism who are just loving and blessing Israel.

In their own words via their mission statement of HaYovel:

Our mission is to take an active role in, and educate people about, the prophetic RESTORATION of the land of Israel that is happening TODAY!…….. We give thanks to God Almighty who, by His great mercy has allowed us to take part in the restoration of Israel!

To the members of HaYovel they are part and parcel of the prophetic restoration of Israel. The website of HaYovel is very parve [neutral] so that one would scarcely get the idea that HaYovel and the visiting groups of Christians from different parts of the world have no intention to proselytize Jews in Judea, Samaria and beyond.

Moreover, the holy ground created by this neutrality of non-proselytization is such that we are, if we are to be deemed as ‘good Jews’ will not even mention the odd slip up of missionary zeal that sometimes plops out[1],[2] of the various organs of these pro-Israel/ Zionism groups. The nerve of the pro-Israel/ Zionism groups even extends to demanding the removal[3] of the word ‘missionary’ from one of their videos which plainly demonstrate their missionising agenda.

In other words we Jews are supposed to play along with the double standards of these pro-Israel/ Zionism groups. Further, the muti-million dollar success[4] of the HaYovel and others should also make us keep our mouths shut too to the sometimes well hidden missionizing agenda of these groups.

If Yisrael Medad’s post is anything to go by, Jews looking in on groups like HaYovel have nothing to fear since the following two part question forces us to choose the lesser of two evils:

As for the matter of idolatry, in principle, are citizens of Thailand who are Buddhists more “kosher”[than Christians, or are we saying Christians are not idol worshipers?]? Is it better to have Arabs working in our fields [who might want to physically murder us]? (words in [] brackets added)

Is it right to conclude that the idea of Christians working for us is better than having Muslims working for us? The idea of Christians working for us is better than having Muslims working for us, is in a round about way also an acceptance of the Christian understanding of prophecy by allowing Christians who come to Israel to work on our land. After all by working in Israel tending those fields in Judea and Samariah they are fulfilling prophecy are they not?

“You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria…” Jeremiah 31:5

“So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 36:35,36

{both quoted on HaYovel website}

The modern day spectacle now sees some Jews being paid off to turn a blind eye to the missionary agenda of the pro-Israel/ Zionism groups and accept Christian New Testament theological projections and ideas onto our Scriptures and History which in effect nullifies our existence and validity as the people who G-d has chosen.

2500 years ago the Jewish prophet Isaiah envisioned a time in which the nations of the world would come to recognize that they had it all wrong – that the Jews were the world’s “suffering servant” – the messengers of light and morality that God charged with steadfastly staying on message no matter the consequences. “He was despised and we had no regard for him. But in truth it was our ills that he bore, our pains that he carried… .” To me there is no greater confirmation of this prophecy than the utterly irrational, misplaced histrionics that characterizes modern Jew hatred. People who hate Jews ultimately hate God. People who hate morality (and want to live unshackled by it) hate the Jews and what we have to say. Hitler himself may have said it best when (as is believed that he remarked) that “Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of humanity. I am freeing man from the restraints of an intelligence that has taken charge, from the dirty and degrading self-mortification of a false vision called conscience and morality, and from the demands of a freedom and independence which only a very few can bear. The Ten Commandments have lost their validity. Conscience is a Jewish invention, it is a blemish like circumcision.” (Rauschning, Hitler Speaks, p. 220-222)  “Shooting the Messenger: The Spiritual Roots of Jew Hatred” ADAM JACOBS January 26, 2015, 1:04 am

We must not forget that behind all this loving Israel and blessing Israel is ultimately the hatred of Israel by the apparent love of Israel by these pro-Israel/ Zionism groups. In reference to the false idea of Christians working for us is better than having Muslims working for us may indeed establish an even worse situation whereby the silent “Holocaust of Love” is far more pernicious than the “Holocaust of Hate.” Added into this mix is the hatred and division which we have among ourselves as Jews.

However, the good news comes from the prophet Malachi. Quoting from an article by Rabbi Buchwald “Behold I am sending you Elijah the Prophet” that follows here:

The prophet Malachi predicts that towards the end of days, when Elijah comes, there will be a return to Judaism where parents and children will interact with each other, and will be attracted to each other through the word of G-d.

