A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, by Zev Chafets

By Zev Chafets

Over the process a rare yr, Zev Chafets—former long island day-by-day information columnist and onetime director of the Israeli executive press office—traveled the realm to discover the unbelievable confluence of Jews and evangelicals. He spent caliber time with Jerry Falwell, visited Jewish cadets at West element, attended the world's greatest Christian retail express, launched into a street journey with the rabbi with the most important gentile following seeing that Jesus, journeyed to the Holy Land with a band of repentant Christian pilgrims, and broke bread with George W. Bush and fellow Jewish Republicans. A fit Made in Heaven is the penetrating, attractive, and infrequently hilarious narrative of Chafets's decided quest to get to the foundation of a really severe query: Why do evangelicals aid Israel so strongly? equivalent components background, comedy, travelogue, and political tract, it's a clever and adventurous odyssey alongside a swiftly altering spiritual and political border.

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In Miami, twenty years ago, I knew a rabbi named Emmet Frank who offered a one-day conversion course complete with ritual immersion on the beach. But even Rabbi Frank made his candidates 54 among the christians spend eight hours in the classroom (time off for lunch). He also provided them with a warranty. “If you forget something, call me at home,” he told the newly minted Jews. Most of Rabbi Frank’s customers—like many mainstream Reform and Conservative converts—have very little interest in Judaism as a religion.

It will be led by a smooth trickster. ’” The beast, Connie explained, is the Antichrist, who gets his power through the dragon. ’” After the great battle, Connie said, the dragon would be defeated, Jesus would reign in Jerusalem, and the whole world would know and worship God. ” I asked. “He wants to send a message to humanity,” said Connie. “This is his plan. ” She sounded as certain as a climate scientist describing global warming. But, like The Grocery Store at the End of the World 39 apocalyptic climate scenarios, Armageddon is longer on prediction than actual data.

Groups of young Eastern European Jews, called Chovevei Zion (“Lovers of Zion”) began moving to Palestine and establishing agricultural colonies. This excited the interest and support of several European benefactors, chief among them the Rothschild family, but American Jews didn’t like In the Beginning 23 the looks of it. ” Orthodox Jews, a minority within the American Jewish community at the time, did expect a restoration, but considered the idea of building a secular Jewish state to be heretical.

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