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Thursday, May 18, 2006
Jews for Jesus in Israel
Why 'Jews for Jesus' is evil
By Bradley Burston
Fri., May 19, 2006 Iyyar 21, 5766

We were driving in the Galilee, waiting for a red light to change, when they came up to the car. Their smiles were engagingly open as they wished us a fine trip. Then they offered us the flyer.

Jews for Jesus. Who says that evil can't be imported, and delivered, free of charge, direct to your car door?

Don't get me wrong. The members of Jews for Jesus are pure souls. They are among the most wholesome, guileless, truly well-meaning, fundamentally lovely people you will ever meet.

More's the pity, therefore, that there's a special place in hell just for them.

I would like to begin by saying that I have nothing personal against these people. But that would be a lie.

The reason is that, grinning all the way, they want to take something personal from me. My history, my belief system, my ancestry. The flyers say they are concerned for my soul, and I believe them with all my heart. It's precisely my soul they're after, all right, mine and as many others as possible.

They're out to harvest Jewish souls in the name of Christ. And they're out to do it right here.

Make no mistake, I believe that these Christians must have every freedom to worship Jesus as their lord and messiah, perform every ritual, celebrate every holiday that they see fit. If they want to do Born-again Kiddush and Last Supper Kneidelach and Savior Shalosh S'eudes - gezunterheit.

And if missionary activity is a commandment in their view, I wish them every success - just one thing:

Leave the Jews alone.

The world is a target-rich environment for the missionary, the Protestant Christian world in particular. There's no end of lapsed Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Anabaptists, whom you're free to try to cajole into Christ.

You don't need us. Jesus doesn't need us. Leave us alone.

It's a safe bet that the Jews for Jesus who may be reading this are rolling their eyes by now, classifying me as Unbeliever Type G-639-L and writing me off.

But bear with me for one brief moment, if only to read the next sentence, which has specifically to do with you, as well as with your Jewish prey, thousands of years of Jewish history, and evil:

Proselytizing is persecution.

Granted, it's not the same as burning us at the stake for Christ's sake, firebombing our homes for Christ's sake, staging apres-church pogroms for Christ's sake, ostracizing and terrorizing and beating our children for having killed Christ, lynching Jewish adults for church-distributed blood libels, torturing Jews to force them to convert, converting entire Jewish communities on point of death, deporting entire Jewish communities on point of death for having resisted conversion, or, after eliminating the conversion option, annihilating entire Jewish communities with the complicitous blind eye of the Holy See.

But there's more than one way to wipe out a people, and poison, like gas, comes in many forms. Sometimes it looks like a leaflet. Sometimes it looks like the Internet. Sometimes it looks like a smile.

It should have occurred to you by now that Jews in the post-Holocaust era have a mission, no less than you. We have some saving to do of our own. In ways which are as individual as each Jew in the world, it has been left to us to save Jewry itself - its faith, its culture, its values, its memory, its history - from extinction.

Look around. There aren't that many of us left. There are 2 billion Christians in the world, and nearly a billion and a quarter Muslims.

There are barely 14 million Jews left alive on this planet. In 1933, that number was 15.3 million. Leave us alone.

The true evil of Jews for Jesus, is the movement's readiness to take advantages of the weaknesses of Judaism in our day, in order to further weaken it. Judaism's agonizing inability to reach its estranged youth is the stuff of Jew for Jesus dreams, the fantasy that, in the end, they will succeed in converting us.

Sorry, I'm not supposed to use that word. Under the Jews for Jesus creed - which appears aimed at confusing its own adherents at least as much as it seeks to "turn" us non-believers - Jews for Jesus members do not convert you, they just get you to believe that Jesus Christ is the lord, and that only through Jesus can one be saved.

The faithful may well be much too busy with salvation to concern yourselves with extinction. There's clearly plenty for them to do, judging by some of their Websites, where I happened upon this useful piece of instruction from the founder of Jews for Jesus, Martin (Moishe) Rosen:

"Hey, if you don't know any Jewish people, you can look in the phone book for surnames that are always Jewish: Cohen, Katz, Levy, Rosen (and anything that begins with Rosen, like Rosenberg, Rosenbloom or Rosenfeld)."

