WAR AT SUKKOT! (Part 1 – Introduction)

Article by Palm Tree of Devorah

12 Tishrei 5778

In a way it has already started and in a way it has been going on already for a very long time. But, we Jews tend to forget. That’s why “remembering” is a mitzvah.

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Tommy Waller (right) with Rabbi Eliezer Melamed. 

Call it a “love” invasion, but it is an invasion nonetheless. Hordes of invaders flooding across the borders of Eretz Yisrael seeking to murder Jewish souls with hugs and kisses (and $$$). The invaders themselves find this idea laughable, as do many who identify themselves as Jews, but let me assure you, in the eyes of our Creator, it is no laughing matter.

…If your brother, the son of your mother, tempts you in secret or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your embrace, or your friend, who is as your own soul saying, “Let us go and worship other gods, which neither you, nor your forefathers have known.”

Of the gods of the peoples around you, whether near to you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; you shall not desire him, and you shall not hearken to him; neither shall you pity him, have mercy upon him, nor shield him.

But you shall surely kill him, your hand shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.

And you shall stone him with stones so that he dies, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (Devarim 13:7-11)

If this is how we are commanded to respond to those who are dearest to our hearts and fellow Jews, how much more so to those foreigners among the nations! And if this is how we are commanded to respond to one who simply entices us to go stray, how much more so one who actually accomplishes it!

Tommy Waller’s Hayovel Ministry is the tip of the spear in this war because it has managed to do what no other Christian ministry has done. They have infiltratedYehudah and Shomron; practically establishing Christian yishuvim right next to the Jews and have the backing of prominent so-called “Orthodox” rabbis.

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In the beginning, we were told that Tommy Waller, his family and his volunteers were Bnei Noach, that they had left Christianity. When we proved they were still Christians, their vociferous Jewish supporters said, “Yes, they are Christians, but they don’t proselytize.” Then, when we brought proof that they were indeed proselytizing, they came back with, “Well, what do you expect, they are just doing what Christians do, but not one Jew has been led astray by them.”

The Torah does not tell us to wait until the Jewish soul is caught in the trap before acting to prevent it. Enticement itself is a criminal act.

This is so much more than just Christians being Christians and wanting Jews to be “saved” by faith in their man-god Yeshu. This is a tactic of Gog uMagog and it always has been. It has always been the Satan’s best plan for assimilating Jews out of existence. He has been working on it and perfecting it over time and if the degree of support they command within the Jewish community is any indication, Hayovel is succeeding beyond imagining.

Gentiles and Jews coming together to form “one new man” has been the stated goal of Christianity since its beginnings. Whereas before the founding of modern Israel, Jews were pressured to cross over to the Christian side and give up their Jewish identity, today, the Christians are crossing over to the Jewish side claiming to be restoring the “Jewish roots” of their faith. Gentile believers in Yeshu are now calling themselves “Messianic Ephraimites” and Jewish believers in Yeshu are called “Messianic Jews.” Together, they are proclaimed to be “one new man” in relationship with the Christian man-god-messiah.

But, this is the same “one new man” the Apostle Paul lauded…

“For [Yeshu] is our peace,…who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two,….” i.e.Jews and Gentiles. (Source: The False Testament)

This is the goal of all attempts to proselytize Jews. Were this ever to be accomplished, it would be the end of Am Yisrael and the end of Judaism. So, yes,this is a war – a war for the hearts and minds of Jews and Hayovel is the tip of the sword at our necks.

The claim that Tommy Waller personally has never proselytized Jews might be true. But, there is ample proof that while he keeps his hands clean in order to make this claim true, others are doing his dirty work for him. (This tactic has worked for many other Christian ministries in Israel as their leadership stays apart from the actual proselytizing, knowing all the while that those under their leadership are doing it for them.) It apparently never occurs to them that they would not have to revert to such subterfuge if their religion were true.

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“There’s Nothing New Under the Sun”

Hayovel

Tishrei 5778

I regret that the subject of the first post of the new year will be Tommy Waller, but evil doesn’t take holidays. In fact, it seems to ramp up around the holidays. Even now, Xians are pouring into Israel for “The Feast”, as they do every year at this time, and all of them are looking for a weak place through the Jewish armor to reach the Jewish soul and steal it for Yeshu.

A few people have asked my opinion about the new video of Tommy Waller calling on his fellow Xians to renounce “replacement theology.” Sadly, I must tell you that absolutely nothing has changed here.

Since the beginning of their ministry, the Wallers have said that they do not want Jews to become “Xians,” i.e., give up Jewish practice and ritual, but they do want them to be “messianic” Jews, i.e. believers in Yeshu (without giving up Jewish ritual).

Giving up replacement theology simply means agreeing that Jews, as Jews who believe in Yeshu and go to “synagogue” instead of church, ALSO have a place alongside the rest of Christendom. This is just a last, sad and bad attempt on the part of Xians to reel in the Jewish fish by trying to convince them that they can live on the land and yet remain fish.

