MembersRabbi Daniel Zion – Follower of Messiah Yeshua (Part 1)

Convinced of Yeshua’s saving grace, R. Zion did not hide his Messianic faith even when officiating in the Bulgarian and Israeli synagogues.

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
Illustration. For Rabbi Daniel Zion, following Yeshua was the most Jewish thing he could do. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Rabbi Daniel Shlomo Zion (1883-1979) was the chief rabbi of Bulgarian Jews during World War II. When Nazi Germany demanded the extermination of the Bulgarian Jews, R. Daniel Zion was instrumental in obtaining protection and rescue for those persecuted Jews. Armed with his strong faith in God and in the Messiah Yeshua, R. Zion found ways to approach King Boris III and the Orthodox Patriarch, Metropolite Stephan, and eventually the Jewish community was saved.


From Greece to Bulgaria and to Israel

Daniel Zion was born in Salonica, Greece. He moved to Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city as a rabbinical scholar, where he communicated with Bulgarian Jews mainly in Ladino, the Judaeo-Spanish dialect. In 1949, together with other Bulgarian Jews, he made Aliyah (immigrated to Israel) and settled in Jaffa, near Tel-Aviv. There he continued to function as District Rabbi of the local Bulgarian Jews.

Already as chief rabbi in Bulgaria, Daniel Zion was convinced that Israel’s Messiah and Redeemer is none other than the...

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3 responses to “Rabbi Daniel Zion – Follower of Messiah Yeshua (Part 1)”

  1. Clark Gear says:

    What a sign, of all the beloved Jewish people saved during the holocaust, it’s astounding that Bulgarian Jews were saved under the Messianic Shepherd Rabbi Zion.
    Somethings are so clear but scaled eyes and hard hearts can not receive the truth that Salvation is from Yeshua alone.

    • Lois Heal Bright says:

      Amen! “…Salvation is from Yeshua alone.” And the Lord Jesus/Yeshua is holding out His loving hand to us today with His wonderful words of life, “..let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17b)

  2. Vernon Ryan says:

    Between the sixth and seventh seal in the sixth chapter of Revelation, there will be 144,000 Jews sealed with the seal of the Lord. Twelve thousand from each tribe, they will be the remnant of the Jews who will serve the Lord through the tribulation. More people will be brought to the Lord then, than through the entire church age. These 144,000 will not be touched by the wrath of the Lord during Jacob’s trouble, they will be the final evangelist before the coming of the Lord to reign on His throne in Jerusalem.
    I see the Lord working in Israel now and wonder how many of these coming to the Lord today will be part of that great army of evangelists.

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