Thousands of well-meaning Christians have poured millions of dollars into Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's ministry Wings of Eagles, airlifting thousands of Jewish people out of Eastern Europe and Russia and on to Israel for relocation. This is a good work. But, I wonder how many know that Rabbi Eckstein is an outspoken opponent to Messianic Judaism and Messianic Jews. Here is an excerpt from his recent book entitled, What Christians Should Know About Jews and Judaism.
Hebrew Christians also insist that they constitute the only truly fulfilled Jews and that far from abandoning their Judaism, they are really completing it. In fact, by sprinkling the Christian lives of faith with Jewish customs and rituals taken out of their proper context, they pervert Jewish symbols and make a mockery of the Jewish faith. Many Hebrew Christians, furthermore, claim they are another Jewish denomination alongside Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. From a Jewish standpoint however, one can be part of only one historic faith community either Christian or Jewish, and Hebrew Christian represents neither. A Jew who accepts Jesus as Lord or messiah effectively ceases to be a Jew. He is viewed almost treasonously as having abandoned his faith, given up his Jewish heritage and severed all links with the Jewish peoplehood. He is like a defector who walked out on God and people.We applaud Rabbi Eckstein's effort to help our Jewish people escape Eastern Europe. However, wouldn't it make more sense for Christians to support a ministry doing the same work as Rabbi Eckstein but one that brings glory to the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus)? The MJAA's Russian Aliyah Project does just that, uniting the financial resources of Messianic Jews and Christians in a public testimony of unity and love for our Jewish people.
(page 295, What Christians Should Know About Jews and Judaism)
If you support Rabbi Eckstein's work--and know of others who do so--consider moving your support to the MJAA's Russian Aliyah Project. It will bring great glory to the Messiah Yeshua and demonstrate how Jew and Gentile are one in the Messiah of Israel. This is truly a more excellent way.
The Joseph Project: In 1996, the Joseph Project was inspired by a prophetic word that NOW is the time to prepare for massive immigration to Israel of at least a million Jewish people from Eastern Europe and Russia in the near future. In 2006 alone we have shipped over $70 million of goods that were distributed via our 30 humanitarian aid centers, as well as over 100 Israeli government centers.