"It was heartwarming to see the Jewish sentiment waking up against the missionaries," the woman said.
This was the first time the Rabbinical Court in Israel was required to deal with the halakhic status—for the purpose of being eligible for a rabbinical marriage—of Jews who believe in Jesus.
The Netanya court discovered that the plaintiff's father was involved in establishing a group called Netzari (Hebrew for Christian), which he currently leads.
Naturally, in a country without a constitution guaranteeing freedom of speech, the policeman is king.
It was a rare opportunity to peek into the mind of this missionary who honestly looks at the Jews as raw potential for conversions, and nothing but.
They were furious, left without taking any of the gifts, and reported the incident immediately to Yad L’Achim.
Rabbi Heschel persuaded the bishops to eliminate or modify passages in Church liturgy that demeaned the Jews, or referred to their expected conversion to Christianity.
The IDF has confirmed in a letter to Yad L'Achim that soldiers will not be taken to missionary events.
A book that appeared to be a copy of Psalm camouflaged efforts to convert Jews to Christianity.