The Talmud, in Berachot 3a, cites the following passage in the name of Rabbi Eliezer:

The night is divided into three watches, and at every watch G-d sits and roars like a lion…. The signal (for the commencement of each watch is as follows): At the first watch, a donkey brays; at the second watch, dogs bark; at the third watch [near dawn], an infant suckles from its mother and a wife chats with her husband.

The Artscroll overview of Tishah Ba’av cites the Maharal (Rabbi Yehuda Loewe 1526-1609), the famous rabbi of Prague, who explains in his book Netzach Yisrael that the allegory of night represents the bleak, gloomy exile, foreshadowing the great darkness and despair in which Israel will sink. Says the Maharal, just as the night proceeds to get darker, so our exile, gets progressively worse. The beginning of the exile is portrayed as a donkey braying in the night, symbolizing that our oppressors will initially treat us like beasts of burden, confining us in ghettos and assessing discriminatory taxes upon us.

The second stage of exile is symbolized by barking dogs, since dogs bark madly at the sight of death, as our enemies seek to kill us through pogroms, blood libels, inquisitions, genocides and holocausts.

aloneThe third and most terrible stage is represented by the wife who chats with her husband. It predicts that when our enemies fail to destroy us physically, they will attempt to destroy us spiritually. The silent “Holocaust of Love” is far more pernicious than the “Holocaust of Hate.” Assimilation and intermarriage will decimate the ranks of the Jewish nation like no other scourge. But while the wife chats with her husband and intermarriage becomes rampant and Jewish life hemorrhages as a result of assimilation, an infant suckles from its mother. Just when it seems that all hope for a Jewish future has faded, a faint glimmer of light appears, and a small number of Jews, even the most assimilated and alienated Jews, will be touched by Torah, and will be drawn back to traditional Jewish life. This return movement will bring an end to the darkness of exile and herald the dawn of redemption.

Interpretation of prophecy is a difficult thing. Indeed if a Jewish perspective is concerned as a principle in trying to ‘work it out’ we are advised to stay away from it, more so especially if it concerns specifically working out the end[5].  From the same verse quoted in Yisrael Medad’s post to try and justify the present treatment of Christians by Jews we may derive some caution in regards to HaYovel’s somewhat inflated idea that they are part and parcel of the prophetic restoration of Israel!

Moreover concerning the stranger that is not of Thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for Thy name’s sake– for they shall hear of Thy great name, and of Thy mighty hand, and of Thine outstretched arm–when he shall come and pray toward this house; hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger called to Thee for; that all the peoples of the earth may know Thy name, to fear Thee, as doth Thy people Israel, and that they may know that Thy name is called upon this house which I have built. (I Kings 8:41-43)

To know the name of Hashem, to fear Hashem in the verse above is the same for both the stranger/ foreigner as it is for the people Israel, i.e. the Jews! A fact presently is that there is no equivalence between the divine human god Jesus/ Yeshua (the third person of the trinity) and the G-d of Israel. We are not worshiping the same G-d! Meanwhile they the pro-Israel/ Zionism folks are so blinded by their beliefs and invest huge amounts of energy in hiding their agenda to convert Jews to Christianity. What are the differences between the various the pro-Israel/ Zionism groups? Simple! Some are better at hiding their agenda than others and some Jews are dumb enough to go along with it in the vain hope that eventually the Christians will change at some point.

It is also kind of ironic that according to the theology[5a] of these Christians, the person allowing the building of the 3rd temple, upon which is the name of G-d is the anti-Christ, whereas for the Jew the person building the 3rd temple is the Messiah/ Moshiac.

The end will only really be the end when ‘apparently’ our well meaning but devious enemies say to G-d: “Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood, Futility and things of no profit.” Can man make gods for himself? Yet they are not gods!… Jer 16:19, 20……..meanwhile the cycle of both the “Holocaust of Love” and the “Holocaust of Hate”………continues[6] right to the end!

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[1] see http://jewishisrael.ning.com/profiles/blogs/comment-confusion-on-jewish-press-icej-idf-article

[2] http://jewishisrael.ning.com/video/avi-mizrachi-speaks-at-the-ticej-2014-feas

[3] http://jewishisrael.ning.com/profiles/blogs/jewishisrael-s-counter-missionary-of-the-month-award-goes-to-miss

[4] The results of the 2014 harvest labor of Hayovel volunteers was 438 tons of grapes which should produce at least 258,000 bottles of wine.  Since 2004, they harvested over 2000 tons of grapes and olives which represents 156,000 work hours, saving labor costs of $1,100,000.

