Jewish Israel is still here and working hard to keep our readership informed of some very disturbing developments on the Israel-Evangelical front. We are in the midst of preparing Hebrew and English publications and video materials, as we continue to meet with rabbinic and community leaders. Because of the length of the new reports and gravity of the situation, all documentation is undergoing a thorough review before being released to the online public. We ask that our readership please have patience. We continue to regularly update our video library with footage that is relevant to future reports. The following is a preview of what's to come:
Jewish Israel's Rabbinic Director, Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, has responded to Rabbi Riskin's feature article on interfaith theological dialogue in a published letter to the editor of Makor Rishon. The article was a radical departure of what has long-been understood and accepted as Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik z"l's halachic position opposing interfaith theological discussion, dialogue and debate on matters of personal faith, doctrine and ritual. Rabbi Gold's letter, which can also be read in English here, will be followed by an upcoming comprehensive report on what we feel are major problems with Rabbi Riskin's position. In this report we will also be covering the missionary agenda of the church personalities whom Rabbi Riskin deems as partners and friends. UPDATE: Report completed and posted November 21, 2012
The Jerusalem Post Magazine recently ran a feature on evangelist Mike Evans, presenting him as a "bridge-builder "and " Israel's best friend". What the article did not reveal is Evans' notorious background as a missionary leader who was so effective in targeting Jewish college students for conversion that the entire spectrum of American Jewish community organizations united and formed an emergency task force to fight him in the 70's and 80's. At that time Evans courted then Prime Minister Menachem Begin and claims to have "prophetically anointed" Binyamin Netanyahu as a future Prime Minister. Meanwhile, in the here and now, the Begin Heritage Center has been promoting Mike Evans. Evans has recently purchased a large and significant piece of prime real estate in Jerusalem for a World Evangelical Center. The deal was cut by an Israeli messianic evangelical law team which a few years ago leased that same property to a branch of a missionary university. Jewish Israel will open-up the Evans archives and expose the man and his plans. UPDATE: Report posted April 2013
Has one of Israel's most prestigious law firms gone messianic? Jewish Israel investigates the connection between Yehudah Raveh & Co. Law offices and the messianic Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ). Members of JIJ's legal team, which are also listed as partners with Raveh, are at the forefront of fighting for messianic Christian rights, Evangelical property acquisitions and changes in the Law of Return to accommodate believers in Jesus. JIJ/Raveh attorneys Calev Myers, Michael Decker and Joshua Pex are believing Christians whose parents managed to immigrate to Israel through the "back door" and establish a missionary foothold in Israel. The sons of these missionaries are now well-established and are having an impact in the Knesset, High Court and influencing the private and public sectors in Israel. A full report is forthcoming.
The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is gloating about their missionary programming in Israel and their deal with "YES" satellite. Israeli government ministers are actually awarding TBN for bringing the gospel of jesus christ to Russian Jews in Israel. We have recently posted two examples of this travesty here and here and will be running a full follow-up report.
UPDATE: La Times interviews JewishIsrael about TBN October 2012
Jewish Israel members may want to set at least one extra place at their Shabbat tables in order to ensure that an increasing number of lone soldiers are not imbibing the gospel with their Kiddush wine, as they enjoy evangelical food, warmth and hospitality. Yet another disturbing report in the works
And that's just the tip of the iceberg…