In the past, a Jew who believed Yeshu was the messiah had to convert to another religion, leave the synagogue forever and go to church. As a demonstration of his sincerity, he was required to eat a ham sandwich. Why? Because, according to the Xians of those times, God was through with the Jews and had a new people known as the church. If a Jew wanted to be counted as part of God’s people he had to give up on being a Jew and become a Xian.

What Tommy Waller and his fellow “Israel-loving” Xians claim to have suddenly discovered is that a Jew can remain a Jew and still come to faith in their Yeshu, who is also reclaiming his Jewishness in these latter days. They still believe that only those who put their faith and hope in Yeshu will be redeemed, but it includes both those who identify as Jewish as well as those who identify as Xian. The two are “one new man” with their shared belief in Yeshu and together they are equal heirs of the promises made to the forefathers: Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’aqov.

Tommy’s little speech is absolutely nothing new. It’s the same thing Jews for Jesus has been saying for the past fifty years.

See herehere and here.

This is my message to Tommy Waller:

This is just another misguided attempt to convince Jews to take another look at Yeshu, to present him and his message in a more acceptable light. Your problem is – you are still wrong. Yeshu was NOT a good Jew. He was NOT G-d. He was a man who sinned and died for his own sins. He saved no one, not then, not now and not ever. He never was and never will be the Messiah.

There is some perverseness in the hearts of Xians who can come so close to the truth and yet fail to recognize it and embrace it. Your judgment and consequently, your punishment, will be especially severe. I urge you to consider the possibility that you could be mistaken. That is your first step towards real salvation.

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.

Commonwealth of Yisrael   12 STONE COUNCIL

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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The New Jews For Jesus

By: Donny Fuchs


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“Hear, O Israel! The L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd alone.” (Deuteronomy 6:4) JPS Hebrew-English TANAKH, 2003

“The very existence of the State of Israel is a denial of basic Christian doctrine, according to which the Jews lost the rights of Eretz Yisroel and their role as the Chosen people. The Christian church seeks to resolve the contradiction between the State of Israel as a historical entity and the Evangelion, by conversion of the population.”(Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, “The Rav Speaks: Five Addresses on Israel, History, and the Jewish People”; pg. 122)

The spiritual enemies of the Jewish people who harvest the Samarian vineyards take no sabbaticals during shemitah. They of course refrain from picking grapes for the year, as they must, out of deference to the enduring Mosaic shemitah Law. Yet the most important crop of all is harvested year-round regardless of season. Evangelicals see every season as a time to bring the “good word” to Jews, or to be blunt, to harvest Jewish souls. For the devout evangelical, the Jewish soul is sweeter than grapes, and like all difficult quarry, the religious Jew is most desirous, since he represents the challenge of an elusive prey who poses an eschatological road-block. The kind of prey who supposedly can’t be caught, yet according to their religious beliefs, must be caught, in order for the “Second Coming” to arrive.

Trying to bring religious Jews to the cross is no easy task, as long as Torah Jews remain insulated from evangelicals. As such, they require the aid of Jewish insiders to penetrate the castle. And they have found them. Previously insular communities in Israel are no longer a fortress. The missionaries have discovered that for the right price, their religious Jewish friends will open the door. More than that, at least one prominent religious-Zionist rabbi has even sanctified his presence in the agricultural fields by declaring that “the harvesters” are fulfilling prophecies. And these same Jewish friends battle on their behalf by hurling defamation and invectives towards the few Jews who have the courage to say anything.

And so it should come as no surprise that Tommy Waller’s “Hayovel Ministry” is working overtime during shemitah, even as the vineyards of Samaria remain dormant for the year. The off season is when they return home to their American congregations and communities to amass their forces. Now is the time to schlep Jewish representatives around with them on the speaking circuit, to generate energy and excitement as they try to bring “the good word” to Jews in Israel. It is a labor of love. This is where their cadre of Jewish friends come into the picture; those perplexing individuals with kipot and tzitzit who have participated in some of the most outrageous interfaith events to date.

“Religious” Jews for Jesus? 

Most Jews have heard of “Jews for Jesus” and recognize the spiritual threat they pose to our people. But how many Jews know about the growing number of religious Jewish leaders and advocates who have become a new kind of “Jews for Jesus”? How many know about the particulars where these same Jews have trampled upon Halachic boundaries and thrown themselves into the forbidden waters of interfaith dialogue? How many Jews are privy to the gradual process where these Jews are sanitizing Jesus and making him kosher for Jewish consumption? How many are aware that these individuals are inadvertently aiding the missionaries in their ultimate goal of converting Jews? Allow me to clarify:

  • When I speak of “religious Jews for Jesus” I am not speaking of actual messianic Jews who believe in Jesus and accept him as divine, but of those religious Jews whose clarity has become so blurred and distorted due to their involvement and exposure to evangelicals. I speak of rabbis who have described Jesus as a rabbi, and as a “kosher” concept that Jews can embrace without sacrificing their most basic Jewish beliefs.
  • I speak of “Halachic” Jews who have either unconsciously or otherwise mastered the tongue of Christian theology, as they try to harmonize inherently contradictory teachings, out of a desire to strengthen an alliance with Christians.
  • I speak of those who are engaged in activities that no religious Jewish leader in history ever engaged in. I speak of those who would been condemned by great Rabbis in previous generations, when we had strong Torah leadership.

