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January/ February .2003
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pawns In the hand of a hateful god. This is the god who seeks JEWISH VOICE TODAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
to oppose the one trUle God of the universe - the God of Rabbi Jonathan Bernis
Abraham, Isaac (not Ishmael!), and Israel. We have read the Mrs. Chira K aplan
book and we know his end is near and that the end for his fol· Eli,ot Klayman, Esq.
lowers is terrible bey()nd words. So, we do need to pray for Mrs. Madelaine Und1all
Ihese, our ·enemie s~ for now, a people for whom Messiah came Dr. Jeff Seif
and died and for whom He broke the chains of death. May God Mr. R West
have mercy. amen. Mr. James Mueller
From Jonathan Bernls
Dear Jewish Voice Family.
I want to begin by wishing you and yours a very happy New Year. My prayer for each of you is
that 2003 will be a year of blessing and frui~ulness , a year of growing closer to the Lord and
fulfilling His plan and purposes for your life.
We have devoted this issue to the growing Ihreal of Islam. II is my conviction Ihal no grealer
threal exists in Ihe world loday bolh for Israel and Ihe Church. Ihan Ihe growth of fundamenlal·
ist. mililani Islam. The fundamenlalisl Muslim agenda is nolhing shorl of absolule world domi·
nation and they will not rest until this mission is completed.
Two nations sland in their way however; The Uniled Siaies and Israel. For years. Ihe United
Stales has been called 'the Great Satan" and Israel 1he lillie Satan .' In reality. fundamenlalisl
Muslims do nol hale Ihe U.S. because we support Israel. They hale us because we are Ihe pn·
mary beacon of treedom and democracy in Ihe world and Ihey see Israel as a US salellite in
the Middle East. As believers. we must nol tall prey to any anli·lsrael propaganda. We must
hold sleadfasllo our policy 10 sland firm wilh Israel.
One would have Ihoughllhallhe hornfic evenls of Seplember 11, 2001 would have awakened
Ihe American public 10 the diabolical spinl of fanalicallslam. bulthis unfortunalely was not the
case. Our public awareness was short lived and our nation has apparently slumped back into
our spirilual blindness. lethargy and indifference.
Israel lives conslanlly with the horrors of Islamic·motivated lerrorism daily. In a recenl poll. 80%
of Palestinians said they support suicide attacks upon Israeli civilians. This is a shocking reve-
lation Ihal reflecls very negalively on Iheir failh (over 95% are Muslims), even if Iheir griev·
ances are widely perceived as justifying "violent resistance" against Israel. These Islamic
extremists are madmen who worship Jihad. holy war and have no regard for human life. Nol
only do they seek to wipe out the Jewish Community in Israel, they also persecute their Arab
brolhers who are Chrislians. Many alrocilies againsl Arab Chrislians are laking place through·
oul lhe Muslim World.
It woutd be a profound mistake 10 assume Ihal all Muslims are "bad people" or Ihal all Arabs
are Muslims. Just because someone is a Muslim or of Arab decent does not make them a ter-
rorist. Many Muslims are sincere. peace·loving people and many Arabs are actually Chnstians.
As believers we should not hate anyone. We are, in fact, commanded to love all people, even
our enemies. But we are also exhorted to be aware of the tactics of the enemy and there is no
grealer salanic danger to Chnslians and Jews alike Ihan Ihe Islamic agenda.
Please read the articles carefully ... as believers we musl be knowledgeable about this growing
Ihreal and be failhfully inlerceding againsllhe principalilies and powers conlrolling the hearts
and minds of Ihese violenl fanalics.
On Ihe home fronl. we are gearing up for a frui~ul year of oulreach 10 Ihe Jewish People and Ihe
Nations. Our viSion remains "to proclaim Messiah to the world ~ and we will not waiver in this call.
Jonalhan Bemis. Presidenl
Jewish Voice Ministries International
Most peop(e rea(~e dlot IsCam 15 Olle Of tru~ Voda's major refi-
9ioHS, out very felV Utl0l ' lIIudt a60ut it. Since: September 11 it
rutS receh'Cti a rot of IfIcfliCl attention, nlu! there has GUll a major
c.ampni9n to paint il as a rdi9ion of peace. ru incfivid'uafs, lItalty
Musfims lItay 6< peace (m'iIl9 peop(e, 6ut is it tme of tfIe idw(ogy
alld dOctrilles of [s(am itseCf!
