New book: “Refuting Rabbinic Objections To Christianity & Messianic Prophecies”
For us, Jews who grew up in Israel, Jesus and His word were never part of the conversation. Not in our school system, not in our synagogues, and not in our media. Nor do we have easy access to the New Testament. Jesus has been studiously avoided, and hidden from our people. Today in Israel, 99.7% of the Jewish population, reject Jesus as the Messiah. How did our country, where the gospel first took place, come to be so adamantly against it?
Within Judaism over the last two millennia, any kind of spiritual message had to go through the “gate keepers”, the Orthodox Jewish Rabbis. The Rabbinic Judaism of the Orthodox comes directly from the sect of the “Pharisees”, whom Jesus rebuked:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.” (Matthew 23:13)
Ever since the days of Messiah, the Rabbis have set themselves in opposition to the gospel, blocking the message of Jesus from Israel. They deliberately prevent Jewish people from hearing about the free salvation offered to them in the death and resurrection of their own Jewish Messiah. They have gone to great lengths to conceal Jesus, and keep him the best kept secret in Judaism., keeping our people in spiritual darkness.
But now the secret is out!
After almost 2000 years, Jesus, or as we call him in Hebrew, Yeshua, can no longer be hidden from the people! Today, our ministry, ONE FOR ISRAEL, reaches Jewish and Arab Israelis exactly where they are – online. We no longer need the rabbis’ permission for anything. We can go straight into the smartphones, tablets, and computers of every Israeli, sharing the saving good news of Yeshua the Messiah!
In the past, the message of the gospel came to Israel from outside our borders, delivered by people who didn’t understand our language, our culture, our heritage or our way of thinking. Today the messengers look very different. Now it is Jewish and Arab Israelis who are bringing the gospel back to where it started – back to our own people Israel. We can explain the gospel to our people in a way that makes sense to them, in our own native tongues of Hebrew and Arabic as only Israelis can, and help our people understand who Yeshua really is.
The Orthodox rabbis in Israel operate an “anti missionary” organization called Yad L’Achim, specifically to fight against the spread of the gospel among the Jewish people. This very well-funded organization, works very closely with the Minister of Interior in the Israeli government. They seek to prevent Jewish people from leaving the confines of Rabbinic Judaism by any means necessary (not always legally), and relentlessly persecute us, the Jewish believers in Jesus in Israel. With over 90% of the names, photos and addresses of all the Messianic Jews in Israel on file, Yad L’Achim began sending a magazine called “Searching” to the homes of believers in Israel back in 2014. The magazine contains objections and refutations from Orthodox rabbis about the messiahship of Jesus, the credibility of the New Testament, and trying to ridicule and destroy the belief in Jesus. This caused several Jewish believers, even including some who had been missionaries, to deny their faith in Jesus and revert to rabbinic Judaism.
Over the past five years, I decided to go over all of their magazines, books and videos, in order to answer their arguments and prove their objections false. Since 2015 we have released about 150 short videos where we share the gospel and directly refute these rabbinic objections to Jesus, New Testament and Christianity. This book is a compilation of transcripts from these videos, all in one place for your consideration. While the content of this book is based on five years of academic research, I did my best to write it in a simplistic, easy-to-read way, in order to keep this book as short as possible.
This article originally appeared on One For Israel and is reposted with permission.
Eitan is ONE FOR ISRAEL’s Media & Evangelism Director.
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Amazing news from Israel to start the New Year
2019 kicked off with a lot of incredibly good news from Israel! A new dawn – even a new era – is breaking.
A very interesting season in the Israeli media
“Jesus was a classic Jew… the greatest Jew of all time… The very least he deserves from Israel is a city square named after him” wrote one impassioned Israeli journalist.1 There have been a plethora of articles and videos in the Israeli media, looking very favorably on the subject of Jesus and his story. It’s a new era of much more positive attitudes towards Jesus in Israel. An entire documentary was devoted to exploring “Christianity in Israel”. A secular Jewish man and a religious Jewish woman interviewed believers from different backgrounds, including a priest who was born in a Jewish family and insisted that he is still Jewish. They found it bewildering but intriguing. At the end, they called Jesus their brother, and called for more appreciation of the Christian community living in the Holy Land.
I’ll be honest with you, we’re all a bit shocked by all this positivity!
