I was born at a time when the whole world lay in turmoil caused by World War I. People suffered hunger and starvation. I came into a strict orthodox Jewish rabbinic and chasidic home. Although my parents were poor at that time, they sent us boys to an expensive Orthodox religious school. I had three brothers and a sister. My father’s only desire was to make Rabbis of us four boys.
At five I was already going to Cheder for first grade pupils and when seven I was able to read Hebrew. At nine I was introduced to the Torah (Five Books of Moses) and the Bible commentator “Rashi,” and also to the ancient now obsolete Jewish books of jurisprudence called “Talmud.” When I was 10 or 11 years old, the Talmud eclipsed all the other books and became the main textbook for the next 10 years of my life. At thirteen I started my independent religious life. I was told that we children are under our father’s jurisdiction until thirteen; at that age we become free from our father’s supervision; we alone are responsible for our sins. Therefore, after I became thirteen I was taken to a synagogue where my father thanked God that he had got rid of my sins.
The Gentiles And I
The home of my parents was very strict Orthodox. My father was a Rabbi. He went to the Synagogue to pray three times a day. We observed the Jewish laws according to the Talmud, for our parents desired that their children, too, should follow in their father’s footsteps and remain strict Orthodox Jews.
My family stayed in a little town in Congress Poland near Warsaw. 500 Jewish and 800 Polish families lived there, but the Polish and the Jewish people were separated by these four “Chinese Walls”:
1. Clothing. Jews wore long black coats called “Kaftan” and a black hat called “Yiddishe Hutel.” The Polish people wore European clothing. It was considered a great sin for a Jew to wear European clothing.
2. Language. Jews spoke Yiddish while the Poles spoke Polish. Yiddish is a Germanic language mixed with Hebrew and Slavic words.
3. Religion. Jews worshipped in the Synagogues which were also used as places of social gathering and Bible and Talmudic study classes. Polish people were almost 100% Catholic.
4. Occupation. Jews were mainly blacksmiths, tailors, shoemakers and small businessmen, owners of small hardware stores and grocery stores, while the Poles were mainly farmers and government employees. The Jews were not granted the privilege of working for the Municipal and Federal government, nor in factories or agriculture. There were a thousand other differences between the Jews and the Poles differences in customs, way of life, behavior, temperament, and outlook. Their interests, hopes and wishes were also different. It is hard to put into words the things that separated us.
We were two peoples living in one territory, under the same wonderful Polish sky. We ate the same healthy Polish bread and breathed the same clean air. Yet we were as strange to each other as the east is from the west.
My first acquaintance with Gentiles
When I was six years old I tried to go for a walk outside the Jewish “Ghetto.” Suddenly a Gentile boy threw a stone at me while shouting: “Dirty Jew, Dirty Jew!” I, as a child, did not know that a Jew is hated by non Jews. Therefore I was surprised and scared. I ran back home to mother and told her that a boy threw a stone at me, calling me “A dirty Jew!”
“Why is the boy throwing stones at me? Why is he calling me ‘a dirty Jew?’ I never saw this boy before. Why does he hate me whom he had never seen before?”
“He is a Christian and Christians are Jew haters. Even if he does not know you, he is your enemy.” “But why is he my enemy?” I kept on asking.
“He believes what he is being taught. His priest, his teacher, his parents tell him to hate the Jews. Therefore he hates you even without a cause. But when our Mashiach comes, we shall be the head and not the tail. Then we will go back to Palestine and no one will persecute us any more.” “But when will the Messiah come?” I kept on asking. “We don’t know the exact time, but He will come some day. Then our sufferings at the hands of the Christians will come to an end.” The hope of the coming of the Messiah accompanied me all my life. It gave me power to endure suffering and humiliation from my Gentile neighbors.
After my “Bar Mitzvah” I was sent to a higher Rabbinical school with the sole purpose of becoming a Rabbi. I spent the years from 13 to 22 in different schools where the main subject was the Talmud, which consists of 60 books dealing with everyday life. The main problems with which they deal are: damages, Feasts (Holidays), marriage and divorce, prayer and farming problems. The main style of the books is “the argument.” For example, one Rabbi said that if an egg is laid on a Feast (Holiday), it is kosher to eat, and the other Rabbi said that the egg is not kosher, but “treif” in Yiddish. The Talmud is a work of arguments and scholastic pilpulistic sayings. It deals also with mysticism, metaphysics and folklore.