(J !O J"" 't , is a religIOn , but the core of Islamic teaching, is thai religion is not a
part of life, but life is a part of religion. Thus everything in life is domina ted by reli-
gion. As such , Islam is a socia-political , socio-religious. socie-economical , educa-
tional, legislative, judicial. and militaristic system clothed in religious terminology.
Islam grants radical Muslims a mandate to change the existing society into an
Islamic dominated society. How is this achieved? History proves it is by violent
aggression and severe oppressIon, fueled by religiOUS zeal.
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The familiar term Jihad - often translated holy war, literally means struggle.
Many Muslims will say that jihad is about struggling aga inst evil and, only if neces-
sary, defending one's homeland and religious heritage, Militant Muslims will point to
numerous Quramc texts where Muhammad (as AUah's spokesman) commands his
followers to fight and subdue af! who resisllslam. What leads young men to volun-
teer to die for the privilege of killing others "for the cause of AI/ah ?~ II may have
much to do with the fact that Islam offers no certain hope of heaven, with one
exception - dying m the cause of jihad. Martyrdom is the only assured path to
Paradise and acceptance into the "Gardens of Sensual Delights, ~ A person may do
many kind deeds dunng his life, he may even scar himself in brutal seff·mutilation
ceremonies for Allah, but he may only hope that he will attain heaven. These works
don't guarantee success like martyrdom in the 'cause of Allah.'
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The Ouran is the Muslim 'holy book' dating from the 6th century AD, believed
by Muslims to have been given by revelation to Muhammad. "the last propher in
the line from Abraham through Ishmael - who is believed to be the true child of
promise. The Hadith is the narrative , and record of individual sayings, actions and
approvals of Muhammad. taken as Ihe model of behavior by Muslims. Bolh books
contain an abundance of accounts and directives of brutality and domination, and a
clear call 0 war, Consider a few verses from the Qur'an and Ihe Hadith:
~As for those who are slain in the cause of God.,. He will admit them to
the Paradise He has made known to them, ~ (47:8)
-Let those who would exchange the life of this world for the hereafter, fight
for the cause of God; whether he dIes or triumphs, we shall n 'chly reward him.,. ~
·Slay the idolalers wherever you find lhem ., ,Iie in ambush everywhere for
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them.' (9:5) IslamiC militia IS waging a war to annihilate the Christian popula-
~ Those that make war against God and His apostle and tion. Over lhe past several years, thousands of Indonesian
spread disorder in the land shall be put /0 death or crucified or Christians have been butchered for the crime of not convert·
have their hands and feet cut off on oppos"e sides .. .'(5:34 ) ing to Islam. If Islam is for ·peace and harmony." then where is
·Fight against such of those to whom the Scrptu,"s the widespread outrage from Mulsims over these ongoing atroci-
were given ... and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay ties committed in the name of Allah?
tribute out of hand and aro utlerty subdued.• (9:29) As of October, of 30 wars raging In the world , 28
From the Haditt1: Ibn Haban in his Sahih, vol. 14, p. 529. involved Muslim aggression,
narrates: Muhammad said, M swear by Him who has my 5001 in
/ The Our'an teaches that Muslims are nol to initiate war. But
his hands, I Vias sent 10 you with nothing but slaughter. · Islam has a way around this. For example, Muslims are supposed
to offer non·Muslims an 'opportunity' to embrace Islam. If they
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4 .;'<H)",·/:. refuse. Muslim thought is thai they have committed aggression
against Allah and Islam. Therefore, the Muslim is allowed to fight
The concept of jihad is rooted in another concept - Shari's these 'aggressors against Allah and Istam · until they become
(Islamic law.) More Ihan forty of the world's countries with a Muslims or are killed . The Our'an also leaches that Muslims do
majonty of Muslim population, have embraced Shari'a. and those not owe honesty to 'infidels,' therefore even world leaders can lie
that have not are under relentless pressure to do so. For exam· in high level negotiations without conscience. And their words are
ple. over lhe past mne years in Algeria , some 100,000 moderate often doublespeak. When Arafat says, ~We deplore the killing of
Muslims have been slain by militant Muslims. The reason? innocent peopler He is speaking honest/yoHowever, according to
The militant MUSlims want political control of the nation. ThiS is a Quran, only very strict adherents to Islam are ~jnnocenl:
growing trend in the Islamic world, Americans, Christians and Jews are not "innocent people- by
Islam claims to be a religion that has the answers for society, Muslim standards.
