I Escaped From Hitler Twice: The Fred Wertheim Story

When a Jew comes to believe in Jesus, it not only affects his life but the lives of those closest to him—his family. This was certainly the case when Steve Wertheim, the son of a Jewish immigrant, came to believe in Jesus.

Steve's father, Fred, was born in Germany in 1925. The son of a baker, he lived in a small village of 2,000 people. The town had very few Jews, ten families to be exact. Fred, as a young boy, had to look among the non-Jews for playmates because the only other Jewish children were his two older sisters and an older Jewish girl. It didn't bother him to have gentile friends, but it started bothering them to have a Jewish one.

By the time Fred was eight, the Aryan philosophy of Hitler was well on its way to acceptance by most Germans. Fred's best friends did not want to play with him anymore. His parents, who were prospering in the bakery business, held to the illusion that Hitler would lose his popularity and that things would get better once again for the Jews. Instead they got worse.

The Wertheim family finally decided to leave Germany for America. However, wanting to leave and getting out of the country were two different things. Because of immigration quotas, they needed to apply to the Consulate for clearance. The family had no papers prepared by a United States citizen for them, and that made emigration difficult. They were given a number—a very high one—48,878, which represented the number of people allowed to come from Germany before them. It would be a while until they could expect to go.

Meanwhile, on July 2, 1938 Fred became bar mitzvah. He was to be the last Jewish boy to undergo the ceremony in his district. Four months later came Kristallnacht. His synagogue, along with hundreds of others was destroyed. Six days later, it was ordered that Jewish children be expelled from the schools. At the same time, Jewish males that were thirteen or older were being conscripted for labor camps." Fred was small for his age and because of his size was overlooked. Before long, entire Jewish families were being deported to the death camps. Yet, for some mysterious reason, his family was spared. Their immigration number came up, and in May of 1941 the Wertheims left what had become Hitler's Germany. They traveled by way of France, Spain and Portugal and arrived on the shores of what they saw to be heaven on earth—America.

Fred learned the English language quickly and after having been in the States only two years, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. The eighteen-year-old went through basic training and was shipped out to England. He was then given additional training and assigned to the First Infantry Division as part of the combat engineers. This was a front-line unit that was trained to remove mines or build emergency bridges so others could advance. Front-line units like Fred's had dangerous duty and high casualties.

Fred took part in the invasion of Europe on D-Day. He fought his way through France and across the Rhine River, ironically, into his native Germany. Then Fred and some of his fellow Army soldiers were captured there. Says Fred,

"I remember they had us lined up. The Germans were talking among themselves, loud enough for me to hear. Since I understood what they were saying, my body started to shake. Some of my buddies started asking me, 'What's happening? How come you're ready to pass out?' I told them, 'This is the way it's going to be. They don't know what to do with us and so they're going to shoot us."'

Yet, for some reason they changed their minds and took the group to a prisoner of war camp near Hanover—Stalag 11B. Fred was spared again.

Most of the prisoners at Stalag 11B had been there throughout most of the war and were very weak. Some couldn't even stand up. No work was assigned to the prisoners, for it would have probably killed most of them who were in a state of physical debilitation. Each morning, Fred and the others answered a roll call and then spent the rest of the day wandering within the boundaries of the high wire fences.

The conditions in the camp were not up to Geneva Convention standards. The clothes of the prisoners were burned regularly because they were lice infested. Many had their hair shorn very short to minimize the infestation. Their breakfast and lunch was combined into one "meal" which consisted of a tin can filled with black coffee. In the late afternoon they were given a stew which contained vegetables and occasionally a few strings of horsemeat. Fred remembers,

"It smelled so rotten that I literally held my nose while I was eating. Once in a while, very late at night, some Germans from outside the camp would throw food over the fence and run away." It proved that not all Germans were Hitlerites.

Meanwhile, back in the States, Fred's family had gotten a telegram delivered by a woman dressed in black. It was from the War Department saying that Fred was missing in action. Germany didn't turn over names of prisoners, so his family had no way of knowing if he was alive.

