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Bed, Breakfast, and Jesus for Israeli Backpackers

According to a recent study conducted by the University of Haifa's Center for Tourism, Pilgrimage and Recreation, some 2000 Israeli backpackers are being hosted annually by missionaries in New Zealand.



The Messianic Christian organization HIT (Hosting Israeli Travelers) offers accommodations at a token… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on January 21, 2010 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

The ugly side of interfaith beatification politics

Two years ago this writer expressed great reservations over the significant role the Ohr Torah Stone's Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC) in Efrat was playing in the Vatican’s attempts to rehabilitate and canonize Pope Pius XII.



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Added by Jewish Israel on January 18, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Woolf joins the Jewish Israel Team

Jewish Israel is pleased to announce that Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Woolf has joined the Jewish Israel board as an academic and religious advisor.



Dr. Woolf is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Talmud at Bar Ilan University, where he specializes in Jewish Intellectual History and the History of Jewish Law. Dr. Woolf has a PhD in Medieval Jewish History from Harvard University, and has served as a… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on January 17, 2010 at 5:12pm — 2 Comments

Pat Robertson’s “satanic verses” cause media tremors

When it comes to commenting on both man-made and natural disasters, televangelist Pat Robertson takes the golden globe for impropriety. Following last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, Robertson remarked that the Haitians had made a "pact with the devil" and have been "cursed" ever since.



A spokesman for… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on January 17, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Not waiting for Armageddon

"With Orthodox Judaism, deep down inside," says Ray Sanders, the director of Christian Friends of Israel, "there's no love, there's no hope. There's no future." ---JPost Review of Waiting for Armageddon



Well, that rather dismal view of Torah Judaism sounds downright weird coming from folks who look forward to the end of the world and… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on January 10, 2010 at 8:37pm — 3 Comments

Post by JI member Zahava Pasternak

Excluding my very very short stay with a nonJewish Messianic congregation in North Carolina, I would like to share with JI why it is that I have joined their site and am active in counter-mission groups.



Around 5 years ago, I began my own kiruv website zahavapasternak.blogspot.com, [which I have since deleted and created 2 other sites.] As I was browsing the web for messianics to see… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on January 10, 2010 at 11:20am — No Comments

Shannon Orand receives conversion to Judaism in Israel

Jewish Israel would like to wish a heartfelt Mazal Tov to JI member Shannon Orand upon her conversion to Judaism which she received in Israel earlier this week. Welcome to the Jewish people, Rachel (Shannon’s Hebrew name)!



Members of the Beit Din were Chief Rabbi Dov Lior of Hevron, Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Safed, and a respected rabbi who requested that his name be withheld. In addition, another recognized Chief Rabbi facilitated in the conversion… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on January 7, 2010 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Daniel Ayalon: Israel’s Ambassador for Christendom

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is sponsoring a bid to upgrade the status of evangelicals in Israel and recognize them as a sovereign group or an independent church. The Interior Ministry is opposing the move on the grounds that, “it would open the flood gates and similar requests from other religious groups would come pouring in.” But it’s likely that the Interior… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on January 3, 2010 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Statement from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and Reaction by Rabbi Sholom Gold

BREAKING NEWS : A response by Rabbi Riskin now on YouTube



Earlier today Jewish Israel received an email from Elie Klein of the public relations agency Ruder Finn Israel.



The email entitled: STATEMENT FROM RABBI SHLOMO RISKIN REGARDING YOUTUBE VIDEO - DECEMBER 30, 2009 can be read here.…

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Added by Jewish Israel on December 31, 2009 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Rabbi Riskin video “gone viral” among Orthodox Jews and messianic Christians

In our Christmas war post of December 26th we made mention of and posted excerpts from yet another controversial video of Rabbi Riskin. That video is now making the rounds among Jewish online news services and blog sites like… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 31, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Joel Bell opens new WBZ missionary center in Sha’ar Binyamin

(For backgound information on Joel and Pamela Bell, please read this earlier report and see relevant links at the end of this post)



At the beginning of this month Jewish Israel reported on missionary building developments in Jerusalem. We, unfortunately, will wrap this month up by informing our readership that missionary Joel… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 28, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

No Christmas War in Israel

Bill O’Reilly eat your heart out, because while “the War on Christmas” rages in America, secular Israelis –on a government level – have no problem stepping on Jewish sensitivities in the Jewish State. Official declarations of “Merry Christmas”, “Season’s Greetings”, and “Happy New Year “ are ringing forth from Jerusalem, and all of the state’s apparatchiks seem to be getting into… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 26, 2009 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Messianics use “American Idol” to promote missionary activity in Ethiopia

In mid-October we reported on a scandal involving Kadima Knesset Member Shlomo Molla and a well-known messianic missionary organization. It had been reported that Molla may have pocketed many thousands of shekels in funds which were designated for the Ethiopian Jewish community by Christian missionary “rabbi”… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 21, 2009 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Torah Judaism challenged by secular court and Christians in Israel

Well, another Hanukah has gone by, but it seems the forces of Hellenism, Christianity and secularism have forged an unholy alliance against Torah Judaism in the modern state of Israel. One secular journalist described it as nothing less than a “modern-day… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 20, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Tell it to the Vatican: Christianity is not land or shrine bound

When it comes to Vatican negotiations and property issues, Jewish Israel sort of feels like we’ve been there and done that here, here, here, here... wait, simply… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 15, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Missionaries Exploit Chabad

(special thanks, to Jewish Israel member, Shannon)



On November 27th Zev Isaacs of the Messianic Prophecy Bible Project sent out a newsletter update featuring his infiltration of a Chabad Yeshiva. This mailing entitled, “Lubavitcher Jews in Israel SECRETLY BELIEVE in Yeshua as their Messiah!”,is purportedly used to raise funds for the production of missionary literature.



It appears that Isaacs… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 10, 2009 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Evangelical Missionary Building Boon in Jerusalem

Jewish settlements in Judea and Shomron may be frozen, but Christian missionaries are enjoying a real building boon in and around Jerusalem.



Prime property has recently been leased, sold, and permits for expansion granted, to evangelizing ministries and institutions. It should be understood that these buildings are not standard churches used strictly for private worship services. These are evangelistic institutions which place an emphasis on “outreach activities” and… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 6, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Christian Fundamentalist Fringe Group Hijacks Hatikvah

Westboro Baptist Church is a way-over-the-top independent church group, and people of all faiths - as well as those without faith - rightfully love to hate this hate group.



There’s a dilemma as to whether or not it’s wise to give these small, fringe, cultish sects the publicity they so crave. But lately they’ve been targeting Jews, and last month USA Today saw fit to publish these headlines:… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 3, 2009 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

New book by ex- Christian missionary: "Coming Full Circle"

Penina Taylor of Shomrei Emet has written a book entitled “Coming Full Circle” which promises to take readers on a powerful and uplifting journey.



Description:

What happens when a Jewish girl raised in a secular home discovers Christianity on her search for spirituality and then after 17 years in Christian leadership realizes that most of… Continue

Added by Jewish Israel on December 1, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

What about Moslems? Don't they convert Jews to Islam and what can we do about it?

Anyone who has looked on Youtube has seen a variety of missionary styled testimonies of former Jews who have converted to islam. They are similar to the "testimonies" used by xtian apostates. My question is why is there (hardly) any refutations of the Islamic religion as there are of the xtian one?

In Israel there are probably MORE jews converting to Islam than to xtianity! Shouldn't someone at least make a few video's showing the fallacies,…
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Added by Jake Jacobs on November 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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