I, as a student of the Talmud, had to know by heart the name of every Rabbi who expressed his opinion in the matters of damage, Feasts (Holidays), etc. The Talmud was written in the time of the Tannaim and Amoraim, 1800 years ago. Since then thousands of books of comments on the Talmud have been written. The most famous books, which are as important and binding to the Talmudists as the Talmud itself, are: The Rambam, the “Rosh,” The Tosafot, and Rashi, who is the greatest Talmudic commentator.
I had to know all these different opinions and sayings. Since there were so many to study, we did not have time for even the most elementary secular subjects. I was ignorant in matters of arithmetic, geography, etc., but at the age of twenty two I was considered a “lamdan” which means a man who is learned in the Talmud.
World War II broke out
On September l ,1939, World War II broke out. I had just received my Rabbinical diploma (ordiantion) called “Smicha” that past summer. I planned to marry and to become a religious leader of Israel, and to use my acquired knowledge to lead my fellow Jews in the ways of the Talmudic, Rabbinic traditions.
An alternate plan was to leave Poland, perhaps to emigrate to a country in Latin America, because there was a great need for Rabbis. The war destroyed all my plans. My very life was in danger, as was that of all my fellow Jews in Europe.
The Nazis and the Polish people
On September 4, 1939, the German soldiers came into our town. Life became unbearable for the Polish Jews. Every Jew was condemned to die. If all the skies were parchment, all men writers, and all trees pens, even then it would not be possible to describe what the Nazis in co-operation with the Polish people did to the Jews in Poland.
During six years of such anti Jewish activities, 6 million Jews, among them one million children, lost their lives. One third of the world’s Jewish population was annihilated. The fields of Europe are still wet with the innocent blood that was shed. Yes, here and there a conscientious Polish family rescued a Jew, hiding him and feeding him, but the number of these good people was very small.
In May, 1945, World War II was over. The result: Nazi murderers were destroyed, Israel rose to become a nation and I had lost my entire family.
In search for a friend and for an answer to the question: Why?
After the war I came out of the concentration camp with the hope of seeing and being united with my relatives. I put advertisements in newspapers. I went to different institutions to find out about my relatives. To my great sorrow I learned that all my loved ones had perished with the six million Jews who were victims of the greatest demon in the history of mankind Nazi Ideology. I came to realize the bitter fact that I was alone in the world without a friend, not belonging to anybody, nobody belonging to me. I could hardly believe that I would never see my parents, my sister, my brothers or my uncles again. I was now in a strange world, in a world without a friend and without a relative. I started to look for a human friend, but no one could satisfy my longing for a true mother heart or father love. Nobody could substitute the love of a sister, the faithfulness of a brother. I was disappointed and desperate: I lifted my eyes up to heavens and asked the old Jewish question: Why? Why was one third of the nation of God put to death by the Nazis? Where was God when a little innocent Jewish child cried for help when the Nazi murderers raised their brutal hands to kill it? Why was God silent in these terrible times for His chosen people?
From D.P. Camp to the United States of America
Since I had no one in Poland. I decided to go to America. I thought that perhaps in a new land I would forget the dreadful past and start a new life. In order to go to America I had to go first to Germany where the American Army occupied the Western German territory. I became a member of a Zionist group whose sole work was to take the Jews out of Poland and bring them to Germany and Italy in order to enable them. to emigrate to Israel or America.
In April 1946 I came to a Jewish D.P. Camp near the Austrian border of Germany. I registered there as a Rabbi and started to work as such in the D.P. Camp. I also edited the D.P. Newspaper. In 1952 I came to Rhode Island., U.S.A., where I worked as an assistant Rabbi in a Synagogue.
Unbelief and Doubt
Although I worked in the capacity of a Talmudic teacher in the Synagogue, there was a great conflict in my heart. The question: “Why did God allow 6 million Jews to die?” bothered me. I taught things that I was not sure were true. I told my congregation and students: “If we Jews want to exist and to overcome our enemies, we have to keep the Shabbat holy.” In my heart I knew that 99% of the Hitler victims had kept the Shabbat holy, yet it did not protect them from being killed. I did not have any proof or assurance that what I taught was true. I also lost my belief in the Talmudic legends, laws, and arguments pro and con. I was looking for the truth, but could not find it.
