Yad L’Achim Exposed

This last week Israel’s Channel 1 News aired a special investigative report on the anti-missionary organization, Yad L’Achim. The group is responsible for regular acts of harassment and violence against religious minorities in Israel, especially Messianic Jews. There is even a link between Yad L’Achim and the Jewish terrorist Jack Teitell who is currently being held for multiple acts of hate and violence, including planting the bomb that nearly killed a young Messianic Jewish teenager.

Along with the growth and influence of Yad L’Achim in recent years, there has also been an increase in its chutzpah. It is now taking upon itself to stalk and harass Israeli citizens who are not even connected to a religious minority.

The most telling part of the video is Yad L’Achim’s founder, Rabbi Dov Lipshitz, responding to the inquiries of the reporter with the comment:

“The government is using democracy in order to not do what it is supposed to do. They need to decide if this is a Jewish country or a democracy. But they don’t always go together – They are not friends.”

And all of this is with the full support if Israel’s Ministry of Interior. Many Israelis are joining with the voices of Israel’s Messianic Jews and others in speaking out against this hate-group.

Watch the Channel 1 News special report here: Yad L\’Achim

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue in Agoura Hills, CA, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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1 Response to Yad L’Achim Exposed

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. Israelis and Jews everywhere need to know that this is happening. So often the picture is portrayed of Jews being the victims and targets of missionaries, but messianic Jews are victimized by groups like these – not only marginalized, but threatened in Israel.

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