And if I say that they shouldn't be afraid of a Christian America because it's always been Christian from its inception and they got along pretty well, I won't be contributing much to mellowing the situation. Judeo-Christian values made America possible. Maybe it ain't anymore so, but it sure was in the past. So what else do these Christian-hating Jews want? Christians are willing to stay with Israel and honest Jews through whatever it takes, but are not willing to deny their own Christ -the best Jew that ever was.
I guess well-intentioned books like this one are doomed to fail mainly because there's too much resentment, pride, hate, etc that corrupts any efforts done. What I didn't like much was the common denominator used to explain the reasoning why this alliance should go on. Convenience and utilitarianism do not appeal to people who are spiritually minded and really believe in God.
But I let it fly. On the other hand the book is a wealth of information: The who is who of the Evangelical and Jewish worlds. Divide and conquer has always been the devil's favorite sport. Culture in the US is endlessly diverse. Americans are charitable and appeals on TV can raise hundreds of millions of dollars for such aims as returning Jews to Israel Palestine. This book describes one such effort by a Rabbi that has been and continues to be successful.
Evangelical Christians are charitable toward this cause in particular. In case you have been wondering about such appeals on Fox News just read this book and you will understand.
It is both informative and a fun read by an investigative journalist. This book is essential for Jewish and Christian Zionists alike. It certainly helped me understand the issues between Christians and Jews who profess a love for Israel. Zev Chafets did a great service by writing this book. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A balanced and helpful account of the unusual relationship between evangelicals and Israel.
Well written and an easy read. I am an Evangelical Christian and as such, a strong advocate of the Land of Israel belonging to the Jewish people because of what the Bible teaches concerning it. I laughed at many parts, winced at others, but overall was very touched by the insight and thorough research of Zev Chafets. Chafets didn't examine from afar; he made it a personal quest with many "field trips" to gain personal understanding of this necessary and dearly unique alliance.
His caring criticism of both parties can only help to further this "match," that hopefully will never cease.
This book is a must read for evangelicals. It is important for you to know what and why Jews think of Christians.
A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, and One Man's of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance [Zev Chafets] on Amazon. com. American Jews need to realize that it is "Muslim fascists," not evangelical . A Match Made in Heaven and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. . press office—traveled the world to explore the improbable confluence of Jews and evangelicals. . So what else do these Christian-hating Jews want?.
This absorbing book examines Jewish-Christian relations under the headings: The variety in the narrative which jumps from history to current affairs to personal experiences and interviews, all infused with the author's witty and irreverent style, makes it a highly enjoyable read. In chapter 1 Chafets recounts his hilarious childhood experiences with religion in Pontiac, Michigan. In he moved to Israel where he lived for 9 years before settling in New York with his family.
It was interesting to learn that there are warm relations between Israelis and Christian Zionists, where the issue is not even controversial. Chafets provides outspoken but sympathetic portraits of Christian leaders and institutions like Jerry Falwell and Liberty University, and Pat Robertson and Regent University. His description of a pilgrimage in Israel with a group of Christians is moving and sometimes quite hilarious, and includes several thought-provoking interviews where the Israelophile Christians speak for themselves.
There is no stereotyping and the perspectives and opinions of the individuals concerned are presented with empathy. In the chapter Revenge Of The Mainline, the author explores the history of the World Council Of Churches and its hostility to Israel, liberation theology and the conflicting attitudes of the evangelicals and the liberal mainstream churches towards the Jewish homeland, including the divestment attempts within the Presbyterian and United Methodist churches. Next Chafets investigates the rising tide of anti-semitism worldwide and the recent spate of books attacking Evangelical Christianity with their scaremongering theme of a "theocracy" in the USA.
He could also have mentioned Pat Buchanan. As the author puts it: I found the account of the visit of Rabbi Eric Yoffie to Liberty University in highly amusing, especially Yoffie's discomfort when Falwell used the word "barbarian" during an interview.
Finally, Chafets observes that in their support for Israel, Christian Zionists are completely immune to the ideas of "progressive" intellectuals and European "sophisticates" or accusations of dual loyalty. The Afterword provides a vivid picture of Israel during the Hezbollah War; Chafets and his family were there. The book ends with the observation that the Judeo-Christian alliance does not require Jews to become Republicans or Christians, but that better understanding and more mutual respect would be beneficial.
