Posted to Religious Diversity News on July 17, 1999
Source: The Boston Globe
On July 17, 1999, The Boston Globe published an article
that looks at a new book by Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro, a
professor of religion at Temple University, entitled, Messianic Judaism: A
Rabbi’s Journey through Religious Change in America.
Harris-Shapiro addresses the Jews for Jesus movement, which is
controversial for many American Jews. “I think they were upset that
someone was taking a serious look at the Jews for Jesus and not
saying that they are a terrible, brainwashing cult. They are people
whose claims we may disagree with, but at least let’s try to
understand where they’re coming from,” Harris-Shapiro stated when
addressing the criticism she received in the Jewish press for giving
credibility to the Jews for Jesus movement. Messianic Jews say they
have 100,000 followers in the United States, but Harris-Shapiro says
the figure is closer to 10,000.