Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Kashering the Treif

Right now my Christian friends must be getting a little miffed so I say that my anger extends only to those who are dishonest about their intentions, who ignore facts. theology and history by claiming that 'you can be Jewish and Christian at the same time'. If you seek to convert me, tell me directly that you would like me to stop being a Jew and become a Christian rather than distort my Torah in order to 'complete' me.

There are currently over 400 'Messianic synagogues' in the US with over a 100 000 'Messianic Jews'. Organizations like 'Jews for Jesus' attempt to ensnare Jews from their faith by speaking to them about 'believing in the Torah, along with the Brit Chadasha' (New Testament). They preach their love for 'Yeshua' and explain the teachings of 'the Rav Shaul' (Paul the Apostle) and his 'talmidim' (apostles). These spiritual deceivers lurk in the dark corners and prey on innocent Jews ignorant about their religion. Their favourite targets are the elderly, lonely for attention, Russian immigrants, who remained ignorant about Judaism while under Communist repression, and teenagers, seeking to fit in with their Christian friends. Despite all of their claims of practicing 'completed Judaism', you would wonder why they do not missionize outside of synagogues and yeshivot, in religious neighbourhoods as the rabbis and Orthodox would surely recognize them as 'kosher Christians'.


Eli Wiesel explains the situation perfectly. He writes "The Jews have always opposed missionaries who believe that salvation belongs exclusively and irrevocably to them. When they try to tear you away from your faith and from your people, they are doing so out of altruism, they claim.

But I feel less revulsion for Christian missionaries than for their Jewish accomplices. The missionaries are at least honest. They proclaim openly that their aim is to absorb as many Jews as possible into their church. They aim to kill their victims' Jewishness by assimilating it. They give each individual Jew the choice between Judaism and Christianity always doing their best to influence that choice.

Their Jewish colleagues, however, the "Jews for Jesus", are dishonest. They are hypocrites. They do not even have the courage to declare frankly that they have decided to repudiate their people and its memories.

In telling their victim that he can be Jewish and Christian at the same time as if the history of Christianity did not give them the lie they are laying a trap of trickery and lies. Even more detestable, they play on their victim's vulnerabilities. They always exploit weakness, ignorance, and unhappiness. They offer the victim a new "family" to replace his own, the "comradeship" he lacks, and, at the outset, a "no obligation" religious atmosphere. Later, it is too late to turn back. "Operation Enticement" has been successful."

Groups like 'Jews for Jesus' reject the Oral Law as the work of man yet dress up their 'rabbis' in Jewish trappings to ensnare ignorant Jews. Their leaders are called 'rabbis' and wear kippot, talleisim, tzitzis and teffilin though these can only be explained through the Oral Law. They pray in 'synagogues' and try to disguise themselves as genuine Judaism yet anybody with the slightest knowledge in the Torah can see through their charades. Christianity may have grown out of Judaism yet the two faiths have been separate for 2000 years. Jews always a very small minority in the early Christian movement and the new religion quickly became primarily gentile. As Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet) said to the sinful Jews 'how long do you continue to waver between two opinions? Either Hashem is G-d, follow Him, but if Baal, follow him.' (Kings 18:21). Either Hashem is G-d, in which case be a Jew, and a Jewish Jew, or Jesus is G-d (Chad Ve'Shalom) and be a Christian. Its one or the other- time to make your choice. No amount of yiddish expressions, support for Israel or regret over anti-semitism can kasher this goyishe treif. Bagels and lox or singing Hebrew songs doesn't make one Jewish- Judaism is defined by loyalty and belief in the Torah. (Amazing anti-missionary with complete refutations of 'Messianic' doctrines are Jews For Judaism and Christianity Revealed) They engage in spiritual deception and open missionary offices in Russia or Israel, where many Jews no little about Judaism. It is amazing how Russian Jews, whose ancestors suffered under Christian pogroms and discrimination for centuries and could have easily improved their lives with a simply baptism and yet refused, are being lured away in droves.

I say now to all 'Messianic' Jewish missionaries, not to their congreagtions who have simply been misled into selling their birthright for a pot of lentils, that they are not my friends but my enemies. I regard these spiritual parasites as more of a danger than Ahmadinejad or Hamas. I trust that Hashem will protect us form all of our external enemies but our national security is based upon our allegiance to the Torah. If we forsake the covenant (G-d forbid) and abandon the faith of our fathers who gladly went to their deaths singing 'Shema Yisrael', 'Hear O Israel, Hashem is our G-d, Hashem is the One and Only' rather than accept Christianity, what hope do we have for G-d's protection? No matter how much they claim to support Israel and oppose anti-semitism, 'Hebrew Christians' are enemies; the only difference between them and Hamas is that Islamic fundamentalists destroy our bodies while Christian fundamentalists destroy our souls. It is them who I think of when I say my amidah prayer, in the prayer against minim, heretic. This prayer was composed in the early centuries of the Common Era by Rabbi Gamliel for protection against heretical sects such as the Essenes, Sadducees, Karaites and early Christians.

