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

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

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

According to one of the NCI objectives:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.”


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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?

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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.

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).