a religion that offers peace and wholeness. So where should we Again we ask: ~is Islam a religion of peace?" Consider this
look for an example of true Islam in practice? Iran? Afghanistan? passage from Qur'an 4:89: ~If anyone wants /0 leave Islam he is
Pakistan? Libya? Turkey? Egypt? Indonesia? How about Saudi to be put to death.~ No, Islam is a religion of fear and oppression,
Arabia? While many Muslims may decry the Kingdom of Saudi not peace. The Islamic concept of peace is making the whole
Arabia as corrupt. it is the "keeper of Islam" and the religious cen· world Muslim, which is actually a mandate for war.
ter toward which more than one billion Muslims face five times a Islam represents the greatesl spiritual threat the world faces
day as Ihey repeat their prayers. In Saudi Arabia, freedom of reli- today. Arm yourself with truth and pray according to knowledge.
gion is nonexistent. It IS iUegal to read a Bible or vocalize a non· From information submtt1ed anonymously by former Musfims
Muslim prayer in the privacy of one's own horne. In-Depih RaSI)<J!f;h 0nNrie: I'/'H'WJllessyjew.orgllsiarnlWar,1tml
Under Islamic law, conversion to Christianity by a Saudi citi-
zen is punishable by beheading. We have heard it said by
Christian leaders in this country that the Muslims are our broth·
ers. How can this be when one considers the persecution
Christians suffer around the world under Islam?
According to Amnesty International, Ihe persecution of
Christians in Saudi Arabia has increased dramatically S Ince the
Gulf War. More than a thousand cases have been documented in
which Christian foreign workers have been arrested, imprisoned
and/or beaten for participating in private worship mee6ngs. Islam
teaches that Jesus can not be the Messiah because he is of the
blood line of Isaac, whereas (Islam teaches) the promses of
Abraham flow through Ishmael and onto Muhammad. Written on
Ihfl outside of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem are the words:
"The God Who Has No Son."
The harsh reality is that in every country where Shari'a IS
embraced, non·Muslims face, at best, dISCrimination, sOClal
ostracism and harassment, and at worst. prison. torture, and
death for their religious beliefs. A horrifying example of Shad'a
and Jihad in combination can be seen in Sudan. where since
1983. the MUSlim Arab North has killed an estimated two mil·
lion non·Muslim blacks in the South. Another five miUion have
been displaced. Slavery, rape, torture, forced Our'anic indoctrina·
tion of children, and bombings of churches are regular events. In
Indonesia, the laksar Jihad, a weU-organized and wel·armed
PAOE 5 .JEWISH VOICE T OD AY JA N UARY/ FEBR UARY 2003
Inspirational & Prophetic
Teaching Tour of Israel
SPECIAL INTEREST - ARC HAEOLOGY
The Significance of the
By Randall Price
he discovery of the "James Ossuary,· with the earliest the manufacture of chip--carved Jewish ossuaries (such as this
known arcnaeological mention of Jesus, has now been one) which ceased around AD 70.
reported by every major news service around the world.
However, an epitaph bearing such important New Testament
t was privileged to vie~w this new discovery in late November al
names has also made some scholars skeptical of the genuine-
the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
ness of the inscription. Historian Robert Eisenman, who has
The James ossuary, so-called because this limestone burial made a career seeking to identify James as Ihe leader of the
box once held the bones of a Jew named James, was used in Qumran Community. has slaled that the inscription is "100 per-
the custom of secondary burial that existed only in the late fect.· implying that it may be a forgery or at best altered to
Second Temple period, the time when Jesus carried out His min- include the name of Jesus.
istry. Understanding tlhis practice helps us understand the seem-
Most of Ihese doubts were laid to rest by tests conducted by
ingly harsh reply of J!~SUS to the objection Of a man who wanted
the Geological Survey of Israel that have revealed the inscription
to postpone following Jesus so he could "go and bury his father"
was made at the same time as the ossuary which can be traced
(Matt. 8:21-22: lk. 9:!;9·60). Jesus' statement does not address
to a first-century quarry and workshop in Jerusalem. Moreover,
an immediate need for burial, but the traditional secondary burial
an unfortunate crack directly through the name ·Yeshua" on the
in the ossuary which 'Would occur a year later. Such a request to
ossuary thai occurred while transporting it for exhibition in
perform a non-biblical ritual a year away was nol worth neglect-
Canada has made it possible to examine this proposed addition
ing the immediate call to follow the Savior!
