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And that poses a great dilemma for Christian missionaries seeking to convert Jews.
What I want to talk about in this essay is something that I haven’t seen anyone else talking about here (or, for that matter, anywhere else) and that is the difficulty young Israeli believers have in getting married to each other and starting families.
Sometimes people “feel weird” looking at someone they’ve known since they were both children as a potential spouse/sexual partner.
That’s part of the problem, and I have no idea what can be done about it but I know it has to be addressed.
Ironically, Jews really could be called "Messianic Jews." One of Maimonides' classical "13 Principles of Faith" is: "I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah, and even though he may delay, nevertheless I anticipate every day that he will come." There are two excellent organizations which counteract missionary activities and have succeeded in attracting "converts" back to Judaism. Rabbi Shraga Simmons is the co-founder of Aish.com, and co-author of "48 Ways to Wisdom" (Art Scroll).
He is Founder and Director of Aish.com's advanced learning site.
The opinions and views expressed are solely those of the author and may not necessarily reflect those of Kehila News Israel. The Body of Messiah in this country has a unique and vitally important part to play in the plans of God for the future of this world and at the moment, we’re not fulfilling our unique calling.
A lot of things need to change in order for that to start happening, and the platform of Kehila is a great way for these issues to be aired out and possible solutions discussed.
For this and other reasons, many Israelis who are brought up in believing families end up marrying someone who is not a Believer and/or from another country, with many among this second group leaving Israel to live with their spouse. During those long years of being single I often sought advice from pastors and elders on what I could do to meet someone and get married.
Many more leave Israel HOPING to meet someone in another country (they leave for a lot of other reasons, but this is almost always among their reasons for leaving) and even among those who stay, many simply never get married, although they want to. The advice I got, from pastors and elders of all different types, was from Matthew “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” That was and is good advice.
He lives with his wife and children in the Modi'in region of Israel.