Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Money, The Weak Link

Maybe I should word the title differently.  Money is the weak link to morality, but that's too many words.  So, maybe it should be more like "Money Breaks Down Moral Standards," but that's not catchy enough.  How about "Money Over Moral and Religious Values?"  Or the old cliche` about "Everyone Has A Price."

This is about the Heichal Shlomo fiasco/embarrassment, very well researched and documented by Ellen Horowitz of Jewish Israel and a frequent blogger on  Shiloh Musings.  A Christian Missionary group hired Heichal Shlomo, Jerusalem for a series of events, which had included a prayer service in the synagogue.  The agent handling the booking was possibly blinded by the money and didn't check out who they are.  After public pressure, they've changed, though not cancelled the contract.

I like to describe my recent weight loss as a "typical Jewish Joke," since I was offered a diet plan for free.  There's no immorality in that; just call it siyate d'Shmaya, the mysterious, and sometimes humorous, Hand of G-d. 

But when Jewish and Israeli institutions and businesses accept and encourage Christian Missionary Money and connections/contacts, we're dealing with a serious moral dilemma.  The Jewish jokes about "anything for a buck" and "as long as it's free, I'll take two," endanger our very existance.  We must rely on our own hard work and G-d and not become dependent on non-Jews, our spiritual enemies.


Anonymous said...

It's getting hard to find integrity anywhere these days.

Keli Ata said...

So true Shy Guy. It seems almost everyone has a price these days; anyone can be bought.

Batya: You're absolutely right. As the old saying goes, money is the the root of all evil.

Actually though, I think the saying is the love of money is the root of all evil, not money per se.

Batya said...

that's why in Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers it says: "Who is rich? The man who is happy with what he has."

ellen said...

Thanks for the follow-up and for compliments on the Jewish Israel report. And, as always, thanks for helping Jewish Israel get the word out via Shilohmusings.

The money issue certainly comes into play in a very big way with the Israel-evangelical relationship. However, I'm not sure if "The agent handling the booking was blinded by the money and didn't check out who they are."

In this case Yair Mazur of Amitravel new exactly what he was doing. The original advertisement remains on the Amitravel site at

And,as you can see Amitravel knows Christine Darg well and has booked other events for her and the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus

Check out the Amitravel photos at

Looks like Josh Reinstein and Elhanan Glaser and other members of the Knesset Christian Caucus are involved in some sort of Joint prayer with evangelicals (some recognized messianic missionaries).

Keli Ata said...

Ellen: I continued to be impressed with the newsgathering and attention to detail Jewish Israel gives to these matter and discovering the truth about missionaries.

I sometimes wonder if religious Jews go along with this whole "evangelicals are our friends" stuff in an almost mindless manner the same way leftists push the whole "two state" solution. It's almost as though to say no is politically incorrect or has become so common that people lose sight of what either of the two really mean to Israel.

They don't recognize the dangers.

As for the missionary evangelical event in a synagogue? I don't know how or why anyone would agree to that. I watched a tv show on PBS months ago on Israel. The narrator towards the close said that synagogues only started being built after the destruction of the temple.

The synagogue (and home) being temporary "temples" until the final one is built.

Seeing that a synagogue is holy as a temple Christians should be kept out entirely. Any ecumenical events held (at all) at secular venues. But personally, I think all discourse with them should be limited.

Every encounter is perceived as a foot in the door.

Batya said...

Ellen, thank you!
What you said re the agent, that does show the influen$e of money.