7 Elul 5774
Ask any Orthodox religious Jew if intermarriage or assimilation is allowed by Torah and I'll bet 100% would answer correctly - a resounding "NO!"*
But, when it comes to taking the path that leads to intermarriage and assimilation, at the end of which is waiting the shmad of the Jewish nation, many Orthodox religious Jews have decided that it's ok to go a little ways down that path a long as we control how far we go and stop just in time before the forbidden happens.
Any sane, logical, reasoning person who is interested in self-preservation needs no book or source or authority to tell him that if the end of the path is to be avoided, do not start down that path. That is the purpose of erecting "fences" around the Torah. But, these people are tearing down every fence and barrier and they're skating right on the edge.
Unfortunately for the Jewish nation, it appears that we are riddled to our core with insane, illogical and unreasonable people who insist on taking this risk and putting their neighbors at risk as well. Who can understand their motivation? Regardless of what it is, it is wrong, wrong, wrong and cannot be condoned. In fact, they must be opposed at every turn.
Because, you see the HaYovel volunteers are not just working in the vineyards. They've been invited to join in and participate in social and religious activities among the Jews of the Shomron:
HaYovel volunteers attend hachnasat sefer Torah in Itamar
HaYovel volunteers attend Sukkot celebration in Har Brachah
(One young member of their group was a featured speaker at the event)
HaYovel volunteers dance with the vineyard owner Avigdor Sharon
(Read his "love" letter to HaYovel. And yes, the practice of Avodah Zarah is still attractive and feels very good. That's what inspires people to engage in it.)
As a follow-up to Xians Don't Change Their Spots, They Just Disguise Them, I'm including here further proof of the real agenda which was written as a comment to a different blog post.
Artist in Christian Testimony International website lists the Waller Family with the following description of their ministry: "We are dedicated as a family to sharing the gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) by serving the people of Israel within the agricultural settlements and Kibbutzim. We believe that we are living in, what has been prophesied as, the end times. When the Spirit of Elijah will be poured out on the earth. My wife Sherri and I have 11 children. It is with this (Elijah) anointing that we are to help build a bridge for others who are going to come and serve."
Tommy Waller, with the help of gullible (greedy?) Jews built a bridge and the Bowling Family came across. They've been in Israel with HaYovel volunteering for several years. Here is how they described the work they did during one of those tours...
"We spoke to many people and told them about Yeshua. We still have ongoing outreach to two of the people we met there. ...I have spent over 35 hours sharing with Gabriel [a shopkeeper in Jerusalem] Pray that he will receive Yeshua as his Messiah." (And they give several other similar examples of proselytizing)
This couple, who have their own ministry in America, were handpicked by Tommy Waller to replace him and his wife one year as leaders of HaYovel. On their ministry home page, the first line says: "Yeshua is Yahweh King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe." (Mark 16 Ministries)
In the Torah it is written: "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".1
In the Prophets it is written: "And that we shall not give our daughters to the peoples of the land, and we shall not take their daughters for our sons."2
In Jewish Law it is written: "The Torah forbids a Jew to enter a marital relationship with a non-Jew; be it a Jewish man to a non-Jewish women, or a Jewish woman to a non-Jewish man".3
It is evident (both in theory, and statistically) that when Jews marry non-Jews it is unlikely for there to be Jewish continuity. The Torah is a "realist". Thus, as part of its mission to guide Jews in perpetuating Judaism, the Torah prohibits intermarriage.
1. Deuteronomy 7:3
2. Nehemiah 10:31
3. Maimonidies laws of Forbidden Relationships 12:1
(Source: Ask Moses)