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“You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind. You shall fear your G-d. I am the L-rd.” (Leviticus 19:14) (JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh)

 It’s bad enough that our leaders refuse to protect the Jewish nation from the genocidal Arabs. Equally grotesque is the reality that the same Israeli leadership allows Christian evangelicals/missionaries to run rampant in Eretz Yisrael, because the Likud desires the cash flow of such undesirables. Yet worst of all in this scandal, is the pernicious role that religious Jews have in selling out the Jewish nation. All for the attraction of free gentile labor in Samaria. The portrait is perverse.

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Brother has sold brother’s soul for cash.

That is precisely why Yisrael Medad’s recent article Let The Foreigner Come” on Arutz Sheva (a reworking of a previous article written in Hebrew) demands a response. Am Yisrael is in spiritual danger in Eretz Yisrael, and religious Jews are aiding these missionaries. I have written about this topic before. I hate to rehash everything, so in lieu of the former, I am posting several links to my previous posts. The articles and links embedded within these articles reference the work of such resources as Jewish Israel, Tomer Devorah, and Esav Exposed. They are excellent starting points for anyone who desires to know what is going on. (The comments are also very telling.) My articles are a humble attempt to process their work and present it to the reader:

Of late, Jewish supporters of evangelical aid have embarked on a campaign to gain rabbinic approval for Tommy Waller’s Hayovel Ministry. Naturally, when they introduce Waller to these rabbonim, they present a doctored history to make him look kosher. Baruch Hashem, the tide is turning. Anti-missionary experts are meeting with some of these rabbis and providing the evidence that was withheld from them. Many rabbonim are now seeing the problem in the right light for the first time, and they are outraged by this deception. With G-d’s help the true nature of “Brother Esau’s” intent will soon become widely known.

Yet for this to happen, it is critical that Torah committed Jews follow up with concrete actions, by apprising their local rabbis and community leaders of this terrible spiritual onslaught, and demanding action. Apathy and laziness are the villains. This cannot be left to the “experts” who are already up to their necks trying to sound the alarm. The message must get out!

A few words on Medad’s recent article:

Fallacy #1: He prefaces his article by noting that Christians are “assisting” Jews.

 My Response: Assistance? I categorically reject this term. If one economically “assists” Jewish farmers with free labor, but endangers them spiritually by planting roots in Eretz Yisrael, co-opting our exclusive heritage as part of a new “shared heritage” and by bringing the evangelical belief of “restoration” to Jews, no Torah Jew could honestly argue that this is assistance. One would have to ignore the evidence, including Tommy Waller’s own infamous words about bringing “this Jesus that we know” to Jews, to reach such a conclusion. I don’t see how this qualifies as assistance.

Fallacy #2: The notion that assistance from evangelicals is a fulfillment of Torah prophecies. Medad writes:

“At the present, the help is being expressed at the highest levels in the corridors of governments, foreign ministries, Houses of Parliament and Congresses and on the ground, literally, in acts of voluntary labor in the vineyards and orchards in the hills of Judea and Samaria, and, in the words of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed:

“In modern times, we have witnessed increased support for Israel among evangelical Christians…They see with their own eyes how the Jewish people is returning to its land after its awful, two-thousand-year-long exile, and is creating a prosperous country. They see new settlements and vineyards flowering in the very areas described by the Bible, and they are excited by our miraculous return to Zion. They are overwhelmed by the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies of the prophets of Israel… “Christians fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah,” September 18, 2013.

The following verses are also used as “proof”:

Do our own Biblical, Talmudic and Rabbinic sources contain relevant material that we          can consult to provide us insights? King Solomon was sympathetic and considerate:”

“Moreover concerning the stranger that is not of Thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for Thy name’s sake– for they shall hear of Thy great name, and of Thy mighty hand, and of Thine outstretched arm–when he shall come and pray toward this house; hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger called to Thee for; that all the peoples of the earth may know Thy name, to fear Thee, as doth Thy people Israel, and that they may know that Thy name is called upon this house which I have built.” (I Kings 8:41-43).

My response: The fact that “help is being expressed” among high government officials and entities isn’t surprising, nor should it be seen as a positive development. What can I say? They are sick. In the past, Israeli governments armed and funded Fatah. Today our own government perpetuates the insane path of Oslo, hardly role models for sane behavior.

