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Good News from the Holy Land – Jews for Jesus Ad Gets Kicked off the Air!

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Amidst reports of the Israeli government handing over part of the Russian Compound in Jerusalem to the Russian government and "crime minister" Olmert talking about shrinking Israel to its pre-1967 size, some good news came out of the Holy Land recently. Several news source reported Sunday and today that a "Jews for Jesus" ad was kicked off Kol Rega Radio (Voice of the Moment) in northern Israel Thursday upon the demands of thousands of enraged Israelis. Reports are found in the Jerusalem Post, Arutz Sheva and Israel Insider. Even the neo-Nazi Stormfront saw fit to comment on the event, quoting the Post story with one commenter complaining that, "they allow gay parades but not ads for the Prince of Peace?"

A more accurate description of the "Jews for Jesus" can be found from Israel National Radio host and Rabbi, Tuvia Singer, founder of a leading anti-missionary group Outreach Judaism. He said, according to the Arutz Sheva report, "Jews for Jesus' is trying to do to the Jews spiritually what Hamas is trying to do physically." Singer added, “In their spiritual assault on Jewish communities in the US, Israel and Europe, 'Jews for Jesus' deliberately blurs the distinctions between Judaism and Christianity in order to lure Jews who would otherwise resist a straightforward Christian message."

According to Yaakov Ariel, in his work "Counterculture and Mission: Jews for Jesus and the Vietnam Era Missionary Campaigns, 1970-1975 The Jews for Jesus", "Jews for Jesus" was the informal name of an older organization, "The American Board of Missions to the Jews". Apparently they broke away from the original organization, but retained always the Protestant orientation they started with. They have struggled manfully to create a movement of Christians called "messianic Jews". The truth of the matter is that any Jew awaiting the messiah is a messianic Jew, but the Jews for Jesus and groups like them sought to steal the title for themselves.

These days, Christian missionaries can be found all over Israel trying to steal Jewish souls with their deceptive literature in Hebrew, taking advantage of the ignorance of many secular Israelis of their own faith. This writer has seen a number of samples of this literature, including pamphlets given to him by a religious Jew who did not really much about Christianity and who was fooled by much of what he saw till corrected and told the source of the data. But, as this incident in the Galíl last week illustrated, the missionaries are not accepted quietly.

According to the Post story,

Yoel Ben-David, a Jews for Jesus activist, said Orthodox Jews from different streams have threatened him and his peers, pushed them and, in Kiryat Shmona, removed the air from a car tire.

Kiryat Shmona Chief Rabbi Tzfania Drori said he had heard rumors about the car tire. "That is probably one of the mildest reactions imaginable in response to aggressive missionary activity pursued by these Jews for Yeshu," he said.

"I believe we have a right to prevent these people from entering our town and promulgating New Testaments and missionary literature; it is tantamount to a woman performing a striptease in the middle of a public place," Drori, who also heads a yeshiva in Kiryat Shmona, said.

He said a group of his students had followed the Jews for Jesus group around the town, heckling them and preventing them distributing their literature.

Rabbi Drori's comments are mild, considering the persecution Christians practiced against Jews for seventeen centuries since getting a central position of favor in the Roman Empire under the Emperor Constantine. And Christian persecution of Jews has not stopped. A Jewish soldier in the United States was beaten up recently after complaining of anti-Jewish treatment. The US Armed Forces has been a hotbed of Christian missionary activity, often aimed specifically at Jews. The American military has long had a history of anti-Jewish sentiment. The South African Defence Forces, under the apartheid regime, had a policy of refusing Jews any advancement into officers ranks, even though they happily did business with Israel, buying arms from them. This, of course pales with the violent attacks on Jews in Russia, Byelorus, the Ukraine and Lithuania, all lands where millions of Jews died at the hands of the Nazis – with the hearty approval of the local population, whose own hands were often bloodied with pogroms against Jews in previous decades.

So, every now and then, in an atmosphere where Jews and Israel are like the tail of an animal being dragged in the ground, threatened on all sides with death and humiliation, it is kind of nice to see a bit of good news from the Holy Land – the spiritual murderers of our people getting a good kick in the gut.

It is richly deserved.

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Hi!! Thanks for coming to my article! I was raised in Brooklyn, was graduated from the City University of New York in 1978 with a BA in political science and public administration there. I lived in Minnesota for a number of years. There I managed restaurants and wrote stories. We moved with our children family to Israel where we now reside. My work can be found at Ruvy's Roost, Jewish Indy,, and on Facebook under my full name, Reuven Kossover
  • Lee Richards

    Being spiritual often brings mental and physical benefits; being “religious” often makes people nuts.