And now, here in Israel, in a venture as predictable as it is indecent, they've set themselves a new target, Russian Jewish immigrants, descendants of the Jews Hitler didn't get the chance to kill.

May they fail.

There are those who will say, and I applaud them, that we should engage and embrace members of Jews for Jesus, showing openness to them rather than the cold shoulder that drives them further away. I applaud those who say this and act accordingly, but I don't have it in me.

It really comes down to this: It's hard enough to be Jewish as it is. It's tough to be Jewish if you're secular, and it's no less difficult if you're religious. It's tough to be Jewish in the Diaspora if you live among non-Jews. It's tough to live there if you live among lots of Jews. And it's tough as nails to be Jewish in Israel, atheist, knitted kippa, Haredi, or fusion JUBU.

If you're a Jew for Jesus and you're still reading this, you may well be thinking: This guy sounds riled. He needs a friend in Jesus.

You're thinking wrong. This guy needs you to keep your salvation to yourself.

Believe whatever you want. Practice whatever you preach.

Just stay the hell away from us.
I don't know what you're afraid of.

Jews who call themselves "Jews For Jesus" are not prosteletyzing zealots out to convert Jews to Christianity. They simply accept the scriptural prophecies of Isaiah and Daniel about the coming of a Messiah and who precisely that Messiah was. Their aim is not to destroy Judaism, but like Jesus, to enrich it and return it to its spiritual roots. The Messiah Jesus was born a Jew and died a Jew. He was a rabbi and a healer, and the only reason that he was killed was because he was perceived as a threat to Ciaphus and his fellow members of the Sanhedrin, who valued their own power more than the written and revealed truth of the scriptures. By rejecting the promised Messiah and his message of love, they rejected God. It was THEY, and not Jesus who condemned the Jewish nation to suffer for the next 2,OOO years. During that long period of homeless exile Jews were murdered by the millions, leaving as you say, a present worldwide population of only 14 million. And that's the sad irony. If Jesus had been authenticated as the Messiah by the high temple priests and consequently embraced by the people, Christianity would never have originated, and Judaism today would likely be a predominant world religion with a population closer to 1.4 billion.

Are you as troubled by the concept of love and peace as you are by the concept of Jesus? You shouldn't be, because the man and his message are one and the same.
Judaism is based on the belief that God is a Unity beyond human understanding. This is the core belief of Judaism, and the Israelite faith that preceeded it. All factions/ sects of Israelite and Jewish faith, whether Sadducees, Pharisees, Samaritans, Karaites, Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform are all in total agreement and will always be in total agreement on this core belief. Therefore accepting the belief that God can come to earth as a human being is totally unacceptable to Judaism or the Israelite faith in any form, and is a total negation of this faith.
The messiah in Jewish belief, remains a mortal human being, and if someone claims to be the messiah and also claims that they are divine, they are totally rejected by Judaism and/ or the Israelite faith.
To oraclej: The above article from the Haaretz newspaper shows a few things: Firstly, that this can happen at all and that there is unfortunately a religious vacuum in the lives of some Israeli Jews, who are mostly devoid of Judaism, and that tragically they may be susceptible to, and gullible enough to swallow, what Jews for J- offers up. Secondly, that the Jews for J- can feel confident enough, in Israel yet, that because of rampant IGNORANCE by Jews about Judaism will yield potential apostates from Judaism (NOT necessarily because they have a good argument of their own), a sad reflection of modern-day Jewish life everywhere (...please remember that this Blog is devoted to chronicling this sad and pathetic state of affairs.) And thirdly, that even some Jews who are not particularly religious or learned about Judaism feel a sense of horror and disgust at what the Jews for J- are now up to with their latest strategems in Israel, as the above article reveals. Thus regardless of your quasi-theoligical pontifications, the article describes the attitudes and gut reactions of some ordinary Jews which cannot be discounted.
ORACLEJ Lets go 180. If Christians through the ages had lived according Jesus' precepts of love then ...!!!???
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