Confession alone is not enough
Each Feast (Holiday) we, Jews, go to the synagogue and pray to God, confessing our sins, and asking for forgiveness. We say, “Because of our sins we were driven from our land.” Confession of sins is a very important part of our prayers. The Jewish prayer book cites different kinds of sins which a Jew must confess in his daily prayers. The most solemn day of prayer is Yom Kippur, and on Yom Kippur Eve, every Jew over 13 years of age must recite 45 confessions called “Al Chets.” After the confession, the “Slach Lanu” (Forgive Us) is chanted by the congregation.
When I prayed these prayers I felt unhappy and dissatisfied because I knew that according to Kitvei HaKodesh (Holy Scriptures), confession alone does not forgive sin. I knew that in order for sin to be forgiven, a sacrifice called “korban” must be offered. Vaykra (Leviticus) deals with the “korban” many times, especially Vayikra (Leviticus) 5:17 19.
I was not sure that the Yom Kippur prayers have any significance in the sight of God, because I knew that right after the confessions and prayers we went back to the same old pattern of a life of sin. It seemed to me that as we were confessing our sins in the Synagogue, we were mocking God. We spoke with our lips about repentance but did not really mean it. I knew that we are sinners and need a real, more valid approach to God.
Longing for the Truth
I felt very unhappy with my spiritual state of mind. I lost faith in mankind and in the Rabbinical legends and teachings. I felt miserable knowing that I, as a Rabbi, was teaching the people things that I did not believe. I knew that the Talmudic teachings, sayings, pilpulistic arguments, scholastic debates, hair splitting comments about obsolete damages, laws, rules and regulations regarding Shabbat, Feasts (Holidays), clothing and washings, are of very little significance to us. I realized that we need some real solid spiritual truth by which to live, walk and exist as Jews. What is the truth? What is the true way for us and for me individually? I did not know!
I looked on my people as on sheep without a shepherd. I saw that 2,000 years of Talmudic, Chasidic, Cabbalistic and worldly teachings could not save one Jewish child from destruction. I knew that we, Jews, suffer for our sin, as we read in our prayers on the Holidays, but I did not know what our sin is.
First Contact With Light
One spring evening I walked somewhere in Rhode Island. I looked here and there without a goal, just breathing in some fresh spring air. While I strolled, I noticed some young people standing near a store handing out little printed papers. They caught my attention and handed me a pamphlet too. As I could not read English I decided to go into the store to find out what kind of sale they were having. When I came inside, I was surprised to see that there was no merchandise. To my astonishment, I noticed every one sitting with eyes closed and head bowed.
“What is going on here?” I thought. I did not know that this is the manner in which Christians pray. It was in contrast to the way Jews pray with eyes open and shaking on all sides. I waited a while till everybody had finished praying and opened their eyes. A boy came and talked to me, but I did not understand him. I had been in the United States only a few weeks and did not know the English language. Finally I said that I speak only German and Yiddish. Through the use of sign language I made a date to come back the next Wednesday, when a German speaking person would come and explain to me what the organization was.
The next Wednesday the German gentleman was waiting for me when I came. He shook my hand in a friendly manner and said to me in German: “This is a mission to the Jews.” “What is a mission?” I asked. “The Master sent us to the Jews to let them know that God loves them and wants them to be saved.” “What do you mean saved? How can you speak about love after the cataclysm that came over the European Jew?” I asked.
He smiled and said, “I know how you feel; but Christians, followers of Messiah, love the Jews, and all those who harm them are not Christians. The Alpha and Omega of Christianity is love to mankind, Israel included. The Master told us to go to the Jews first.” “Weren’t all those who carried crosses and had pictures of saints in their homes yet organized pogroms against the Jews of Europe weren’t they Christians? Weren’t the churches in Poland and Ukraine the main source of anti-Semitism? Didn’t the priests incite their people against the Jews?”
He looked at me and said. “The Master teaches us to love our enemies, to show love to those who hate us. All those who do not obey the teachings of the Master are not His followers.” Then he gave me a Yiddish New Testament and said, “Read it and you will find the true teaching of Messiah.”
I took the New Testament, put it into my pocket and said, “Yes, sir, I will read it. I want to see what the New Testament is really like. I don’t know anything at all about it.”