Regarding the evangelical threat, naturally, there are individuals in governments abroad and at home who desire evangelical aid. The Likud’s Danny Dannon has a vested interest in a close relationship with evangelicals. Netanyahu cultivates and praises the relationship with CUFI (Christians United for Israel) because he has a bankrupt notion of Judaism’s spiritual mission and because they give Israel ridiculous sums of money. When you consider his track record it makes sense. Our Prime Minister refuses to protect the Jewish body, so why should the ephemeral, perplexing “Jewish soul” concern him, when billions of tangible dollars are at stake?

A theme threads throughout the many convoluted attempts to justify working with evangelicals by citing biblical verses and forcing interpretations into the text. It relates to the fundamental Torah understanding of the Written Law through the Oral Law’s interpretation, a fundamental tenet that every Torah Jew believes; since so many concepts in TaNaCh are literally devoid of information in the absence of our divine Oral Code. We could not keep Shabbat or perform ritual shechitah without the Oral Law.Words can often not be defined without the code of the Oral Law.Examples:“An eye for an eye.” The numerous uses of the term “ger” that can be found in the Torah and a host of other Hebrew verses/terms that cannot be understood without the Oral Law.

The Oral Law explains that while there is a philosophical notion of “an eye for an eye” relating to general justice, from a halachic perspective, we Jews never popped out an eye as punishment for the loss of one. Torah committed Jews adhere to the Written and Oral Law. The use of one without the other is foreign to fundamental Torah concepts. Verses and concepts from Tanach without the articulation of the Oral Law, cannot explain the cryptic words of the prophets. This is precisely the tactics missionaries use to convert Jews.

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Donny Fuchs made aliyah in 2006 from Long Island to the Negev, where he resides with his family. He has a keen passion for the flora and fauna of Israel and enjoys hiking the Negev desert. His religious perspective is deeply grounded in the Rambam's rational approach to Judaism.

28 COMMENTS

  1. Our wise and holy Sages said: “Im ein da'at, havdala minayin.” Without intellect, it is impossible to distinguish between different things. To make 'havdala', one needs a measure of intellect. If the author lacks the intellect to differentiate between Israel's (and the entire world's) most dangerous threat — the radical Arabs and Muslims — and Evangelical Christians who support us, what more is there to be said?

  2. Moshe Schwartz The walls of Jericho have a better chance of responding to you than Exhibit A and B below. Who needs facts when you can have evangelical interpretations of Tanach? 😉 Rambam? They would rather hear from Hagee and Hayovel.

  3. I would like to know what was not clear about the sources you posted. I really appreciate in debates honesty and civility and see in this case you have not only done both but presented actual Jewish sources and allow them to speak for themselves.

  4. Moshe Schwartz Fear not. Several prominent Rabbinic were recently apprised of this grotesque phenomenon. They are outraged and are exploring avenues to apprise the unknowing public of what is going on.

  5. Good! There are to many "social media activists" who have done nothing more then water down Zionism and Judaism due to a feeling of disparity of the world against us AND they will give us money if we validate them. Now more then ever we need to elevate Jewish strength and not pursue gentiles to be in leadership positions especially with agendas contrary to Judaism.

  6. Anita, I have noticed that many "activists" will easily debate your standard BDS people or many non Jews. But when it comes to an honest debate citing Jewish sources and history they do not wish to engage. Why is that? My personal opinion is it would effect a lot of Jewish pockets.

  7. In the Tora, Moshe repeatedly describes how the Kena'anim were physically greater, stronger, more numerous, and more powerful than Benei Yisra'el (Devarim 4:38, 7:1, 9:1, 11:23).

    Yet the Tora never commands or demands of Benei Yisra'el to fear the physically threatening Kena'anim. On the contrary, it is demanded of Benei Yisra'el that they *not* fear them (Devarim 1:21, 20:3, 31:6-8).

    However, the Tora *does* constantly present the Kena'anim as a great threat to Benei Yisra'el. But how so, if not physically?

    Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7
    2. And the Lord, your God, will deliver them to you, and you shall smite them. You shall utterly destroy them; neither shall you make a covenant with them, nor be gracious to them.
    3. You shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughter to his son, and you shall not take his daughter for your son.
    4. For he will turn away your son from following Me, and they will worship the gods of others, and the wrath of the Lord will be kindled against you, and He will quickly destroy you.

