Polly Sigulim is a law-abiding, Jewish woman living in Arad, Israel. She’s a widow, the mother of three children, and takes in foster children. She keeps the seven feast days of Israel, and she keeps Sabbath. She’s also a believer in Jesus, and attends a mixed congregation of Messianic Jews and Christians.
All of her foster children are either from Messianic Jewish or Christian families. Years ago, a Jewish girl who visited her family asked one of the foster children for a New Testament. After reading the New Testament twice, the girl chose to become a Christian. At the age of 18, the girl was baptized.
Since then, every Sabbath, Polly and her family have been subjected to demonstrations outside of her home by the Hasidim (Orthodox Jews) of Arad. They gather in the parking area outside of Polly’s home, take pictures of anyone who comes or goes, and yell insults and obscenities, including, “Jesus, the bastard,” over loudspeakers.
Once a year, in March, the Hasidim stage their big demonstration, with hundreds of demonstrators protesting the existence of Messianic Jews in Arad, in front of Polly’s home. They put up posters with Polly’s name and face, warning people to stay away from the “dangerous missionary.”
Polly says, “Of course it saddens us to see and hear our Jewish brothers outside our homes screaming curses against us and our families, trying to entice our neighbors to join their efforts to make our lives so miserable that we would choose to just pack everything and flee our birth-right country, Israel.”
The word Hasidim means literally, “loving kindness”. Do you think the Hasidim are living up to their name? Are they right to protest? Is eight years enough, or should they continue until Polly and her family moves? Should Polly have kept her foster child from giving another child a New Testament, considering the girl was still a minor?
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Some information for this article was obtained from an article by Alfred Muller at http://www.angelfire.com/super/redhorse/2004/07_05/04/01.htm
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