Hannukah approaches, ISFSP alerts Jews throughout the world to
be cautious for targeted missionary activity.
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Hannukah approaches, the International Society for Sephardic Progress
would like to alert Jews throughout the world to be cautious for
missionary activity, as missionaries tend to use this season to
take advantage and proselytize to the Jewish community.
decades a division of Christian missionaries have disguised themselves
and their "Hannukah Parties" as something which are
Jewish. They will dress like Jews and decorate their halls and
churches with Jewish cultural items, all in an attempt to get
Jews to come in to their dens where they can then proselytize
them. To throw a curve to those Jews who should know to reject
such obvious lies, this breed of missionary changes 'Jesus' into
ridiculous Hebrew sounding names. To the missionary, it is easier
to lure the gullible by calling Jesus by Hebrew sounding names
such as: Yeshua ben Miriam; Yahshua the Messiah; Rabbi Yeshua,
typically act very pro-Israel and include an unusually high number
of Jewish symbols such as the Star of David, Torah, shofar, kippah
(yarmulke), mezzuzah, and Shabbat candles. They exploit the use
of Hebrew, Ladino and Yiddish languages to assure prospective
converts that they are not renouncing Judaism by accepting Jesus.
Nonetheless, according to Jewish law and tradition, such an acceptance
is indeed a renunciation of Judaism. Like the wolf that dresses
up in sheep's clothing, the missionary of today now dresses himself
up in the garb of a religious Jew, complete with black hat and
beard to reach his prey. Messianics call their clergy rabbis rather
than priests or ministers. They refer to Christian saints by Hebrew
names. Thus, John is called Yochanan, Paul is called Sha'ul, etc.
Many try to observe the Jewish dietary laws (kashrut) in a further
effort to convince the unsuspecting.
who call themselves "messianic Jews" or say they are
"Jews for Jesus" are nothing more than Christians spreading
Protestant Christianity in disguise. Former Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi
of Israel, Rabbi Lau and former Chief Sephardi Rabbi Bakshi-Doron
declared, "There are Christian groups that call themselves
'Messianic Jews' whose faith is totally alien to the Jewish faith."
They exist in every corner of the globe, highly financed and strategically
targeting Jews for conversion. Upwards of one billion dollars
is spent annually to missionize the Jewish people. From the subways
of New York to the beaches of Los Angeles and from St. Petersburg
square in Russia to the Old City of Jerusalem, missionaries are
in an active and ongoing campaign to convert Jews away from the
religion of their forefathers. They come speaking English, Hebrew,
Greek, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and all other world languages.
tactics have been criticized by mainstream Christian movements
around the world, as well as severely criticized by Jewish organizations.
To confront this epidemic in the Jewish community head on, Jewish
parents have the responsibility to inoculate their children with
knowledge; the children have the responsibility to listen and
learn from their parents; and as Hannukah approaches, the Jewish
leadership has the important role of providing education to those
in need, and the vital role of warning their community.
International Society for Sephardic Progress wishes Jews across
the world to have a physically and spiritually safe happy Hannukah.
International Society for Sephardic Progress is a Jewish
agency developed to serve the Sephardic community--the descendants
of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the
Levant who share both common religious and cultural bonds. Although
based in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization
representing Sephardim internationally. "Advocates for the
Sephardim, activists for the Jewish people."
ISFSP is a
a non-profit organization.
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