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A new generation of Messianic Jews is taking the reins, and is much more open about its faith

By David Lazarus | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
A young generation of Messianic Jews is no longer hiding its identity.
Photo: Adele Raemer/TPS

When semi-trailer truckers Edan and Lev showed up at the large and highly respected local trucking company they knew that they needed to be honest and tell the boss that they are Messianic Jews. With hundreds of applicants for the few positions offering a good salary, benefits and job security the Israeli Messianics knew that talking about their faith could jeopardize the job.

“So, you are Messianic Jews,” grinned the boss. “I know all about you guys. My brother is a Messianic Jew just like you and he is a great guy.  The Messianics I have met over the years are honest and reliable. The job is yours!” he exclaimed.

This true story would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Few in number and ostracized by their own people it was not that long ago that a Messianic Jew in Israel could not get a job or even rent an apartment without hiding his or her faith. Messianics were even considered a security threat by the authorities and were prevented from serving in sensitive units in the Israeli...

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