    Shemot (Exodus) 34
    11. Keep carefully what I am commanding you today: Lo! I will drive out from before you the Amorites and the Canaanites, the Hittites and the Perizzites, the Hivvites and the Jebusites.
    12. Beware lest you form a covenant with the inhabitant[s] of the land into which you are coming, lest it become a snare in your midst.
    13. But you shall demolish their altars, shatter their monuments, and cut down their sacred trees.
    14. For you shall not prostrate yourself before another god, because the Lord, Whose Name is "Jealous One," is a jealous God.
    15. Lest you form a covenant with the inhabitant[s] of the land, and they [the gentiles] go astray after their gods, and they offer sacrifices to their gods, and they invite you, and you eat of their slaughtering,
    16. and you take of their daughters for your sons; then their daughters will go astray after their gods and lead your sons astray after their gods.

    The greatest danger the Kena'anim posed to Benei Yisra'el was not their hatred, but their love. Not their chariots, but their daughters. Not hostile relations, but peaceful relations. Breaking down walls between Jews and gentiles, assimilation, intermarriage.

    Shoftim (Judges) 3
    5. And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
    6. And they took their daughters to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and served their gods.
    7. And the children of Israel did that which displeased the Lord, and they forgot the Lord their God, and served the Baalim and the Asheroth.

    This is how the Kena'anim opened Yisra'el up to physical threats. Just as Bil'am did after all of his other efforts to hurt Benei Yisra'el failed.

    Bemidbar (Numbers) 31
    16. They were the same ones who were involved with the children of Israel on Balaam's advice to betray the Lord over the incident of Peor, resulting in a plague among the congregation of the Lord.

    There are a lot of people and nations in the world today that seek to do Yisre'elim/Yehudim physical harm, and for too many, the answer is to build friendships and alliances with people who are doing and will do Benei Yisra'el spiritual harm.

    Spiritual harm which eventually leads to the physical harm these friendships and alliances were intended to prevent.

  8. This column is disgusting from beginning to end. Did Solomon refuse help from Hiram of Tyre in building the Temple? I am tired of hearing my fellow Jews whine about the danger of Christians attempting to convert us. It is up to US to keep our children Jewish, not the Christians. If we Jews had turned our backs on our Gentile friends, we would have been gone 3,000 years ago. Your thesis is specious and destructive. You are doing damage to Israel and the Jewish nation. Whomever listens to you is a fool or worse.

  9. Hiram did not just help Shelomo build the Mikdash, Shelomo hired Hiram and his people to build the Mikdash because of their skills in that area (Melakhim A' 5:15-32).

    It also isn't explicitly clear whether Hiram was an equal in an alliance with Shelomo, or whether Hiram was the vassal to Shelomo in the b'rit between them.

    Either way, it the situation wasn't comparable to the Xtian missionary situation in Israel today.

    "Whoever destroys a life, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world" – Sanhedrin 37a

    A life but not a soul?

    All Yisra'el are responsible for one another.

  10. The issue here is the Xtian predators being welcomed into Erets Yisra'el, and enabling them to prey on Yehudim, not conversion to Judaism.

    If a non-Jew wants to become a Jew there is already a proper way for them to accomplish that, and someone unwilling to do that will never be a Jew.

    There is no shortcut or backdoor that one can sneak through to become a Jew, nor can one become a Jew just by thinking or believing they are.

  11. I am preparing a response to this polemic. I would have been much happier if the article was written not argumentatively and not with an clear purpose to alarm. At this point I want to make clear that I think he is wrong on every issue EXCEPT the pointing to a danger to some of our youngsters who are looking for their identity and have a poor Jewish background. The efforts and energies and funds invested in fighting the Christian friends of Israel would be much better invested in strengthening the knowledge of Jewish culture, history, Torah – Jewish identity of the youth in Israel.

