Fortunately, a diligent reporter for the Associated Press spoke to Rabbi David Shiff of Congregation Beth Hallel, a Messianic Jewish synagogue in Roswell, Georgia, who said.
“Ralph Messer in no way represents Messianic Judaism,” Shiff said. “He is not affiliated with any legitimate branch of Messianic Judaism. His actions in no way reflect the position of Messianic Judaism. I found the presentation to be repulsive and inappropriate.”Rabbi Shiff speaks for all of us. Nevertheless, it is incumbent on us to raise our voices, not only for the sake of our community's reputation, but for the reputation of Messiah himself.
I want to call my fellow Messianic Jews to take a stand with me (and others listed below) in repudiating Messer's actions. Consider pasting the following to your Facebook or twitter:
#MessianicJews #horrified by the actions of Ralph #Messer in desecrating a Torah scroll at #NewBirth church. http://bit.ly/wv6hF0
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Rabbi Dr. Michael Schiffman: A shonda
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann: The Messer Mess: Repudiating a Disgraceful Act
Ron Cantor: Rabbi Messer Crowns Eddie Long a King: A Messianic Response
FFOZ: Messer and the Messianic Mess