Mosl ossuaries have
inscriptions recording the identity of the
remains in the form of the name of the
deceased plus his paternal relation.
The James ossuary bears a typical
Aramaic inscription, however, it is
unique in that it also includes the addi-
tional relation of a brother. It read:
"James, the son of Joseph, brother of
Jesus.• The combination of these three
famous names suggests that this per-
son was the James of the New
Testament who was called '"the Lord's
brolhe( (Mallhew 13:55). II was this
James who witnessed Jesus' resurrec-
tion (1 Cor. 15:7), and who as the
leader of the Jerusale~m church was
martyred in AD 62 (Acts 15: 12:
Josephus Flavius, Antiquities of the
Jews 20.197·203). This date would fit
within the upper limit established for
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in croSS-seclIon, further confirming it as an original part of the
inscription. Furthennore, the Aramaic spelling of "brother,·
although rare, has been confirmed from one of the oldest of the
Dead Sea Scrolls known as the Genesis Apocryphon and from
one other first-century Jerusalem ossuary (see below).
Dr. Randall Prica holds
a Ph.D. in Middle
Eastern Studies 'rom
, IfI. the has done of TeKas
~ work at the Hebrew
These facts argue strongly for the authenticity of the inscription University in Jerusalem.
on the James ossualY, howe....er it does not prove it actually He is President of
refers to New T estament figures. French scholar Andre Lemaire, World of the Bible
who first published the inscription in the Biblical Archaeological Ministries, Inc., has
Review (NovlDec 2002: 24,33). has been reucenllo make such several books on 8rchaeology and is currently Director of
a claim. He has calculated that lhese popular names could have at /he Qumran Plateau. Israel.
been found in this relationship in Jerusalem two generations
before AD 70 in as many as 20 different people. Is there any
evidence that could narrow the identification and make more Books by this Author
probable identification with the James of the New Testament? IN SEARCH OF
I believe there is. TEM PL E T R EASURES
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Even though it is plausible that 20 people could have pos- 1l'e sean:h ilr II'e Ark c:lhe Covenant has Ired II'e
rnagnalilns c:I arthaeotJgisls arC _ c:I
sessed this exact combination of names, it is improbable that all propheCy Ii'ro..!tJ te age:; Does I sIi exist? WI'tI-
would have been buried In ossuaries, and even more improbable I SO i'rjxm1l?'Vvhere nij11 be b:ated? Take a
that any lNOuld have had their ossuaries inscribed with the addi· """'rkabIe~ no ll'eArk's ~ pas!
tion of the brother's name. In fact, aCCOfding to the Catalogue of arC its ir~ ~ II'e Iiri'g c:l1as! days' events
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had a special relalionship wilh him. By the lime 01 James' dealh
Jesus' Messianic claim and career were well known (see
Josephus, Antiquities 18. 548), and James' reputation was well
established as His half-brother and leader of His church in
Jerusalem. YeL another piece of evidence coming from the early
Messianic community itself helps to strengthen this conclusion.
In the first-century, the believing Jewish community buried their IlnholVWar
dead in the Mount of OliveslMount Scopus range. Hundreds of America, Israel & Radical Islam
For years the Middle East conflict seemed a
ossuaries of Jewish believers have been discovered in this area distant problem, bul recent cataSlrophic
and a number are on display al Dominus Flevit, the traditional elenls have changed that. What was once a
site where Jesus wept, located on the northeastern slope of the faraway conflict has now spread 1 America
and the resl of the Westem world.
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JANUARY/ FEel~UARY 2003 ..JEW IS H VOICE TODAY PAGE Q
ear Mr. BemiS and Jewish Voice, kil1ers!~ (As believers we know Ina!