Hayovel and other evangelical missionary groups require such Jews. They require individuals like Jeremy Gimpel, a renowned Jewish advocate, radio personality, and ordained orthodox Rabbi, who has done as much as anyone on the scene, to grab the evangelical hand and pull him in for an interfaith bear hug. “JewishIsrael” recently came out with a shocking expose regarding Gimpel’s participation as the main speaker at a Hayovel sponsored event in Nashville. Every Jew must read this disturbing article and watch the accompanying video. The jaw-dropping finale featured Caleb Waller inviting the notorious Jew obsessed missionary, “Papa” Don Finto, onto the stage to bless the audience. (A brief internet search will tell you all you need to know about Finto.) Don Finto proceeded to lay his hands on Jeremy Gimpel to bless him and Hayovel, and even concluded with a recitation of Birkat Kohanim! And all throughout this whole disgraceful episode, Gimpel remained on stage.

I need not go into great detail, since the article presents all that transpired. Yet I would like to reiterate one salient point to the reader. Bear in mind that this is yet another documented example of Hayovel’s missionary agenda.  Despite the same shrill cries of their Jewish enablers, Hayovel’s sponsored event saw Caleb Waller invite a notorious Jew missionary to bless the audience. Those who would still deny their intentions are either cognitively impaired, naïve to the point of cognitive impairment, or lying for any number of reasons. There are no other logical explanations.

The following article will address another disturbing event. On February 16th, 2015, the same Jeremy Gimpel participated in an interfaith Question & Answer session at the Fellowship Bible Chapel in Columbus, Ohio. The chillul Hashem that transpired from his involvement in such an affair, as well as the responses he gave to the audience was astounding; and they require an uncompromising response to bring clarity to the picture. I will be addressing several of Gimpel’s more outrageous statements point by point. (Those with strong stomachs can also view excerpts of this video here.)

As an aside, while I have never met Jeremy Gimpel, he and his co-host Ari Abramowitz were kind enough to have me as a guest on their Voice of Israel radio show a while back to discuss my articles addressing the dangers of evangelical support for Israel (minute 27). I found them to be genuinely friendly and warm, and they gave me a fair opportunity in the allotted time to present my views. In short, I harbor no animus towards Jeremy or Ari. I liked them both.

There is nothing personal here, save for my concern over what I consider grotesque violations of Jewish behavior, in the form of the most extreme examples of prohibited interfaith dialogue. As I hope to show, from a Torah perspective, Jeremy’s responses were outrageous. Many were inaccurate and theologically ambiguous, and some even bordered on the kinds of positions that could be deemed heretical or worse. Indeed, Jeremy’s own words could Heaven forbid be used one day to ensnare Jews.

A quick word on interfaith dialogue, since this is the back-drop to this whole tragic affair. How did this all come about? In recent years, prominent “modern-orthodox” (I hate the term) leaders and others laid the groundwork for the various forms of interfaith dialogue we are witnessing today. They created a forum for discussion/meetings which never existed, and by doing so, many of them trampled upon their rebbe’s Halachic position. As is well known, Rav Soloveitchik (of blessed memory) prohibited any form of religious discussion, debate, or dialogue with members of other faith communities, and his position was articulated fully in his classic essay “Confrontation”, his subsequent  addendum, and other written works. The Rav’s views represent the most comprehensive ideological approach to date on the matter of interfaith relations/discussion, and his position both asserted and demanded that we Jews respectively maintain a distance between the two faith communities, and refrain from any attempts to merge them. (Naturally, since this essay was written in the context of the American Jewish experience, allowances were made for situations where Jew and gentile shared communal concerns and only addressed such non-religious matters. In Eretz Yisroel, the biblical prohibitions inherent in the discussion render many of the points of the article less relevant or perhaps even irrelevant, since the Halacha clearly defines which gentiles may even enter the land.)

In one of the more egregious examples of blurred theological lines that invariably ensue from such encounters, one former student of “The Rav” even adopted the language of the missionary, and he was featured several years ago in videos where he called Jesus “Rabbi Jesus,” and used such ideologically problematic terms as “branches” and “grafting,” which are laden with unmistakable Christian associations. The missionaries had a field day with this trove of material. Is it any wonder that we have a new category today, of a religious Jewish activist who engages in the kinds of things that none of our forebears would have ever thought possible or permissible?

