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Vice President Mike Pence was heavily criticized on Monday for appearing at a Michigan election campaign where a messianic rabbi smiled at 1
Pence, often posing as a reborn Evangelical Christian, invited Rabbi Loren Jacobs to a stage in Waterford Township, a suburb of Detroit, to stage Lena Epstein, a Republican candidacy for the open-air congress in the 11th District of Michigan
Jacobs, the founder and chief rabbi of the Congregation Shema Yisrael in the nearby Bloomfield Hills, opened with the call "God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, God and Father of my Lord and Redeemer Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah, and also my God and Father. "
(" Yeshua "- derived from a Greek spelling that eventually became" Jesus "on E nglish – is the name of Many Messianic Jews refer to Jesus You can watch C-SPAN's video about the prayer of Jacobs here.)
Shema Yisrael is a messianic synagogue – one that recognizes the New Testament as authoritative script believe that Jesus is the Messiah.
Messianic Judaism is used by most common Jewish movements, and it is not recognized by the Chief Rabbinate, the highest spiritual authority for Judaism in Israel.
Perhaps the most visible manifestation in the United States is the organization Jews for Jesus, which was founded in 1970, declares that "Jesus, the Messiah, was eternally preexistent and equated with God the Father". Jacobs has contributed a series of columns on the publications of the Jews for Jesus publications.
Many people criticized Pence for what they said, in the best case against Judaism, and at worst against a deliberate insult. Some characterized Jacobs as a "false rabbi" and a "Christian rabbi".
Epstein defended the vice president on Monday night and said in a statement that it was she who had Jacobs to herself had invited the event, not pence, "because we must unite as a nation."
"Any media or political competitor who attacks me or the vice president is guilty of religious intolerance and should be ashamed," she said.
Pence Deputy Chief of Staff Jarrod Agen told NBC News that Pence gave Jacobs a prayer at the beginning of the event and invited him to the stage for the entire audience to hear.
"We often have ecumenical prayers at the beginning of events that are not confirmations of a particular faith," said Agen.
Jacobs could not be reached for a comment on Monday night. The Congregation Shema Yisrael did not answer a call for a call.
Jacobs graduated in 1979 from the Jewish Studies Program at the Moody Bible Institute, a leading Christian college in Chicago, and was ordained a Rabbi by the Union of Messianic Jewish Communities. An Association of Some 75 Messianic-Jewish Communities Based in Boca Raton, Florida
In an essay for Jewish testimonies, a Messianic-Jewish website, Jacobs wrote, "By becoming acquainted with the Messiah, I discovered a dimension of Jewish spirituality I never dreamed of! "
Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner contributed.