Another article talked of “yet another sign that the centuries of bad blood between Jews and Christians is finally giving way to warmer relations.”2 Still another wrote at length about the virtues of Jesus as an important but overlooked Jewish historical figure, saying, “This land is the cradle of Christianity, and… Jesus was our flesh and blood, a Jewish superstar, the most influential Jew of all time.” Whether it’s in the main stream media or in personal conversations, we are noticing a significant shift in attitudes towards Jesus. This is fantastic news!
Onwards and upwards – Israel is booming
As we enter 2019, the nation continues to grow in numbers and success, with many Jewish people coming to the land, high life expectancy, and high birth rates. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, the population grew by 2% to almost 9 million in total (74.3% of whom are Jewish and 20.9% Arab). 185,000 babies were born last year, and 28,000 came back to the land of their forefathers, making aliyah from all over the world.
Also in the news, the world has been blessed by Israeli innovations in conservation, medicine, agriculture and technology. Israelis have offered their expertise in crisis areas around the world, such as when Thai children got trapped in a cave, assisting with processing trauma after shootings and terror attacks, and also providing medical care for Syrian victims of the war over the border. The Israeli army has been working in partnership with believers in the “Good Neighbor” initiative to take care of the injured fleeing Syrian violence. A representative from the IDF has been profoundly impacted by these believers who are ready to lay down their lives to help the Syrians, just as the Israeli soldiers have been doing each night. But the believers had no weapons – only their Bibles.
And at last, after many years of campaigning, a law was finally passed to prohibit paying for prostitution. There are many flaws in Israeli society, but we are seeing great breakthroughs and victories like this one. We praise God with the Jerusalem Institute of Justice who have been fighting on behalf of those trapped in sexual exploitation, and pray that it will lead to liberation for many.
The number of people visiting Israel in 2018 has broken all all tourism records
Since 2006, the number of tourists has more than doubled from 1.8 million to 4 million according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The top five nationalities of the tourists who came were British, German, Russian, French, and over one million came from the US. I’m sure our guests had a great time, and it’s also very good news for us. Israel is often portrayed in a bad light in the international media, either as terrifyingly dangerous (it’s not) or as an evil, genocidal apartheid state (definitely not!). The more people who come to see the truth for themselves, the better.
And by the way, if you’ve never been, do come! It’s an amazing and rich country, as many are discovering. ONE FOR ISRAEL offers tours where you can focus either on studying the Bible or serving the people; either way, you’ll see the sights and have a wonderful experience.
The Body of Messiah is growing in numbers and maturity
As our study found a couple of years ago, there are at least 30,000 Messianic believers that we know of attending congregations, but we know that there are many more besides under the radar. Our estimate is that there might be another 20,000 or so who do not attend any congregation, either because there isn’t one in their area, or as a result of the profound family and social implications that come with declaring faith in Jesus. Many are teenagers who are not allowed to attend a congregation, and might not even dare to ask permission.
Numbers that we do know for certain are how many times our evangelistic videos have been viewed (some 90 million times!) and even our Hebrew language videos have been seen over 25 million times – that’s more than three times the population of Israel! Many have come to faith through them, having been persuaded by the truth and seeing through the false arguments of the Rabbis against Jesus. The pressing need now is for good discipleship.
This year we are building a 30 session discipleship course that can be used all around the country, and continuing to train Jewish and Arab Israeli believers in their faith here at our Bible College. We are praising God for the increase in numbers, but we also want to see growth in maturity in the body of Messiah, and deeper knowledge of God and his word.
Don’t curse the darkness, light a match!
We are very much looking forward to what’s in store in 2019. Instead of trying to guess what the future holds and how good or bad this year might be, we are determined to shine as much light as we can!
There’s so much to praise God for and we want to be thankful at all times, noticing the good all around us each day. It’s also up to each one of us to do what we can, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to build the kingdom of God – no matter what others around us might be doing. The darkness is certainly getting darker in many respects around the world, but that just makes the light shine all the more clearly. We are preparing the way for the coming King.
Arise, shine, for your light has come!
The glory of Adonai has risen on you.
For behold, darkness covers the earth,
and deep darkness the peoples.
But Adonai will arise upon you,
and His glory will appear over you.