Jeremy’s Q&A Session at the Fellowship Bible Chapel

Those Jews who may have met or heard Jeremy Gimpel speak, may be taken aback by my remarks. I allow Jeremy’s own words to speak for themselves. Again, I advise the reader to refer to the video footage of this encounter. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Quoting the Gospels: Early on in the session, Jeremy referenced the “humble of spirit” and participated in a rare spectacle which boggles the mind. Consider the image of an ordained rabbi standing before an audience of evangelical missionaries, quoting from the book of Matthew (5:5). “The meek will inherit the earth,” declared Jeremy,“that is the spirit of the bible.” My response: When a rabbi quotes “Matthew” what more can one say? Can there be a greater desecration of Hashem’s name?
  • “A Jew Is a Jew”: In response to an inquiry from a participant about the status of a Jew who converts to Christianity, Jeremy responded that despite a Jew’s attempt to leave the faith, he nevertheless remains a Jew. While this is generally accepted as true according to Halacha, Jeremy failed to emphasize that despite the Jew remaining a Jew, acceptance of Jesus as either divine or a messiah is inherently incompatible and contrary to Jewish beliefs. Even Jeremy’s mentor,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, (who has been involved in questionable interfaith- exchanges himself) has explicitly stated: “Jews can never accept Jesus as the Messiah – anyone who does so is ipso facto not a Jew…” Acceptance of Jesus is the antithesis of Jewish belief. Jeremy’s failure to point this out plays right into the hands of the missionaries who maintain that such a belief actually makes the Jew more “Jewish” by “completing” him.
  • Granting Legitimacy to Christian Interpretations: When one woman inquired how a religious Jew such as himself would interpret a certain prophecy of Zachariah, Jeremy went into a convoluted, inaccurate, and dangerous response, which legitimized the standard Christological distortion of the verses, and exposed a confused perspective on a host of Jewish concepts. It was patronizing and pandering, and his answers illustrated the dangers and futility of trying to harmonize incompatible beliefs. Ironically, the questioner seemed equally dissatisfied with his responses. Here was the exchange:

Jeremy: “To answer really simply, maybe everything that you believe in the book of Zachariah, that the messiah will do, we believe too. I mean that’s why the argument is sort of like…uhh …it’s not a waste of our time… but like….When a man comes and he fights the wars of Israel, defeats the enemies, builds a temple, peace on earth, the leader that did that, we will all kneel before the king. (Jeremy actually kneels down.) Do you know what I mean?

Whoever that is…so your vision of that, you say it’s a second coming, OK, we say it’s a first coming…we actually do…what do we…we know that we don’t know…that’s sort of like where the Jews are at right now…we just like…uhhohh (inaudible sound)…I guess when the messiah comes, the messiah comes. Right now, that’s just notuuhhh…right now, what do we have to do? We got to be good with G-d. We have to like bring G-d into our lives, that’s really important.” 

At this point, Jeremy made a clumsy effort to reconcile the impossible divide, and reassure the woman of our “shared visions”:

…….”your vision of the messiah’s second coming is our vision of the messiah’s first coming. All of the messianic prophecies that will be fulfilled, when they’re fulfilled, we’ll recognize that as messiah.”

Response: There is no commonality whatsoever between the Jewish understanding of a righteous human Messiah who will fulfill all the Halachic criteria and fights the wars of G-d, and the pagan notion of a divine man (part of a triune godhead), who died for mankind’s sins, was resurrected, and will eventually return in a Second Coming. The latter belief is for those who sacrifice their rational faculty to accept a theology borrowed from the major pagan religions of the ancient world. In a final attempt to harmonize the validity of the two faiths, Jeremy expressed his perspective on how the arrival of the messiah will play out, in a way that accepts the legitimacy of both.

“I always feel like how is that gonna to play? Are we…is one of us just gonna have a theological crisis…I mean like oops…or is it going to be like somehow we are both right? I don’t know. I feel like G-d’s ways are more than what we think. I intuit… that somehow both of us are gonna to be right, but not in the ways we think we aregonna to be right. I don’t know.”

Response: Moshe Emet V’Torato Emet. The words of Moses are true and his Torah is true. Judaism 101. With all due respect to the other faiths who maintain a similar position about their own beliefs, we are not both correct. The truths of Judaism are inherently in opposition to Christianity and there can be no harmonizing of the two faiths. The truths of Judaism and Torah are the only truths. There is no theological crisis.

“For in point of fact, Judaism and Christianity are not basically one but are, as Professor Freidrich so aptly states, fundamentally opposed to each other.” (Judaism and Christianity: The Differences, Trude Weiss-Rosmarin; pg. 10)

  • Jesus- as played by Gimpel the actor: Jeremy borrowed a page from basic Christian theology which posits that the Mosaic Law is impossible to keep, when he “admits” that as a Jew, “Jews, often get lost in religion.” (Where have we heard that before?) And in a theatrical performance that in this internet age will never go away, he fell into the character of Jesus by explaining:

“That was what Jesus was talking to Jews. He’s like folks, you’re getting lost in the law. You’re getting lost in the details. Don’t forget the big picture.”