In the next few nights I had much to read. Every line, each page, was a great revelation to me as I read with great interest. Opening the Book of Mattithyahu (Matthew), I was surprised to read that Yeshua is of the lineage of Abraham and David. I also noticed that on every page it says “As it is written,” which means that it was written in our Jewish Bible. For example, in the first chapter I read that He will be born of a virgin because it is written: “Assuredly, my Lord will give you a sign of His own accord! Look, the young woman is with child and about to give birth to a son. Let her name him Immanuel...(Yeshayahu/Isaiah 7:14).
In the 2nd chapter I read that He was born in Bethlehem as it is written: “And you, O Beit Lechem of Efrat, least among the clans of Yehudah (Judah), from you one shall come forth to rule Yisrael for Me.” Micah 5:2.
Also I saw that He shall come out of Egypt, for it is written: “And I have called My son ever since Egypt.” (Hosea 11:1) Thus reading I noticed on each page and in every chapter constant references to Tanach. It became clear to me that this book called New Testament is actually the fulfillment of Tanach. I realized that we, Rabbis, were too much occupied with the Talmud and paid little or no attention to our Kitvei HaKodesh (Holy Scriptures). Then and there I became a Bible believing Jew. I thanked God for leading me to that little mission and decided to dedicate my life to Messiah.
My acquaintance with a Jewish missionary.
It was a few weeks before Passover. The missionary in Rhode Island gave me the address of a Jewish believer in Yeshua who lived in New York, and I went there because I had never before seen a Jewish believer in Yeshua. As soon as I contacted him, he invited me to his home. He welcomed me with the greeting, “Shalom Aleichem.” We read together from the Brit Hadasha (New Testament) in Yiddish.
After a while he told me he had written a poem called “The Sufferer,” and started to read it. But this was only a pretense, as it was in reality the 53rd chapter of Yeshayahu (Isaiah). Then he asked me, “Who is the subject of this poem? Who suffered for our sins? By Whose stripes are we healed?”
I answered, “It probably refers to Yeshua HaMashiach.” Then he said; “I just copied out and read to you the 53rd chapter of Yeshayahu (Isaiah). He was the one who wrote about the Messiah.” Imagine my surprise and shock. I did not know the contents of Isaiah 53!
The next day I showed the same “poem” to a friend, a Rabbi in New York. He did not know either that Yeshayahu (Isaiah) had written the chapter. The only conclusion I could reach was that the main reason so many Rabbis and other Jews don’t know the Messiah, the Savior of Tanach of Brit Hadasha, is that they don’t know Kitvei HaKodesh (Holy Scriptures). I decided to do everything in my power to bring the Jewish Bible to them.
The same evening I came to the New York missionary and told him that I believe in the Bible and in Adon Yeshua. Then and there we knelt and prayed for sin forgiveness and for salvation. I accepted Yeshua as my Mashiach and personal Savior. What a change came over me! I was very happy. I felt a peace, joy and happiness that I had never known before. My whole being turned into a happy life. I was a new creature.
God Forgives Sin. When l came home I took Tanach and read the 53rd chapter of Yeshayahu (Isaiah) over and over again. As I read I wondered why I had not heard of Isaiah 53 before. Why didn’t the Rabbis tell me of this chapter? It was obvious to me that we, Jews, could not be considered Bible believers if we deny Isaiah 53. As I read more, it became clear to me that Yeshayahu’s (Isaiah’s) prophecy in chapter 53 expresses God’s glorious plan of forgiveness, reconciliation with God and salvation.
My new education
I went to Los Angeles and started my American education in the second grade of elementary school. After finishing 8 grades I graduated from High school. Later I went to Los Angeles City College, and finally to Biola College, where I received a B.A. degree. I went through a mikveh, and got ordained as minister Brit Hadasha. Now my deepest interest is to bring Brit Hadasha to my people, the Jews, that they, too, may accept their Messiah and inherit eternal life. Messiah said, “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “ (Yohanan/John 14:6).
