Did A Christian Missionary Poses as a Rabbi in Jerusalem?

Source: FSSPX News

This is what a man, whose name has not been revealed, is accused of and who nevertheless denies it.

The district of the French Hill - Giva Hatsarfatit in Hebrew - was completely shaken by the announcement made last Sunday that a member of this ultra-Orthodox community, allegedly a Jewish rabbi and a kohen, and a mohel - performing ritual circumcision - has been accused of being an undercover missionary.

The purported rabbi is originally from New Jersey, and took advantage of the law of aliyah, which allows any Jew to emigrate to Israel. In addition to their plane tickets, departing applicants now receive a stipend of € 3,000 upon arrival, as well as Hebrew lessons for five months and extensive preparation in the country of departure.

He was exposed by the Beynenu Association, an organization that monitors the activities of missionaries in Israel. The investigation has reportedly been going on for years.

Beynenu discovered footage from American television where the suspect refers to Jesus as the Messiah. The man protested before the cameras of an Israeli channel that he was not an undercover Christian, but admitted to having worked as a missionary - Protestant - a few years ago, but repented of it.

Faced with these revelations, members of the ultra-Orthodox community expressed their emotion, stressing that the family was involved in the community, and that the latter had created a fund to help them after the death of the mother.

He clarified: “For five years, we provided for their needs, paid for their shopping, their school transport, everything, and they deceived us.”

“The family looked completely ultra-Orthodox, he had a long beard and hat, the boys had curls, the girls went to Beth Yaakov schools,” said one of his neighbors.

It should be remembered that Israel enjoys significant support from evangelical Christian movements in the United States, but keeps an eye on missionary work in the Holy Land.

While Israeli law expressly prohibits the giving of money or gifts to encourage conversions to another religion, missionary activities, in general, are closely watched by authorities and are considered offensive in the eyes of many Israelis.

Finally, the law also prohibits “any missionary or proselytizing activity aimed at minors without the permission of their parents.”