MembersSupreme Court Overturns Discriminatory Ruling Against Messianics

Israel Today speaks with head of Messianic congregation after successful 8-year Supreme Court battle

By David Shishkoff | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Photo: Justice Yitzhak Amit, one of 3 Supreme Court justices who overturned the anti-Messianic discrimination

Tiferet Yeshua is a Hebrew-speaking Messianic Jewish congregation in Tel Aviv. (Tiferet means honor/splendor.) Eight years ago the congregation applied for tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization. In October of 2020, their request was rejected by the Knesset, as Israel Today reported. Tiferet Yeshua appealed, and this month the Israeli Supreme Court ruled in their favor.

Ron Cantor, former leader of the Congregation Tiferet Yeshua, says:

”Moshe Gafni, an anti-missionary, ultra-Orthodox member of the Knesset and head of the Finance Committee at the time, rejected the tax-deductible donation status for Tiferet Yeshua. He had the support of the opposition as well, led by the new Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid. Sadly, it seems the one thing that [the Knesset]… can agree on is to deny basic rights to Messianic Jewish Israelis.”

Since that time some...

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