MembersIn Israel, Not All “Messianic” Jews Believe in Jesus

Ironically, in Israel, the term is often applied to those most hostile toward faith in Yeshua (Jesus)

By Arthur Schwartzman | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
Religious Jews like Naftali Bennett (R), Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush (L) and Rafi Peretz (C) are often called "messianic" for their faith in biblical prophecy. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The term meshichi (Hebrew for messianic, משיחי) is what believers in the Land would be most comfortable calling themselves. But the fact of the matter is that there aren’t many believers in Israel, and the term is meanwhile being used by the media to mean something other than a follower of Yeshua (Jesus).

Ben Caspit, a prominent journalist with the Ma’ariv daily newspaper, published recently a piece under the title: “Gloomy Messianic Bat: This is the Real Rabbi Peretz, the Minister of Education of our Children.” Caspit writes of Rafi Peretz, head of the Jewish Home party and a national-religious Jew, that “a few weeks ago I noted that I was not worried about Rabbi Rafi Peretz like some of my colleagues… Peretz is pleasant. His smile shines bright. But that’s the fake Peretz. Peretz, the one who teaches students Torah behind closed doors, is a completely different man. He spouts poison. The golem dissipates and out of it emerges a gloomy messianic bat…” 

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