The holy bible disguised as the Torah
What do you think gave it away?

If you thought Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on your door to proselytize was intrusive, wait until you hear about this. 

A Christian missionary in Israel decided to fake being a rabbi to go deep undercover in an effort to convert Jews to Christianity.

No, this is not a spinoff of the television series Undercover Boss (...Undercover Cross?), it’s a real scandal rocking an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem.

You can’t just fake being a rabbi though… can you? How on heaven and earth did he do it?

Jerusalem Undercover

The undercover rabbi, whose name is being withheld by authorities for the time being, was caught by Beyneynu, a nonprofit watchdog that keeps track of missionary activity in Israel.

They’d been “investigating the case of a covert missionary in French Hill for many years,” but moved quickly to expose the man and his family after his child was caught evangelizing at school.

The false rabbi is a New Jersey man who allegedly forged documents showing he is a rabbi so that he could come to Israel under the Law of Return. 

The Law of Return essentially states that any Jewish person can come to Israel and simply request (and be granted) citizenship, provided they’re not a danger to society or the Jewish people as a whole. Automatic citizenship is granted not only to all Jews, but even non-Jewish spouses, children, and grandchildren.

Some long curls in his hair and a few forged documents later, and the New Jersey man was on his way to Israel to go deep undercover, not only as a Jewish person, but as leader of the faith. 

Man on a Mission

In the ‘this has gone way too far’ category, the undercover rabbi engaged in ritual circumcisions, and his wife falsely claimed to be the child of Holocaust survivors.

It was that latter claim that tipped off friends in the first place, as a quick search of the parents’ social media profiles revealed that they were posting Christian missionary material, and that an obituary for the man’s late father identified him as a member of the Mennonite Church. 

A game of cat and mouse ensued – as investigators looked deeper, they quickly noticed that the man was scrubbing his social media cleaner than a whistle. 

The suspect claims it’s all a big misunderstanding, arguing that he did work as a Christian missionary once upon a time, but has since repented. Authorities – and his community – aren’t buying it. It’s unclear what happens next, but there's a good chance his citizenship will be revoked and he’ll be sent back to New Jersey.

It sounds like the plot of the world’s most boring spy novel. And yet, here we are. Still, it brings up some interesting questions about missionary work in general.

Obviously, going undercover as a faith leader in one community, only to proselytize for another, is unethical. But missionaries go into communities where they’re not wanted all the time, sometimes putting tribes at risk during a global pandemic, sometimes paying the ultimate price.

What do you think? Is missionary work ethical? Where should the boundaries be?

24 comments

  1. Minister Mike's Avatar Minister Mike

    🤣

    Seriously, 🤣

    1. Br'er George's Avatar Br'er George

      I know, right?

  1. Katherine Mary Moss's Avatar Katherine Mary Moss

    In light of your last question posed... whether or not missionary work is ethical, I have been debating about that for a long time. I know that I, personally would not want to be converted from one religion to another; that's ultimately the same as peer pressure in a sick way, for I believe that everyone's religion is there own to decide; no one should decide for you; not your parents, your friends, your teachers. Only you. Others' opinions may differe on this, and I appreciate that.

    What this guy did, though, is absolutely unconscionable. He broke the eighth commandment, for one, and for two, he deceived so many people in a community just trying to get by. Not okay!

    1. Donald J Rothschild Jr's Avatar Donald J Rothschild Jr

      You hit it right on the nail. Whatever a person believes is their choice and should not be influenced by others.

      1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

        I'd like to see a Christian go through a year and a day of intense training to be baptized, like many of us Wiccans have to do to become initiated. I very seriously doubt that most of them would be capable of completing such acoursework, and we'd have far less stupid christians in this world, as a result.

  1. Cindy M's Avatar Cindy M

    They need to ship him back to New Jersey with the papers in hand and on file with the Government he is not allowed back in the country under any circumstances. God as always wanted honesty from his children and this guy was definitely there under false pretenses.

    1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

      YEAH and SEND tRUMP and THE G O Pigs WITH HIM, THEY ROW the SAME BOAT, BUTT MICHAEL AIN'T in THE BOAT, WITCHES and WARLOCKs ALL BADD ONES, REALLY BADD PEOPLE !

      1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

        Yeah.... I know what you mean, John. And I think those practitioners of black magic were called Sybil, and flugo.