After I became born from above, I felt that it is not enough that I know the Light, but had the desire that all the Jewish people should believe in the Messiah of Israel. I saw that this would not be easy. The ones who do not believe, bitterly opposed the preaching of the glorious Brit Hadasha (The Good News) to my brothers in the flesh. I knew their prejudice against the Brit Hadasha and their worldly views of life. Yet, knowing that the struggle would not be easy, I decided to go on with the work of God. I became more and more interested in spreading the truth among the innocent Jews who were being misled by their “shepherds.” They were blind leaders of the blind who were interested in their own welfare, but cared little for the people.
God called me to His service and I was sure that He would protect me and help me to spread the light among those who never heard the true story of Yeshua HaMashiach.
A great force from within pushed me to do the work and this great force was Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) Himself. This power of Ruach HaKodesh told me day and night, “Feed My sheep.” And I answered, “Here I am. I am willing to go to the House of Israel whom the Father loves so much, and to tell them the simple but sure plan of His salvation.”
I saw tired and unhappy Jews who were groping in darkness, looking for the truth, and there was nobody to help them. Therefore I was the more determined to go and proclaim Brit Hadasha to the weary and heartbroken ones. Yeshua said: “Come to Me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I shall give you rest.”
I appeal to all Rabbis, leaders of the Jewish people, and Jewish laymen: COME BACK TO OUR PROPHETS, TO OUR GOD AND HIS ANOINTED ONE.
“Come, let us reach an understanding, says the Lord. Be your sins like crimson, they can turn show-white; be they red as dyed wool, they can become like fleece.”(Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1:18).
One of the most remarkable testimonies recorded in Jewish history since the one of that zealous Pharisee, Rabbi Shaul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road, is that of Rabbi Daniel Zion, the former Chief Rabbi of Bulgaria and later the Chief Rabbi of Jaffa, Israel.
Perhaps no other testimony in modern times has rocked the Jewish world as has his. He has perhaps been the subject of more controversy in Synagogues, Temples and Churches than any other personality. Scores of articles in both Jewish and Christian periodicals have been written about him. He has been cursed and blessed, denounced and praised. From as far as Australia, India and Africa have come inquiries concerning Rabbi Daniel Zion.
When he first openly declared that he was saved, through putting his total faith and trust only in the Blood Atonement of the True and Living, Almighty God, the Creator of the heavens and of the earth, Adon Yeshua HaMashiach, the One and only True Messiah of Israel, he was immediately discharged from the responsibilities which he fulfilled, being the Chief Rabbi of Jaffa, Israel, and following this, came a siege of persecution.
TESTIMONY ON ISRAELI RADIO
God opened the door through “Kol Yisrael,” the official radio broadcasting station of Israel, for Rabbi Daniel Zion to preach the Good News of Adon Yeshua HaMashiach, the One and only True Messiah of Israel, from the inspired, preserved, inerrant word of God. This was the first time that any person was given the privilege of preaching the Good News of Adon Yeshua HaMashiach, the true Messiah, on “Kol Yisrael.”
Rabbi Zion’s testimony:
“More than twenty years ago, I had my first opportunity to read Brit Hadasha (New Testament). It influenced me greatly. I began to speak about it in a small circle in Bulgaria. I always regretted that Yeshua HaMashiach has been estranged from the community of Israel. Yeshua HaMashiach did nothing but good for the Jewish people. He called them to repentance, proclaimed the Kingdom of God and Divine Love, a love towards all men, even one’s enemies. To our great regret we have had to pay a heavy price for the sin of rejecting the true Messiah. But I must confess that my position as a Rabbi did not allow me at once to come out openly before the world in order to declare this truth, until God, in His great mercy, set me free from all fear. He brought me into this country of Israel, where at first I discharged my duties as a Rabbi of Jaffa.”
“After I gave up my position (as Chief Rabbi of Jaffa, Israel,) I went to Jerusalem, where for a whole month I engaged in fasting, prayer and supplication. It was then that I asked God to show me the right way, and the eternal God heard my prayer. On the first of Shevat, 5710 (January / February, 1950), Ruach HaKodesh revealed to me that Yeshua is indeed the true Messiah, Who suffered for us and sacrificed Himself for our sin. A burning fire in my heart gave me no rest until I had publicly confessed my faith in the blood atonement of the True and living God, Adon Yeshua HaMashiach, the One and Only Messiah of Israel.”
