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by Ellen Kamentsky

  • Author: Ellen Kamentsky
  • ISBN: 1882459008
  • ISBN13: 978-1882459001
  • ePub: 1603 kb | FB2: 1798 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sapphire Pr (February 1, 1993)
  • Rating: 4.9/5
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Hawking God: A Young Jewish Woman's Ordeal in Jews for Jesus ePub download

Kamentsky spent three years in Jews for Jesus, including some time as a staff member and missionary, an. .

Kamentsky spent three years in Jews for Jesus, including some time as a staff member and missionary, an experience that she looks back on with loathing and some hard-earned self-awareness. At its best, this book is a portrait of Jews for Jesus as a group that combines the worst aspects of cult behavior and Reagan-era grabbiness. Unfortunately, she is so close to the emotional tensions of that period of her life that much of the book has a hectoring, shrill tone, weakened by relentlessly negative characterizations from the outset; the reader quickly begins to wonder why she joined in the first.

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Hawking God. A Young Jewish Woman's Ordeal in Jews for Jesus by Ellen Kamentsky (Sapphire Press, 1993) An excerpt. Jews for Jesus: An Anthropological Study by Juliene G. Lipson (AMS Press, 1990) ISBN 0-404-62605-X. Smashing the Idols: A Jewish Inquiry into the Cult Phenomenon by Gary D. Eisenberg (Jason Aronson, 1988) ISBN 0-87668-974-8. a b c d "Their doctrinal statement is basically indistinguishable from Evangelical and other conservative Christian groups.

Kamentsky, Ellen author. Christian converts from Judaism Biography.

Hawking God: A Young Woman’s Ordeal in Jews for Jesus. New York: Schocken Book. Klansner, Samuel Z. 1987. The Encyclopedia of Religion. Medford: Sapphire Press. Out of the Ghetto: The Social Background of Jewish Emancipation, 1770–1870. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co. 9: 230–238. Assimilation as Social Death, Pp. 262–303.

A Jew, in other words, on unambiguously Jewish business. Messiah does not mean son of God. Nor did Jesus ever claim to be the son of God. This much you would not gather from nativity narratives, from hymns and carols, or from the art that fills the churches of Christendom. The last thing Jesus looks on the cross is Jewish. It is a question of the deepest interest, how Christians have been able to maintain two parallel but entirely contradictory attitudes to Jews.

Young Jewish adults from all over the world participating in the Taglit Birthright program celebrate 10 years of the Birthright . London’s new Jews for Jesus storefront is located in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Hendon

Young Jewish adults from all over the world participating in the Taglit Birthright program celebrate 10 years of the Birthright program at an event held at the International Conference Center in Jerusalem on January 7, 2013. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90). London’s new Jews for Jesus storefront is located in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Hendon. Jenni Frazer/The Times of Israel). It was very hopeful from our perspective, Susan Perlman, the San Francisco-based group’s director of communications, told JTA.

Jews for Jesus (originally called Hineni Ministries) is a non-profit Messianic Jewish organization that seeks to proselytize Jews towards the belief that Jesus is the promised Messiah of the Jewish people

Jews for Jesus (originally called Hineni Ministries) is a non-profit Messianic Jewish organization that seeks to proselytize Jews towards the belief that Jesus is the promised Messiah of the Jewish people. Jews for Jesus is not considered a Jewish organization by any Jewish authorities. Jews for Jesus was founded by Moishe Rosen in 1970 as "Hineni Ministries", and was re-named "Jews for Jesus" in 1973. David Brickner has been the executive director of Jews for Jesus since 1996.

