Kudos to Tibi Singer, columnist for Jewish Business News, for outing the messianic missionary publication Israel Today and their toxic agenda.
Singer's article, "Come To Israel For The Most Virulent, Anti-Rabbinic Videos, In Heb... denounces Israel Today (of no affiliation to Israeli newspaper Yisrael Hayom) for promoting "what amounts to an aggressive messianic endeavor, complete with angry attacks on the rabbinic tradition, lies about the content and purpose of Talmudic passages, and open invitations for Jews to convert to Christianity—all of it in fluent, eloquent Hebrew, delivered by two clean cut, bona fide Israeli salesmen."
The article goes on to describe the online missionary endeavor, messiah.co.il, run by messianic Christians Eitan Bar and Moti Vaknin, who reportedly proclaim on their about page that, “We are sick of rabbis and ultra-Orthodox organizations who abuse our patience by trampling us and our beliefs. We are tired of being persecuted in the name of God."
Back in 2010 JewishIsrael ran a report warning about the multitude of new and eye-catching missionary sites and social networking communities targeting Hebrew speakers, including xrabbi.co.il, medabrim.org.il and igod.co.il. JewishIsrael noted at the time that all of those sites were linked to jewsforjesus.co.il (also in Hebrew). It is of no surprise that messiah.co.il comes off of the same assembly line.
Tibi Singer notes in the Jewish Business News article that while the information in the videos featured on these sites are old recycled arguments, "The effect… coming from extremely manipulative speakers, and directed at an Israeli audience with limited knowledge of their own traditions, can be horrendous".
Clean Cut Deception
Deemed “the official Christian Ambassador to the Holy Land” Pat Boone gives generously to Jewish causes, including Yad Vashem. He serves as a spokesperson for Yechiel Eckstein’s IFCJ as well as Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. Yet he also brags about baptizing Jews, supports the messianic missionary community and sells land in the Galilee to evangelicals.
In a recent show televised on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Boone disgraces and exploits the memory of Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri by promoting a book and movie claiming that, shortly before his death, Rabbi Kaduri revealed jesus as the messiah.
Boone and author, Pastor Carl Gallups, cast Rabbi Kaduri as the Billy Graham/Pope-like figure of Judaism and speak of the number of rabbis coming to a belief of Jesus.
It was the messianic publication Israel Today which ran the original story and headlines "Rabbi Reveals Name of Messiah" back in April 2007. Israel Today has been largely responsible for disseminating and perpetuating that rumor. As recent as May 2013, Israel Today republished its original article.
One wonders whether Jewish activist Avi Lipkin regrets the monster he created when he co-founded Israel Today.