These guidelines were originally formulated under the guidance of JewishIsrael's Rabbinic Director,Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold in 2008, and were expanded under his guidance in May 2015 (see addendum)
Recent alliances between Israel and a variety of Christian evangelical groups require that the Orthodox world clarify policy and establish guidelines that will prevent any blurring of halachic lines, and to ensure the spiritual integrity of the Jewish people both in Israel and the Diaspora.
We urge all those involved in all aspects of the burgeoning relationship with evangelical Christians to consider that the very nature of the evangelical movement is to evangelize (spread the Christian gospel via missions). Therefore, the following should be acknowledged and understood:
Fundraising and monetary activities in this regard require meticulous ethical accountability and consideration. A qualified halachic authority should be consulted before initiating any interfaith charitable or business endeavors.
It is incumbent upon all Jewish leaders involved with consulting and advising the Jewish people in interfaith matters to be sensitized and aware of the real motives of pro-Zionist Christian organizations and their activities throughout the State of Israel. It is also imperative that all Jewish leaders become attuned to the spiritual connotations behind the various keywords, phrases and concepts currently being utilized and disseminated by a variety of Christian churches and movements with theological agendas vis-à-vis Israel and the Jewish people.
We at JewishIsrael hope that Jewish leaders will study and investigate these matters in depth and will continue to strengthen the commitment to protect our Jewish heritage from negative influences and to spiritually strengthen Am Yisrael during these challenging times.
ADDENDUM, MAY 18 2015
It runs contrary to Jewish values and a normative understanding of Judaism and its prophetic teachings to endorse Temple-oriented endeavors with non-Jewish leaders, sects and organizations who have a christ-centered agenda for the Temple Mount.
JewishIsrael strongly urges refraining from actions and statements which seemingly embolden, legitimize, and empower Christianity’s claim to the Temple Mount, such as:
JewishIsrael urges the Israeli government, diplomats and Jewish leadership to dismiss any discussions regarding a special status for evangelical churches and other evangelizing sects in Israel.
JewishIsrael strongly suggests that the Israeli government and influential Jewish leaders and organizations reframe the concept of religious freedom and freedom of worship in a manner which is halachically acceptable, which ensures Jewish sovereignty and which preserves the integrity of Eretz Yisrael.
When discussing church persecution and attacks by Muslims against Christians it is essential that Jews emphasize the struggle for a moral and civil society, humanity and basic human rights, rather than be trapped into advocating Christendom and the spread of Christianity.
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