Response: How to convey the shock one feels when he hears a Jew speak this way? Images of classical Christian anti-Semitism come to mind, replete with invectives hurled towards “the Pharisees.” There is no way to get lost in the law for one who truly upholds it. As an example, to the extent that man’s adherence to the law could cause him to behave in an ill manner to his fellow man, this is hardly proof of getting caught up in the law. On the contrary, this constitutes proof that the individual never truly followed the law! When properly kept, the Halacha is the only solution for the religious Jew. Torah is not merely law. It is a way of life required by Hashem, and it remains the only way for man to perfect himself. Jeremy gave the missionaries an unexpected gift with these statements. This is precisely what they argue when they try to explain how G-d’s law is no longer relevant or obligatory, at that only a blind acceptance of Jesus can bring one “salvation.”

Since Jeremy referenced a historical Jesus, a few words need to be said about the question of the historicity of Jesus. Jews who speak of a historical Jesus who was both “religious” and even a “rabbi” are playing a dangerous theological game. The obvious conclusion of such thinking is that you can “follow” him and still remain a good Jew, the same position which the messianic argues. The missionary’s challenge is to expand upon this concept and convince the Jew how to follow Jesus. Not only is this a perilous path, which from the onset is contrary to Jewish thought and Law, it also blindly accepts the notion of a historical Jesus as a fact.

Did Jesus Exist?

Short answer for the Jew. Who cares? There is no definitive evidence that a specific historical Jesus existed that has any commonality with the many contradictory and mythical accounts in the gospel. Any scholarship that argues such a position is premised on a particular historian’s viewpoint, which is contested by many other scholars. From a Torah perspective, whether or not Jesus was a real Jewish figure, a composite of several figures, or based upon two different figures in the Talmud, Judaism doesn’t venerate his memory. If he existed at all, he was not a good Jew. The ancient historians certainly don’t provide a strong case for a historical Jesus. In “26 Reasons Jews don’t believe in Jesus”, Asher Norman notes:

The works of 41 historians who lived during the first century and early second century and wrote about Judea and Rome have survived. Significantly, none of them mentioned Jesus, his alleged disciples, his apostles, or any of the so-called “miraculous” events described in the gospels. It is difficult to understand how this is possible, if the gospel stories about Jesus described historical events.” (Page 182)

The Talmud never mentioned a “Jesus of Nazareth.” The Tosefta and Baraita reference two different men that people mistakenly associate with Jesus. Take Yeishu Ben Pandira for example. He was never crucified. He was stoned to death for sorcery and hung from a tree. This occurred one hundred years before Jesus, during Alexander Jannaeus’s reign in Jerusalem. Yeshu Ben Stada presents other problems. He lived one hundred years after Jesus.  And while his manner of death and subsequent hanging for sorcery on the eve of Passover are the same, he was killed in Lydda. These were clearly two different personalities, and neither of these men were killed by Romans. They were executed in different towns, and neither was killed via crucifixion. The dates don’t correspond to the dates of Jesus that Christians accept. Did Jesus exist according to rabbinical sources? Rabbi Jehiel ben Joseph said that the Yeshu referenced in rabbinic literature was a disciple of Joshua Ben Perachai, and NOT Jesus the Nazarene. Nachmanides rejected the idea that the Talmud referenced Jesus, whereas Maimonides maintained that it did. (Norman, 186-187).

Believing in an historical Jesus is not a fundamental tenet of Judaism. Ultimately, the historicity of Jesus is irrelevant for the believing Jew. But believing in the ideas associated with him is not irrelevant, and they constitute a rejection of everything Jewish, and a descent into idolatry. And the theology that is based upon the figure of Jesus is prohibited to the Jew as idolatry according to all rabbinic positions.

  • Jeremy Kashers Jesus: Jeremy continued to stumble, by explaining that a theoretical belief in Jesus as the Messiah is not problematic, as long as he is not deemed divine. 

“It’s much less a problem for Jews, the Messiah part of things.”

As proof, he cites the unfortunate case of what has transpired in the Chabad world which is rife with the tragic belief that their deceased Rebbe is the messiah. Jeremy incorrectly maintained that this aberrant belief is acceptable to mainstream religious Jews, in a sense, by arguing that it boils down to the theological equivalent of one’s preference for apples and another man’s penchant for oranges.

My response: The reality on the ground says otherwise. Outside the influence of Chabad circles, mainstream religious Jewry finds these notions anathema to Judaism. What transpired in Chabad is terrible and has created a dangerous un-Jewish belief system which threatens fundamental Jewish beliefs. The notion of a dead Messiah is abhorrent to mainstream Torah thought. (I don’t want to get side-tracked but I would like to say one thing. As someone who doesn’t follow Chasidism, I nevertheless revere the legacy of theLubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memory. What has occurred today is a disgrace to his righteous name.) Jeremy continues:

“When Christianity became like woe, that’s different, is the divinity of Jesus that too much for Jews to swallow….. If we hold that G-d is one there should be no other G-d’s before him, G-d is G-d the father and there is no other trinity manifestations. It’s just one. That’s where the real challenge becomes.”

