Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Day 45 of the Omer
~ Chodesh Tov and Shabbat Shalom ~
"Hundreds of Jewish and Christian Zionists will be rejoicing together this week in a special gala dinner to honor Jerusalem’s Jubilee year in the presence of Knesset members Michael Oren and Yehuda Glick. Bridges for Peace, Hayovel – another Christian organization dedicated to serving the people of Israel – and Israel365 will all be celebrating together." (JPost: 50 YEARS OF CHRISTIAN SUPPORT FOR JEWISH JERUSALEM by Tuly Weisz)...it may be worth republishing the following blog post which came out a couple of months ago.
"This Thursday, May 25th, HaYovel is partnering with Bridges for Peace and Israel365 to host the Rejoice with Jerusalem event, right from the heart of the Jerusalem....The evening will include speeches by former Ambassador to the US and current Member of Knesset Michael Oren and Rabbi and Knesset Member Yehuda Glick." (HaYovel Facebook page)
...Unlike traditional Judaism, which provides a set of detailed guidelines called halakha that are scrupulously followed by observant Jews and regulate many aspects of life, Frank claimed that "all laws and teachings will fall" and following antinomianism asserted that one's most important personal obligation of every person was the transgression of every boundary.
Frankism is commonly associated with Sabbateanism, a religious movement that formed around the identification of the 17th-century Jewish rabbi Sabbatai Tzvi as the Jewish messiah. Like Frankism, the earlier forms of Sabbateanism believed that at least in some circumstances, antinomianism was the correct path. Tzvi himself would perform actions that violated traditional Jewish taboos, such as eating fats that were forbidden by Jewish dietary laws and celebrating former fast days as feast days.It sounds just like those among us today who have gone way beyond simply accepting donations from idolaters which itself was wrong, because it was the first misstep which lead to all the rest. It has lead to providing idolaters access to Jewish children, to lone soldiers, to Holocaust survivors and other vulnerable populations in the Land of Israel. It has lead to moving Jews out in order to give the idolaters a permanent home inside the yishuv where they worship their false god in our holy land. It has lead to bringing them into Jewish homes and hosting them at meals and attending their weddings. It has even lead to "partnering" with them in spreading a distorted Torah to the world - a universalist ["Judeo-Christian" or, God forbid "Zionist"] Torah. And all this sin has been committed in the name of "bringing the redemption".
...Frank claimed that the mixing between holy and unholy was virtuous.
..I could see Jesus, with just a glance, open the eyes of their [Jews'] heart, and they could literally SEE Him as Jesus, the Messiah. I could see on the inside of them, as we walked down this path in Jerusalem, that all of a sudden the eyes of their heart were opened, and a small flame started to burn on the inside of them.
Some of the people He tipped his head to I knew had great authority, heads in the Jewish community--rabbis. I could literally see in a glance the Lord opening up their eyes; I could see the Lord appearing. He was appearing to some of the top rabbis in the land, and just with a glance and a nod, a flame of revelation started to burn on the depths of the inside, in a second the eyes of their hearts were opened.
...We followed these Rabbis up to their rooms, as they went up into the upper rooms of their houses. I watched these Rabbis fall on their knees and cry out, "This Changes EVERYTHING. This changes EVERYTHING!" I saw the Lord go over and blow on that tiny ember of revelation on the inside, and little by little, it started to burn like an unquenchable fire.
And she closes her email with this...... I saw that this fire would continue to burn until the appointed day would come when these Rabbi's could hold it in no longer and they would shout it from the top of the mountains, "Yeshua is Messiah...YESHUA IS MESSIAH!" I thought about how we pray for this....
Jesus, Yeshua, I thank YOU that YOUR Blood has Covered and Redeemed my own sin and I plead your blood for the sins of my family, my nation, the world and as an Israel Commissioned Watchman on the Wall of Jerusalem for Jerusalem and Israel of abortion – and thank YOU Yeshua for Laying Down Your Life to Save and Redeem us all– HALLELU YAH!!!" The Bride and The Spirit cry “COME LORD JESUS, YESHUA!!! and for our Hebrew Brothers we agree “HOSANNA!!!” Baruch HaBa B'Shem Adonai - Blessed IS HE that Comes in the Name of YHWH!!!
God’s ABUNDANT Blessings and FAVOR in JESUS, YHWH Yeshua HaMashiach (LORD Jesus the Messiah in Hebrew) upon you and yours!!!
