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Yeshua Superstar
©August 22, 2010 by Eddie Santoro

"Yeshua Superstar" was the headline of a major article in the magazine section that greeted hundreds of thousands of Israelis when they sat down to read their morning newspaper on Monday, August 16. The article was part of a series on different streams of Judaism here in Israel.

The name of Yeshua and the Messianic Jewish community is increasingly becoming a part of Israeli life. There have been billboards proclaiming His name, banners hung along the major highways declaring that Yeshua means salvation, TV programs and news stories about us, but yesterday's article represented a significant step forward in our battle to be acknowledged and accepted as a legitimate part of the Israeli community.

The fact that Israel's leading Hebrew newspaper made an editorial decision to even include Messianic Jews as a part of the series on different streams of Judaism and that they used the Hebrew name, "Yeshua," instead of only the negative acronym, "Yeshu," (meaning "may his name be blotted out") was a major breakthrough in itself.

The article itself did not go into the theology of faith in Yeshua but rather presented a fair and honest representation of who we (Israeli Messianic Jews) are. Asher was interviewed along with a few others in the local Messianic body. There was a description and picture of our congregational meeting, as seen above.  Anyone who read the article could not escape the clear message that although we believe in Yeshua, we were certainly still Jewish.

Last week I brought my computer into a local shop to have it repaired. When I went to pay, I asked the shopkeeper to put the name "Zion's Glory" on the statement. He was a religious man and he asked me what "Zion's Glory" was. I proceeded to share with him about our faith in Yeshua and God's plan for Israel. Yesterday when I called to ask if he had finished the needed repair, he exclaimed; "Eddie, I saw your picture in the newspaper today!" He had read the article and was impressed!

Through our son's Israeli wife, we are very involved with an extended local Israeli family. We have shared with all of them, and celebrated Messianic Passover seders and other Jewish holidays with them. (This year as last year, Rosh Hashana will be at our house.) All of them have gotten to know us well over the years, love us, and know about our faith. Yesterday, our daughter-in-law's mother made sure everyone bought the paper to read the article.

Yesterday's victory was just one more battle that has been fought and won. The war is far from over. Although we know that the end is victorious, the daily struggle can still be difficult, especially for those who are victims of violent attacks, who illegally lose their jobs, are harassed in their businesses, are denied housing, have passports taken away, or are denied citizenship.

We are asking you to pray for the impact of this article on the hearts of those that have and will read it. Please pray that the truth of who we are (as represented in yesterday's article) would be a mighty weapon against the powerful and carefully planned attack being waged by the ultra-religious community to delegitimize us as Jews.  Please pray specifically for Calev Myers and the Jerusalem Institute for Justice, who are in the forefront of the battle to portray us positively in Israel's national media, and to influence the court system to render just verdicts in our favor.

[If you would like to see an English translation of the article that appeared in the Israeli press, click:  http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3939336,00.html

Note: The newspaper article was published in Hebrew. Unfortunately, the English version in this web-site contains numerous mistranslations and misunderstandings. If you can overlook those mistakes, you may still get a positive impression of the impact of the original article.]


Al Hayat Broadcast
by Asher Intrater

Another significant media testimony was broadcast this week (Thursday, August 19). Asher was interviewed by our friends on Al Hayat television, which reaches tens of millions of Arab viewers. The broadcast was the beginning of a fulfillment of a dream which has been growing in our heart for many years to share the gospel in Hebrew with Arabic subtitles. The interview started with a refutation of Islamic use of Song of Songs 5:16 as a reference to Muhammed. From there Asher proceeded to a presentation of the love of Yeshua as the only way out of the generations of hatred. He spoke on behalf of Israeli Messianic Jews to express reconciliation and salvation to our Arab "cousins."

We hope to have a fuller explanation of this broadcast in next week's update. In the meantime, please pray for this message to touch the hearts of many Arab Muslims.


Middle East News
by Asher Intrater

Two news items were met with little excitement here in Israel: the power plant in Bushar, Iran, and the renewal of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Iran opened its first nuclear power plant in Bushar, despite all the diplomatic talk about sanctions against Iran, and assurances to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear power.  International politicians are trying to down-play the importance of the event by saying the plant is just for civilian energy use. However, at this stage there is little that remains to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons. Iran's obtaining nuclear power, along with their consistent proclamation of intention to "wipe Israel off the map," ought to be quite disturbing. The opening of the plant in Bushar confirms to the Israeli population the inability of international diplomacy to stop the spread of Islamic Jihad. The low response within Israel probably points to a lack of faith that the international community will ever really be concerned about Israel's security.

This holds true for the renewal of peace talks. Everyone hopes for peace but there is not much expectation that the "photo-ops" with politicians will be able to solve the real problems.


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