My response: What challenge? What a foolish use of words. There is no challenge for us. G-d is One. These are the basic tenets of Jewish thought and belief as expressed in our sacred Shema prayer. It is a concept of Oneness that is unlike anything else in the world, including our standard perception of the concept of one. Defining it as a challenge is dangerous for two reasons:

  1. It suggests that the challenge can be intellectually met, and that theoretically someone could present an idea that could bridge this gap and make the idea palpable to Jew.
  2. It challenges the missionaries to overcome this hurdle. It also defines the “hurdle,” and feeds the missionary agenda.

As if that wasn’t enough, Jeremy dropped another bombshell:

“As far as the messiah, there is no problem to believe that Jesus is the messiah…really, according to Jewish law. You could believe that. And you can follow in his ways, like literally hold him as a Rebbe…and even the idea of a righteous rabbi dying for atonement is not a foreign idea in mystical Judaism. So there is so much that there is what to work with.”

Response: Here I find it difficult to convey what I am feeling, because I am screaming inside. WHAT? No problem to believe in Jesus as the messiah? Of course there is! Jesus, real or imagined, never fulfilled the criteria to be the Jewish messiah! Furthermore, we Jews believe in the coming of the messiah, not the messiah himself. Allow me to explain. The messiah will not require a blind belief, because by fulfilling the criteria, he will identify himself to be the correct individual. Jesus met none of these criteria. Judaism rejects Jeremy’s notion of atonement as being compatible with Jewish belief. It is not. He can cite “mystical Judaism” which is a vague term that doesn’t mean anything. We don’t believe in a dead messiah who didn’t complete his mission. By its very definition, death is the most obvious proof that one was not the Messiah.

Yet the most troubling notion can be found where he states, “So there is so much that there is what to work with.” What does this mean? If ever there was an open invitation to the missionaries of the world to accept Jeremy’s ambiguity as a call to try harder, this is it. This is a call for missionaries to become more creative by working with Jeremy’s concept of a flexible ideology, in order to harmonize Jesus. This was an outrageous statement that was as dangerous as a hail of bullets shot into a crowd of Jews. What is there to work with? What does that even mean?

  • Jeremy Panders To Christians Regarding The Temple Mount: Jeremy spoke about the unfortunate situation on the Temple Mount, where the Jordanian Waqf prohibits Jewish prayer. The problem with this exchange was that he reinterpreted the prophetic vision of a Third Temple, as one where Christians can pray as Christians under the rubric of Isaiah’s “House of prayer for all nations.” Christian prayer and worship are certainly not acceptable on the Temple Mount, neither in its current state of ruin, nor in the eventual Third Temple. Halacha will determine who can even enter the land, not to mention who can ascend the Temple Mount, and how prayer can be offered. (As for those righteous gentiles who intend to truly call out in Hashem’s true Name, the Third Temple will certainly be a place where they will have a means of expressing proper expressions of thanks and praise to The Almighty.)

Reflections: Jeremy and others often present these interfaith events as a unique and new opportunity in Jewish history to engage in a form of Jewish outreach to Christians. When I was interviewed on his radio show, he admitted to me as much. I rejected the notion that even if one could avoid the problems of interfaith dialogue, one could never engage in outreach with evangelical missionaries. I recommended that we Jews invest our time with the righteous gentiles of the Bnai Noach world instead. There are so many of them today.

It is interesting to note that at the conclusion of this event at the chapel, Pastor Steve Mitchell reiterated and reaffirmed for the audience, the primary Christian beliefs, as I see it, to negate any of Jeremy’s final words. These evangelicals are clearly not open to becoming B’nai Noach, and they themselves do not want their flock to believe that Judaism offers an alternative path to the truth. They are firm believers in their faith, and their uncompromising belief in a divine Jesus, and we should understand this without accepting the naïve notion that it’s a mitzvah to engage with them. Our own people will only lose spiritually in such an encounter, because the evangelical isn’t interested in reason, but the blind faith of dogma and indoctrination. And his theology allows him to engage in duplicity to lure the Jew in.

Human Psychology

Selective Vision. As the old adage goes, we see what we want to see. As complex people we all engage in this delusional process to some extent. Selective sight allows us to continue to live the way we want, and avoid the things we refuse to confront or accept. There are many reasons we ignore the obvious. Some dwell in darkness because ignorance can be comforting. Some of us prefer not to dwell on things that make us wince. We sometimes wear filters over our eyes to ensure that our world schema remains intact.

And yet, taking human psychology into the equation, I still cannot fathom how Jews allow themselves to be deluded by these dangerous organizations. As I’ve noted many times before, there is a world of documentation confirming the dangers of the evangelicals in Israel. And thanks to JewishIsrael’s recent article, we now have yet another piece of video footage exposing the notorious Waller family and their Hayovel Ministry’s missionary agenda. The vitriolic responses of those self-appointed Jewish leaders who aid Waller and others, cannot negate the facts, even if they choose to cast them aside.

