Israel Today recently wrote about a confrontation between Messianic Jewish Israelis and an Orthodox anti-missionary group in the coastal town of Bat Yam.
The same regional newspaper that first reported on that ongoing saga recently published a follow-up including "reader responses," some of which were very interesting.
One readers asked how Messianic Jewish sharing their faith is "any different from religious Jewish missions?" The reader was referring to the regular roadside witnessing and handing out of pamphlets by various Orthodox Jewish sects. He or she went on to conclude that it is no one's business "if I feel like converting to Christianity."
Another respondent tried to clear up that last point by noting that "Messianic Jews do not attempt to convert people. The whole point of Messianic Judaism is to remain Jewish and believe in Jesus."
The upcoming issue of Israel Today Magazine will explore the sensitive topic of some Jews coming to faith in Jesus, only to leave the community after feeling it was not Jewish enough.
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[Special thanks to the Caspari Center for highlighting these newspaper reports.]