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Wrapping the Reverend in a Torah Scroll

Feb 9, 2012 at 02:07:11 PM

Jews for Judaism (Canada) has posted a video of a notorious missionary, "Messianic Rabbi" Ralph Messer, wrapping mega-church leader Rev. Eddie Long in a Torah scroll. The scroll allegedly came from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Bishop Eddie LongThis video, which is now circulating widely on the Internet, is a shocking illustration of how the so-called "Messianic Jewish" (Jews for Jesus) movement exploits, distorts and violates the most sacred objects and rituals of normative Judaism.

The video also illustrates the scope of acceptance and impact that Messianic Jews are having within the broader Evangelical Christian world. For those who wonder whether there really is a missionary problem, this video shows the very tip of the missionary iceberg.

Rev. Long is currently embroiled in scandal after being accused of sexual misconduct with five young men. This "wrapping in the scroll" is apparently a misguided way of offering him "divine protection."

Here is a link to the YouTube video. But be warned: it is very disturbing.

February 9, 2012

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Visitor Comments: 14

(13) Linda, May 2, 2012 11:18 AM

These people are not real Christians

Please do not judge all Christians by the "STUPIDITY" of people like these phonies. I am a Christian and reverence and totally respect the Jewish Faith. What these phonies did was not in anyway that I am aware of sanctioned by Jews For Jesus or any other Messianic Jews. I am very sorry that these "christians" would do something so offensive.

(12) Marty, February 20, 2012 12:47 AM

Search Beyond the What to Find the Why

While this abomination played on, I too watched and listened. I was numbed by the blatant disrespect and manipulation of our Holy book in its physical form, as well as the many levels of the contents within. Although this display allows us to see what is occurring, it does not, however, divulge why it is happening. This clip, and the many others which can be viewed does not inform us that the goal and agenda of these tricksters is to target Jews and trick them into converting to Christianity. By using deceptive yet familiar Jewish terminology, these vermin convince you to visit a service, similar to the one in the video. Once you are there, you are made to feel more welcome than you ever have in a real synagogue. Not only do they welcome you with open arms, but they create an atmosphere which is nearly identical to a true synagogue experience, down to the rabbi on the bima, all the way to the kiddush and the ha'motzi. The reason for this grand facade is that this is a practice that has become most effective for getting Jews to accept j.c. as their savior and messiah. You see, the Messianic Jews believe that the Messiah (j.c.) will only make his second coming when the Jew accepts that he did indeed die for our sins. In other words, it is the Jew who is preventing the messianic era from being ushered in; it is us Jews who are holding up the show. So, when we view clips of this nature, keep in mind that this is what the Jewish people are up against in an eternal battle for the Jewish soul. Our job now is to find a way to build a stronger Jewish foundation within our children so that they never turn feel the need to seek out false Gods and that when they are exposed to these types of videos that they too become incensed by the way our Torah and its message is distorted and manipulated in such an evil way.

(11) Shmuley, February 14, 2012 11:58 PM


This video... I watched all of it. I made myself. And... oh my goodness. I was absolutely DISGUSTED by it. I cannot believe that they can so thoughtlessly desecrate Judaism. How could those heartless non-believers turn our beautiful religion into some kind of a demented freak show? I am appalled, I am angered, I am just so... all I can say is, yuck. Just UGH. X(

(10) Mychal, February 13, 2012 3:08 PM

I couldn't get past the first minute and 10 seconds. For one thing, the man doesn't know how to pronounce Birkenau. Secondly, his wording of "the scroll" being resurrected from the dead is offensive, as is "taking off its foreskin." What the heck is up with that reference? And he talks about it still containing the ashes of Jewish people... right before he opens it up and dumps them out on his pulpit? Sorry, can't finish it.

(9) Teresa, February 12, 2012 8:52 PM

making a judgement

I hated this video, i too couldnt watch the whole thing. BUT.. If you look on Youtube you will see LOTS of messianics and Christians reviling and refuting this video. Dont judge all Messianics by this misguided man who CLAIMS to be something that he isn't. And as I recall scripture tells us that people claiming to be Jews, and aren't, is part of prophecy. That time is at hand.

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