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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summertime and the fishermen are jumpin’…

posted by Jewish Israel
Summertime and the fishermen are jumpin’:
Christian missionary campaigns are in full swing throughout the land of Israel, and counter-missionary organizations are doing what they can to contend with the onslaught.

Jewish Israel takes a look at what promises to be a hot summer on the missionary front, and we offer some suggestions...more

Jews for Jesus founder, Moishe Rosen, Dead:
For those who may have missed it, Moishe Rosen, the founder of Jews for Jesus, is dead at the age of 78. On May 19th he succumbed to prostate disease that had metastasized into bone cancer. Charisma Magazine called him "the godfather of Jewish evangelism".

Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz of Jews for Judaism has an excellent oped which is making the rounds and takes a closer look at the man and his organization:
(Excerpts):
Sadly, as a direct result of Rosen’s pioneering efforts, today there are over 1,000 missionary groups targeting Jews for conversion worldwide. With an annual budget exceeding $275 million, these groups have succeeded in converting hundreds-of-thousands of Jews in recent decades...

Unfortunately, Rosen’s legacy will be that his deceptive tactics have become the accepted protocol in the missionary Christian movement. It is now second nature for church members to tell their Jewish friends,
and Christian students to tell their peers, that they can be Jewish and Christian at the same time...
...more

2 comments:

Keli Ata said...

The good rabbi wrote an excellent op-ed. Especially when he wrote about how missionary groups are taught to sidetrack JC's "diety."

I think most Jews these missionaries reel in believe they're only accepting the Jewish messiah not worshipping a dead man as G-d.

ellen said...

Keli Ata,
You're on target again. But I also think a lot of Jews who do not get "reeled in" by missionaries in terms of conversion are still taken-in on the messiah issue and overlook the diety thing They have lost the ability to discern the vast differences between faiths.

Tragically, Rosen accomplished a lot.