For over a year now, JewishIsrael has sought through various channels to meet with Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, the Rabbi of the Har Bracha community in the Shomron, with regard to his halachic and hashkafic pronouncements pertaining to the deployment of Hayovel Ministry volunteers in the fields of Yehuda and Shomron (and now in the Golan Heights as well), a service Rabbi Melamed deems as a "fulfillment of prophecy". These volunteers are recruited from a number of messianic Christian sects and cults, which are missionary in nature.
On Thursday, October 10th, 2013, JewishIsrael board members met in Har Bracha with Avraham Hermon, whom Rabbi Melamed assigned the task of meeting with JewishIsrael and listening to what we had to say. The meeting lasted for over an hour, during which time JewishIsrael gave a presentation of what we viewed as the problems caused by the deployment of Hayovel Ministries’ volunteers in Israel. Some of the topics the presentation covered included:
At the end of the presentation, JewishIsrael staff informed Hermon that we planned to go ahead in the near future with publication of the information presented, and that JewishIsrael hoped Rav Melamed would review the material shortly and respond with his opinion.
On Sunday, October 13, 2013, Avraham Hermon conveyed Rav Melamed’s response to the materials we conveyed to him, saying that Rav Melamed retained his position regarding Hayovel Ministries.
Following our meeting in Har Bracha, other prominent rabbis viewed the very same presentation. These rabbis have concluded that the material presented is "of great concern, very serious in nature, and requires follow-up". One rabbi from the Shomron added that he "doesn't understand how Rav Melamed could possibly ignore such vital information."
JewishIsrael will soon begin publicizing the information we presented to Rav Melamed via Har Bracha’s community representative, Mr. Hermon. JewishIsrael believes it will show that Rav Melamed has chosen to ignore very serious evidence and an agenda which places Judaism's foundations in jeopardy, which will lead to spiritual confusion and worse for the Jewish people.