Israeli kindergartener declares ‘Yeshua is Messiah,’ causes stir at school

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The mother of a kindergarten girl in the city of Ma’ale Adumim yanked her daughter out of the school after she claimed that a “Christian” girl in the class told the other children that “Yeshua is the Messiah.”

The “Christian” child is the daughter of M., a Messianic Jew and mother of three children who have been attending public schools for several years. The teachers know the family and their beliefs have never presented any problems.

But late last month, another parent accused M’s daughter of confusing the children by claiming, “Yeshua is the Messiah and He will deliver us.”

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 7, the other parent complained that the preaching and “brainwashing” by the Messianic girl had confused her child and brought her, the mother, to the brink of tears. She said that “the way of life in the kindergarten must be compatible with the lifestyle of the family.” The school is a religious public school and the mother claimed that allowing a student to talk about Yeshua as Messiah is “hypocrisy towards religion and the kindergarten itself.”

The mother removed her daughter from the institution following a recommendation by two rabbis, including the rabbi of the city of Ma’ale Adumim, Rabbi Negri. Then she shared these recommendations and her decision on the parents’ social media group. To her surprise she was removed from the group by the teacher even though she claimed to have the support of other parents.

The municipality has no way of verifying the religion of each child and, nevertheless, is obligated to receive the children if there is room available. M., the messianic mother, defended her daughter’s teacher who was caught in the middle of this storm.

In a message to the parents, M. wrote, “Dear parents, I am sorry for the trouble and especially for the grief that our teacher received for no reason! She deserves our appreciation on both a professional and personal level. If someone has a problem, please contact me for clarification and leave the teacher out of it. Our children have been in this school for several years now and there has been no problem so far. I understand that as parents we want to protect our children, but none of us had the intention of hurting anyone other than the one who was irritated by things based on half-truths. I hope we can carry on quietly and happily now. I completely respect the religious law and we have many religious friends even outside of the parents of this class. Anyone who feels that he needs to take a step back is also entitled to do so and we are not offended by it. Thank you for the support … Remember, mainly, that our teacher runs the kindergarten with lots of love, experience and wisdom so let her do her work with joy and in peace!”

M. told KNI that she believes we must stand fully in our faith, be an example through our actions and also stand for our rights as believers in Israel.

“We must stand with full confidence in our faith, but I am of the opinion — and this is how I also explain to my children — that it is necessary to maintain restraint with our words and show the love of God that is in us through our behavior and actions before anything else,” she said.

“I also think people should know us by the fruit in our lives before they find out what we believe in and thus avoid unnecessary confrontations, ‘So that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven,’” she said. “When a situation arises where we are not at fault, such as we had in the kindergarten, we must not be quick to respond, but we must stand firmly on our rights if necessary.”

M.’s daughter continues to go to the kindergarten, unaffected by the incident, but aware that her beliefs have caused a stir. Her testimony reminds us of God’s word: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18: 3).

According to Channel 7, the Ma’ale Adumim municipality and the supervisor of the religious kindergartens did not comment. The mother who made the accusations is still waiting for her daughter to be placed in another school.