That’s Why

“When I arrived in Israel and the guide said ‘welcome home,’ I was initially confused. … Hours later, ‘I got it.’” And he continued to “get it” for the next nine days. I loved the perspective written by Jacob Shapiro (“From This View,” June 21). And that is why I contribute to Birthright! Gayle Becker… Read More

Have The Conversation

What an encouraging article (“Fusion of Faiths,” June 21). As you know, Messianic Jews have generally been considered outside the Jewish community, even though we’ve maintained all along that we are Jews. We follow Torah, we celebrate the holidays, our services are on Shabbat, our children have bar/bat mitzvahs, Israel is our land, etc. Yet,… Read More

Mashiach Can Die And Return

Despite what many have maintained, the assertion that if a proposed candidate for Mashiach “dies” before he fulfills the necessary and sufficient conditions to complete his mission, only to “return from the dead” to finish them , he can no longer be “The Redeemer” is not according to Judaism (“Fusion of Faiths,” June 21). And… Read More

No Sense Of Alarm

Did “Fusion of Faiths” (June 21) seem to acquiesce to missionary attacks just to get a rise out of the community? … I have spoken many times to Ruth Guggenheim of Jews for Judaism about spiritual predators like Chosen People Ministries, and I never caught a hint of acquiescence from her. In your article, she… Read More

All Jewish Denominations At Risk

Kudos to Maayan Jaffe for her recent article “Fusion of Faiths: Can Jews believe in Jesus?” (June 21). The article points out the strong allure of Messianic Judaism to Jewish youth as something new and exotic, while also relating how Messianic Jewish donors can obtain significant influence in mainline Jewish organizations through hefty contributions. There… Read More

Only Hashem Can Send Mashiach

Your excellent thought-provoking article by Maayan Jaffe, “Fusion of Faiths: Can Jews believe in Jesus?” (June 21), presented many questions. As Ruth Guggenheim, executive director of Jews for Judaism said, “We, as Jews, totally accept that there are multiple ways to believe in God.” I agree, but unfortunately some people do not share this same… Read More

Not To Be Crossed

In your article about Messianic Jews (“Fusion of Faiths,” June 21), I was quoted throughout the article, and I feel the need to clearly reiterate my position that those who identify themselves as Messianic Jews are not Jewish. Har Sinai Congregation has always been a very welcoming congregation to many diverse populations. We especially work… Read More

For The Record

So there are no misunderstandings or false impressions about what I stated in a recent Jewish Times article (“Fusion of Faiths,” June 21), let me state it clearly and for the record: If the Jewish community does not act now and educate both our current leaders and those of tomorrow, so-called Messianic Judaism will become… Read More

The Silence Is Deafening

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On June 3, Secretary of State John Kerry made an imp-ortant and impassioned speech to the American Jewish Committee Global Forum. His speech did not receive the media attention it deserved, neither in the general media nor in the Jewish media. Why the silence? Secretary Kerry made a strong call for American Jews to actively… Read More

Regional Chapter of the Year

I am president of the Beth Israel chapter of United Synagogue Youth, which recently was named Seaboard USY’s 2013 Chapter of the Year. As much as my ego would love for me to take credit for this, it really has been a work in progress at Beth Israel for the past six years. Many people… Read More