Modern-Day Amalek

December 26, 2013

Marc Shapiro’s fine story of “Latkes With A Side Of The Lord” (Dec. 13) highlighted the targeting by Jews for Jesus of the vulnerable, lonely, young and confused on the University of Maryland campus. In the piece, Ruth Guggenheim [director of Jews for
Judaism] went so far as to categorize the Messianics as “spiritual predators.”

We have encountered such predation before [with the] the singling out the stragglers of the Jewish people for attack; it is in the Bible. “Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. They met you along the way and attacked all your stragglers from behind when you were tired and weary” (Deut. 25:17-8).

As noted in an article in the JT’s sister publication, the Washington Jewish Week (“Messianic Challenge,” Sept. 25), Stephen Katz, the North American director of Jews for Jesus, worships at the McLean Bible Church. MBC is a Northern Virginia-based evangelistic ecclesiastical conglomerate. It is headed by Senior Pastor Lon Solomon. MBC is extremely proactive in regional efforts to proselytize Jews, including on college campuses. Through such pernicious activity, MBC has established itself as the modern-day Amalek. … An old biblical enemy has resurfaced in modern garb. How will Jews respond?

S. Auerbach
Bethesda, Md.


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  1. S.Z. Auerbach

    Here is the full text of the original letter.
    Marc Shapiro’s fine story of “Latkes With a Side of the Lord” (Dec. 13) highlighted the targeting by Jews for Judaism of the vulnerable, lonely, young and confused on the University of Maryland college campus, with Ruth Guggenheim going so far as to categorize the Messianics as “spiritual predators.”

    We have encountered such predation- singling out the stragglers with the ranks of the Jewish people for attack- before, in the Bible. “Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. They met you along the way and attacked all your stragglers from behind when you were tired and weary” (Deut. 25:17-8).

    As noted in an article in the JT’s sister publication, the Washington Jewish Week (“Messianic Challenge,” Sept. 25), Stephen Katz, the North American director of Jews for Jesus, worships at the McLean Bible Church (MBC). MBC is a Northern Virginia-based evangelistic ecclesiastical conglomerate. It is headed by Senior Pastor Lon Solomon, a proud meshumad. MBC is extremely pro-active in regional efforts to proselytize Jews, including on college campuses.

    Allow me to point out that through such pernicious activity, MBC has established itself as the modern –day Amalek, not just in action but even in name.

    In Hebrew, Amalek is spelled ‘ayin, mem, lamed, kuf. In Hebrew letters, McLean may be spelled mem, kuf,lamed, ‘ayin, nun: it contains all the letters of Amalek plus nun. Coincidentally (?), it just so happens that nun is the first letter of the word Notzrut, the Hebrew term for Christianity.

    In other words, McLean (Bible Church) = Christian Amalek.

    Bottom line: an old Biblical enemy has resurfaced, in modern garb.

    How will religious Jews respond?

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