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Many Jews have fallen victim to the deception of the messianic movement (Jews for j-sus, Hebrew xtians, etc.) Are those that perpetrate this deception tantamount to the Erev Rav in the Wilderness over 3,300 years ago?

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    Please clarify who you call MJ. In Israel The Chabad are called MJ. – Al Berko Feb 23 at 18:13
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    Unfortunately we don't have such a name in the Jewish Halacha. You have to chose between the existing statuses, as "a Jew", "a Non-Jew", "a Mumar Jew", "a Tinok Shenishbah Jew" and more. – Al Berko Feb 23 at 18:15
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    What do you mean by “tantamount to the Erev Rav”? – DonielF Feb 24 at 0:21
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    Why allow these groups to take ownership of that term? Many of us daven thrice daily for the moshiach to come....are we not in fact the real "Messianic" Jews? – Josh K Feb 24 at 12:13
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NO.

(This business of connecting your favorite villain with biblical characters doesn't really help much, by the way. There are no halachos on the books of how to relate to an erev rav-ite. A much more sophisticated question would compare a current-day population with how halachic sources such as the Talmud or Rambam practically addressed historical groups, such as Samaritans or Karaites.)

So-called "Messianic Jews" are generally Christians who incorporate some Judaic practices, and/or try to convert Jews to Christianity (albeit their brand of it) with Hebrew-ish sounding stuff; so they'll talk about "Yeshua" instead of "Jesus."

They are not Jews, plain and simple; Judaism regards them no differently than the Christians who tried to convert Jews more overtly a thousand years ago. If one of them goes through a conversion-to-Judaism ritual with the secret intent of converting Jews to Christianity, that conversion is invalid and halacha views such a person as non-Jewish.


NOTE: I have very unpleasant things to say about someone like this. That does not, however, entitle you to break the law of your country and use violence against them.


The eirev rav is a cautionary story of people who absolutely wanted to throw in their lot with the Jews, and were allowed to do so; but their motives were complicated -- selfishness played a role -- and their old habits died hard. The better analogy here is Orpah from the book of Ruth, who went through all the motions of a conversion sincerely, but when the going got tough, couldn't stick it out.

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    You mean, Conservation of Biblical Personalities doesn’t apply to people who aren’t actually in the Bible? :) – DonielF Feb 24 at 16:20
  • I think you might want to emphasize your final paragraph. A critical difference is that the Erev Rav, and Orpah, were fully Jewish, while so-called “Messianic” “Jews” are neither praying for the true Messiah nor actually Jewish. – DonielF Feb 24 at 16:21

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