Monday, September 08, 2008

Evangelicals Looking to Convert Jew: Blasted by ADL

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) caught the attention of the ADL when it declared it's intentions of targeting European Jews for conversion. Abraham H. Foxman and ADL director of interfaith policy Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg both issued a strong statement denouncing this conversion drive:"Promoting a campaign to convert Jews away from their faith is a serious affront to the Jewish people and disrespectful to Judaism's own teachings"."To issue this declaration from Berlin, where the Nazis directed their Final Solution to exterminate the Jewish people, is the height of insensitivity." Another Jewish organization speaking out against these conversion attempts is Jews for Judaism. Jews for Judaism founder, Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz points out that the WEA claims to deplore the use of deception and coercion. It also considers "good and right... those ministries specifically directed to the Jewish people."Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz calls these claims hypocritical. "You can't deplore deception and coercion," he says, "and at the same time call 'good and right' ministries who attract converts by masquerading themselves as traditional Jews, misquoting and fabricating Jewish sources and using fear of damnation as a form of coercion."

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