MembersThe Chief Rabbi That Followed Jesus

Rabbi Daniel Zion is one of Messianic Judaism’s greatest heroes.

By David Lazarus | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
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The son of a rabbi and head of a yeshiva, Rabbi Daniel Tzion was selected to be Chief Rabbi of Bulgaria in the early years of World War II. It was during this period that Daniel had a revelation as he relates in his memoirs: “I was praying at sunrise and saw a vision of Yeshua the Messiah. I asked other rabbis what it meant. They couldn’t, or wouldn’t say.”

Trying to understand the vision, he befriended the bishop of Sofia’s Eastern Orthodox Church who providentially encouraged the Chief Rabbi to focus on the Jewish heritage of Yeshua, and not the teachings of traditional Christianity. He encouraged the rabbi to maintain a Torah-observant lifestyle under the guidance of God’s Word and Spirit in his faith in Yeshua.

Rabbi Daniel never joined a church but continued living out his faith in Yeshua as an Orthodox Jew. Though his faith in the Messiah became well known, Daniel was able to maintain his position and even gain great respect as Chief Rabbi of Bulgaria.


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2 responses to “The Chief Rabbi That Followed Jesus”

  1. Lois Bright says:

    Thank you for sharing this article regarding Rabbi Daniel Tzion.

  2. Leona von Haslingen says:

    Thank you for the profound commentary, observation, and analysis. I am a Jew who was a practicing Christian for 50 years and have recently come to study with Chabad. I am so thankful they accept any Jew without question, as I knew nothing when I started. When I confessed by belief in Jesus, they didn’t throw me out; they just asked me to study and learn. I am now learning the history and, slowly, what it is to have Jewish identity. It isn’t easy. My family from Nazi Germany wanted no conversation or memory of the past.

    How profound for you to understand the need for Jews to identify as a nation whereas Christianity emphasizes individual experience. I believe both are important. But let’s not sacrifice one for the other. Hashem wants both, a relationship with Him and alliance with His nation. Thank you for the article.

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