About the Site
In brief, this site documents and mocks cultural appropriation and Jewish playacting by members of the so-called “Messianic Jewish,” Hebraic Roots, and Nazarene movements.*
Don’t be fooled, though: while people in these movements often butcher Jewish traditions and the Hebrew language in comical ways, many of them are serious about trying to convert Jews to Christianity and have backing from major evangelical Christian institutions such as the Southern Baptist Convention and the Moody Bible Institute. And despite the obvious (yet misguided) philosemitism, some of these people also espouse antisemitic views at the same time—perhaps because most Jews don’t want to join in any of their reindeer games.
For the most part, I avoid discussing theology on here and focus on issues of secular interest like cultural appropriation. I made this choice deliberately because so-called “Messianic Judaism” isn’t just offensive to religious Jews: it’s offensive to all Jews, to honest Christians, to anyone engaged in sincere interfaith work, and more generally to anyone who doesn’t want evangelical Christians to take over yet another institution or culture.
For various reasons, I prefer to stay anonymous. However, I will at least mention that I’m a liberal (but committed) Jew who started this site after becoming disgusted with all the Messianic Jewish nonsense I kept encountering online—and, from time to time, offline.
Also, while it should be obvious, I’m not the person in the avatar. Perhaps I can dress up as him for Purim, though.
* Yes, I’m aware that these movements differ and that members of the Messianic Jewish movement in particular distance themselves from the other movements, but that’s not particularly relevant for this site. For one thing, they’re all still Christian, and for another, most members of the Messianic Jewish movement have just as much claim to Jewish heritage as members of the other groups—which is to say none, even if some of the prominent figures have changed their name to something Jewish-sounding or purchased fancy conversion certificates that are actually worthless.