On the contrary, cultists are bright, idealistic, caring individuals. They get “hooked” because they believe they will be doing important work for the betterment of mankind. Nobody joins a cult; they join a cause! Intelligent people also have needs, frustrations and disillusionment. It is more a matter of feelings than intelligence. If people always dealt [Read More]
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In this question and answer post, in the Ask the Rabbi section, we ask, what are the Jewish holy books?
What characteristics define a cult? Do cult leaders really believe what they preach? What happens to cult members 10 years after they join? and more.
What is Deceptive Proselytizing? What is Jews for Jesus? How Jewish Are Groups Such As Jews for Jesus? and more.
Steps if you are approached by a Missionary: Try to disengage as quickly as possible: Who are you? What organization are you affiliated with? Does it have a religious designation Thank you, but no thanks. I am already affiliated with (Jewish Group Name) End your response with concluding statement: I appreciate your sincerity, but I [Read More]
Messianic Judaism is a branch of Judaism that is trying to act as a link between Judaism and Christianity. Those who follow this form of Judaism are referred to as Messianic Jews. So how many of them are there? Let’s find out.
We hope so! The first and most important safeguard is to realize that anyone can end up in a cult. Momentary crisis situations make people vulnerable. When you acknowledge that it can happen to you, you will be more aware and less gullible. This is especially significant considering the deceptive, seductive and extremely persuasive tactics [Read More]
Q: Is there any way a person can avoid getting involved in a cult? A: We hope so! The first and most important safeguard is to realize that anyone can end up in a cult. Momentary crisis situations make people vulnerable. When you acknowledge that it can happen to you, you will be more aware [Read More]
R. Moshe Feinstein, in a set of halakhic letters penned in 1967 to R. Yosef B. Soloveitchik of Boston and to Dr. Bernard Lander (Igr. Moshe YD 3:43-44), unequivocally forbade Jewish participation in ecumenical dialogue with the Church, citing both concern for apostasy as well as inherent prohibitions of such dialogue. R. Feinstein was firm [Read More]