- Haaretz, Jesus, the Disavowed Jew, Rogel Alpher, 31/1/2019
- Israel Today, Christmas fair in Haifa, 23/12/2018
This article originally appeared on One For Israel and is reposted with permission.
ONE FOR ISRAEL strives to be the leading organization in sharing the Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah with Israeli Jews and Arabs in the Hebrew language. Our staff is comprised of both Jewish and Arab Israelis, with the shared belief that true peace in the Middle East can only come into existence under Yeshua.
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Seminar to raise awareness, give hope to families facing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
When Laura Seton and her husband started encountering behavioral issues with their adopted boys they sought out specialist after specialist in Israel to find a proper diagnosis and support for their specific needs.
Until this summer when they got a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, they had only a series of wrong determinations and no answers on how to help their sons, who are biological brothers. With little treatment available here, the Setons traveled to Chicago in the fall to learn about treatment options there. At that time they became aware of Dr. Ira Chasnoff, a Chicago-based world-renowned researcher in the field of FASD.
The diagnosis and subsequent treatment has changed life for the Setons who were spinning their wheels by only considering developmental and behavioral approaches to dealing with their sons’ challenges.
“My reaction used to be, he’s just being nasty, but that is not the case: It is literally an inability for two parts of his brain to communicate with each other,” Seton explained. “The part that says, ‘you may not hurt someone’ doesn’t speak with the part that is acting out.”
And now thanks to their discovery and this new connection, Chasnoff will be leading a seminar in Israel next week to educate and bring awareness of the issue of FASD— an under-diagnosed and misunderstood challenge that can be common in adopted or fostered children. Israelis from both Messianic and non-Messianic backgrounds have seamlessly worked together to put this seminar together in a short time.
HaTikva Families, which is financially sponsoring the seminar, is working with Sharona Duchne who runs a wide-reaching online portal, Adoptive Wisdom, for any Israeli parents grappling with the challenges of adoption.
Rebecca Rikhi, manager of HaTikva Families, of the Messianic organization HaTikva Project, said the goals of the seminar match the department’s own mission of recruiting, equipping, and then supporting families who adopt or foster children in Israel.
“I did months of research before we launched HaTikva Families and what I saw is that post-adoption support just does not exist,” Rikhi said. “And these children have experienced immense trauma. FASD is something you don’t know before and then all of a sudden your child has behavioral issues and you don’t know how to deal with it. You go to the professionals and they say, oh its ADHD. But you have to approach FASD differently. It is so important that people are aware of that.”
“We have to give them strategies to deal with this challenging behavior,” she said.
Attendees will run the gamut of Israeli society from pediatric medical professionals and social workers to parents. Chasnoff will be teaching on what happens to a fetus whose mother drinks alcohol and how it affects brain development and the child’s behavior and cognitive abilities. He will advise on how to diagnose and treat FASD.
FASD is the package of conditions that can arise in a child if a mother had been drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The effects can range from physical and neurological problems to serious birth defects. Symptoms may look similar to traits of ADHD or autism, but are not treated the same. Chasnoff emphasizes that FASD cannot be considered in isolation as many children likely suffered other traumas and neglect before adoption.
Duchne, a self made expert in the issue of adoption and its unforeseen challenges, is herself an adoptive parent. She found that the country’s professionals lack expertise regarding children who suffered trauma and neglect.
“The FASD children have this too, but more extreme; their brain is underdeveloped,” she noted. “But if you don’t know this and you assume this child can do this and that, you will be frustrated. Only when you understand that his brain functions a different way, you can cope. When you understand the issue, you will receive the right toolbox to deal with it.”
And this is why the seminar is so important, she emphasized.
“No one can tell you the number of FASD children in Israel because most of the children haven’t been diagnosed,” Duchne said. “The general assumption is, maybe 300 were diagnosed with FASD from the adoptive community.”
“The problem now is raising awareness that there are many children with FASD that haven’t been diagnosed with it, but instead maybe with autism or ADHD,” she said.
Duchne just celebrated her 12-year “family holiday” as she calls it. Duchne adopted Osher when he was 6 years old.
“The first two weeks were sweet like honey, then it got sweet and sour, then it got sour,” she recalled.
While her son doesn’t have FASD she found he had other issues such as post-trauma and an inability to regulate his emotions. Duchne did her own research and found resources, most of which were in English, and started translating into Hebrew. She started blogging and eventually expanded into an online portal for adoptive and foster parents in Israel, providing training and tons of information. Her site is appropriately called Adoptive Wisdom.