  1. CB Cuff's Avatar CB Cuff

    I don't affiliate with any commercial religious group, yet I can't grasp how anyone would go 'undercover' and pretend they belong to a different religion. Either he isn't committed, or maybe should be....

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Believe it, CB. A lot of religious people, ministers, and missionaries are that sick, and even sicker, and think they're engaging in their work, as representatives of their god.

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    Why is it Christians are always lie and deceive people. This is just another reason young people today just do not want to Christians. I have never meet a Muslim, Mormon or an atheists who is dishonest as those Christians. Have you ever heard of any religion other than Christians who set-up fake abortion clinics. who try and pass religion off as science and who protect pastors and priests who are rapists and pedophiles.

    Christians always seem to feel the end justifies the means. God is sure making sure this Christin is getting punished.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Douglas, it's just that christianity attracts a lot more stupid people than any other religion. And even the ones who aren't stupid have to be thrown pretty far out into left field to believe in that stuff.

  1. Juan Rolón Rosario's Avatar Juan Rolón Rosario

    Is seriously? How is it possible that that person called Christian wants to do something like that? He will think that he is doing something right before God but No, no way, he is not and of course God will not see him with pleasure. To reach out to other people based on lies, how will he pretend to live an upright life before God and men?

  1. Ilmenheru Terikson's Avatar Ilmenheru Terikson

    And Christians keep wondering why those of the older faith whose rabbinical scholars keep pointing out that Jesus by definition can not be the messiah because he does not meet any of the more than a hundred different signs of the coming messiah, like not even close. So those who think Jesus was the Christ basically are spitting upon every Jewish scholar who understands this and pionts this simple truth out.

    While no fan of Israel as a nation, this guy will be lucky to last a year, considering how the Mossad like to deal cold vengeance to enemies of their faith. And pulling the my parents were holocaust survivors card, just damn thats disgusting,That might get her black bagged before she ever gets back to the states.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      And don't forget, Israelis have been known to crucify people. I hope I get to go to their crucifixion, so that when they are thirsty I can offer them a sponge of vinegar, while saying "Here Jesus, drink this." [ I have vague recollections of having once done that in a previous life.]

      1. taycomama's Avatar taycomama

        Crucifixion was a Roman punishment. The Jewish method of execution was stoning. If you must spew bigotry and hate, at least try to get your facts correct according to your own bible.

  1. Mark Hannon's Avatar Mark Hannon

    This is probably over the top for an individual to do but if you know anything of Samaritan's Purse they just pretend to care about Muslim's lives when they really just want to "save" them.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    It's well known that a lot of Christian ministers have a lot of different ulterior motives, iether in becoming ministers, or that they developed later. A very good example is all the sex scandals. Whatever the case, one cannot truly minister or preach about a religion that has honesty as one of it's main principles, through deceit. It goes against the grain, and it seems like there should be penalties for doing so, including making that person's deceit be known by all those who could be affected by it, as well as the humiliation of such a minister, or missionary. Such a person should never again be allowed to participate in such activities.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Some of our fellow ULC Ministers might even be just as deceitful, but trust me, we'll weed them out. They never last long. And we call them on their shit, right here on this blog.

  1. David Arthur Lewis's Avatar David Arthur Lewis

    I hope they decide to lock him up rather than banish him. NJ has enough jagoffs already.

  1. Brien's Avatar Brien

    ROFLMAO......ok, now the organized religions are trying out for reality tv. But there is a show already named mythbusters so they will need to come up with something else 🤣🤣🤣

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Maybe they can name a show "Little Dead Jesus Was A Liar." If they do, I'll send in my resume to be the host of that show. And I don't think it would be hard to get Lionheart and Ilmenheru to be my co-hosts.

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    SO what? And what exactly is the difference between that and the morons we have here in this thread who got their "religious papers" and then claim that there is no deity meaning they are an atheist and yet still want to claim they have some kind of religious authority?

    Sounds like someone is trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill and unless its against the law in Israel, then what exactly is it any business of the Monastery or anyone else?

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    I primarily us my ministerial credentials to counsel with my fellow ministers like you child, right here on this blog, child-child. And I have taken counseling and psychology courses, little Danny. For many, becoming ordained, and receiving honorary titles and degrees is only the beginning. Some already have training in those areas, and others start obtaining it. Anyone can have an honorary degree, but using it in our ministerial work is another thing, for those of us who are sincere. It's a reverse order for most of us. First we get the credentials, then we study.

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