This highly entertaining and thought-provoking work concludes with an index. America in the Middle East: Shadows of Our Future.
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Get to Know Us. As it is, I welcome A Match Made in Heaven as a useful and largely correct addition to the public discussion within the Jewish community about how to relate to evangelical support of Israel. But while getting the big picture right, Chafets is somewhat less sharp on the nuances of a relationship he dubs "the weird and wonderful Judeo-Evangelical alliance. The book is also a polemic of sorts, and as the title suggests, one that comes out firmly in favor of Jews warmly welcoming without reservation evangelical support for Israel.
It's a conclusion the author seems personally predisposed to accept, given an early affinity for Christian preachers in his hometown of Detroit "Michigan in those days was a great place for a kid with an eye for exotic religious practitioners. I became a devotee of Prophet Jones, the ecstatic black spiritualist preacher who wore a crown and an ermine robe and spoke directly to Jesus on a disconnected telephone during Sunday night services" ; his years in Israel working for the government of Menachem Begin "Begin liked evangelicals from the start.
They believed, as he did, that the Bible gave Israel a deed to the Holy Land. After confronting a left-wing American-Jewish journalist who decries the "alliance between Christian Zionists and the most fanatical Israeli settlers," he helpfully reminds the reader that "The evangelical-Israel alliance is not a pact between Christian and Israeli religious nuts. It is a long-established relationship between the leaders of evangelical American Christianity and mainstream Israel.
Every prime minister since Begin has relied on the support of the Christian Right It is such views that led many in the media to over-hype the dangers posed by supposed Christian extremists in the run-up to the millennium, one of the biggest non-stories of After talking with such Zionistic evangelical leaders as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and John Hagee, as well as traveling on a Holyland pilgrimage tour with a group of fundamentalist Protestants, Chafets justifiably concludes that these eschatological views play far less of a role among Christian Zionists than just a simple identification with the Biblical promise by God to award the Land of Israel to the Jewish People.
And anyway, as he notes, "Evangelical Christians do not believe they are called upon to play a role in making Armageddon come to pass. Either the evangelicals are right or wrong about the end-times. If they are wrong, what difference does it make? While he may be right that "the American Jewish community faces problems, but mass conversion to evangelical Christianity isn't one of them," that doesn't mean this outlook doesn't pose some real obstacles to the Jewish-evangelical alliance.
Chafets himself details some of these in a chapter about the work of Yehiel Eckstein, the Orthodox rabbi who pioneered this field with the founding of the IFCJ. Though Eckstein has made a real effort to ensure that IFCJ's charitable efforts steer well clear of any attempts at proselytizing, he finds himself being introduced at an evangelical rally as a "born-again Christian," and later finds one of his senior staff members telling Chafets: We love Jews, notwithstanding their rudeness and hatred for us.
In an attempt to perhaps shift some of the onus onto the Jewish side, Chafets spends a few pages irrelevantly discussing Israel's Orthodox monopoly on conversion and marriage, a favorite target of his writing over the years.
More useful would have been to simply point out that despite popular conception, missionizing is entirely legal in Israel as long as it doesn't involve material inducement, so it would be hypocritical to expect evangelicals to completely abandon a major tenet of their faith as some kind of admission ticket to the pro-Israel camp.
After taking issue with Jewish leaders, such as the Anti-Defamation League's Abe Foxman, who have been strongly critical of the evangelicals' domestic US agenda, Chafets writes: They may love Jews too much. They may love Jews for the wrong reasons. But for now, the evangelical Christians of America are not the enemy. They are the enemy of the enemy and they want to be accepted and appreciated. But perhaps Chafets goes too far in adding: It is an offer the Jews of America should accept while it is still on the table. Earlier in the book Chafets does indeed try to suggest that evangelical support for Israel is waning somewhat as a result of their disagreements with the largely liberal American-Jewish social agenda, a position even more strongly argued by the likes of such prominent conservative Jews as columnist Dennis Prager, and Rabbi Daniel Lapin of the Toward Tradition organization neither of whom, somewhat surprisingly, have a say in these pages.