Ultra-Orthodox Jews are taught that Jesus Christ is not the Messiah. And yet, as Stoyan Zaimov recently reported, hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews are nevertheless turning to Jesus.
What in the world could bring about such a surprising development? Well, here are 7 longings that motivate some Jews to turn to Jesus:
1. A Longing for Perfection more >>
As Israel sealed off the West Bank and Gaza strip to restrict the entry of Palestinians into the country after the terror attack in Tel Aviv, which killed four people and injured over a dozen, the brother of one of the two shooters said, "I'm very proud" of what he did.
"I'm very proud of what Muhammed did," Hussein Ahmad, the older brother of one of the shooters, Mohammed Ahmad Mahamra, said, according to Haaretz.
Mohammed and his cousin, Khaled Mohammed Mahamra, opened fire Wednesday night at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, killing four and injuring over a dozen before they were arrested. more >>
A team of renovators have finally begun restoring the holy site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been entombed after His crucifixion.
Nine Greek experts have been tasked with preserving, restoring and reinforcing the Edicule — the chamber housing the tomb where Jesus was thought to have been laid to rest before He was resurrected — which is located at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Pastor Saeed Abedini suggests that while Christians shouldn't be speculating when exactly Jesus Christ will return to Earth, at the same time they should be aware that the "last hour" might be approaching.
"We are living in a sobering moment in history that calls us, as believers in Jesus Christ, to take a stand with Israel. We could be people of the last hour. We are not to be passive in the face of prophecy; we are called to pray with passion, to intercede, and to minister according to the Words of the Savior who said it is not our task to speculate when the end will be," Abedini wrote in a Facebook message on Sunday.
"If you are looking forward to Yeshua's second coming, when the world as we know it will change, then you want to stand with Israel. You will help us spread the Good News of Yeshua's love to the Jewish people who are being awakened, whose eyes are being opened and whose hearts are being changed today like never before," he added. more >>
Anti-Semitic incidents seem to spring up each week on college campuses throughout the United States.
According to a study, "The strongest predictor of anti-Jewish hostility on campus" is the presence of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The greater the BDS activity, especially involving faculty members, the more likely anti-Semitic episodes become, said the study issued last month by the AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, and combating anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.
One recent example occurred on April 15, when the City University of New York Doctoral Students' Council passed a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel, 42-19. Weeks earlier, a CUNY professor and BDS advocate claimed that the killing of Palestinians in Gaza "reflects Jewish values." On CUNY campuses, the New York Observer reports, Jewish students were harassed, with "Jews out of CUNY" uttered in at least one instance, and a professor who wears a yarmulke was called a "Zionist pig." more >>
Answers in Genesis has said that a discovery relating to handwriting analysis of a text on pottery shards by soldiers in Judah close to 2,500 years ago proves that God's Word is true.
"Scholars have long disputed the level of literacy among ancient Israelites. Many believe only the educated — scribes, priests, royalty, and the bureaucracy — were literate and that the general populace was unable to read and write. But Scripture implies that literacy would be a necessity, even among the general populace," AiG's Avery Foley wrote Tuesday in an article for the Young Earth Creationist organization's website.
The discovery in question refers to findings posted in April by Israel's Tel Aviv University, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which indeed suggested that it was not only the elites who could read. more >>