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/39420/joanne_huspek.html Joanne Huspek

    Good gawd, Ruvy.

    As an agnostic, I try not to pay attention to religion. True spirituality is deeper than that.

    However, I do understand your problem of having the “missionaries” come in and take over. I imagine that’s how the native Americans felt when the settlers came in to tame the “savages.”

  • http://www.republicofdave.com DaveNalle

    Nice to see Ruvy celebrating the religious oppression practiced by the government he repeatedly claims is not theocratic.

    Dave

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Dave, the Israeli government had nothing to do with it. This was a privately-owned radio station responding to public pressure. Your beloved market forces at work…

    Of course, no-one comes out of this smelling any rosier than the protagonists in the Imus débâcle, but you could at least be fair.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Brother Ruvy- You’re good and full of shit on this one. Censorship is BAD. Trying to convert people to your way of thinking is what free speech and association is all about. Shutting down opposing viewpoints by force of arms is really an admission that they are right, and that you have no actual answer.

    Complaining about historical oppressions of Jews for an excuse to shut down exposure of Jews to the good news of Jesus Christ is quite bogus. Maybe some Muslim types would like to object to tolerating Jews based on the conquest of the promised land as described in Joshua.

    And this quote is particularly dumb “”I believe we have a right to prevent these people from entering our town and promulgating New Testaments and missionary literature; it is tantamount to a woman performing a striptease in the middle of a public place.” Preaching the gospel is NOT the same thing as a prostitute setting up a strip pole, other than that they are both things of which you personally disapprove.

    Why do you fight Jesus so hard in your own heart, Ruvy? If you open your hardened heart, perhaps you too can someday become a perfected Jew.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Well, I actually got some comments! I am honestly surprised.

    Let’s take ‘em by the numbers.

    Being spiritual often brings mental and physical benefits; being “religious” often makes people nuts.

    I agree, pretty much, Lee. But this has little to do with either being religious or being spiritual. It has to do with the imperialist notions of the disgusting descendant of the The American Board of Missions to the Jews. In other words, it has to do with power, exploitation – and theft.

    After 1,700 years of Christian exploitation and interference with our lives (not to mention rape, robbery and murder), we deserve a government that would kick out missionaries and keep them out. If the Pentecostalists and other Fundies get mad, they know which neighborhood in Hell they can go to.

    However, I do understand your problem of having the “missionaries” come in and take over. I imagine that’s how the native Americans felt when the settlers came in to tame the “savages.”

    It ain’t quite as bad as that, Joanne. But, from my point of view, the Fundies pretending to be Jews are the savages, or the descendants of savages. When London was a swamp, the prophets of Jerusalem excoriated the kings living there. Think of how the Japanese viewed the Portuguese 400 years ago.

    Nice to see Ruvy celebrating the religious oppression practiced by the government he repeatedly claims is not theocratic.

    It may be that Kol Rega is government owned, but I doubt it. Hwoever the ad was pulled because of the phone calls of outraged listeners, not because of the machinations of some bureaucrat, rabbinical or otherwise.

    Don’t you read what you publish, Dave?

    no-one comes out of this smelling any rosier than the protagonists in the Imus débâcle

    You get the picture, DD. But at least somethig good happened in this event in Qiryat Sh’mona. The missionaries got a good stiff dose of the “moishe-coddling” they deserve instead of the molly-coddling they are accustomed to from Israeli authorities.

    Censorship is BAD. Trying to convert people to your way of thinking is what free speech and association is all about. Shutting down opposing viewpoints by force of arms is really an admission that they are right, and that you have no actual answer.

    Brother Al. Censorship is bad. But deceit and lying, the missionary’s stock in trade when he doesn’t have a gun to accompany his book with a cross on it, is far worse. Also, do note, that no force of arms was used, no weapons were used; there was a shove or two – from people who did not welcome strangers who came uninvited and unwanted – and who remain so.

    Why do you fight Jesus so hard in your own heart, Ruvy? If you open your hardened heart, perhaps you too can someday become a perfected Jew.

