They call themselves friends of Israel and the Jewish people. They can be found all over Yisrael and seem to be growing in number. They claim to support us, to stand by us and to love us.
What does love and support mean to you?
Let me endeavor to answer.
To many of us Israelis, especially Yisraeli Jews, it means accepting who we and our tradition are, aiding us to survive, succeed and thrive as Jews and as members of the only Jewish state in the world. It means helping us fight anti-semitism, hatred and an ongoing desire by many to eradicate us.
Though, outwardly, those friends declare their unending and unconditional devotion to us, a closer look reveals a very dark and sinister undercurrent. It has all the attributes which point at a very well oiled machine aimed at achieving just the opposite, the removal of Judaism as the essence of Israel, the Jewish Homeland.
Whatever one chooses to call them, Christian missionaries, disciples or messengers, one fact is clear; they are a plague, a virus that has permeated into the very foundations of Yisrael, infected many of its institutions and continues its course unchecked, uncontrolled.
I call this virus JSM (Jewish Spiritual Mutilation) because that is what it is. The methods used by those who spread it are deceitful. They maintain “that a Jew can keep their religious identity, even after converting to Christianity.” They also claim that “ [a] convert can believe in Jesus, partake in baptism, celebrate Christmas and remain Jewish, all at the same time." They also hold services, address their ministers as ‘rabbi,’ and host Seders. “Evangelists….. have been trained to use Yiddish words so as to convince potential converts that [they]maintain Jewish traditions.” (1)
That is where the Mutilation of the Jewish Spirits commences. Those who have a better understanding of the Tanach know that the concept of Judeo-Christian tradition is not part of it. They know that it is a made up concept aimed at facilitating the process of smashing the theological barriers that separate between Judaism and Christianity. They also know that Jesus, Yeshua or whatever his followers choose to call him is not part of the Jewish tradition and that one does not become a “complete Jew,” as they would like the convert to believe but merely just another Christian in yet another effort in the long timeline of history to rob us of our Jewish souls and mutilate our wonderful Jewish Spirit.
How does one immunize oneself against this virus, which if left untreated would bring a Spiritual Holocaust upon the Jewish people?
The answer rests on one word, Education. We need to educate our youth in Torah, in our Jewish values and a better understanding of the principles and foundations of the Jewish tradition. We need to strengthen their minds and expose to them the fraudulent means through which the Eleventh Plague proliferates and even mutates to destroy the very fabric of our Jewish essence.
- Persin, Stephenie, “Jewish-Charistian Relations: Jews for Jesus,” Jewish Virtual Library.