Some 16,000 Israelis have been adopted since the founding of the state. Adopted children ages 18 and under number 3,300. Some 360,000 children are considered at risk in Israel and many are living in government institutions.
“The research shows it is better to have children in a family, for their development and livelihood,” Rikhi said. “Israel will say we don’t have a crisis because the kids are not on the streets. We say it is a crisis because they are not in families — it is an orphan and vulnerable children crisis.”
So coming alongside this FASD initiative is a way of supporting the families who have taken children into their homes already and HaTikva Families approaches the issue proactively.
“More and more we are learning you can rewire the brain and you can bring healing even though there was trauma in the past,” Rikhi said. “If you really connect to the heart of the child and understand their loss then you can bring healing.”
The diagnosis has changed life for the Setons.
“I would say that one of the main things that has helped us and continues to help us is when you look at your child’s behavior, you’re always interpreting it. And if you understand that he can’t help it, that his brain is damaged, you will react differently than if he’s just acting out,” Seton said. “And when your reaction changes, then his reaction changes.”
Though there is currently no cure, only treatment, Seton sees this as a tool God has given her to lean on Him more.
“No one has come up with a cure, but certainly love and nurture are a big help,” she said. “And God is our great healer and He’s the one we need to be attached to.”
For more information and to register, see this webpage in Hebrew.
FASD: There is Something we can do!
Sunday, Jan. 6, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Anglican School in Jerusalem, 82 Prophets Street
The seminar will be given in English with Hebrew translation
Dr. Ira Chasnoff is a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and a leading researcher in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on newborns and children. He has written “The Mystery of Risk: Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy, and the Vulnerable Child” and produced the documentary, Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up With FASDs.
N.J. Schiavi has lived in Israel for over 15 years and is a freelance writer for Kehila News Israel.
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Lifted up, Eddie and Jackie Santoro press on
Once again in need of a miracle
After years of supernatural victory over cancer and the powers of darkness, Eddie and Jackie Santoro, longtime pastors and senior leaders at Jerusalem’s Kehilat Ahavat Yeshua, find themselves in need of yet another miracle. The Santoros now faithfully proclaim the advent of not a second, or third, demonstration of God’s power and healing grace in sustaining their lives, but a fourth.
Just days before the publication of this testimonial to their examples, endurance and strength in seeking healing from the Lord, the Santoros learned from their doctors that after overcoming the onset of two virulent brain tumors and another, unrelated attack, in earthly terms, of an equally menacing throat cancer, “The tumor has reappeared in my brain, third time,” Eddie told Kehila News Israel (KNI), “and so we need a miracle.
“The doctors told me that they had given me all they had to give. That they would go a few more weeks on the drug I’m now taking and, if the tumor is still there, if it’s still growing, they don’t have anything else to give me.”
“But we have God, amen?” Eddie added. “And meanwhile, I feel great. I really do. I feel wonderful. And by His stripes we are healed.”
“One of the things I’ve begun to appreciate as we have gone through this is the magnitude of the spiritual battle we find ourselves in, an ongoing battle we normally don’t recognize,” Jackie told KNI. “We make judgments and suppositions, we draw conclusions from things we see in the natural, but we often see them imperfectly. We see just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much we still don’t understand especially in the area of sickness and disease and healing.
“I believe God is doing something on the earth today to train our hands for battle, but it’s like any other war. Soldiers go into battle and some die, but the Body of Messiah will win in the end. Through these difficult tests and increasingly more severe challenges, God is pushing us to levels of greater faith to prepare for the end times and the intense spiritual warfare we will be confronting.
“And though people will sometimes die in these battles, that’s not the end of the story. The end of this story is victory. We want to keep our eyes focused upon the Lord and stand victorious with Him at the end, so we say No to the enemy and Yes to God and continue to press on.”
Demonstrating their credentials
My wife, Marcia, and I met Eddie and Jackie, our first contacts in Israel, via Skype from the U.S. before making aliyah in 2011. After we arrived, they continually reached out to us and made welcome suggestions and introductions to help plant us in the land. Lifting and sustaining others is what the Santoros have done, and still do, whether on behalf of strangers, as we were eight years ago, close friends or members of their congregation.
