A JewishIsrael Statement of Concern Regarding Rav Melamed's Position in Support of Messianic Christian Volunteers

For over a year now, JewishIsrael has sought through various channels to meet with Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, the Rabbi of the Har Bracha community in the Shomron, with regard to his halachic and hashkafic pronouncements pertaining to the deployment of Hayovel Ministry volunteers in the fields of Yehuda and Shomron (and now in the Golan Heights as well), a service Rabbi Melamed deems as a "fulfillment of prophecy".  These volunteers are recruited from a number of messianic Christian sects and cults, which are missionary in nature.


On Thursday, October 10th, 2013, JewishIsrael board members met in Har Bracha with Avraham Hermon, whom Rabbi Melamed assigned the task of meeting with JewishIsrael and listening to what we had to say. The meeting lasted for over an hour, during which time JewishIsrael gave a presentation of what we viewed as the problems caused by the deployment of Hayovel Ministries’ volunteers in Israel. Some of the topics the presentation covered included:


  • The missionary nature of Tommy Waller's and Hayovel's past and present agenda
  • Problematic activities and missionary associations, both past and present
  • Contradictory statements relayed to Rav Melamed and Har Bracha representatives
  • Problematic venues of recruitment
  • HaYovel's present theology and vision


At the end of the presentation, JewishIsrael staff informed Hermon that we planned to go ahead in the near future with publication of the information presented, and that JewishIsrael hoped Rav Melamed would review the material shortly and respond with his opinion.


On Sunday, October 13, 2013, Avraham Hermon conveyed Rav Melamed’s response to the materials we conveyed to him, saying that Rav Melamed retained his position regarding Hayovel Ministries.


Following our meeting in Har Bracha, other prominent rabbis viewed the very same presentation. These rabbis have concluded that the material presented is "of great concern, very serious in nature, and requires follow-up".  One rabbi from the Shomron added that he "doesn't understand how Rav Melamed could possibly ignore such vital information."


JewishIsrael will soon begin publicizing the information we presented to Rav Melamed via Har Bracha’s community representative, Mr. Hermon. JewishIsrael believes it will show that Rav Melamed has chosen to ignore very serious evidence and an agenda which places Judaism's foundations in jeopardy, which will lead to spiritual confusion and worse for the Jewish people.


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Comment by Batya Medad on October 17, 2013 at 5:33am

The truth doesn't always sit well, but it's the healthiest.

Comment by Jewish Israel on October 17, 2013 at 1:05am

Hi Batya,

For many it's a financial deal, but  for others it's likely ideological. At the very least these leaders in Yehuda and Shomron should have the integrity to admit to their own communities that,  "Yes, for what we consider to be the good of the yishuv, we made a decision to partner with hundreds of Christian missionaries. But they have assured us that they will not proselytize or share their faith with you - at least not here in this community. But we don't have control over what they do and what their plans are for the rest of Am Yisrael"

But that likely wouldn't go down too well...

Comment by Jewish Israel on October 17, 2013 at 12:52am

Sharbano, the messianic Christian groups would happily dump Sunday - many already have.

They are "Torah observant believers of god incarnate", "grafted into the covenant through a Jewish jesus" and therefore "equal inheritors of the land with their brother Judah [the Jews].  Go figure...

Comment by Sharbano on October 16, 2013 at 11:57pm
Maybe the Rabbis should view the video,"The New Christians". There's a Definite agenda in taking over the country. What they will be allowing is a wholly and completely redefined Israel into literally Xtian country, such as the US. This would mean No More Shabbat Shalom because Only Sunday is honored.
Comment by Batya Medad on October 16, 2013 at 7:54pm

Excellent article.  It's so troubling when even rabbis are blinded by the financial contributions of messianic Christians.  Don't forget the Trojan Horse.  

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