Most native born Israelis have no understanding of the evangelical personality and are ill-equipped to read his pulse. Their unfamiliarity with English renders them vulnerable to the evangelical’s clever use of language to convey theological beliefs. But the fact remains: the missionaries are here in Israel, and many of them are relying upon religious Jews to sanitize their image. People like Jeremy Gimpel, who are well intended, but are nevertheless engaged in spiritual Russian roulette, and others who have been featured in some of my past articles, are harming the Jewish people. As Jewish boys and girls continue to be exposed to a strange admixture of holy and profane, it won’t be long before some of them eat the forbidden fruit. It is a subtle process, which Hayovel’s beloved messianic preacher “Papa” Don Finto understands well. He is ecstatic, because he and his ilk understand that they never had such an opportunity in history to enter religious communities and break down the barriers between Jew and Christian. He foresees the day when more Jews will (Heaven forbid) kneel before the cross and accept “that man.”

Various efforts are underway to apprise major Jewish leaders and organizations of the full extent of this spiritual menace, which is not monolithic, but an elaborate network of missionary organizations. Many Jews are ignorant of the problem. Many more allow themselves to remain so. There are several good rabbis who are mortified about what is going on, and yet for some reason, they lack the courage or the organizational ability to take a strong stance. So we continue to fight the lonely battle to chip away at their resistance. Because if we don’t fight the good fight, the spiritual death toll for the Jewish people will be incalculable.

Every Jew in turn can do his part by writing about this problem, speaking with other Jews, and informing their community leaders. Jews need to write letters to major Jewish organizations both in Israel and across the diaspora, demanding that they publicly acknowledge the problem and articulate an aggressive plan of action. Of course, the battle needn’t be left to religious organizations. All concerned Jews are welcome to contribute. A major part of the effort to combat this spiritual period of shmadrequires that we publicize all of the major personalities who work with these evangelicals. As such, the actions of Jeremy Gimpel and others must be exposed. “Good intentions” are no excuse, when Jewish souls are in danger.

Ironically, many of the same Jews who promote the evangelicals are upset when Israel consistently appeases the murderous beasts of Fatah who mask their true intentions, which mirror the genocidal dreams of Hamas and Hezbollah. Yet they fail to recognize Fatah’s spiritual equivalent, and on this issue at least, they show the equivalent stupidity of any card carrying member of “Peace Now.” Learn to recognize the missionary equivalent of the duplicitous Arab. Learn to recognize “Brother Esau” who comes to us with a smile, lots of cash, a willingness to harvest grapes for free, and an undying enthusiasm to bring the “good word” to us. Learn to scream,mechabel – “terrorist” – even when the assailant holds nothing in his hand but a cross and a fervent desire for you to kiss it.

Learn to comprehend his duplicitous language, so that you can read what is really in his heart. Here’s a brief lesson to get you started. Conversational Evangelical Language 101: When he says “the Father” he really means Jesus.

V’alu moshi’im B’har Tzion, lishpot et Har Esav…..” – Ovadyah 1:21

Don’t delude yourself. Our visions and beliefs are incompatible. Santayana’s words are certainly true for the Jew. History always repeats itself. Har Ha’Carmel 2015.

Where is Elijah?

(I would like to thank Avraham Leibler and Ellen Horowitz ofJewishIsrael for their contribution to this article}

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

Jeremy Gimpel and Hayovel Pray with Convert-the-Jew Pastor Don Finto in Nashville

On February 22nd Jeremy Gimpel an educator, radio host, and Deputy Director of the World Mizrachi Movement was the featured speaker at an event in Nashville sponsored by HaYovel, a ministry founded by Tommy Waller.   Hayovel brings hundreds of messianic and fundamentalist Christian volunteers to work with farmers, especially vintners, in Judea and Samaria.

Since 2009 JewishIsrael has been monitoring the Waller family’s extensive network of missionary collaborationsand associations. JewishIsrael has been alerting the Jewish community via online reports as well as through private and public presentations. We have also provided information to rabbinic leaders who have formulated a“Document of Principles” regarding the acceptance of monetary and manpower assistance from Christian organizations or individuals.

Joshua and Caleb Waller as well as Luke Hilton, all from HaYovel, hosted the evening in Nashville, which put the spotlight on Jeremy Gimpel and his personal story, visions and interpretation on prophecy. At the conclusion of the event, Don Finto, a notorious Nashville-based missionary known for his aggressive and public campaigns to bring the Jews to jesus, took the stage at the behest of Calev Waller.

“Papa Don come on up here and bless us. I want to honor you for being here with us tonight and thank you for leading the beacon of Israel here in this town. And this is an honor. Let’s rise and honor Papa Don here this evening. So stand with us as we bless.”