“In spite of all the difficulties, suffering and persecutions, which I have endured incessantly, nothing could dissuade me from my faith. On the contrary, God to Whom I had given my heart and to Whom I turn in all my needs, has given me the strength and power to continue my witness. He spoke to me through a verse in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you, be not frightened, for I am your God; I strengthen you and I help you, I uphold you with My victorious right hand.”
“By this I understood that a great and important task has been given to me by the Eternal God, which I must accomplish at all costs. Do not think that I have left Judaism. On the contrary, I have remained Jewish, and have become more Jewish because Yeshua Himself remained Jewish.”
MESSAGE TO JEWISH RABBIS
The following is taken from a Good News preached by Rabbi Daniel Zion. This message, declaring the Good News of Adon Yeshua HaMashiach, the One and Only true Messiah of Israel, from the inspired, inerrant, preserved word of God, was preached by Rabbi Daniel Zion to his colleagues, the Rabbis of Israel, before whom he was tried:
“I know that according to your knowledge and ideas I go a wrong way, when I accept Yeshua as the Messiah and Redeemer. Before the witness stand of Heavens I told you that I prayed to the Master with tears and fasting for many years that He should lead me in the path of righteousness, that I should do His will only, not my own. I spoke to you about the wonderful way in which He revealed Himself to me, not once only, but many times. You replied that all this was imagination and illusion. Forgive me, please, when I say that the imagination is with you, gentlemen, and the true and real things appear as illusion to you.”
“I know that the narrow minded education and the high offices of the Rabbis are a veil, hiding the truth from them. You can no longer judge objectively. I, too suffered from it, but God, in His grace has shown me, by Ruach HaKodesh, the straight path, in spite of my sins. By Him I have been guided for years and He leads me on the path of righteousness. Therefore, I tell you, even if I were the only one to believe in Yeshua as the Messiah, I would not consider that to be an imagination; but now I see that millions of men acknowledge Him, among them thousands of highly educated Jews. Some Rabbis too, believe in Yeshua as the Messiah. Have they fallen a prey to imagination and deception?”
“If you, Rabbis, would pray to God with your whole heart and read Brit Hadasha thoughtfully, approaching this book and the Messiah Yeshua with reverence, I am convinced that God would open your eyes.”
“Yeshua did nothing but good, He called Israel to repentance and to the Kingdom of God. He did many signs and wonders, as no prophet before Him. He wished to unite people; that they should love each other and also their enemies. Thus He wished to build a bridge between Israel and the nations; there should be peace between them and the prophecies of Yeshayahu (Isaiah) and all the prophets be fulfilled, that the Lord would be King over all the earth.”
“The truth must be spoken. Our fathers committed a grave sin, when they condemned to death Him who was without sin. Our fathers sinned and perished. We suffered for their crime. Do we wish to continue to suffer?”
“We must bring restitution for the wrong. We must receive Yeshua as Jewish and Messiah of God. He lived among the Jews and sacrificed Himself for the Jews, to make atonement for their sins with His blood. He is risen and will come again to redeem us with a perfect redemption.”
“As a messenger of God, I was to give warning. First, there is the warning, and then the chastisement follows. By this will you know that the Master has sent me; and that the words I speak are not my own. The days of visitation have come the days of retribution! If you receive Yeshua as the true Messiah, He will redeem us a second time with perfect redemption. If not, much suffering will come upon the people of Israel.”
“And to you, Rabbis, be it said: ‘Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin!’” (Weighed in the balances and found wanting) Daniel 5:25.
“….when I see the blood I will pass over you...” Shemot/Exodus 12:13
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have assigned it to you for making expiation for your lives upon the altar; it is the blood, as life, that effects expiation. Vayikra/Leviticus 17:11
“Much more then, having now been declared right by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. And not only this, but we also exult in Elohim, through our Master Yeshua HaMashiach, through Whom we have now received the restoration to favour.” Romans 5:9,11
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Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri reveals the secret name of Messiah
I was a Jewish Rabbi for 35 years. Born in Yugoslavia, I was brought up in a very Orthodox Jewish home. I was taught to say formal prayers and wear tefillin (phylacteries) as prescribed for every pious Jew (Devarim/Deuteronomy. 6:8; 11:18).
At the age of fifteen I went to the Theological school for Rabbis where I studied Tanach and Talmudic commentaries and six years later I was ordained as Rabbi in Romania. Afterwards I served in Belgium, England and California.
