Opposition from the
| Jewish community: They are generally concerned that converts to Messianic groups will be
lost forever to Judaism. Converts to Messianic Judaism are often shunned by their Jewish
families of origin and are excluded from the local Jewish community. The
Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Reform rabbinic organization has stated:
"For us in the Jewish community, anyone who claimsthat Jesus is their savior is no longer a Jew and is an apostate. Through that belief she has placed herself outside the Jewish community. Whether she cares to define herself as a Christian or as a 'fulfilled Jew,' 'Messianic Jew,' or any other designation is irrelevant; to us, she is clearly a Christian." 1
|Israeli Supreme Court: The court decided on 1989-DEC-25,
and subsequently, that Messianic Jews were not
eligible to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return, because of their belief
in Yeshua as the Messiah. Non-theistic Jews who are Atheists and Humanists
can return, but not believers in Yeshua. They are viewed as
belonging to another religion.|
|Liberal and mainline Christian groups generally believe that Jews, as God's chosen people,
will be saved according to God's permanent covenants with them, as explained in the
Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). There is no need for
them to accept Jesus Christ. Many view attempts
by conservative Christians to evangelize Jews
is a wasted effort, and insulting to Judaism.|
|Lycos: In 1999-AUG, this search engine removed a Jews for Jesus banner advertisement from
its web page. It had been running since 1999-JUL-6 at a cost of $1,700. Lycos had
tied it to their popular search engine so that it popped up
whenever the one of the first 40,000 Internet users scanned the Lycos data base
with the word "Jewish" as a search term. The banner said:
"The end of the world is no time to finally realize Jesus is the
Messiah. (Its all in the book.) click here for a free copy!" Lycos started to receive many
complaints from the Jewish community by JUL-29. They objected to what they feel
Christian advertisement intended to convert Jews. Lycos initially pulled the ad
on JUL-30, on the grounds that the Jews for Jesus web site included a
reference to Lycos and gave the appearance that the company endorsed JFJ.
The reference was removed, and Lycos reinstalled the ad. Lycos then allowed the agreement to expire without
renewal about AUG-14. Jews for Jesus Spokesperson Susan Perlman, was
disappointed that their ad would not be renewed. She said: ''The Web is
supposed to be a marketplace for all kinds of ideas, and people can click on
them or pass them by.' |
|Steven Brodsky: Brodsky, a Jewish individual, registered his private web site with the domain name of http://www.jewsforjesus.org.
The site encouraged converts to leave Messianic Judaism and "come home"
to Judaism. This generated much confusion with the official Jews for
Jesus web site at: http://www.jews-for-jesus.org
Brodsky argued that he was not infringing on the organization's copyright.
After a court case, the Jews for Jesus organization appears to have
taken over Brodsky's full domain name and made it their own. Jews for Jesus
has also taken over www.jews4jesus.org
(and .net and .com) |
|U.S. Navy: Michael Hiles, a Messianic Jew, successfully
applied to the U.S. Navy to serve as a chaplain. However, when he
started training, he was instructed to wear a cross on his insignia in
place of the Luchos that all Jewish chaplains wear. That is, his
insignia was to match his evangelical Christian theology, not his Jewish
When he asked the Navy to reconsider, he was told that the senior Chaplain Command had made the ruling and that nothing could be done at the time. Given the choice between wearing the cross on his insignia, or leaving the Navy, he chose to leave.
Yeshiva World News (YVN), a Jewish news source, reported:
"The decision requiring Messianic Jews to wear the cross was made officially on November 26, 2008 by the President of the Navy Uniform Board, Vice Admiral M. E. Ferguson U.S. Navy Deputy Chief of Naval Operations."
Reaction from the Jewish community was generally positive. There were 23 comments posted to the YWN web site. Some were:
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