D I am cun'ous about something I hope you
can help me understand, The Bib'e says thaI
in Antioch /he believers were first called
Christians. I'm not sayin.g that Messianic
Jews HAVE to ""lllhemselves Chrislians, bul why do
a true Christian means a follower
of Jesus, who was Jewish. and
preached love of the Jewish peo-
ple. but the Jewish people have no
way to make that dIStinction.) So
they (and you) choose not to? , suppose it has some- for those of us who have commit-
thmg 10 do wilh changin9 lhe name to Yeshua also so ted our lives to reaching our
that it S()unds more JeWish? Jewish brethren with the good
Thank you in advance for your answer. news that the promised Messiah of
KT, Houston, TX
(J (11) (11) (J * Israel has come, we try 10 rommu·
nieate in terminology thai presents
Yeshua within the Jewish context
Thank you for writing. Yours is a question often in which He came to His own,
asked. Ads 11 :26 does say that the followers of rather than identifying with cen-
Yeshua (Jesus) 'were 'rsl called Christians in the dly turies of anti-Semitic persecution.
of Antioch.' And hislory has shown Ihal as the church The Bible lells us thai salvation
became more and more non-Jewish over the cen· went to the Gentiles so thai they
turles. Jesus CMst became the accepted name of could in turn bring it back to the
Yeshua, our Messiah. Jewish people· make them jealous
However, there is no command in the Bible that He must for their own God. How can that be accomplished jf He is pre-
be called Jesus Christ - il is merely pari of our culture and tra- sented completely unrecognizable as the God of Israel?
dition. The only true commandment fe9a~ding His Name is Throughout the centuries and thro~~hout the Old Te~lament
found in Malthew 1:21: 'And she shall bnng forlh a son, and the Jewish people were always waiting for the MeSSiah - the
you shall ""II his name YESHUA: lor he shall save his people deliverer. They weren't waiting for ~the Christ" - that is a very
from their sins.• The Angel of the Lord would not have spoken foreign word. In fact, many Jewish people think that Jesus
to Joseph, a Hebrew man, in Greek. The Name that was com- Christ IS "the god of the Gentiles" - a foreign god. like the gods
manded from the messenger of God was "Yeshua" which of the pagans. For 2000 years GOO punished ~e Jewish peo-
means "salvalion.M Yeshua was the name His family called ple fOf going after foreign gods by the loss thelf Land. In all the
him. The name Jesus has no inherent meaning, whereas Hebrew prayer books, the Jewish people are always crying out
Biblical Hebrew names have meanings. revealing the nature of
the person upon whom it is bestowed. It was very imPO':'3nt to
a Hebrew spea~ng people thai Ihe Messiah be named In such
for the Messiah and looking for God's "salvallon' · 'YESHUA.'
II would have been a very powerful thing il His Name had nol •
an identifiable way.
Now this is not to say that it is wrong to use the name.
been changed and every Jewish person would have 10 face
thai as they go through their prayers and pray for Yeshua, that •
lhe Gentiles are already worshiping Him!
Jesus Christ. The whole wortd knows who you are speaking of Se!ti~ the issue of Jewish ministry aside, the title of
and God knows as well. Howeler, the name evokes a very Christian lust doesn't say much anymore. It has been so deval-
negative connotation to Jewish people. It evokes centuries of ued by people who claim to be Christians, but bear little Of no
hatred violence bloodshed and attempts of annihilation under resemblance to Yeshua or His first followers, that it has
the sig'n of the c~oss, by ~ple and ~ations claiming~ to b,e become almost meaningless. Therefore, above all, let our
Christians. It evokes memones of being accused as Christ· lives, more than our words speak for us, - Sarah
..In'••r Jewish Voice: grandson, I
I just wanted to let you know that your show aillhe time,
blesses me TREMENDOUSLY!!I The show express the depth 01sorrow losses-
airs here In Dallas on Dayslar. After last senseless murders." day after day, We are
week's show. I found myself praying. "Lord, e... er thankful for ihose who stand wlIh Israel.
teach me more about your heri~e ; about Never cease pra~~ng for the peace· the well·
the people you were born into.- Continue to being - of Jerusalem. SG, Jerusalem, Israel
share your visdom with us. I pray that God
will continue to empower you to prosper and
succeed. Thank you! LSH, Dallas, TX
I .Faye . Her husband called in becaus~ she
00*1)0(11) I had a lung infection, possibly pneumorua, He
Dear Friends in Amer;ca: back the tears as we drove by and thanked calJed back the next day 10 say that she was
This morning my husband and I left Ihe G-d thai He had spared our IIles today, Of completely healed of the infectionl
house together to wait In our usual spot for cours9this bombing wasn't the first time that 2. Tim . HIS lather called in for his son as (TIm)
our bus, out it was not a usual morning: The I was spared and probably won', be Ihe last. had just been let go al his employment. His
e)(il 10 the neighborhood was blocked With TV but when it happens so close. son got an even better job the very next day!