Outwardly I was happy and successful in my ministry but in my heart I was restless and discontented because I suffered much as a result of the emptiness of life in general. Six years ago I met a Jewish man with whom I discussed this matter.
I did not know that he was a believer in Yeshua HaMashiach: His advice was: “Read Yeshayahu/Isaiah 53.” I then read this well known chapter concerning Yeshua of Nazareth, which says that “But he was wounded because of our sins, crushed because of our iniquites.” I felt urged further to examine Kitvei HaKodesh (the Hebrew Scriptures) and found these words written by the same prophet: “For a child has been born to us, a son has been given us. And authority has settled on his shoulders. he has been named, “The Mighty God is planning grace: The Eternal Father, a peaceful ruler. In token of abundant authority and of peace without limit upon David’s throne and kingdom, that it may be firmly established in justice and in equity now and evermore. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts shall bring this to pass. “ (Yeshayahu/Isaiah. 9:5,6). I also read: ”Listen, House of David, Yeshayahu retorted, “is it not enough for you to treat men as helpless that you also treat my God as helpless? Assuredly, my Lord will give you a sign of His own accord! Look, the young woman is with child and about to give birth to a son. Let her name him Immanuel.” (Yeshayahu/Isaiah. 7:13,14). “Immanuel” means “El is with us”.
This proved to me that Yeshua was and is the Messiah in Whom all the prophecies were fulfilled. Meanwhile I had found a clear portrait of the Messiah in a small book which I had the privilege of getting into my hands. It was my first introduction to Brit Hadashah (the New Testament). I started reading it like any other book, from the beginning: “The book of the generation of Yeshua HaMashiach, the son of David, the son of Abraham,” and found to my amazement that I was reading a Jewish book about a Jew. By reading it carefully I came to the conclusion that Yeshua HaMashiach was a Jew of the race of Abraham and David; that He was born of a Jewish virgin in the Jewish town of Beit Lechem (Bethlehem); of a Jewish tribe, the tribe of Yehudah (Judah). Because He knew the Torah (Law) and the Nevi’im (Prophets) I followed Him on His journeys through the Holy Land, listened to His beautiful sayings and teachings, observed and admired His compassion and healings. It became my spiritual food. His promise of forgiveness of sins and eternal life to those who believe in Him, drew me till I trusted Him as my Messiah and my personal Savior.
I want to confirm the fact that my heart does not condemn me for my new belief, because I feel that I am still a Jew and shall always be a Jew. I have not renounced our inheritance of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Like Shaul (Paul) I can, say after my acceptance of Yeshua as my Mashiach Savior): “Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Yisraelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.” (II Corinthians 11:22). Thus I repeat with pride the word of Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Messiah, for it is the power of Elohim for deliverance to everyone who believes, to the Yehudite (Jew) first and also to the Greek (non Jew).”
The brilliant example of the great Rav Shaul (Apostle Paul) influenced me very much and gave me the courage to accept Adon Yeshua as my personal Mashiach (Savior). Shaul first was a zealous persecutor of Yeshua HaMashiach and then became His most faithful follower. He was a disciple of the great Rabban Gamaliel, at whose feet he sat. It is believed that Rabban Gamaliel became a follower of Adon Yeshua before Shaul did. Brit Hadashah (New Covenant) tells us that some wanted to kill Kefa (Peter) and the other shlichim (apostles) because they were preaching Yeshuah HaMashiach so boldly. “But a certain one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamliel, a teacher of the Torah, respected by all the people, and ordered them to put the shlichim (emissaries) outside for a little while, and said to them, “Men of Yisrael, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do to these men. For before these days Todah rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, did join him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were dispersed, and came to naught. After him, Yehudah of Galil rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were scattered. And now I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, because if this plan or this work is of men, it shall be overthrown, but if it is of Elohim, you are unable to overthrow it, least you even be found to fight against Elohim.” (Acts 5:34,35,38,39).
It is two thousand years since the lowly Galilean, Yeshua, traversed the hills and dales of Palestine, and He is still Adon le Olam (Master of the world). His Good News is still preached, and Mashiach’s Name as Messiah of Israel is still proclaimed. And His message is still repeated everywhere: “For Elohim so loved the world, that He gave His only brought-forth Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life.” (Yohanan/John 3:16). Sh’ma Yisrael (Hear, O Israel)