[5] Sanhedrin 97b

[5a] According to Pastor John Hagee et al.

[6]  God’s program continues in Daniel 11 verse 31, where Daniel describes the violation of the sanctuary and G-d’s people using the same terminology that he uses in Dan 9:26, 27). The violation of the sanctuary and G-d’s people is to take place at the close of the 490 years (Dan 11:31, 32), followed by a refining process (Dan 11:33-35). The refining process represents God’s program for the ultimate expiation of sin and for the salvation of mankind. The refining process by ‘flame, by captivity and by spoil‘, is for ‘many days‘; (verse 33) and continues ‘even to the time of the end‘, (verse 35).

Israeli Soldiers Who Fought in Gaza Dragged to Missionary Evening

IDF soldiers were dragged to missionary evening of ‘appreciation’ for soldiers who fought in Operation Protective Edge last summer in Gaza.
An Israeli soldier prays at an IDF staging area near the Israeli border with Gaza, on July 31, 2014.An Israeli soldier prays at an IDF staging area near the Israeli border with Gaza, on July 31, 2014.
Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi / Flash 90

It’s already becoming routine in the Israel Defense Forces. Missionaries sent by evangelical churches in the United States are given free rein over IDF bases, openly preaching Christianity and seeking to convert Jews out of their religion.

The most startling recent example that came to Yad L’Achim’s attention was an evening of appreciation that was organized for soldiers who fought in Operation Protective Edge this past summer in Gaza. The evening was arranged by the International Christian Embassy, which operates in Israel. What makes it particularly severe is that the soldiers were bused directly from their bases to the missionary event.

Some 300 soldiers from elite units, including the Paratroops’ 101 and Maglan, and officers, including a brigadier general, were subjected to a missionary pitch delivered by an American preacher. One of the translators was Doron Schneider, the head of the “Messianic Jews” congregation in Maaleh Adumim, outside of Jerusalem.

As in previous incidents involving missionary activity aimed at soldiers, Yad L’Achim immediately filed a complaint with the responsible parties in the IDF, but has yet to receive a response.

Due to the severity of the incident, Yad L’Achim submitted an urgent query to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon: Why is the IDF not enforcing a military ban on missionary preaching to soldiers? Who approved the busing of uniformed soldiers directly from their bases to an evening of forbidden missionary activity?

Most importantly, who will ensure that it doesn’t happen again?

To make things crystal clear for our readers: Those who purport to be “Messianic Jews” are in fact practicing Christianity, plain and simple, and are intent upon reaching out to and converting Jews to Christianity disguised as a “new” form of Judaism — which it absolutely is not in any manner or form.

When in Jerusalem, Israel’s Evangelical Pilgrims Feast, Prey and “Love”

Prior to Sukkot, JewishIsrael reported on the Chief Rabbinate’s ban on Jewish participation in a prayer vigil scheduled to be held at the Southern Wall of Har Habayit as part of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem’s (ICEJ) Feast of the Tabernacle pilgrimage. The event was reportedly cancelled by the police as a result of pressure from the Chief Rabbinate as well as from prominent rabbinic figures affiliated with the organization Derech Emuna.

After reviewing personal accounts, video coverage and publications about ICEJ’s happenings as well as other related evangelical events which took place over Israel’s Sukkot holiday, JewishIsrael feels that the Rabbinate was more than justified in its concerns.

It is not just Orthodox rabbis who have raised eyebrows or questioned the degree to which evangelical Christian events and influence impact Israeli society. Veteran Jerusalem Post columnist Greer Fay Cashman appeared to empathize with rabbinic angst when she reported on the The Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. The event, which took place at Jerusalem’s Haas Promenade on October 5th, was organized by Eagles’ Wings, “a global missional community” founded and directed by “Charismatic Pastor Robert Stearns”. This event closely coincides with the ICEJ Feast of the Tabernacles, in which Stearns was also a keynote speaker. Excerpt from Greer Fay Cashman’s article:

“To a neutral observer, it was easy to understand why Chief Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef were concerned about Jews and Christians praying together. With the crescendo of music and outpouring of emotion, protective psychological barriers could easily fall by the wayside.