Eventually the Allied Forces conquered Germany and General Montgomery's Ninth Division liberated Stalag 11B. Fred first had to recuperate from tapeworm and other maladies received as a result of his imprisonment. Then, around Mother's Day of 1945, he was sent home.

"The convoy I was in was the first batch of American POW's to get back to New York City and we got a tremendous welcome—fireboats and everything. The following Saturday I got a big reception in the synagogue from the rabbi and the entire congregation."

Fred felt very grateful to be back in a safe place. He couldn't forget, however, the horrors of war or the miracle of his preservation. "God has done so many good things for me. He brought my immediate family out of Germany. He kept me alive in a prisoner of war camp. And there was the time that I was in a German halftrack that turned over on top of me. Two Germans lay dead next to me. The halftrack was so heavy with equipment that I couldn't move. Then water started to come up as we were pressed down in a field. I thought my life was over. I said the Sh'ma and I spoke to God pleading for His help. At that moment, several of my German captors were able to lift the halftrack and slide me out from under it. I was safe once again."

"First I escaped from Hitler as a Jewish refugee. Then I was liberated as an American prisoner of war. But I was never free until Messiah saved and rescued me."

Fred Wertheim believed in God and felt that God had preserved him for a purpose. He didn't know what it was, but reasoned that he should just go on living, that God would show him some day. Fred married a nice Jewish girl from his synagogue and he and Laura settled down in the Bronx. They raised two sons and things were going fine until he got a phone call from his oldest son Steve. Steve had moved to California after graduating from college. Fred could not believe his ears, but Steve's words were clear: "Dad, Mom, I've come to believe in Jesus as the Messiah."

Fred took the news very hard: "After all I had been through, here I saw my own flesh and blood had turned against me." Fred worked as a mail carrier, and for weeks after the phone call, he would just suddenly start crying on his route. People asked him what was wrong, but he couldn't tell them. He was ashamed to let them know that his son had become a Christian.

Steve tried to explain to his father that his decision to believe in Jesus was not intended to hurt Fred. It was a decision based on conviction—the conviction that Jesus was the Messiah of Israel. Steve told his father about a Mr. Goldstein who had originally told him about Jesus. Mr. Goldstein was a Jew for Jesus who Steve had met and through whose Bible study meeting Steve became more and more convinced of his spiritual needs and of Jesus' sufficiency.

Fred, while depressed over Steve's decision, became angry with Mr. Goldstein. When Steve told him that Goldstein was coming to New York and wanted to visit with him, Fred agreed. He said to his son, "I want to meet the man who did this to you and I want to kill him. I'm going to throw him off of our terrace!"

Goldstein and his wife visited the Wertheims and instead of a violent or angry interchange, the two couples discussed things over coffee and a danish pastry ring.

Says Mrs. Wertheim, "We asked them many questions. After a while, Mr. Goldstein pointed out prophecies in the Jewish Bible. I was a little shocked to see that my husband was very curious to know more."

Fred Wertheim's curiosity continued past that evening. He started attending Bible study meetings in New York:

"I became a very conscientious student. Each week we were asked to prepare for the next lesson by reading a particular passage from the Scriptures. One week the assignment was to read the first letter of John (in the New Testament), but I read the Gospel of John by mistake. I couldn't put it down. Then, on the morning of September 29, 1975, I woke up at four o'clock. I saw what was the outline of a figure standing in the doorway of my bedroom. I couldn't see a face, but I knew it was Jesus. I was convinced that he was real and that I wanted him in my life. I knew he was my Messiah. For me to become a believer, it took a supernatural event like this one. I know it's not that way for everybody who believes in Jesus, but that's how it happened to me. I didn't tell my wife until later in the day."

Laura Wertheim was upset about the news. First her son and now her husband too! To compound things, their youngest son Robbie, announced that he too was a believer. He didn't want to say anything until his father came to believe because he was afraid that it would be too traumatic an experience for Fred. In Robbie's words, "I didn't think he could take another one."

But could Laura Wertheim take another family member believing in Jesus? Says Mrs. Wertheim,

"I was very stubborn. While I felt surrounded by believers, I kept reminding myself that so many people were killed in the Holocaust. So many Jews were killed. I couldn't betray my upbringing."

