As Predicted, Picketing Backfires

From the latest on the Messianic vs. Haredi front via The Rosh Pina Project: The Arad police had refused a request by Polly’s neighbours to hold a counter demonstration in her support against the massed ranks of protesters that came to noisily invade their neighbourhood. However a group of neighbours gathered in someones yard to support …

Giving the Haredi Their Due

It would be easy to think, as many Christians do, that Yad L'Achim is motivated primarily by hate of Yeshua.  I would argue that they haven't actually met the real, historical Yeshua.  What they're protesting is a charcature of Him, a Greekified persecutor of the Jewish people which is the Jesus Christiandom has presented to …

The Other Hate-Fest: Against the Ultra-Orthodox

Gene Shlomovitch recently graced this blog with some of his comments on my posts about the Ashdod protests. Interestingly enough, he included a detail about Maoz Israel's origins and funding that were confirmed in a completely unrelated conversation that I had over the weekend. I'll get into that another time, after I do my own …

New Podcast, the Haredi, and Egypt’s Dossier Part 2

My apologies for the delay, as well as for the length of this post.  Normally, I just note that the podcast is up and give a summary, but as I wrote this some thoughts occurred to me that I felt that the Holy One wanted me to pass along. In this week's podcast, I talk …

Hate-fest Demo against Messianic Jews moves back to Arad (via The Rosh Pina Project)

Okay, let's try this again with the correct post. Looks like more fun and games from Yad L'Achim--this time picketing a private citizen's home. Please be in prayer. Shalom On 1st March 2011 two hundred Gur Hasidim protesters are expected to descend upon the home of Israeli citizen Polly Sigulim, a Messianic Jewish resident of Arad in …

Hate-fest against Messianic Jews in Ashdod (via The Rosh Pina Project)

Another report on the Ashdod protest, this time from the Rosh Pina Project. I particularly like his conclusion: "Everyone has the right to protest, including Yad L'Achim. In fact they do Messianic Jews a great favour by generating free publicity, thanks Yad L'Achim. However such influential men as those who spoke at the demo must …

Two Responses to Persecution

Okay, looks like I'm getting a good post in today after all. I subscribe to a number of newsletters about Messianic Jews in Israel but am very careful about what I pass along.  The reason is very simple: Many of these newsletters focus almost exclusively on the persecution Messianics sometimes face for their faith.  While …

“You See Brother, How Many Myriads There Are . . .”

A fascinating article from Charisma Magazine on the growth of the Messianic Jewish movement: Although no definitive study has been conducted on how many there are, the numbers are not just rising, but spiking, observers say. Jews for Jesus, the San Francisco ministry involved in Jewish evangelism since 1973, estimates—based on its mailing list and …