An example of how secularism and religion are intertwined in Israel
You can’t just fly to France and say: I’m also French, I love croissants and Bordeaux, and you have to give me citizenship. Would they? Of course not.
An elderly Jew for Jesus and his wife were not allowed to make aliyah.
He doesn’t understand. He tries to escape antisemitism in the US.
Wasn’t Israel there for fleeing Jews? Apparently not so easily.
His father’s mother was murdered in the Holocaust. That would make him not Jewish for Orthodox-Jewish law but enough Jew-ish for the State.
Yet, he’s worked as a Jew for Jesus, helping other Jews to stay that faith.
The Law of Return excludes Jews who, as grownups, voluntarily have adopted a religion different from Judaism.
Isn’t that strange? Antisemites would still persecute those.
Apparently, the Jewish State is not a reaction to the Holocaust. Rather, it’s a reaction to 2,000 years of persecution. Christianity was a major enemy.
If you’re with the Christians, you’re not with the Jews and have no rights.
Which doesn’t mean we’re Christians’ enemies! They’re our students.
Yes, they claim that one can be a Jew and a Christian simultaneously. Just imagine that some people claim to be part of your family. None of your relatives thinks so, but they insist. Will you remember them in your will?
You don’t need to be formally religious to make Aliyah. But if you’re a Christian, just forget it. We remember who wanted to do away with us.
This gentleman claims that he never tried to proselytize other Jews. That would make him a very bad Christian. However, to convert someone to Christianity, apparently you can lie. (Not so to make Jewish converts.) Therefore, claims that he doesn’t proselytize are meaningless.
For a Jew, praying to Jesus is idol worship, a very grave sin. However, for Halachah, he’s not a Jew, so that’s not so bad. If he wanted to convert to Judaism, his arrival would make some sense. But to come here, claiming to be a (non-Halachic) Jew believing in Jesus, that’s not what Israel needs.
It’s like a patient who needs a blood transfusion, but when he was healthy, he never donated blood. Then, old donors take precedence.
It’s kind of a chutzpa to come to the Jewish People and say: ‘I’m a Jew, and I’m entitled on my terms.’ If he’s so Jewish (with one Jewish grandparent) and a Gentile wife, let him take Jewish lessons to show he means it. The story that Antisemitism threatens him in the US seems highly exaggerated. What’s so Jewish about him? That he added a Star of David to his cross?
Still, I feel for them. But that doesn’t mean they can settle in my house. They’re welcome as guests and tourists. That should count for something.