Indeed, it seemed to some extent as if they already had. Jews such as Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, co-founder of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Efrat; David Nekrutman, its executive director; and Dr. Faydra Shapiro, an Orthodox mother of six who covers her hair and directs the Galilee Center for Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations at the Max Stern Jezreel Valley College, all sounded like Evangelist preachers – whereas Stearns, the founder and executive director of Eagles’ Wings, a global movement of churches, ministries and Christian leaders, sounded like a modern Orthodox rabbi.”

JewishIsrael has posted a disturbing video sampling and excerpts of some of the Christian and “interfaith” events and activities that took place in Israel over the recent Jewish holidays. We ask that readers please take the time to view the following clips in full (the link appears on each clip subtitle and all of these clips can be viewed in our video library).

Clip 1: Orthodox Jews and Israeli political leaders join missionaries at Christian worship festival in Jerusalem (Excerpts Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem)

As already cited above, Israeli political, academic and community leaders, as well as Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, participated in Rev. Robert Stearns’ “Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem”, a Christian worship festival organized by Eagle’s Wings Ministry, and televised by GODTV. Keynote speakers included known missionary and messianic leaders such as Rick Ridings who has called for a jesus revolution in Israel among young people.

Jewish Orthodox leaders and Israeli diplomats peppered their speeches with shouts of “Hallelujah” and talk of Jesus.

As Rabbi Shlomo Riskin raised his hands to deliver Birkat Kohanim to the Christian crowd, he declared that, “Jesus the Jew was crucified in this city”.

Former Ambassador Michael 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.”

David Nekrutman, gave a shout of “Hallelujah” from the podium, and was labeled a “Pentecostal Orthodox Jew” by Robert Stearns. A day after the event Nekrutman had an article published in the Jerusalem Post dissing the Chief Rabbinate’s stand against interfaith prayer events.

Stearns presented Meir Panim with a “love offering” at the prayer event, which he compared to bringing “an offering to Hashem.”

Stearns’ regular offerings to that same Orthodox-managed organization has earned him a plaque which was recently hung in Meir Panim’s Jerusalem “feeding center”. The plaque features a quote from the new testament (“For I was hungry…”, Matthew 25:35) and a photo of Robert Stearns with his ministry’s logo.

While Robert Stearns and Eagles’ Wings pump out “come to Israel” promotional material because, “In the heart of every Christian is the desire to be in the land where god became flesh…”, Religious Zionist Radio personality and activist, Yishai Fleisher, has given Stearns significant air time which adds legitimacy to him and his activities.  Stearns was also featured at the recent Beverly Hills Gala for Magen David Adom.

Clip 2: IDF marches to the drumbeat of messianics in Jerusalem (excerpts from ICEJ’s Israeli Night, October 2014)

ICEJ’s David Parsons and Israeli messianic leader Doron Schneider (a self-described “Jesus believing Jew”)  who serves as ICEJ’s liaison officer in Israel, called IDF paratroopers, who served in Gaza, to attention and asked them to march on stage, where they were joined by Christian soldiers and Greek Orthodox priest Gabriel Nadaf.

As part of the “honor”, these soldiers were subject to sermons on the Jewishness of jesus and how Christian prayers from churches and saints are behind them. The small group of Christian soldiers on stage held a banner sporting a Magen David along with what appeared to be a cross.

While messianic Doron Schneider arranged for IDF participation in the event, Stearns was the keynote speaker and spoke of jesus and the miracle of the coming together of Jew and Christian.

Over a year ago, JewishIsrael’s academic advisors asked for our thoughts regarding Arab-Christian enlistment in the IDF.  We listed our concerns in our article, Cast a Giant Jesus over Israel.

