03 September 2014

Idol Worship in the Holy Land

8 Elul 5774

People ask "Why concentrate on this small group (HaYovel) when there are greater numbers and concentrations of idolatrous gentiles living in Israel?" Yes, there are tens of thousands of African infiltrators. There are thousands of Filipino, Thai, Korean, Chinese (and other) foreign workers. There are tens of thousands of Xians who work for various missionary organizations and churches. There are thousands of olim who claim to be Jews, but practice Xianity and there are reportedly hundreds of thousands of Xian gentiles who came during the massive Russian aliyah, along with the tens of thousands of Arab Xians.

The 'democratic' government of Israel is solely responsible for settling those people here and allowing them to have "freedom of worship." What makes this situation in the Shomron with the HaYovel group different is the following...

They are being assisted and empowered and even legitimized by supposedly religious Zionist Jewish settlers who present themselves as leaders in their communities.

Against the halachah and the simple meaning of the Torah, they are bringing these gentile xians into the midst of Jewish communities where they are performing idolatrous worship to a false god; seeking to build relationships with Jews and break down the barriers established to prevent the sharing of their gospel message; and seeking to establish a way to make "Xian aliyah" (God forbid) and remain on the land full-time, even to claiming a piece of the land for themselves and their own posterity.

We can't change Israeli government policy, but we hoped that through education and information, we might convince other religious Jews of the error of their ways and bring this atrocity to a halt before it costs Jewish lives in conversion, assimilation, intermarriage or Hashem's righteous anger.

There's no convincing the Israeli government. Its stated goal is to destroy Torah Judaism. We need Mashiach for that. But, we thought we could appeal to our fellow religious Zionist Jewish settlers on the basis of the Torah which we share in common. We had given these errant Jews the benefit of the doubt and assumed that they were just good-hearted people who did not fully understand the missionary mentality or theology or penchant for lying. We had hoped to close the door that other religious Jews had opened - we thought - by mistake. But, after years of appeals and every sort of proof imaginable, it must be concluded that lack of understanding is not the problem here.

See for yourself. The HaYovel volunteers freely admit that they are performing Avodah Zarah (worship of Yeshu) in this Holy Land.

There is still hope that an appeal to the residents of the affected yishuvim or an appeal to kashrut certification organizations or a general appeal to the religious Jewish public not to purchase wines made from the affected vineyards might still yield the desired results.

These efforts have been undertaken for several years by a small and dedicated group of sincere, observant Jews in Eretz Yisrael. They act purely leshem shamayim - for the sake of their fellow Jews, for the integrity of the Holy Torah and our Holy Land, and for the Honor of Hashem's Name. There is absolutely no financial gain, but a lot of ridicule, insult and threat.

Please note that Jewish Israel, which is always linked under "Resources" on the right side of this blog, acts as a database for all the information available on this subject. You can even contact them for someone to speak to a group if anyone would like to organize a meeting.

Meantime, please try to attend the conference in Ariel on September 10th if you can.