Is The Bogeyman Pastor Out To get You?

Rudin_book_1Again proving that Israelis do not really understand America, Shlomo Shamir of Ha’aretz has this one-sided foolish article about the ‘threat’ Evangelicals pose to America and Jews. Shamir’s piece is based on the new book by Rabbi James Rudin, formerly of the American Jewish Committe. I knew Rabbi Rudin years ago from our work on the NYC Jewish Community Relations Council’s Taskforce on Missionaries and Cults. My experience with Rabbi Rudin is positive. I found him to be a kind, caring compassionate man of high ethical standards. Although an ordained Reform Rabbi, he had affection for Orthodoxy, including Chabad. I think his fears in this case are overblown, perhaps because of his years combatting Christian missionaries, but I do not doubt his sincerity.

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5 responses to “Is The Bogeyman Pastor Out To get You?

  1. Yochanan Lavie

    The problem in America is not that “they” want to kill us (or even convert us). In fact, They want to marry us! We should be wary of the Jews for Jesus fringe, but many Christians partake of a dual-covenant theology. (That means the “old” covenant is still valid for the Jews, while the “new” one is meant for the Gentiles.) As far as I know, this is unique in world history. American Jewry’s wounds are self-inflicted. We should embrace our allies, even if tactically. Evangelicals support Israel far more than disaffected, unaffiliated Jews do. Without that support (however it may be motivated) Israel would be in deep trouble. We can still differ with them on other issues, but politics is the art of the possible. Many liberals support the Islamic “underdog.”

  2. Jerome Soller

    I agree with Yochanan. I have many friends that are evangelistic Christians. Although we disagree theologically, they are stronger supporters of Israel than most Jews. The greatest threat to the survival of the Jewish religion in the U.S. is from within, including its own apathy, assimilation/intermarriage, and lack of unity. I am also concerned about the antisemitism I see in Europe and Israel, and the lack of support by some so-called “liberal” US Jews for Israel and our brethren in other parts of the world.

    Jerome

  3. Rabbi Rudin’s body of work is decent, but I think Reform Jews probably have more to fear from the Evangelical, apocalyptic lip-lickers out there. The success of direct or indirect missionizing depends somewhat on the Jewish education of the target. Sometimes I think it has to do with a sense of what is tacky or not, too, but that’s neither here nor there.

    The battle recently fought down the road in Dover, PA, over intelligent design was a fight between a minority of nationally supported Christian literalists and a mix of Christian and presumably unaffiliated parents who were concerned about education quality. That the locals won not only with a newly elected schoolboard but also in court defies the Rabbi’s fear of the “Christocrat.”

  4. I agree that the evangelical christians aren’t the biggest threat out there, I think it’s the cults. Cults (or religion if it’s on an entirly emotional level with no understanding at all)is the bigger danger then christian evengelists. (For more information see Confessions of a Jewish cultbuster by Rabbi Shhea Hecht.

  5. ben matityah

    chabad, min haktubim !
    how so ?
    sheneemar :
    כֵּן–אָרְחוֹת, כָּל-בֹּצֵעַ בָּצַע; אֶת-נֶפֶשׁ בְּעָלָיו יִקָּח.

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