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In Other Jewish Newspapers: Jews vs. Hamsters, Pews That Pay, Messianic Judaism Backfires

By Daniel Treiman

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SCI-FI SHABBAT: An annual science-fiction convention adds Shabbat services to its programming, the L.A. Jewish Journal reports.


JEWS AGAINST HAMSTERS: A Philadelphia alternative weekly is in hot water for putting a hamster dressed as an Orthodox Jew on the cover of its holiday issue. Critics say equating Jews with rodents has an ugly history. An editor retorts that the hamster is “super cute.” Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent has the blow-by-blow.


‘HATCHET MAN’: San Francisco’s J. profiles Rick Lemberg, knife- and ax-tossing world champion. “He can throw anything, but he doesn’t do that at home. He’s well-behaved at home,” his wife tells J.


NEWT SPEAKS: Former GOP House speaker Newt Gingrich told a Jewish National Fund audience in Atlanta that America is “sleepwalking into a nightmare.” “We are not very many mistakes away from a second Holocaust. Three nuclear weapons is a second Holocaust,” Gingrich said. The Atlanta Jewish Times was there.


PEWS THAT PAY: Declining Long Island synagogues are offering cash incentives to young people to get them to join, The New York Jewish Week reports.

Also in the Jewish Week: Annapolis isn’t just a site for a summit — “Crab Town USA” is also editor Gary Rosenblatt’s hometown; and Adam Dickter reads the writing on Israel’s walls (i.e. graffiti).


SOUTHERN BELZ: The Belzer Hasidim do Dallas. Brooklyn’s Jewish Press has the story.


MESSIANIC JUDAISM BACKFIRES: Messianic Jewish congregations aim to bring Jews to Christianity. But, The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix reports, sometimes they end up bringing Christians to Judaism. “The unanticipated consequence of the Messianic movement is that some convert to Judaism,” Patricia Power, a Catholic-turned-Messianic congregant-turned-Jewish convert, tells the Jewish News. “It’s not a one-way street.”


BROTHEL BOYCHIK: A recently busted London brothel owner boasts to London’s Jewish Chronicle that prostitutes wanted to work for him because he’s Jewish. “They just wanted a safe place where they could earn money and they thought I could provide that,” he tells the paper.

Also in the J.C.: London has a Jewish Santa Claus; a woman searching on Amazon for a book by a far-left Israeli historian found the site also recommending “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”; with a controversy simmering over dismissive e-mails about Israel from members of Prince Charles’s staff, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth is considering visiting the Jewish state.


HOWARD OUT: With Prime Minister John Howard’s electoral defeat, The Australian Jewish News asks: “has Australia lost its best Israel friend?”



Comments
Greg Sun. Dec 2, 2007

As an Evangelical who has practiced Judaism for over 40 years, I am uncomfortable with the whole J4J movement. I have attended one Messanic service, what I found was Christians pretending to be Jewish (much like Reform Judaism was during the 1970s). I disagree with the concept that only Salvation thru Christ is the only way. It ignores the concept of the Ressurections of the Just and the Unjust which deal with those who are not "saved" (excuse me but I am using Christian doctrine to counter their beliefs). Nor do I accept the ideal of the Trinity. There is only one G-D! At best, Jesus is the son of G-D but not god the son. Look at the Hebrew Roots movement where Christians are working at returning to a more "Jewish" version of Christianity. Hopefully we can spot fighting each other and work more on protecting each other's backs. We are in a war where we could see Western Civilization conquered by Islam.

Leon Thu. Nov 29, 2007

Hahaha, funny! They set out to convert Jews but ended up themselves as Jews. The most famous converts to Judaism though were the Khazars. http://khazarheritage.blogspot.com/

Marty Burchick Mon. Dec 17, 2007

MESSIANIC JUDAISM BACKFIRES? There is a persistent myth going on in Jewish circles: that ALL Messianic congregations have, as their aim, to convert Jews to Christianity. That is simply NOT TRUE. Many are simply expressing their Jewish faith (Rebbe Yeshua was Jewish; "Jesus" never existed) just as they expressed it 2,000 years ago. The efforts of some so called "Messianic" groups (Christians disguised as Messianic) has tarnished the image of the legitimate Messianic congregations, it seems, for ever. Oy gevay!

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