The French have a saying: plus ca change plus ca meme chose - the more things change, the more they remain the same. King Solomon said it more succinctly: Ayn chadash tachat hashemesh - there's nothing new under the sun.Donna
Focus on Building Deep Friendships
What your unbelieving or unchurched friend is desperately searching for is God's unconditional love, flowing through someone just like you, in the context of a friendship. The world in which we live is strong on communication and weak on deep relationships. Be a friend that cares and your lost friend will see Christ in you, even if you don't consider yourself a spiritual giant.The Torah forbids Jews to intermingle with non-Jews for this very reason. It indicates that in time, the relationship would grow into one where we would be willing to give them our daughters and take their sons through intermarriage. Of course, they are nice, even admirable in some ways, but this is what poses the danger of assimilation! It's a chutzpah to think we know better than God does or to think we are too strong to fall to temptation. Look at what has already happened to so many Jews who would describe themselves as strong and proud Israeli Jews, even to Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, r"l.
A couple weeks ago, some people here in the area printed very large posters with a picture of Tommy Waller on it, with a big “x” marked across it, along with words that basically said, “Christians in Samaria stealing the souls of Jews.” and warned everyone to be careful of us.
This attack on Mr. Tommy and HaYovel is one of the most public and “loud” attacks that there has been. There have been several articles written and other things in the past.
As you can imagine, it’s been very hard on Mr. Tommy and his family and the HaYovel staff to be publicized in this way. He wants so much to be able to defend himself and say that we’re only here to love and serve – not to “convert” or missionize, or anything else. But obviously, defending himself won’t change anything right now.
In many ways though, it’s been a blessings in disguise. Many Israelis who we work with in the Samaria governor’s office and other places have spoken up for us and defended us. It has encouraged many who were quiet about their support of us to speak out loudly. There have been articles written, and public debates, and one couple – friends of the Wallers – were seen going around with a can of black spray paint, vandalizing the posters. : ) A few friends, people we have worked with in the vineyards, have dropped by to express their support and love.
It has caused severe rifts among the Israelis here. The Wallers were “blind-carbon-copied” in several email conversations as people defended them. Tommy and Sherri shared one letter with the group last week. Two men were going back and forth – one against us, one for us. The one who was for us closed his email by saying that as he prayed in the days before Yom Kippur, he prayed for this man who was so against HaYovel, and that he wanted to come to Tommy and Sherri and kiss their hands and ask their forgiveness for the hatred and misunderstanding. He wrote that we (HaYovel) were standing with Israel in a way and a place that no one else was. His words were, “On the front lines”. As I read the email, his support and appreciation brought tears to my eyes.
These are the “growing pains” of our relationships.
...I’m sharing this with you all because I feel that you need to know it. You need to understand the battle that we all are in. Maybe it will help you in how you act and react around Jewish people....
In my last update I talked about how people had written things about HaYovel, supporting us and giving credibility to what we're doing. Here are excerpts from an article written this week by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, the head Rabbi of Har Bracha.
Recently, a troublemaker distributed libelous materials accusing Tommy Waller, an American Christian, of being a missionary. This despite the fact that Tommy has been actively recruiting Christian volunteers for Israel for ten years, and not a single Jew claims that Tommy or any of the thousands of people he has brought here have tried to undermine their faith. Therefore, I feel it is incumbent upon me to speak on his behalf.
Out of an abiding faith in the uniqueness of the Jewish people and in the Divine mission to settle the Land, Tommy has rallied support for Israel from American Congressmen and Senators. The head of the Shomron Regional Council, Mr. Gershon Mesika, told me that Tommy’s activities have been very influential. Each year, through the summer, he organizes groups of Christians who love Israel to volunteer here. As he is a big believer in family values, many of the volunteers come with their entire families, including the young and the elderly. In recent years, at the request of the Regional Council, the Har Bracha settlement has hosted the volunteers on a hilltop near our community. From this base, the volunteers set out to work in vineyards and orchards throughout the Shomron.
Because of our difficult history with Christians, and due to concerns about possible missionizing, I felt it necessary to meet with Tommy. I wanted to have an upfront discussion with him about precisely what his positions were. At the same time, I wanted to convey a Jewish position without kowtowing or obsequiousness.