cameras, ambulances and police cars. plus It's very traumatic. 3. A mother called for her son who was ill and
hundreds of people looking at Ihe bombed So. tonight we walked over 10 the site of the out of wori<:. Several people owed him money
out bus and ·prolesting against the Arabs. bombing to pay our respects and light some but weren't paying. He was in danger 0.1 los·
This could have been our bus. but we chose candles Lois of young kids saymg prayers. ing his home. That same week he received
not 1 leave early today, When our bus came
0 Lots of candles and fimvers. Lots of tears. Ihe money owed to him and was able to pay
along, I was glad to see that our driver's life The dealh notices were posted. The one thai his bills! (J: (:1'1:) (U): (I: (I:
"]11C tcnihlc thil1~ ahuut tcm:nisl1l b that ultimately it dcstrm'S those ho practise il. Slowly hut slln:I~. :l'"
tilt.":, tr) h) c.xtingui ... h life ill others. the li~lu "ithin them dk':"O. t,
erry aite Bn/ish RelIJlOUs Advisor. hostage rn Lebanon
.JANUARy/FEBRUARY 2003 .JEWISH VOICE TODAY PAGE I I
PROPHETIC VIEWS BEHIND THE NEWS By Jan Markell
((1 do understand that not every Muslim is
radical or a ten-orist. "
A Message to American Muslims
I do understand that not every Muslim Is radical or a ter· almost secretive society. and your silence is deafening. I have
(orist. The number of radicals among the 1.3 billion Muslims in not heard more than a couple of your leaders in this country
the world is estimated at somewhere between 4% and 15%. We speak remorse for some of the Islamic terror anY'>'Vhere in the
may never know the accuracy of those figures. since many live world , but particulany in America or Israel. I implore you to make
under repressive governments that don't let you speak anything sincere public statements, such as, ·Please forgive those of our
but the government-sanctioned rhelonc faith for what they have done 10 innocent people everywhere.
But I truly want to understand you , and the God within me They are an utter embarrassment to Islam:
wants me to love you . I keep hearing thai you are a "religion of And when W you denounce the fanatics among Islam world-
peace yet around the world my Christian brothers and sisters
, wide, such as Hussein, bin l aden, Farrakhan, Aratat, Islamic
are being slaugh tered in heinous ways based on some writings Jihad, Hamas, and the mu!iahs who end their Friday prayers with
in the Koran . It troubles me that we are ·jnfide l s~ in the eyes of "death to America" and V Itriolic hale spewed against Israel?
some of your When will you denounce in black and white terms-not shades
clergy. when of gray- all among you who espouse violence and fanaticism?
as Christians You cannot be ambivalent in my eyes anymore. Until you con-
we are vince me that you are with us and not with the terrorists, I will
taught to remain cautious about you and I will worry about you . I probably
love every- won't totally trust many of you . I wish it could be different.
one , even However, the God 01 Israel I serve will never let me hate you.
non-believ- Perhaps that is the greatest difference in our two faiths.
ers. II you (t (u) (t (t (t (t
are a religion
then....my do so many of your brothers dance in the streets for joy
when America and Israel are targeted for terror?
I musl know which
among you repre-
sents ·peace I Q
dearly can'l make
that distinction or
decision. so it is up to
you to determine it for
me. We have wel-
comed many of you
to our great nation.
Our constitution pro-
lects you and allows
you many righls. So.
do you love AmericB
and pledge allegiance
to our flag? Do you
pray Ihat Allah will
bless and protect Ollf
nation? Do you
appreciate the liberty and freedom you have here, as opposed 10
the tyranny in some at the nations you have lefl? Or do you
speak behind the walls of your mosques that America really is
the "Greal Satan~? If you are doing this, I will still try to love you
because my Bible tells me to love my enemies. But that doesn't
mean I will trust you.
You know some of the terrorists among us. Could n't you turn
some of them over to our authorities? I see you as a closed.
