Saturday, October 20, 2012

Grapes of Wrath or Worth?

There's a story on the HaYovel group of volunteers, led by Tommy Waller in The Jewish Week.

I left this comment there:-

As with most Jewish issues, there are (at least) two opinions.  But one thing I want to make clear as someone who has known the Wallers for a long time: they are not proselytizers or missionaries.  I am unaware (and I would be aware) if any Jewish soul has been 'snatched' by the HaYovel volunteers.  I am not denigrating suspicions or concerns but, on the other hand, I am quite disappointed in Jews here in Israel, including Rabbis, who persist in casting doubt without any real evidence, on the one hand, and, on the other, ignore the many Biblical sources indicating that at the time of the reinvigoration of the Jewish nation in its land that there will be some sort of positive cooperation between the 'foreign sons' and the Jews.  Instead of standing on traditional interpretations of the relationship (and Jews accept charity from Goyim?), the theological challenge is to reinterpret.  There are many 'pro' Rabbis including Rabbis Riskin, Eliyahu, Gisser and more and so we here in the vineyards of Samaria are confident that the work of these Christian volunteers is but an expression of acknowledgement that the prophecies about the return to Zion is not an ancient text but a contemporary political, social and economic reality that needs be supported by all.


1 comment:

Alan said...

the people who are wringing their hands about Christian presence in Eretz Yisrael, are oddly enough, the same ones who won't join the IDF and put their own butts on the line to get Muslims out.

They are also the same category of people who perjured themselves in affidavits against Eliezer Ben-Yehuda - which cost him a year in Turkish prison.

It says right there in Scripture that David was not able to expel the Jebusites from Jerusalem, and that they will be there forever. Says it.