In his book, Covenant Relationships: A Handbook for Integrity and Loyalty, Jerusalem Pastor Asher Intrater writes, “A good shepherd must also allow his congregants to get to know him… It takes courage to open oneself up to intimacy… A good elder can say that he is known personally by the people he is serving. Our friends, Eddie and Jackie Santoro…were great examples of ‘knowing their flock.’ They would spend hours every day meeting with people personally and being involved in their lives.”
But lives of service are not necessarily bound to worldly bliss. In a recent sermon entitled, How God Uses Suffering, John MacArthur, widely-revered pastor-teacher at Grace Community Church in California and author of the MacArthur Study Bible, cited the suffering of the Apostle Paul, “through which Paul was literally shaped.”
“God uses suffering to reveal our spiritual condition…” MacArthur said. “…if somebody wants to see what you’re really like and the truth must be known, then let them see you in your deepest sorrow, in your greatest pain and suffering. And therein will come out the character that is really there.
“So, it was time for Paul to demonstrate his credentials. The Lord wanted the world to see what this man was made of, every reason then to cause him to suffer because it was in suffering that the truth was made manifest.”
“I’ve been in the Lord for 42 years,” Eddie said. “I’ll turn 70 in three or four weeks. I’m always impressed with how much one gains and matures spending faithful years in Him… I’m not who I was 40 years ago when I came to faith and I’m not who I was 22 years ago when we moved to Israel. We just keep growing. I can’t imagine what will happen when we go to be with the Lord in heaven. I think it will take eternity for us to grow into what he wants us to be.”
A serious headache
The Santoros’ battle against cancer began while they were on a weekend retreat in northern Israel.
“Everyone had risen early that Saturday morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast…” Eddie begins his account of their inspiring journey in the opening chapter of Lifted Up: Overcoming through the Power of Love, the book he wrote about his and Jackie’s battles with cancer. “When we returned to the guest house, much to my surprise, I had developed a serious headache.”
The headaches only became more frequent. During the month that followed, Eddie experienced random and progressively worse memory loss until, in August of 2015, almost three-and-one-half years ago, his “incredible, challenging and miraculous journey began.”
After 12 hours of medical tests, Santoro was admitted to the hospital and told by a neurosurgeon of the presence of a suspected cancerous tumor growing on the left side of his brain, one that needed to be removed surgically, and soon.
Surgery was scheduled for five days afterward. Eddie’s recovery was challenging, but ultimately successful. About a year ago, he wrote, and Jackie edited, Lifted Up, which they published to share their experience. True to His word, God had worked every situation for good and had been their strong tower.
The Santoros’ see the publication of Lifted Up as an extension of their ministry and testimony, their prayer being for those who read it to know the victory that God worked in their lives.
It is Eddie’s personal account of the onset of cancer, “facing the unfathomable” meaning of their burden, their physical and spiritual battles, God’s victory in healing and the call to “live His life.”
Each chapter includes details of their experience, anecdotes of sharing faith with both friends and strangers as well as scripture and personal insights into the purpose and meaning of every challenge the Santoros had been called upon to endure.
Their path to their high calling began in 1977. Eddie was “saved out of a hippie lifestyle” through a personal encounter with God.
“I received the Holy Spirit, met Jackie two years later and we were married in 1979,” Eddie wrote. “We spent the next ten years as leaders in a small Christian fellowship in Woodstock, NY. In 1989 we started a Messianic congregation and made Aliyah to Israel in 1997. Our only son joined us the following year, married several years later and has blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren…
“Our lives are a forty-year-plus testimony of God’s wonder and power. We know there is still much that lies before us.”
‘He walks with us to help us fight’
The dedication of Lifted Up exhorts, “May the glory of God wash hope, joy and power over you as we share the things He ministered to us during our great trial.” Now, one year after publication, the Santoros’ great trial, no less important, precious or true as the result of recent events, has apparently not ended.
“When we got the report, four days ago, that the cancer had returned, we took a hit,” Jackie said. “But we’ve been able to keep our eyes continually on the Lord. I had made a commitment when this first happened; I would not blame God or ask, ‘Why me?’ Eddie and I both had committed to never do that. God is not the author of sickness and disease. He walks with us to help us fight.”
God is not the author of sickness and disease. He walks with us to help us fight.
