15 Menachem Av 5773
Anyone with half a brain can see that Yisrael is rising in the world while Eisav and Yishmael are falling apart. Surely the complete redemption cannot be far off. For this reason, both to escape the chaos coming to the rest of the world and to lay a claim to Israel's glorious inheritance and future, although not through conversion, but through subterfuge, many, many people among the nations are trying to acquire a foothold in our land.
We've already seen how Xians claiming to be from the Ten "Lost" Tribes of Israel are already here staking their claims and preparing the way for many others to follow. (We didn't even get into the fake "anusim" who claim 'Jewishness' as the offspring of conversos many generations removed. Most of them are Xians, too.) Some rabbis are impressed by the diversity and wide geographic location of those who are making these claims and feel it must be evidence of a real phenomenon. However, they don't know that since this new theology was developed thirteen to fourteen years ago, its adherents have traveled all over the globe teaching other Xians about their "Jewish roots" and encouraging them to lay claim to 'their portion' in Israel's inheritance.
Now, we've got an Israeli rabbi teaching gentiles that if they aren't part of the ten lost tribes, no matter. Maybe they are part of the gerei toshav who were exiled with the ten lost tribes and they along with the ten lost tribes have to be brought back. The kicker to this, however, is that those who want in on it have to at least have made a pretense of giving up their idolatrous worship of Yeshu. For those who can't bring themselves to do this, there is being developed a way to enable Xian Aliyah!
See in this report from Jewish Israel:
Infamous U.S. Christian leader "rabbi" Jamie Cowen, who managed to make aliyah in 2011, has changed his name to Cohen and established the messianic law firm Cohen, Pex and Brosh, with its main branch in Petach Tikvah.
The Messianic Times reports that the law firm is comprised solely of "dedicated followers of Yeshua the Messiah" but as of this writing, none of that appears on the Cohen, Pex and Brosh website.
Before immigrating to Israel, Jamie Cowen was the charismatic leader of the large Christian messianic congregation, Tikvat Israel, in Richmond Virginia. Dedicated to evangelizing the Jewish people, Cowen served for several years as president of The Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) and is currently listed as a member of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council
As mentioned, as of this writing, none of Cowen's "messianic" background information appears on attorney Jamie Cohen's profile, as seen on his firm's website (although there is mention of his studies at a Catholic University and school of theology).
What is featured prominently in the law firm's section under Areas of Practice is "Immigration to Israel":
"All issues of immigration to Israel: Aliyah according to the Law of Return – 1950. Permanent residency. Temporary Residency. Work Visas. Student visas. Tourist visas. Volunteer visas. Clergy visas. International Refugee Law according to the UN convention (Asylum seekers)."
This is of major concern to Jews worldwide but especially in Israel. A number of evangelical/messianic lawyers in Israel have put interpreting the Law of Return to favor messianic Christian aliyah at the top of their agenda, and they are making inroads. In fact, another Israeli messianic law office, the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ), has recently issued pro-bono advice, which is being widely disseminated online and in email, geared for the throngs of believing Christians who want to make Aliyah. This will be the subject of JewishIsrael’s next report.
It was Calev Myers, Chief Counsel for JIJ, who represented Cowen's daughter Amy in a ground breaking case in 2008. Myers clever maneuver turned the intent of the Law of Return on its head, enabling several messianic Christians to make aliyah because they were not Jews as defined by the Law, but rather because they were the offspring of Jewish fathers. At the time Amy Cowen declared:
"This legal precedent not only guarantees rights to those represented in the case, but also paves the way and opens immense doors to unhindered Messianic Jewish aliyah (with Jewish ancestry on the father's side)".
Like her father, "messianic Jewish" Amy Cowen is a Christian missionary. The Jewish Agency was informed of Amy Cowen's background prior to her aliyah. According to Counter-missionary professional Penina Taylor, Director and Founder of Shomrei Emet Institute:
"Amy Cowen received her missionary training at Michael Rudoph’s Gateways missionary training school in Cyprus and she went on a mission to convert Jews in Ethiopia."
Jewishisrael had noted before that messianic missionaries continue to focus on the Ethiopian community once they've arrived in Israel.
Jamie Cowen has worked closely with messianic attorney Calev Myers in the past and, while serving as president of the UMJC, was apparently able to "pressure" a certain Member of Knesset serving on the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC). The following is a telling excerpt from a report in the April/May 2006 edition of the Messianic Times:
"The opportunity arose when the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, formed in 2004, began recruiting evangelicals to help with humanitarian needs in Israel, where more than 25 percent of the people now live below the poverty line. The first encounter that Cowen had with another Knesset member involved in the Caucus didn’t go well when Cowen asked if the caucus was open to working with Messianic Jews, Cowen said.
The MK replied that the caucus would not work with any group that “proselytized Jews,” according to UMJC leaders, speaking on a UMJC Web site podcast. 'I said, ‘OK, we’ll go tell all our friends in the Church world that you won’t work with us, so they shouldn’t work with you,' Cowen said. 'He (the Israel MK) stormed out of the meeting...upset.'
But several months later, a representative of the caucus called the UMJC and expressed a desire to work with the organization on humanitarian projects.
That’s when the unnamed MK emerged and invited Resnik and Cowen on a tour of some of the aid projects that he is helping to coordinate. 'They have received support from the Christian community outside of Israel and now are interested in engaging in fundraising with the Messianic Jewish community outside of Israel as well,' Resnik said. Israeli Messianic attorney Calev Meyers, who has represented several believers in civil rights lawsuits against the State of Israel, accompanied Resnik and Cowen...."
Theodore Herzl wanted to convert all the Jews to Xianity. Now, the pendulum has swung the other way. Many Jewish rabbis and leaders feel the time has come to make everyone Jewish. They won't succeed. Hashem is still running the world. But that does not relieve us of our responsibility to uphold the Truth of our Torah and inform all who will listen.