Then the Wertheim family went to see a movie called "The Hiding Place." Laura watched this true story about a Christian woman and her family in Holland during the war. Says Laura,

"It showed the suffering this woman went through, yet she kept her faith in God. It made me see that God was working during the Holocaust—through people like this dear woman. Because she believed in Jesus, she helped Jews—she had real reason to hope. I just sat there and wept and sobbed through the entire picture."

The next week, she too accepted Jesus as her Messiah. Four years later, Fred and Laura Wertheim renewed their marriage vows. Portions of the ceremony follow:

"Love and commitment have come to have a diminished meaning in today's world. Yet, we can see the true meaning of love and commitment as we behold Fred and Laura Wertheim, a couple united in God, showing forth His faithfulness. In a world where promises are seldom kept and faithfulness is scorned, they stand here to declare and reaffirm their love for one another.

"In Jewish tradition, it is considered a blessing and privilege to be an invited guest at a wedding. To be able to rejoice with a bridegroom and his bride as they begin a new life together is something that brings joy to the heart. How much more, then, can we rejoice with Fred and Laura as we witness the profession of their continued love. Thirty years ago on the 22nd day of October of 1949, Fred and Laura were joined under the chupah.

"Today, they reaffirm their vows in our presence. They rededicate their lives to one another with a new dimension and depth—that they are joined to God Almighty. He is the center of their union with one another. Their children have always been able to recognize the mutual devotion and deep respect that Fred and Laura have had for each other throughout their marriage. Yet, when the Wertheims met Jesus their Messiah, their relationship truly blossomed. The faith that they came to four years ago has made a good relationship far sweeter. Their relationship with Jesus increased their capacity to love each other in the everyday practicalities of their life together. Their relationship with Jesus increased their capacity to love others.

"Because God has been so faithful to them, they desire to publicly declare and demonstrate that faithfulness and have come today to dedicate their lives afresh in serving Him.

"Fred and Laura, God has given both of you much, and the Scriptures say, 'From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.' However, when God gives us a responsibility, He also promises to supply what we need to fulfill that which he requires. We have the great promises of God to rely upon as we live our lives in Messiah. 'Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Messiah Jesus' (Philippians 1:6).

"…As they stand before you, the Wertheims wish to reaffirm their commitment to one another in Jesus and their desire to reflect God's image together.

Fred: 'As the days seemed short to Jacob in serving for Rachel, so have the years seemed that we have shared. Laura, my wife, I promise you, as a child of God, that I will continue to love and respect you, honor and uphold you, and give of all that I have to you. As we continue to walk together in the love of Messiah Jesus, I pray that we will become a true reflection of the love and faithfulness Jesus has for the Holy Congregation.'

Laura: 'Fred, throughout our marriage you have been both my beloved and my friend, the one whom I can fully trust with all that I am. As a child of God, I promise you, my husband, that I will continue to love and respect you, honor and uphold you, and give of all that I have to you. I will faithfully stand with you and help inspire you, that God's will might be the focus of our lives.'"

"May God's love surround you, Fred and Laura, as the mountains surround Jerusalem; and may that love emanate forth to all who you touch with your lives. May your next thirty years together increase your joy and gladness as Messiah reigns in your lives."

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rohan

i think that the jews should have fought back because there were more of jews then germans
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Yvonne

My husband and I cried together as we read this beautiful story of how this family came to know Jesus as Messiah. What amazing grace and providential care were displayed by our wonderful Savior! The Wertheims' vows of rededication as believers in Jesus were also very touching. We are saving this story. It is such a wonderful testimony. May God continue to use this story to bless many hearts and lives!