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.

The Jewish community was widely exposed to Don Finto’s agenda when he made an appearance in 2011 at a mass rally in a Texas stadium with messianic associates, and openly prayed for the conversion of the Jewish people. The “Response” prayer rally, the brainchild of then Texas Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry, made international headlines and was a source of national debate in addition to causing concern in America’s Jewish community.

Despite Finto’s open conversionary agenda and support for messianics in Israel, he penned a book back in 2001“Your People Shall Be My People”, which remains an acclaimed classic among Christian Zionists. Professor Stephen Spector writes in his book, “Evangelicals and Israel“, that “Even organizations that officially avoid proselytizing seem to sympathize with Finto’s beliefs.”

Messianic leader Daniel Juster, who works closely with Don Finto and a missionary team in Israel, endorses the book and is quoted by Finto:

“I have become convinced that Rabbinic Judaism is a more severe departure from biblical faith than I had ever realized in my early days of Jewish recovery…The atmosphere of New Testament carried on the spirit of the Hebrew Scriptures pervasively and profoundly.  The essence of Rabbinism is a severe departure, replacing revelation with human reason…We who are Jewish are biblical New Covenant Jews, not Rabbinic Jews!”

Finto’s more recent views on rabbis, Judaism, and what goes on in the synagogues continue to be disingenuous and condescending.

That Jeremy Gimpel has recently been promoted on the speaking circuit as Orthodox “Rabbi Gimpel” should make his appearance on stage with Don Finto all the more discomforting.

As far back as 1997 Don Finto was making waves and headlines with his sermons and promotion of the Christian mandate to convert the Jewish people.

At that time, Reform-Progressive Rabbi Stephen Fuchs held the line for the Jewish people and was able to deliver a firm response that would put many of today’s younger Orthodox rabbis and Torah observant activists to complete shame. A good number of Jeremy Gimpel’s responses delivered to an audience two weeks ago at Fellowship Bible Chapel  appear to be noncommittal, fawning and ambiguous at best. And, in the opinion of JewishIsrael, Gimpel’s “open-ended” approach to Jewish-Christian theological relations could actually encourage those looking forward to a missionary harvest.

JewishIsrael expressed concern about a possible association between Don Finto and Tommy Waller of Hayovel in its November 2013 report Evangelists, Politics and Shomron PR – The Pew of It All. At that time, blogger “Geula Girl” picked up the ball and a few days later posted an in-depth look at those connections on her website,  “Esav Exposed”.

It would have been hard for Jeremy Gimpel not to have known about Don Finto.  Had he not been informed of Finto’s appearance at the conclusion of his presentation he could have chosen a dignified, appropriate and halachic response by leaving the stage during the Christian prayer session.

Certainly Jeremy Gimpel now knows that his Hayovel sponsors endorse, honor and are close with “Papa Don” Finto. One wonders how Gimpel feels after being used by Hayovel to legitimize and empower the likes of Don Finto. In addition, Gimpel’s personal family photos (including wife and children) and stories from his family history are being used to publicize and raise funds for an organization which has consistently shown itself to be missionary in nature.

A New Strategy: Embrace the Missionary

For years Jewish leaders and activists have consistently and persistently denied that they were working with missionaries, and insisted that Christian Zionists were not interested in bringing Jews to faith in Jesus. However now that this is obviously no longer true, Jewish activists are scrambling to keep these unholy alliances intact. The new strategy is to deem the missionary infiltration into Israel as benign and benevolent. Rather than take an honest accounting of a tragic mistake, the questions now being asked and explored by Ari Abramowitz, Jeremy Gimpel and others are, “should we be afraid of missionaries?” and “should Christian missionaries be banned or embraced?”

And the dangerously naïve and ironic answer being given is that the Jewish people are strong enough and well educated enough in their faith to withstand any missionary threat from people who truly love us.

Unfortunately JewishIsrael needs to remind those Jewish leaders who sit in yeshiva halls and radio broadcasting booths, as well as those held captive by loving Christian donors and congregations, to remember that there are reportedly hundreds of thousands of Jews worldwide who have converted to Christianity since the establishment of the State of Israel. They have been the target of countless numbers of active Evangelical missionaries whose inspiration and urgent need to bring Jews to jesus has been inspired by the rebirth of the Jewish state and by what they see as the end-times role for the Jews according to Christian scripture. Christian Aliyah is another solution being pondered by those Jews who have for years been fanning the flames of evangelical fervor.

Perhaps more than the missionaries, the Jewish people should be afraid of some of their own personalities and leaders who are apparently incapable of recognizing a spiritual foe and holding the line when their faith and people come under a centuries-old threat. It is especially poignant when one considers that in this past week’s special Torah reading for Parshat Zachor, we Jews are commanded to remember those who attacked the frail and vulnerable among us.

In part two of this post we will explore Jeremy Gimpel’s recent appearance at Fellowship Bible Chapel in Colombus Ohio.

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