  12. Since Anita Jones and others asked for a response to the serious [points raised by Donny Fuchs, I will try to respond to two important ones right now and rethink whether to write an article.
    Donny is described at the end of the article as follows: "His religious perspective is deeply grounded in the Rambam's rational approach to Judaism" – that great, so is mine. Since we agree on the authority of the Rambam, please see Rambam, Kings, 12,2:
    "All these things [about the future and the coming of Messiah] and similar things – no one has real knowledge about them, the words of the prophets are not clear, and our sages do not have reliable traditions about them, therefore the discussion is based upon interpretations of verses [of the Tanakh];"
    In other words, according to Maimonides, there is no valid or binding "Oral Torah" regarding the times of Messiah or similar things [e.g.the World to Come]. So that part of Donny's article in which he attacks Medad and Rabbi Melamed [bottom of internet page 1] for not adhering to "the Oral Torah" is not valid according to the Rambam.
    Now, just because Donny Fuchs and I like to follow the Rambam, this does not oblige anyone else; following the Ra'avad was considered the right way to go in Europe when Ra'avad disagrees with the Rambam. So anyone who chooses not to follow the attitude of the Rambam in the material quoted is following a valid tradition. As a matter of tradition, by the way, no one has ever tried to implement the attitude of the Rambam.
    Donny Fuchs wrote of the Ra'avad: "He parts ways from the Rambam regarding non-idolatrous foreigners residing in the land. Even in the absence of accepting the Laws of Noah in the presence of a court of Israel, the Ra’avad would permit their presence." Now it is surely known that our sages disagree about Christianity – whether it is idolatry [as prohibited for non-Jews] or not. The well-known opinion of the Rema is that Christians do not transgress the prohibition of idolatry. So we do not have to worry about the Halachic permission to let the Christians whom Donny Fuchs relates to, to stay in Israel for a few months each year.
    Now I am not denying that it is possible to disagree with all I have written, and Donny Fuchs has every right to disagree – fine. BUT SINCE Medad has a right to his opinion, Donny Fuchs may not denigrate Medad – or other people who disagree with him on Halacha.
    So the issue between Fuchs and Medad is NOT the validity of their Halachic views, but understanding of the situation and what should be done. Again, there is place for a difference of opinion, but such polemics are – to my mind – entirely out of place.

  13. I used to be one of these “pro-Israel Xians” (now a Noachide), so I know somewhat about where they are coming from. Certainly no Xian should be allowed to proselytize, missionize or “put down roots” in 'Eretz Yisra'el. However, these people (like the vast majority of all people everywhere) were born into their religious beliefs; virtually no one intentionally follows a false religion. For all their sins and all their subterfuges (and I am sure they are manifold), “pro-Israel Xians” have never (and I assume are not now) genuinely instructed and given an opportunity to learn the Noachide Laws. There is plenty of attacks on Xian missionaries but no very little genuine Noachide outreach. Who would not want to be saved from religious falsehood and brought to the truth? No, Israeli politicians are not going to do this (since they govern in a non-Torah government in the first place). But the best defense is always a good offense. The transformation of this large pro-Israel community from a spiritual threat to be feared and resented into a true ally that acknowledges Written and Oral Torah would be the best possible thing. Unfortunately, proselytization of any kind (including Noachide) is not politically correct. It's much easier to condemn American evangelicals then to instruct them (and after all, perhaps people will assume it is because they reject “gay rights”).

    Rather than have to go through all this, ban them outright from 'Eretz Yisra'el until they relinquish Xianity and accept the Noachide Laws. That would be so much better than welcoming them in their errors with one hand and condemning them (without giving them the opportunity to be enlightened) with the other.

    I know that Xendom is identified with 'Edom, but it sometimes seems that some Xians (ie, the very ones who are drawn to the TaNa”KH, however dark and imperfect their current state) are treated as Super'Edom while the most anti-Jewish Xians on earth (the ancient communities that have squatted in 'Eretz HaQodesh for centuries) get off much lighter. The Pope is a “dialogue partner.” Abe Foxman has his photo taken with the Patriarch of Constantinople. And of course Israelis treat these people with kid gloves for “multiculturalism” points—points which American evangelicals (almost alone in the entire world) do not provide.

    In fact, now Israel is recruiting these “indigenous” Xians(!!!) into its armed forces and boasting about how religiously tolerant it is. I sincerely hope that the charge of being “Brother `Esav” is not limited only to those of Anglo-Celtic ethnicity from the southeastern United States who give their children names like “Caleb” and “Jethro.” Because that would stink.

    This position of mine is neither that of the conventional anti-missionary people or the conventional (lehavdil) “pro-missionary” people. I know the Jewish People are beset with many problems and time and resources are scarce, but I hope a whole ethno-cultural group that is drawn to the TaNa”KH is not going to be singled out as somehow uniquely evil among all the peoples (and all the Xians) of the earth.

