Hat-Tip to Menashe himself on this blog post to which he finally responds and owns up to the fact that he is a Gentile convert to Judaism. Menashe seeks to obfuscate and make minor points major smokescreens for him to hide behind. However he now admits this much:
He was born and raised as an Anglican with Anglican parents and his grandparents were two Anglicans, one Methodist and one Roman Catholic.
Menashe’s conversion to Judaism was by the Beth Din in London with Manchester Rabbis acting in a supervisory role, as they do for those going through conversion who are living in the Jewish community located around the Bury, Salford and Manchester boundaries.
Finally Menashe comments “We are also fortunate unlike some converts in maintaining our close familial ties and associations.”
You can hear Menashe in all his self-deprecating (not) glory on Light to the Nations on Arutz7here as he climbs aboard the anti-missionary gravy-train.
Menashe is free to believe what he wishes and change his mind however he wishes, and free to disagree with whomever he wishes, it is a free world and we have free will. However Menashe has made a religious journey and is in a different spiritual place to the one he started in. He now criticises other people who are making a similar journey but do not end up agreeing with him – that, is called hypocrisy.
Israel National News reports a story that a “top missionary”, what ever one of those is, has been converted after he “saw the Jewish light” by reading the first issue the Yad L’Achim “Searching” magazine. Could Yad L’Achim rip-off Christian missionary tactics in any more a blatant way! However, that being said we welcome the shift away from standard Yad L’Achim practice of stalking people, to this magazine.
There is no elaboration online or corroborative facts with this story. Was this man a Messianic Jews, or a Jehovah Witness or another religious group active in Israel. Maybe we just have to search in the pages of “Mechapsim” to find out whether this is made-up or the standard exaggeration by Yad L’Achim enthusiasts in order to raise support.
In Israel a missionary can be anything from Yad L’Achim, to Jehovah’s Witnesses, to Messianic Jews, to Christians of any type! It is now public that the young man is called Amitai Schiff, and he was not a missionary of any sort, just a normal member/attender of a Messianic Congregation in Israel. According to Israel Today when he went home to visit his dying grandfather the family got a ‘professional’ anti-Messianic rabbi to speak to him and convince him to return to Judaism.
Here are some Israeli Messianic Jews responding to the first issue of the Yad L’Achim magazine:
Director of the anti-missionary Magen League, Mark Powers, claims a whole list of Jewish-born Jews are not really Jewish because they do not believe what he believes.
According to Powers in his discussion here on the RPP comments section,atheist Jews, New Ages Jews, Buddhist Jews, Messianic Jews and other Jews who follow other religious ideologies, are no longer Jews. Unlike the rabbi in USA Today who told his congregant: “‘You know Maxim, God doesn’t care whether you believe in him or not. All that he cares is that you do the right thing.’ Our action in the world is much more important.” However, for Powers this list of atheist Jews is really a list of non-Jews.
Powers however, accepts agnostic Jews who are not sure or couldn’t be bothered to make up their minds what they believe, as still Jews.
That being said, if all these atheist, New Age and JuBu’s (Jewish Buddhists) are no longer Jewish, then people like Mark Powers can’t complain when people like this come to faith in Yeshua that missionaries are taking Jews away from the Jewish people, because according to Powers they have already left!
Yad L’Achim have written to the Pope asking him not just to condemn missionary work to the Jewish people, but to ban it!
It seems Yad L’Achim has a higher view of the Pope’s authority that most Protestants, non-conformists and Messianic Jews have. Additionally they show their ignorance in thinking that the Pope could ban, even if he wanted to, non-Catholic Christians and Messianic Jews from anything!
The Arutz Sheva reports:
The letter cited the efforts of thousands of missionaries in 150 communities, adding that they prey upon distresssed portions of the population, offering aid to the sick, disabled, aging and new immigrants.
In an obvious exaggeration of facts Yad L’Achim include anyone who is a Messianic Jew, irrespective of employment, under the rubric of “missionary” in order to heighten anxiety and promote their own missionary/kiruv cause.
Yad L’Achim criticises Christians and Messianic Jews for showing kindness to needier elements of society, which is a foundational aspect of a faith commitment, whilst doing the same thing themselves.
A legal religious promotion campaign by Jews for Jesus in Israel has provided the anti-Missionary organization Yad L’Achim with many opportunities for them to prove that they are the last defense for Jewish identity against the mighty onslaught of missionary activity. I was being ironic!
Yad L’Achim activists have sought to create social unrest and even riot conditions at a market where Jews for Jesus had set up a stall offering books to whoever wanted them. Yad L’Achim new poster-boy henchman who seems to have replaced former Soviet policeman Alex Artovski, but continues his dirty tricks, is Benny Vulcan. Vulcan, no stranger to controversy and stalking of Israeli Messianic Jews outside places of worship, is right at the heart of most recent trouble caused by Yad L’Achim. Once again he is in this photo of the Jews for Jesus market stall that was closed by the police because of, as Yad L’Achim euphemistically called it, “disturbances near the booth”.
One of my favorite photos from Yad L’Achim is the one captioned “The few against the
many. At the Goral intersection at the entrance to Beersheva.” In fact there are two men holding a banner with one man getting into the face of one of the banner-men with a second one taking the photo. Not quite one against the many, rather two against two, but hey don’t expect Yad L’Achim to be telling the truth any time soon.
The blanket coverage of southern Israel with the message of Yeshua was sure to generate opposition, including the arrest and subsequent release of a Jews for Jesus activist. However to rub salt into the wounds, despite their best efforts Yad L’Achim have been frustrated again. Text messages were send to many people repeating the message on the roadside banners. Yad Y’Achim put photos of the SMS up but received complaints that they were helping the missionaries as they had not sufficiently covered up the contact number or email! Yad L’Achim could only complain of their “sneaky creativity” in an article for Israel National News.
I am just waiting for someone to claim that Yad L’Achim has been played by an even greater “sneaky creativity” for causing them to generate more publicity for the Jews for Jesus campaign than they had even paid for in the press adverts.
Tzahi Shapira has attracted the ire of many anti-Messianics, it is in their interest to try to discredit him and his book The Return of the Kosher Pig. Though there are some mistakes in the book, as there are in most books, he is obviously hitting an anti-Messianic tender spot. It may be because his was brought up Sephardi Orthodox and speaks fluent Hebrew, dismissing the two main claims against Messianic Jews from the anti-Messianics, first of not being brought up Orthodox and secondly not knowing Hebrew. This may explain the frenzy of anti-Messianic activity that Shapira has faced, including the recent veiled threat against him: “Time to Kill the Kosher Pig”. Shapira has taken this threat seriously and reported it to the authorities.