One Yud makes all the difference. Just a small letter. The smallest of all Hebrew letters. But if you don’t pay attention to the details you could be following a corrupter instead of waiting for the Messiah.
Look at this picture. Does it look Christian to you? Probably not. There is a sefer Torah on the table, men in kippot and women with their heads covered; but trust me, it couldn’t get more Goyish or more Christian. Jesus (a.k.a. Yeshua) was on everyone’s mind that day. How do I know? I was there! It’s a snapshot of my former life and as embarrassing as it is to admit that I was there I think it’s necessary to reveal so that I can warn others about a lethal threat to Jews today.
While Christians are certainly dangerous to Jews because of their missionary efforts, Messianics are far more so because of how deceptive their lifestyle is. True, an Orthodox, Frum From Birth Jew would be able to tell right away that something was wrong but other Jews may not suspect until it is too late (read counter-missionary Julius Ciss’ riveting story). Messianics, in their lust for Jewish approval and membership, commit acts of great destruction. For example, they often intermarry wreaking havoc on the lives of their children and the Jewish community. They desecrate Jewish ritual objects like Torahs, shofars, mezzuzot and tefillin. The men show up in real Jewish synagogues and pray in the minyan; they feel that they have a right to do this because they believe that they are a part of the “true Israel” because of their belief in Jesus. They hold Pesach seders, go to their churches on Saturdays, and keep some form of kosher (although most of them do not keep Rabbinic kosher because they disdain the Oral Torah).
The Messianics who are more organized publish materials that could look quite attractive to Jews such as a Gospel that is in Hebrew made to look like a Jewish siddur. Boaz Michael, the creator and founder of a missionary ministry says of the book, “Vine Of David is preparing to publish the Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels Bible. This upcoming publication reveals the Jewish essence of the teachings of the New Testament, and will be a vital instrument in helping God’s people connect with the Jewish foundations of the Christian faith” (emphasis mine). When Mr. Michael calls this book a “vital instrument” he means a missionary tool. When he says “God’s people” he is referring to Jews he hopes to prey on in order to convert them.
Rabbis and other Jewish leaders and teachers need to sharpen their focus on the Messianic threat. Local “Missionary Alerts” by Jews for Judaism are a good idea as are the seminars they provide. However, their reach is limited–more money and volunteers are needed. Synagogues and Jewish charities should be scrupulous about not accepting funds from Messianics. Public Orthodox Jewish opinion about Jesus and Messianics must become forefront. Former Messianics/Christians who are now either Noachides or who are pursuing Orthodox conversion should contribute to this cause. They can keep their local Jewish communities informed about the Messianic presence in their city, start websites and use social media to educate Jews, and even organize more structured groups to help teach in synagogues and yeshivas. Exposure is key!
- Their Own Worst Enemy (lehitgayernews.wordpress.com)
- Don’t Count Him In A Minyan! (lehitgayer.com)
- The “Other Side” of Torah (lehitgayernews.wordpress.com)