Excerpt:

  • We have no issue with the exceptional Arab Christian who, out of a sense of loyalty and moral and civil duty (secular allegiance so to speak), chooses to serve in the army of a Jewish state.
  • It becomes a problem if the movement to enlist these gentile soldiers is a faith–based initiative based on religious nationalism, such as Bishara Shlayan’s establishment of the “Sons of the Alliance Christian party”.
  • It’s problematic if Jewish parties encouraging Arab Christian enlistment harbor hopes of pitting Christians against Muslims.
  • If the Christian press is going to turn the enlistment initiative into a religious issue and manipulate and twist it to promote a Christian agenda in Israel, then it’s also a problem.
  • It’s possible that certain enthusiastic evangelicals will put a theological spin on the “IDF is a melting pot” or “one people, one draft” concept, or demand that the IDF provide Christian houses of worship which will then become “messianic/interfaith” centers and attract Jewish soldiers.
  • It’s concerning when government officials such as Likud MK Danny Danon make reckless promises to these Christian soldiers such as: “The government plans to advance land re-zoning plans and allocations of plots for Christian ex-servicemen and women,” Danon promises. “The State of Israel is opening its doors to you. We want you ‘equal amongst equals’.”
  • Will a devout Christian soldier place a theological spin on the concept of “equal amongst equals” and will that change the nature of the Jewish army in the Jewish state?

Based on what went down at ICEJ’s Israeli Night, it appears that JewishIsrael is on target with its concerns.

Clip 3: Missionary Sid Roth Claims “Over 500 Unsaved Jews Come to Know Jesus as Messiah” in Jerusalem event during the 2014 Feast of the Tabernacles

Missionary and televangelist Sid Roth was in Israel during the Feast of the Tabernacles and claims to have performed a public conversion of over 500 “unsaved Jews” who stood up in a Jerusalem auditorium on October 9, 2014 and “made a public profession of faith in Jesus as Messiah!”

Roth’s missionary programming appears on Daystar, TBN and GODTV, which all have studios in Israel and broadcast via Cable and Satellite into Israeli homes with the licensed approval of Israel’s Communications Ministry.

Clip 4: Hayovel in Judea and Samaria on a restoration mission on behalf of jesus   (excerpt from a HaYovel video posted on October 19, 2014)

A recent HaYovel Ministries promotional clip pleaded for funding and volunteers. In the clip, which has since been removed from public view, Hayovel spokesperson Luke Hilton cites Christian scripture and prophecy and relays that Hayovel volunteers are to be jesus’ witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. They are to connect to the land in anticipation of the time when they believe jesus, their lord, will restore the kingdom of Israel.

While Hilton claims that Hayovel has no designs on Israel and respects the uniqueness of the Jewish people, a prominent harvester and recently appointed member of HaYovel’s board, David Brumlow, can be seen with his family in the streets of Jerusalem dressed as Torah Observant Jews, with all the trimmings. The Christian family which has  blogged that they are “Torah Observant” and believe that jesus was “god incarnate”,  joined a rabbi in prayer in an Old City synagogue, to mark the celebration of their sons “Bar Mitzvah”.

JewishIsrael urges Jewish leadership to be aware of Hayovel’s theologically fueled mission and the pitfalls it presents, and to use foresight and wisdom in their dealings with zealous Christian volunteers,

Clip 5: Replacement theology by any other name is a twisted olive tree  (excerpts from James Hutchens’ “Truth Report” October 28, 2014)

Christian Zionist Dr. James Hutchens, of “The Jerusalem Connection”, explains that according to Christian scripture, believers in jesus are the “Israel of God” and that the new testament concept that “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26) refers to a Jesus-believing remnant. Ironically Hutchens’ uses this line of reasoning to challenge replacement theology.

Hutchens is a former Regional Director of CUFI. In the 1970s Hutchens and his family managed to falsely obtain conversions to Judaism with the intentions of making aliyah and establishing a messianic congregation to teach Jews that it is possible to believe in jesus and to remain Jewish. The plot was discovered and their case was taken to the Israeli Supreme Court. Hutchens and his family were kicked out of Israel and their conversions were revoked.

 

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The above five video clips represent only a small fraction of the constant flow of problematic audio, video and blog material from “Christian Zionist” sources which JewishIsrael reviewed last month.

Israel is a nation full of great Jewish hearts, minds and souls. Why are certain Torah observant rabbis and leaders promoting the desecration of Judaism’s Sukkot holiday by participating in an evangelical festival of frenzied worship centered on “the crucified Jew”?  JewishIsrael has no doubt that those representing the rabbinic, political, economic and tourist sectors of this country can sit down together and find a dignified way to welcome visitors of other faiths to this land and to offer Christian tourists an inspiring experience without encouraging missionary mayhem and empowering evangelical designs.

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