Wednesday, April 30, 2008

She Must Be Some Sort Of Genius

I'm referring to the girl who entered the International Bible Contest competition from the mamlachti, non-religious school system, who has made it to the finals. There has been a lot of publicity about her of late, because her family is "Messianic," meaning that they think that "J" was the Messiah, but they still consider themselves Jewish.

Yad L'Achim wants to ban/boycott participation in the contest.

I find it amazing that anyone who hasn't been educated in the Orthodox/Torah Observant way can do so well in the competition. It's not just a matter of memorization. The questions are very complex. Even those in religious schools who study intensely don't all get high scores.

Apparently, the girl is Jewish according to Halacha, Jewish Law. Let's just pray that all of the learning and all of the knowledge she has accumulated will bring her to Tshuva Shleimah, complete repentance and true Jewish-Torah Life.

7 comments:

mother in israel said...

The kids from non-Orthodox schools have a different track, and one spot is saved for their highest scorer. No one from that spot has won so far.

Leora said...

I like your take on this.

Batya said...

leora, thanks
mii, I think that this one did exceptionally well in the Israeli finals, and that's one of the reasons people are concerned.

mother in israel said...

Did you find out the results from the Israeli finals?

Batya said...

I remember catching it on TV.

My head is someplace else right now...

Anonymous said...

I think it's important to note that many evangelical/messianic youth are very adept at Tanach studies. So this young woman may surprise all of. Regardless of how well she does, this is sure a golden opportunity Jewish apostates.

But I think Batya has the correct attitude. We should hope and pray that this bright young woman comes home to her people and her true faith.

Batya said...

Ellen, chirstians learn Bible differently from the method used here, especially for the Bible Contest.

Whenever there's a "chidon" knowledge contest/quiz here in Shiloh, I go blank, because the questions are worded in a way I can't connect with.