April 14 – 2011

Caspari Center Media Review – April 14, 2011

During the week covered by this review, we received 3 articles on the subjects of attitudes towards Messianic Jews, Christian Zionism, and archaeology. Of these:

1 dealt with Messianic Jews

1 dealt with Christian Zionism

1 dealt with archaeology


This week’s Review included a reference to Messianic Jews endeavoring to observe Jewish holidays.

Messianic Jews

Merkaz HaInyanim, April 4, 2011

In an article looking at the increasing Jewish interest in astronomy, particularly in relation to the observation of the new moon, the director of the Association for the Observation of the New Moon referred to Messianic Jews, saying: “‘The great revival and renewed interest which has recently taken place in Jewish astronomy, alongside the many people who are studying the phenomenon of the new moon and the Jewish calendar indicate the significant revolution taking place in these field lately … But it’s not just me. Orthodox and religious Jews are also showing an interest in the new moon … Muslims count the moon … and various Christian sects who have a great interest in the Tanakh, including Messianic Jews, God forbid, who want to celebrate the Jewish festivals in their own way. These groups also go out to see the new moon.’”

Christian Zionism

Jerusalem Post, March 31, 2011

According to this report, “A delegation of MKs from the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus will wrap up a week-long tour of outreach to Canadian Christian Zionists and native Canadian ‘First Nation communities’ on Thursday … sponsored by the country’s National Christian Ministries in an effort to promote dialogue and bonds of friendship between Jewish, Christian and First Nations communities across Canada and garner awareness and support for the State of Israel … At the events, Canadian political, business and religious leaders were given an opportunity to connect and forge greater relationships with Israel via the MKs …”


Haaretz, April 5, 2011

This piece reported last week’s story concerning the Jordanian request for the return of “70 ancient lead books stolen and smuggled into Israel,” Jordan’s “archaeology chief” saying that “he has a solid legal case to press” for their restoration.