  14. The bench mark must begin with recognizing HaShem alone as Elohim and faithfulness to Him. Israel should not make room for a triune of bi-une god. Having walked in Christianity most of my life I believe Israel should be free of Christian missionaries.

  15. Stuart Kaufman if you find this article disgusting, then you are completely out of touch with the reality on the ground in Israel. Christian congregations have been planted in Israel, and from there, more satellites are being planted. They are using these unsuspecting, friendly Jewish communities as beach heads, and from there the danger grows like a cancer within Israel's communities.

  16. Eileen Coughlin Schnepper Deu 6:4 “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!
    Deu 6:5 “And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might. If people agree to this and to keep Torah it should be sufficient and the acid test of anyone in the nation. We need to eliminate all pagan influence from the land. According to Torah, if strangers obey the commands, keep sabbath and obey Deu 6:5 they are in covenant. It doesn' matter who they are.

  17. Yeshayahu Hollander, from your attempt to respond to my article you betray that you didn't read the article carefully. Or my past articles that I linked to. Had you done so, you would never have written your comment which exposes a) a fundamental understanding of the sugyah, b) that fact that you don't understand the logical points of the article.

    Your attempt to use Rambam's acknowledgment that the precise nature of the times of Moshiach is unknown, as a “proof” that the Rambam's own Halachic rulings wouldn't apply (because of evangelical interpretations of Tanach!) is grotesque and contrary to seichal. The Rambam would be very disappointed in you. Furthermore, the most lenient halachic rendering of Ger Toshav wouldn't apply to Hayovel, nor would the most lenient ot relating to issue of x-tians , avodah zarah, uf, (ex. The practical psharah that can be found in the writings of Rema, Meiri) would not abrogate the issue of gentiles in Eretz Yisroel. Yet all of this evades the most central point that the numerous embedded links in the articles expose: Hayovel are missionaries. Religious Jews are helping them. Jewish neshamas are in danger. Somehow this escapes you.

    You have a lot of chutzpah to berate me for attacking Medad. Nothing I have written draws anywhere close to the ad hominum attacks that he has written about me without properly responding to my arguments. Check out Medad's “Fuchs Descending”. I am waiting for you to write him a lengthy comment about his inappropriate attack on Mr. Fuchs. Let me know when you post it. 😉

  18. The b'rit is between two sides: the God of Yisra'el and Benei Yisra'el. Non-Jews can't just insert themselves into this agreement. They are not a party to this agreement.

    If one wishes to become a Yisre'elite and observe Tora as a Yisre'elite, they must join Benei Yisra'el in the proper manner, as laid out in Jewish law.

    Anyone coin Am Yisra'el, but not on their own terms. One cannot have a place in the covenant between HaShem and Benei Yisra'el without properly joining the people.

    A non-Jew who thinks they are obeying the commands, keeping Shabbat, and obeying Deut. 6:5 without undergoing a proper conversion is still a non-Jew, and not a party to the covenant between the God of Yisra'el and Benei Yisra'el.

  19. נתנאל פיינגולד It is true "not on their own terms" but what terms should be used. Here we need to be exclusively of the mindset that Torah alone should be used as the final authority. People need to be Torah approved members of Yisra'el. As Bnei Yisra'el their first duty is to Torah. Profession of faith, obedience to Torah circumcision. Second they can swear allegiance and faithfulness to Mamlekhet Yehuda, without having to become a member of the tribe. By placing conversion through Judaism over Torah, the nation is open to corrupting pagan ideas and idolatrous practices. We need to focus on brining the whole nation under Torah. Just my opinion but I think יהוה knows best.

  20. Hollander wrote, "Now it is surely known that our sages disagree about Christianity – whether it is idolatry [as prohibited for non-Jews] or not. The well-known opinion of the Rema is that Christians do not transgress the prohibition of idolatry. So we do not have to worry about the Halachic permission to let the Christians whom Donny Fuchs relates to, to stay in Israel for a few months each year. "

    The laws regarding non-Jews in Eretz Yisrael is to keep them from influencing Jews to idolatry therefore, what constitutes idolatry for non-Jews is irrelevant. I think everyone agrees xianity is idolatry for a Jew.

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