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born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

“Called to Controversy The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus” by Ruth Rosen

Called to Controversy“Called to Controversy The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus” (ISBN 9781595554918, 2012) by Ruth Rosen (daughter). The book’s a collection of what Moishe Rosen did as to convince others that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. This included evangelization, being accepted by most Christian groups and heavily criticized by mainstream Jewish groups.

“As a Jew, I grew up being alternately fascinated and angry with Christmas. I had no idea that thousands of miles away, a little Jewish girl from a far stricter background than my own was hearing Christmas carols, wondering why the one they spoke of was not for her.”
— Moishe Rosen on Christmas and the story of the birth of Christ

From the point of view of someone raised Christian, we’ve got a general idea of rituals in the Church. The book shows the culture shock that Moishe had when first going to a church.

“They invite you to a Passover feast, they give you a crumb of matzo and a thimble full of grape juice, and then they have the nerve to make jokes about Jews being stingy.”
— Moishe Rosen on Communion

Ruth Rosen includes lots of Yiddish words and expressions that her parents used in order to give the audience a truer environment.

“Salesmanship is no substitute for a Spirit-led ministry.”
— Moishe Rosen

What really attracted me from the book are the little sayings that Rosen would say at the beginning of each chapter.

It’s an interesting book for its historical value.

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