    Say what, Al? When the Redemption comes, it will be you who runs to a Jew asking for aid in figuring out how to make it in the redeemed world – if you are lucky enough to survive Divine Judgment. But I will not preach to you, Al. I respect you enough not to ask you to cahnge your beliefs without damned good reason. Something that Christians really need to learn. “Christian liberty” is not quite the same thing as “freedom of speech”.

  • Baronius

    Ruvy, do you really get up every morning, look out the window, and worry about the evangelicals?

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Baronius,

    Americans on the “linke Seid” get up in the morning, look out the window and worry about evangelicals bearing pamphlets. They don’t show up here in Ma’ale Levona – at least they don’t if they want to keep their teeth.

    But seeing them hustle their lies in Jerusalem disgusts me.

  • Me

    This story is an extream and hysterical rejoicing over intolerance, hate, and fundimental insecurity, ending with a justification of censorship. That, my friends, is where antisemitism comes from, *not* from the “propaganda” of extreamists.

  • http://www.netzarim.co.il Anders Branderud

    These missionaries say they love Jews but they prove that they don’t when they want them to leave the eternal covenant Torah-practising Jews have with the Creator.

    There is only one way to follow the historial Jesus.

    A quote from James H. Charlesworth – The historical Jesus:
    “[Ribi Yehoshuas] devout Jewishness. [Ribi Yehoshua] was a very devout Jew. [p.48] (..) [Ribi Yehoshuas] devotion to Torah and Judaism is evident also in his actions. During his last week alive, [Ribi Yehoshua] was in Jerusalem. Why? Ha had ascended to the Holy City to celebrate Passover, as required by Torah. During this week, [Ribi Yehoshua] taught in the Temple and, quoting the revered prophet Isaiah, called the Temple “a house of prayer” (..) Thus, [Ribi Yehoshua] should not be imagined as the first Christian. He was a very devout Jew who observed Torah (the Law [Instruction is the correct translation] recorded in the Bible). Perhaps, as previously mentioned, he was so devout that he wore the religious garment of a conservative Jew, the sitsit [ציצית ; tzitzit], which pours outside the outer garment with fringes (..) ”
    The commentars in brackets are mine.

    James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Editor and Director of the Princeton Theological Seminary Dead Sea Scrolls project.

    The way is to live as him.. That is by practising Torah non-selectively!

    Ribi Yehoshua said:

    “Don’t think that I came to uproot the Torah or the Neviim [prophets], but rather I came to reconcile them with the Oral Law of emet (truth). Should the heavens and ha-aretz (the land, particularly referring to Israel) exchange places, still, not even one ‘ (yod) nor one ` (qeren) of the Oral Law of Mosheh shall so much as exchange places; until it shall become that it is all being fully ratified and performed non-selectively. For whoever deletes one Oral Law from the Torah, or shall teach others such, by those in the Realm of the heavens he shall be called “deleted.” Both he who preserves and he who teaches them shall be called Ribi in the Realm of the heavens. For I tell you that unless your Tzedaqah (righteousness) is over and above that of the Sophrim (Torah Scribes), and of the [probably ‘Herodian’] Rabbinic-Perushim (corrupted to “Pharisees”), there is no way you will enter into the Realm of the heavens! ”
    Netzarim Reconstruction of Hebrew Matityahu 5:17-20.

    For words that you don’t understand; see the link to Glossaries at the first page.

    From Anders Branderud
    Geir Toshav, Netzarim in Ra’anana in Israel who are followers of Ribi Yehoshua – the Messiah – in Orthodox Judaism

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    For reasons I do not understand, Aksimet (the “program” that filters these comments) called my carefull written response to Anders Branderud, “spam”.

    So, to make a long story short, go to his website above and see why his outfit in Ra’anana is even more dangerous and more deceitful that the Jews for Jesus.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    In case you hadn’t already noticed, Ruvy, Akismet sucketh big time. I believe the BC top brass are working on a solution, but it is fraught with difficulties. Watch this space…

  • none

    As far as I am concerned the state of Israel does not exist. Rather, they are illegally occupying the nation of Palestine.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Woo-hoo-hoo! Take it away, Ruvy. In 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

    ;-)

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Yes, we’re all waiting.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    What was there to comment on, guys? People are entitled to their delusions, aren’t they? Especially with courageous monikers like “none”….

    Besides, can’t a guy get some sleep?

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    You didn’t mean “none such,” did you now?

    Reminds of a Clint Eastwood movie, Blood Work, where the villain’s name is Noone.

    Stands for “no one” – which was the code, i.e. no number one in the sequence.