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Missionary material camouflaged as the Book of Psalms.

Outraged pedestrians in Tel Aviv alerted an anti-missionary organization that went into action to stop missionaries from distributing innocent-looking “Tehillim” volumes that contained Christian teaching.

Recipients of the book phoned Yad L’Achim, which dispatched a team to the area which confirmed that pocket-sized volumes were being deceptively presented to passersby as “Tehillim.” the Hebrew term for the Book of Psalms.

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On the cover, in large letters, was the word “Tehillim” and beneath it, shaped in a semi-circles above a crown, the words “Taste and see that HaShem is good. Fortunate is the man who cleaves to Him.” Along the bottom are the words, “Blessed is the one who comes in the Name of HaShem.”

Nothing about the cover hints that the contents were anything but what they claim to be. In between verses of Tehillim were unequivocal missionary messages on the revelation of Jesus and the imperative to believe in him and follow in his ways.

Yad L’Achim tried to retrieve all the copies that had already been distributed and explained to stunned passersby their real nature. The organization also broadcast announcements throughout the area warning people not to be taken in by the innocent-looking volumes.

The missionaries realized that they had been exposed and stopped handing out the books.

“The time has come to amend the missionary law,  If for no other reason than to put an end to such fraud that the missionaries continue to perpetrate unhindered,” said one Yad L’Achim official.

He added:

There is no way to bring this to an end but to pass a law that effectively prohibits these activities, the sooner the better.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

39 COMMENTS

  1. These people should be convicted. They are liable for theft. They are stealing Hashems children and they will have to answer to the most High. No one steals from Hashem and gets away with it. Their time is near. They are not afraid of their maker because they know HIM not. Their battle will be with their maker.

  2. It is worse in a way. Russian Jewish newcomers are the most susceptible because of their lack of education in Judaism. Jews cannot afford to lose people through this trick. Why, Beila, are you so complacent when this happens? Do you live in a little closed off island which is not subjected to this constant harassment?

  3. They believe in Christianity, I guess, not in deception. I wonder if they would suggest christians the book of psalms for reinforcing their belief. I donot find any justification, like the one written above for a deed which is explicitly – deception. It is very funny to compare it to an atomic bomb just for diminuating the trick.

  4. why,and what reasons do Jewish people have to fear with, from Christian evangelization effort, IF THEY ARE HOLDING GOD’S TRUTH.??? anyway, most of those doing evanglizations there are Jewish people also, but not a Judaist.—-but Christian ones.

  5. So what? Is anyone really worried that Israeli Jews are all going to convert? Better they should go into the Arab district of Jerusalem and try evangelizing there. A few Christian converts in the Muslim neighborhoods would probably be a good thing. Of course, it's a capital offense in the Muslim ideology, but that's just something you have to deal with.

  6. Should not the Jews in Israel have the opportunity to decide for themselves? Or do you consider them so stupid that they can’t safely read Christian doctrine without immediately plummeting into it? Does Judaism not have the power to stand on its own? As Aristotle said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

  7. So let me get this straight, you have muslims committing crimes…Forcing Jews from The holy place in Jerusalem …And your worried about a Christian Who is trying to Bring you to Jesus for your betterment…and you basically alow the Muslims free reign…how funny

  8. Christianity and Judaism are incompatible. The Torah tells us that the Jew who converts to Christianity loses his place in the world to come. It is a violation of G-d ' s commandments and the punishment is Koras -separation from G-d. Christianity is the only religion that uses deception and aggressive tactics to obtain converts.

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