Hashem, please grant my prayer, the 12th prayer in the 18 blessings of the amidah:
"And for the slanders may there be no hope and may all the wickedness perish in an instant; and may all Your enemies be cut down speedily. May You speedily uproot, smash, cast down, and humble wanton sinners- speedily in our days. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who breaks enemies and humbles wanton sinners."
Speedily in our days Hashem, amen.

22 comments:

The Frank Family said...

Your own words do a much better job than I could ever do to show just how paranoid this is:

"These spiritual deceivers lurk in the dark corners and prey on innocent Jews ignorant about their religion. Their favourite targets are the elderly, lonely for attention, Russian immigrants, who remained ignorant about Judaism while under Communist repression, and teenagers, seeking to fit in with their Christian friends."

"Even more detestable, they play on their victim's vulnerabilities. They always exploit weakness, ignorance, and unhappiness. They offer the victim a new "family" to replace his own, the "comradeship" he lacks, and, at the outset, a "no obligation" religious atmosphere. Later, it is too late to turn back. "Operation Enticement" has been successful."

I say now to all 'Messianic' Jewish missionaries, not to their congreagtions who have simply been misled into selling their birthright for a pot of lentils, that they are not my friends but my enemies. I regard these spiritual parasites as more of a danger than Ahmadinejad or Hamas.

Deborah said...

BK,

As I have said before, regardless of our differences in opinion and belief, I will retain my respect for you and remain in an attitude of love - and it "ain't" hard to do! I understand your position of opposition as much as you do. Your position is of no consequence to me, I will defend and lay down my life for the Jewish people! 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13). You are loved and chosen by G-d:

4 They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God’s adopted children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them his law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises. - Romans 9:4

I use to think that if another holocaust ever erupted, I would offer my home, my bed, my food, my protection, and my life if necessary to any Jewish person willing to accept... and if that day should ever come, I WILL do so at my own peril. But unfortunately, in the days that lay ahead of us, the lives of both the Jew and the Christian will be required as Islamic fascism is being kowtowed to (by my own government and governments all over the world) under the guise of political and social correctness.

You have every right to believe what you believe and say what you want to say about me as a Christian who loves the Jewish people; even so, you are always welcome in my home with every good thing I can possibly bestow upon you - you are welcome in the home of your self-proclaimed enemy - if the Islamic fascist seeks to cut your throat before he seeks to cut mine. I am not saying that every Muslim is a fascist who hates Jews and Christians! But you know I speak truth regarding those who are Islamic fundamentalist and fascist, so my concern and invitation is real. You have my email address if you and your family, or your friends, ever need to take me up on that offer.

G-d bless you!

A Christian Zionist,
Deborah

WomanHonorThyself said...

Your best post ever hands down Bar. I applaud you for your integrity and God bless u and yours forever and ever.
You are truly Or LaGoyim!

Joe Gringo said...

BK,

Miffed? No, more like concerned. You open your post revealing your anger and continue with revulsion.

Why these emotions? I don't even know you but I like you, have much respect for you, your blog is very good and your posts, for the most part, are wonderful and insightful.

I agree with Frank Family and Deborah, as well as Angel.......excellent post......but lighten up brother. YOu are passionate and I really commend you for that. Embrace the Messianic Jews, you are a gifted young man, use your love, your itelligence, knowledge to "steer them back", not turning your back on them. You're much better than that.

Bar Kochba said...

I have no anger towards Frank Deborah, or you or any other Christian for that matter. If someone is honest about their beliefs and would like to share them with me in the hopes that I become a Christian, I will politely turn them down. My only objection is to those who lie and use Scriptures to makes one 'a Hebrew Christian'. For those willing to return, I will guide you but for those determined to lead other Jews away from their Torah, I have nothing but revulsion and anger.

Michael said...

I feel less revulsion for Christian missionaries than for their Jewish accomplices. The missionaries are at least honest. They proclaim openly that their aim is to absorb as many Jews as possible into their church. ...

Their Jewish colleagues, however, the "Jews for Jesus", are dishonest. They are hypocrites.