In the course of our conversation, I asked him: “If a Jew were to come before you and ask you whether it is better to be a Jew or a Christian what would you tell him?” He responded: “I would tell him to be a Jew!” Tommy added that he had not always thought this way. Originally, like other Christians, he was interested in everyone becoming Christian, but eventually he realized that this earlier position was the result of ignorance. Now, following his exposure to the Jewish renaissance in the Land of Israel, he wishes for all Jews to observe the Torah and mitzvot.[What Rabbi Melamed fails to understand because he has not properly and throughly investigated this complex situation is that Tommy Waller has now been enlightened to believe that he is also of Israel and not only would not tell a Jew to become a Christian, but he no longer considers himself to be a Christian in the traditional sense that it has been understood for hundreds of years until now. This was not the right question to ask.]
I asked Tommy what led him to dedicate his life to bringing Christian volunteers to Israel. He told me that he read Yeshayahu 61:5: “Strangers shall stand and pasture your flocks; aliens shall be your plowmen and vine-trimmers.” This greatly moved him, and he said to himself: “Maybe I can be the one who is privileged to fulfill this holy verse!” Ever since then, he has encouraged people to visit Israel and to help Jews work the land.
Every summer Tommy brings hundreds of volunteers, some for a week and some for longer periods. They bring us greetings of peace and friendship from tens of millions of Americans who love us, and when they return home they serve as loyal ambassadors for Israel.
Hopes of Redemption
Sometimes I see these honored Christian guests walking on our roads and paths, and I am filled with great love; I am deeply moved and have to hold back tears. How beautiful are these people, who volunteer enthusiastically, crossing oceans and continents to come express their wonderful connection with us. How they shine with joy at being privileged to see the miraculous return to Zion, to walk on holy ground, and to contribute to making the desert bloom.
Perhaps they are the pioneers who begin to fulfill the words of the prophecy:In the end of days, the Mountain of the Lord’s House shall stand firm above the mountains and tower above the hills, and all the nations shall stream towards it. Many peoples shall go and say: “Let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord, to the House of the God of Jacob, that He may instruct us in His ways, and that we may walk in His paths.” For Torah shall come forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge among the nations and arbitrate for the many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not take up sword against nation, and they shall never again know war (Yeshayahu 2:2-4)."
You can read the whole article here...http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/13855#.Uj1TuMxJNdj
I would highly recommend taking the time to read it. Being able to see something (in this case, ourselves) from someone else's perspective is a valuable, beautiful tool.Apparently, some serious questions were forthcoming from supporters about Tommy's reply to Rabbi Melamed in which he said he would not encourage a Jew to become a Christian. Here is how the volunteer explained it...
...I want to be careful to not put words into Mr. Tommy's mouth, but I can tell you how I understand this comment. It has a lot to do with definitions. To a Jewish mind, to become a Christian is to reject the majority of God's word. Anything that is clearly Jewish in observance is rejected - the Shabbat, the Holy days, eating kosher, etc. In the past (as I mentioned before) during times of persecution, when Jewish people did convert to Christianity under force, they were not allowed to do those things under threat of death. They still understand that to be "Christianity" today. They don't understand yet that someone can live a life as an observant Jew and believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah.
I understand Mr. Tommy's quote here to mean that he would never encourage a Jewish person to leave his Scriptural lifestyle, his observance of the Bible, (as they understand it) to become a "Christian" who leaves behind his love and obedience of God's word.Lies, deception and subterfuge. These are the tools missionaries use to entrap gullible souls.
And the word of the Lord came to [Yechezkel], saying:
"And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write upon it, 'For Judah and for the children of Israel his companions'; and take one stick and write upon it, 'For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.' And bring them close, one to the other into one stick, and they shall be one in your hand.
And when the children of your people say to you, saying, 'Will you not tell us what these are to you?' Say to them, So says the Lord God: Behold I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel his companions, and I will place them with him with the stick of Judah, and I will make them into one stick, and they shall become one in My hand.
And the sticks upon which you shall write shall be in your hand before their eyes. And say to them, So says the Lord God: Behold I will take the children of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side, and I will bring them to their land.
And I will make them into one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be to them all as a king; and they shall no longer be two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms anymore.
And they shall no longer defile themselves with their idols,....Now, despite the fact that the Christian Ephraimites are a completely separate and independent entity which still practices idolatry - that they are gentiles and not Jews - they claim they are the fulfillment of this prophecy. We are being urged to accept their false claims because they will unite with us "in the end" and will give up their idolatry "in the end". That sounds very much like the stock Christian answer to Jewish assertions that Yeshu did not fulfill the prophecies encumbent upon Mashiach. Oh, he'll finish the job when he comes back, they say - in the end. Uhn-huh.