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some of his televised Hebrew Word of the Day teachings from 2002. IS FANATI C
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Yeshua; Salvation .c,~t7
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Ken; Yes ~,~ :'l~~'
B'seder: In order, Alright . "" :'l t7 i'~':
Baruch Ha'Shem; Bles~):!is'Na,!,e
Lila tov; Good night .···· ~ "'':
Ruach Hakodesh; Holy Spirit . i"C
B'vakashah; Please C"'i':"1 n,-,
Erev tov; Good evening .,'0':
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ill (whoever that was)
stared in puzzled horror at the parade of lilJing skeletons -all (which happened). But when I repented of my sin, trusted in
with such terribly hollow cheeks and enormous eyes - the Yeshua's atonement, and embraced Him as Lord and Messiah, I
subjects of grotesque, macabre-like Nazi "medica'" experi- got something far greater than anything I'd 1051 - peace with
ments. Moments later, corpses - countless numbers of them - God. Now 1could have a relationship with the Creator like those
were bulldozed and discarded into a mass pil like trash heaped in the Bible! t knew He loved me, and I loved Him. At last I knew
on a garbage dump. how that great command could ever be fulfilled - to love the
Then the film stopped. The rabbi fumbted for a moment with Lord with all your heart. mind and strength.
the projector, an old reel·lo-reel, and switched on the lights. He The day soon came when Yeshua challenged me to forgive,
turned to address our Shaooaf (Sabbath) youth gathering. even as I'd been forgiven. It was time to give up my vow. my
-This is what Christians Will do to you, if you tellhem. You hurt, and my bitterness against the church . There was another
must never let them; never again!" way: to bless those who'd cursed; to cover a multitude of sins
"No, never again!" I vowed silenUy. I was five. The youth with the same love I'd freely received; and to weep intercessory
gathering consisted of us kindergartners, plus the older kids in tears on behalf of my brothers and sisters, Ihe people of God.
primary grades. I've since witnessed thousands of Jewish people profess faith
It was a good vow I felt, because where I grew up. I had to in Messiah, and perhaps as many Christians profess love and
learn 10 fight. No matter thai I was a girl; I was a Jew, and thai blessing toward Israel. I love the ministry of mediating God's
was reason enough in my neIghborhood for a beating - even in kingdom on earth. But my greatesl treasure is intimate relation-
America , even for a baby-boomer. After all, I had killed Christ ship with the Holy One of Israel, the lover of our souls, the God
(whoever he was), and for this he apparently hated me and of Glory who miraculously graces us to love Him with all of our
wanted me dead. His people kept telling me so. heart, mind and strength.
I believed in God and wanted to be a good Jew. I went to For this, I praise and thank Him forever.
synagogue faithfully with my family, and obseNed the commands ¢¢¢¢
and traditions. Each day for years I recited the lengthy Hebrew
liturgy, including our cornerstone proclamation, the Shema: ~Hear
o (srael, the Lord your God, the Lord is One,... You shall fave the
Lord your God with al/ your heart, a/l your soul, and afl your
might.- (Deut. 6) Judaism to me was very personat and
Yet a nagging realization that cl)'stallized over the years
began to haunt me: I did nollove God. Worse yet, I couldn't think
of anyone in the synagogue who did. In fact. nobody I knew had
a relationship with Him anything like Abraham, Isaac Jacob or
Moses had. Why?
Years later, my question unanswered, I left for co'lege. There
I encountered a whole new form of anti-Semitism: it was called
·evangelism . ~ Evangelism, I felt sure, was a nonviolent but ill-dis-
guised plot to destroy the Jews. I remembered my vow: Never
again! So I devised a plan. I purchased a New Testament to
read . From it I would compile arguments to refute the missionar-
ies and disprove the gospel - virgin birth, resurrection, and all!
By the second page of Matthew, however, I was dumbfound·
ed. The very words of the book were charged with power and, of
all things, love! Plus, they made sense. I knew enough of the
Hebrew Scriptures to cross-reference prophecies and connect
them to Jesus. To my shock, this Jesus (Yeshua) of the New
Testament was obviously thoroughly Jewish: in fact, the entire
New Testament was so very - Jewish! II was a diuying revela·
tlon. t kept reading - and believing.
Convinced after months of study that Yeshua was the
Messiah, I knew there was only one thing to do: give my heart
and life to Him. Certainly t stood to lose falllily and friends (which
I did), as well as ties to the mainstream Jewish community
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