I had to deal with these folks (both types of missionary, actually) a lot in college, and very quickly came to see what you have just said so passionately.

With the Christian missinaries, it's possible to be friends (especially once you've rejected their religious overtures) on a basis of mutual respect.

Not so the Jews for Jesus. They are a cult, and nothing more.

LionHeart said...

"you are a gifted young man, use your love, your itelligence and knowledge"

God bless you brother ;)

Lionheart

Always On Watch said...

I regard these spiritual parasites as more of a danger than Ahmadinejad or Hamas.

Really?

Well, I'm not in your shoes, but that statement seems over the top to me.

Pardon my dissension. I don't understand where you're coming from on this topic.

Brooke said...

I've never had to talk to a "Jew for Jesus", so I have had a bit of difficulty understanding where you're coming from on this matter.

I'm a LOT more worried about the Islamist threat to the Jewish and Christian houses at the moment!

Yehudi01 said...

BK, I've always enjoyed your posts as well as your comments at my blog. I find you intelligent and articulate, and certainly passionate. I think it's that passion that we share in common. However, as you know, I am married to a Jew who loves Yeshua, so I have an "insider's perspective." My wife, nor her friends are necessarily looking to convert anyone. She is quick to provide an answer for anyone who questions her about her beliefs.

She is still Jewish, regardless of anyone's opinion. She loves the
G-d of Israel, the Torah, and the Traditions of Our Fathers. She will help any person with any problem, at any hour...day or night. She epitomizes the loving character of HaShem, and I must say that I am deeply offended that you would liken her to a parasite, Ahmadinejad, and Hamas.

You are free to believe whatever you choose, but sometimes it's prudent to guard your words lest you offend your brothers and alienate yourself. You owe an apology.

Bar Kochba said...

Daniel: What I mean by spiritual parasites are those who convert other Jews to their treif, the Jews for J missionaries such as this Michael Brown and others. I didn't mean to offend your wife and for that I will apologize. I reserve my ire for the leaders of this movement and those who lead other Jews astray. I enjoy discussing with your wife and this post was not meant to offend her. I stand by my diagnosis of the cults as spiritual parasites since our national wellbeing is predicated upon our allegiance to the Torah (read the Shemah) and any sevice rendered that of an idol is worthless, even if it is all of the 613 commandments. Anyways, G-d bless you and your wife and all those Jews lost in cults and other non-Jewish faiths.

Yehudi01 said...

Thank you for your apology. She thoroughly enjoys going back and forth with you as well...as it is written, "iron sharpens iron."

I pray that as you, (and we all) debate, that only emet will emerge, that the One G-d of Israel will be glorified, and that we will all grow stronger through our studies.

L'Shalom, Daniel

Jungle Mom said...

I hope you are able to see beyond your anger one day. You do have every right to believe as you choose. So do the messianic jews. I see no need for disrespect for them. Perhaps you could step back and take a calming breath...

I will allow anyone to share their beliefs with me and I do not feel threatened, neither should you.

With all the very best intentions, I am saying a prayer for you...for peace in your soul and love for your fellow jews who happen to have embraced Yeshua.

All the best, Bar!

Yankee Doodle said...

Nice polemic, but I just don't think it fatwaworthy. :)

Anonymous said...

This prayer [`amidah] was composed in the early centuries of the Common Era by Rabbi Gamliel for protection against heretical sects such as the Essenes, Sadducees, Karaites and early Christians.

How ironic that Pharisaic Judaism, forerunner of Rabbinical Judaism, emerged victorious in the intra-Jewish arena in the aftermath of the Great Revolt against the Romans and got to decide who is heretical when the Pharisaic/Rabbinic movement was still a small minority and considered heretical by most Jews prior to the Temple's destruction. From Josephus Flavious' we see that the Pharisees numbered no more than 6,000 members in the 1st century BCE and through much of the 1st AD. The Jewish majority seemed to have had assorted Sadduceean leanings during those centuries and before. Two factors combined to help the Pharisees emerge triumphant: the rampant corruption of a minority faction among the Sadducees from which the High Priests and their minions came, plus consistent Pharisaic (and subsequestly Rabbinic) collaboration with the Roman occupier since 63 BCE.

If it were not for R. Sa`adia Ga'on's skillful polemic effort against the Qaraite Jewish growth, chances are the Qaraites would have had a fair shot at becoming the mainstream in Judaism. In its heyday in the 10-11 centuries the ranks of the Qaraite movement comprised some 40% of world Jewry.

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