Jews who live in majority-Christian countries are used to being inundated with Christmas imagery during the month of December. But while that might be innocuous per se, it also raises a more serious question of whether Orthodox Jews need to be concerned about the attempts of some Christian missionaries to convert Jews to Christianity. Many of us likely believe that while we need to combat the conversion of any Jew, Orthodox or otherwise, the danger to Orthodox Jews is minimal, at worst.
Rabbi Tovia Singer of Outreach Judaism suggests that the threat to Orthodox Jews is stronger than many assume.
Scott spoke to Rabbi Singer in the wake of the Michael Elkohen situation in Episode 67, and this week they discuss the more general risk posed by missionaries targeting Orthodox Jews. Rabbi Singer explains what every Orthodox Jew needs to know, and how Jews can combat the conversion techniques of missionaries. More controversially, he bluntly explains why, in contrast to the opinions of many people working in the area of interfaith dialogue, Christianity is not good for Christians and does not have a real redemptive purpose, and that Evangelical Fundamentalists of all stripes are interested in Jewish evangelism, even if they don’t say so out loud.
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