“And that attitude has provided us with such grace,” Jackie said. “Even upon receiving this latest negative news, it was hard to hear, of course. I ask myself, ‘Is Eddie going to die?’ [As Jackie spoke, Eddie shouted No! in the background.] But God’s word is God’s word.His word says, By His stripes we are healed. So we both feel, No, we’re hanging in there.
“We’re not giving up. We’ll continue to keep our eyes focused on the Lord.”
“It’s a challenge, of course. I won’t say it’s been easy or that Eddie and I walk in perfect faith. We certainly do not, but I can honestly say that we have not been depressed. We’re pressing on, both eager and determined to walk through this latest trial the best way possible.”
Cliff Keller lives in Jerusalem, Israel with his wife, Marcia after making Aliyah in the spring of 2011 from the United States. His most recent novel is a work of historical biblical fiction entitled The Lion or The Lamb: Samson Ruth and Salvation. Cliff also blogs at Standing by the Gate and has a writing website, goodStories.
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Pro-life org lobbies Israeli govt over staggering abortion costs
An Israeli pro-life organization is urging the government to stop funding millions of dollars worth of abortions ahead of next year’s budget allocations — and is calling on believers to pray for a positive response to its campaign.
Be’ad Chaim (which means pro-life in Hebrew) sent a letter earlier this month to ministers and officials involved in allocating the Ministry of Health’s budget, probably coming to a final decision today or tomorrow.
“Since hearing the report about a 40 million shekel reduction in the Ministry of Health budget, I found it a good opportunity to call your attention to a subject that has been breaking (dear to) my heart for the last several years,” Be’ad Chaim Director Sandy Shoshani wrote in an official letter sent to government officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Approximately 20,000 legal abortions were performed in Israel this year at a cost of between 1,800 to 3,100 shekels each depending on the method of abortion. On average we are talking about a sum of 49 million shekels a year which is 11 percent of the Ministry of Health’s budget.”
And all of these are funded by taxpayers. The estimated cost is approximately 3,000 shekels for a surgical abortion and between 1,400-1,800 shekels for a pill that terminates the pregnancy. That come to almost $13 million on state-funded abortions every year.
“We know we cannot stop abortion in Israel, but what we are asking is that the government wouldn’t pay for every single one,” Karin Miller, Be’ad Chaim project manager, told KNI. “We are urging them to require women who want an abortion to, under certain circumstances, pay for it themselves so it doesn’t come from the Ministry of Health budget.”
If that were the case, Miller said, the number of abortions in Israel would likely go down.
By law, female soldiers serving in the IDF get up to two free abortions, and women under 18, over 40 and single women are also eligible. But more than half of the women who were approved for an abortion last year didn’t fall into those categories. In fact 56 percent were married.
“It’s not clear to us why the state would fund such a high percentage of married women,” Shoshani wrote. “We are not talking about minors or single mothers, but married women who simply find it inconvenient to have another child.”
In Israel, any woman who wants to get an abortion must present her case to a committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Health. Last year the committee approved 99 percent of those requesting to terminate their pregnancy, all of these then subsidized by the government.
In response, a social worker who sits on the committee, defended its decisions and told Be’ad Chaim they are not taken lightly.
Nevertheless, Be’ad Chaim is encouraging the government, if it won’t ban abortion outright, at least make it harder to get one.
“Look, if you want to buy a new smartphone, for example, let’s say it will cost you 2,000 shekels or more. You would do the maximum you need to in order to buy the one you want,” Miller said. “Likewise, If you really don’t want this child, let them do the maximum to get the money for an abortion and not rely on the government to pay for it.”
While Israel spends millions on abortions, Be’ad Chaim points out that the nation’s hospitals are overcrowded and people with complicated diseases don’t get approval from their insurance for their medical prescriptions.
Freeing up some money in the Ministry of Health’s budget could alleviate these other needs.
While Be’ad Chaim lobbies the government to consider making changes on this issue, the organization works hard to support women who decide to keep their babies. They provide mothers with financial assistance for a full year after the baby is born, baby equipment, formula, diapers and clothes.
The organization also offers free parenting and childcare courses and partners with shelters for pregnant women whose lives are in danger because they became pregnant.
The Israeli government gives the official number of abortions as one in every 10 births.
The Kehila News Staff is a team of Israeli believers in Yeshua.