In the last Orthodox Conundrum (episode 66), Scott talked with Amanda Bradley about the crazy case of Michael Elkohen, a Christian missionary who was masquerading as a Chareidi rabbi, sofer, mohel, Kabbalist, and even kohen. In fact, he wasn’t even Jewish at all, and neither was his wife; his actual last name was Elk, not Elkohen.
The question still remains about what damage Michael Elk actually did. After all, Orthodox Jews might be a prime target of missionaries, but Orthodox Jews are far less likely to convert to Christianity than other sectors of the Jewish population. So are Michael Elk and the other imposters like him – yes, he’s far from the only missionary pretending to be a rabbi – actually dangerous?
To find out the answer to this and other related questions, Scott had an extensive conversation with Rabbi Tovia Singer of Outreach Judaism.
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