Opposition from the
Jewish community, etc.
Opposition to Messianic Judaism:
Considerable opposition has come from both Jewish and Christian leaders and
|| 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."
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
Reaction from the Jewish community was generally positive. There were
23 comments posted to the YWN web site. Some were:
||"DeepThinker" wrote: "The ?Messianic Jews? are nothing but a fraud,
perpetrated by the evangelical missionary groups on the Jewish community
to confuse the ignorant into converting from Judaism to Christianity.
Fraud, is Fraud, is Fraud -- no matter what the label. Thank G-D, the navy
is not cooperating with this deception!"
||Mayan Dvash wrote: "Well, the Vice Admiral has the insight to see
that 'Messianic Judaism' is not Judaism."
||"12786" wrote: "I agree 100% with the decision of the Navy Uniform
Board. The Messianic movement is way too extreme in their beliefs and
the Navy was right to not allow their representative to be labeled as a
||Miulhouse wrote: "Messianic Jews are Christians, usually Baptists,
who pretend to be Jews in order to missionize. They believe everything
that all Christians believe; many of them don't even have Jewish
mothers. The name, which implies that they're normal Jews who just
happen to believe that You-Know-Who was moshiach, is a fraud."
||"Binyomin5766" wrote: "... these messianics are difficult to
categorize since they don't have a set of common standards beyond a
general adherence to Christian theology. In my experience with the
movement, though, most participants are goyim who have some kind of
interest in things Jewish. Of course, they really don't like people like
me; people going the 'other way' disrupt the work they are trying to
||"Shtenderbender" wrote: "I don't think the Navy's point was to
identify him as not Jewish, all they were doing was catering to their
customers; a Jewish serviceman doesn?t want a Messianic whatever as his
"iWatas" wrote: "Bravo! This is truth in advertising. Jews-for-Yashky
are not selling Judaism, so they should not have a Jewish symbol on
their uniforms. Understand that a LOT of people find religion when
serving in the armed forces. And many secular Jews are not sure what to
do - so messianic Christians do a lot of harm by preying on the ignorant
Jewish soldier who looks for spiritual guidance. This single act
certainly has saved Jewish neshamas. The Chaplain?s office of the United
States Armed Forces has therefore saved the world." 2 [Spelling
and abbreviations modified from the original]
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
"Question 17.2: Is belief in Jesus-as-G-d compatible with any
Jewish movements?," at:
"US Navy Tells Messianic Jewish Chaplain He Must Wear Cross," Yeshiva
World News, 2008-DEC-23, at:
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