Waiso
On the one hand, the book is interesting, fast-paced, and immensely readable. I gobbled it up in an afternoon. On the other hand, while it builds the crescendo to what the reader hopes will be a cathartic and decisive finale, that finale comes and goes with a whimper, not a bang. The ending is very anticlimactic and leaves the reader thinking that Ellen's entire experience was indeed more of an embarrassing phase through the types of which many adolescents go in their quest to "find themselves" than a truly cautionary tale about religious extremism, cultism, and eternal truths (including family bonds). It seems that her opprobrium of Jews for Jesus is related to her simply having gotten tired of the whole scene--both physically and mentally--as opposed to inherent deficiencies in what she claims (but comes shorts of proving) to be a sinister cult. The writer should have spent far more time expounding on the thoughts and feelings that led to and followed her abandonment of Jews for Jesus as well as given us a post-exit debrief. Further, the book is littered with spelling and grammatical errors, which give it a distinctly amateurish and rushed feel.
Bluddefender
The author writes in the Preface to this 1992 book, "This book is about a woman who no longer exists. Six years ago I prayed to receive Jesus as my Lord and savior. Today I would not make that decision. As a Jew, I do not believe in Jesus and have no desire to be part of Jews for Jesus. This is the story of how despite those feelings I accepted Christ. The good news is that today I am free from Jews for Jesus and have a satisfying life. The tragedy is that many talented, young people remain trapped in destructive religious organizations and cults."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"Months later my friend Stacy was severely disciplined for a minor misdemeanor... Already brainwashed, I did not even question Stacy's treatment. I had lost my capacity for reflective thought and critical thinking. We had to be reliable soldiers..." (Pg. 58)
"We thought God was using our foolishness to win souls for Christ. We envisioned the walls of Hell crashing down about us and believed we were winning L.A. for the Lord." (Pg. 83)
"Explaining and understanding how I believed in Jesus and still called myself a Jew is impossible. Today I feel Judaism and Christianity are mutually exclusive. I have chosen Judaism." (Pg. 119)
"Once I had mastered Christianese I graduated to tongues... within weeks I was spitting out strings of gibberish with the rest of the church." (Pg. 121-122)
"Mixing Judaism and Christianity, I feel, is like mixing green and red; you get mud. Both Christianity and Judaism lose meaning." (Pg. 123)
"When I was a Jew for Jesus, I read the resentment as evidence that people were hearing my message. They were not interested; they were angry." (Pg. 123)
"Beneath my Jewish face and cartoonish tracts, beneath my desire to convert Jews was the message that it's not O.K. to be Jewish. I believed that Jews who did not accept Jesus went to Hell. I now consider such thinking anti-Semitic." (Pg. 123)
Washington
I have read excerpts from this book on the net. It is surprising to me that anyone would get involved in such an idiotic cult, but I think it takes a certain kind of person to be so deprived personally as to join any sort of cult.

Her story would only be interesting to anyone who has been approached by a cult, and having volunteered at an Outreach Center for people who were involved in such religious cults, I can tell you it does go on and damages a lot of people. Some come out in need of psychiatric treatment, because of the threats of their future trip into hell. Like any cult, they are indoctrinated, watched, their schedules made up for them. No rest, decisions made for them, no independence from dawn till dusk. If they are there for a while, they get paid to be leaders. These cults are not religious, they are businesses. No question about it.

There is, on the Internet many more stories about such events at a website called Ex-Jews for Jesus. Very interesting reading.
Connorise
This very personal account of nice-Jewish-girl Ellen's years as a missionary in Jews for Jesus reveals the power, control, and decpetion that can be found in such groups, and the difficulty in breaking away. Kamentsky's writing is balanced while remaining honest and self-revealing. For anyone who deals with cults, cult-like groups, and invasive religious missioniaries "saving" Jewish souls, this quick read is well-worth seeking out in a used copy or at a library and then sharing with parents, teenagers, clergy, and friends. Ultimately, her story is an inspiring one of her family's love and the finding of a faith.
SARAND
This book is great and every detail is true!
I am a former Jews for Jesus missionary. I worked with Ellen...
HAWKING GOD is the only book out that gives details on what it was like to really work for Jews for Jesus. Recently, Ex Jews for Jesus staff have begun to write our stories, and soon our stories will be available in published form, but at this time, Ellen's book is vital and must be read.
I highly recommend this book!
Brannylv
As a Jewish person active in Zionism and Anti Missionary efforts, I quite enjoyed this book. The author is a former cult member/victim of Mity Mo (Moshie Mosen) and his J4J cult. Although she does not go into the detail I would have favoured, she does a good job exposing the lies, brainwashing techniques and other efforts they use.
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