A bold Messianic woman in Jerusalem fearlessly preached the Gospel while surrounded by an angry mob that threw objects at her, spit on her and threatened to kill her.
Hallel Goldman, 22, said that during the confrontation one young man glared at her, “You know that we are going to kill you.”
“I looked at him in the eyes and I said, ‘You can kill my body, that’s okay, but that’s not my life,” Goldman told KNI. “I saw his face change so maybe it touched him. He left me alone after that.”
Goldman and two of her friends attended a conference of the anti-missionary organization Yad L’Achim in order to share the Gospel. The Messianic young people intentionally copied the modus operandi of Yad L’Achim itself which sends its own people to Messianic conferences and congregations to protest and harass the believers attending them.
Yad L’Achim is a well-funded organization that aims to block any sort of evangelism in Israel and immigration of Messianic Jews to Israel and Christian presence in the Jewish state. Representatives are often dispatched to believing gatherings in order to disrupt the meetings, as KNI has reported on many times.
Goldman told KNI she heard about this large conference Yad L’Achim was holding earlier this month and knew many ultra-Orthodox Jews would be attending.
“I knew they were going to take all these young people and tell them a lot of lies about us (Messianics) so I just wanted to stand outside and say, ‘I’m a Messianic believer, let’s speak if you want to speak,’” Goldman said.
She explained that young people who grow up in ultra-Orthodox communities have no access to media, are disconnected from the outside world and only believe what they are told by their religious leaders. As a result they are completely brainwashed, she said.
At the event Goldman was asked by Yad L’Achim organizers to stand outside as religious tradition requires that men and women be separated and only men were at the event. She waited for her two friends, who were male, by the street near the conference center. Suddenly she became the focus of the attendees who were milling around outside.
“I don’t know what happened with them, but somehow I was in the midst of 200, maybe more, people around me after they realized I was Messianic,” she recounted.
“A few people were talking to me, asking, ‘What are you doing here?’ I started to tell them and then they screamed something in Yiddish and said, ‘She’s Messianic!’ So I was surrounded by many, many people, she said.
“They spit at me, they threw rocks. At first the rabbi was encouraging them, until it turned something in me. Suddenly I just started to preach, like screaming the Gospel. At that moment, I really felt they were sheep with no shepherd. They just do what they are told and they are full of hate, full of anger. So I started to preach and suddenly the same rabbi who told them to come against me said they should get away from me because I’m a woman.”
This continued until Goldman’s two friends returned and the police arrived. Goldman doesn’t know who called the police, but authorities were also concerned because it is a religious neighborhood and even residents from nearby buildings were spitting and throwing objects at Goldman.
Ultimately, Goldman feels a sense of compassion for these people.
“I don’t look at it like, ‘Look how bad they are to us.’ I know we see it this way much of the time. But it’s more like, ‘Look how blind they are. They are still in slavery while we got out.’ That’s the feeling I had while I was there.”
But she also pointed out that believers need to be discerning. She noted that these same people show up at congregations and conferences acting nice, but their intentions are to get information in order to go back and rile up their young followers.
“Even those people that we think are nice, Yad L’Achim, the leaders, they are actually not, not at all. They’re trying to get information and then they go and encourage the young people. So it’s really not (the young people’s) fault, they are brainwashed to do that stuff.”
Goldman witnesses to the religious community on a regular basis. She said that while many believers are called to bring the Gospel to unreached people groups around the world, she wants to focus on the unreached right in her own country.
“We can go to Africa and share with people who never hear the gospel, but we have here in Israel communities of ultra-Orthodox people and they don’t have phones, they don’t have media, they only hear what the rabbi says,” Goldman said. “They never hear the Gospel. So I thought, ‘It’s about time that stuff would go down, even if it would happen like this.’”