Stacy Beth

What satan meant for evil..God meant for God...What a testimony..that all Jews should read...especially in the time when we as a people need our Messiah more and more. And that Gentiles should grasp and see that God hasn't abandoned His covenented people... "But God demonstrated His own love towards us in that while we were sinners, Yeshua, Jesus died for us". Romans 5:8.
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Roger Bourne

I found Fred's and Laura's testimony very moving to the point of tears, especially as I read to my Jewish Friend who lost his grandfather in the Holocaust and now believes. It is so refreshing to hear of people wanting to have Y'shua in their home.
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CARL GEORGE

As I sat at my computer reading this blessed story and testimony, a great feeling of love and compassion just came all over me. I thank Yeshua Our Messiah for the werthelms family. My wife and I been married 40 years and we have 17 children so we can certainly appreciate this story. Thank God for JEWS FOR JESUS NEWSLETTER>
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chris

satan was a very bad bad man!! jesus was our saviour! and is our saviour! why do people actully worship satan? why not jesus? he was our true god! satan? why do we even talk of the monster!? its rediculous! satan is evil n all evil...lets praise jesus n b happy..
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Thomas

A beautiful story of how God never gives up on us. Likewise, He didn't give up on me! We are all so blessed to be with Y'shua forever!!
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Kim

I want to use this space to send my love to the Levitt family, on their loss of their father Zola. I loved his ministries,I ALSO Love all jewish ministries and the jewish people,and expecially Y'shua Ha'Mashiach!Zola, you will be missed!But you, are in the arms of the Lord Jesus.
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kathleen «Courtemanche

Hine lo yanoum v'lo yishan shoymer Fred Wertheim! And For the love of Zion I will not stop speaking, For the love of Yerushalem I will not Rest, untill its salvation appears like sunrise! God Is the God of yishrael and one day all of Yishrael will know that their messiah is Yeshuah! God bless the descendents of abraham as he promised.Everytime I hear about a jew turning to Yeshuah, I rejoice in knowing Hashem Keeps his promises and thet Messiah is coming back soon to gather his people.I am crying trars of joy when see this. God Bless Israel. In Yeshuah my saviour! Much love to you all. Kathleen
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Beatrice

how can istudy judaism?how to become ajew?
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Wayne

praise God Almighty, what an awesome God we serve, Just read the beautiful account of Fred Wertheim and his family, of how God brought them from his home in germany to his new home in america, God is such a wonderful God, and how fred and his family came to know jesus. its wonderful that the precious jews accept jesus, and the weddind blessing was beautiful, I Continue to pray for the jewish people, and peace for israel and all Gods people.
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Jason Perkins

For a while now, I have been wondering whether or not there were any Jewish Christians living today. When I read Fred's letter, what struck me the most was the anticipation that a Jewish person has for the coming of the Messiah. When the Messiah (Jesus) came to Fred and his family, how much sweeter was their conversion. A Jewish person is raised with the anticipation of the Messiah coming, in fact this is what Judaism focuses on, and when Jesus came to Fred in a vision, every dream, wish and anticipated event that he had dwelled on his whole life was fulfilled in that moment. Being raised as a Christian, I have taken for granted that Christ was always the Messiah since that is what I was taught since day 1. However, reading this story makes me realize to greater depths how special the coming of the Messiah truly is. How moving a story is this! It moved me to tears when I read it.

josh

Jews for Jesus is sending the Jewish religion to a religious death camp. I feel sorry for this deceived holocaust survivor because if he had looked into the NT properly and not believed what JFJ says, he would've found out just how "un-messianic" jesus actually was.

Rachel

It is truly amazing how this Jewish family came to believe and accept Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah. I am hoping their story inspires more people. I am also praying that someone I am involved with, who is of Jewish background, finds the Truth.
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Francesca

Praise the lord that some of our Jewish friends have accepted Jesus has thier messiah. Jesus is there for his people keep praying, great things shall come to all who accept. I Francesca love and adore JESUS I AM PROUD TO HAVE THE LORD IN MY LIVE. GOD BLESS ALL WHO BELIEVE AND RECIEVE JESUS.
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Chad

Josh: Please enlighten us as to how Mr. Wertheim should have "properly" looked into the New Testament. My guess is that what you mean by "properly" is "not at all." As to the first part of your post: "death camp?" Shame on you! Shame on you for using Mr. Wertheim's story to show your intolerance of differing beliefs. You cheapen the horrible experiences of every Holocaust survivor -- whether they believe in Jesus or not -- by doing this.
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Dayavanth

Its nice to know that even Jews believe in Jesus!!
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Rickie

Beatrice Said this: "how can istudy judaism?how to become ajew?", on 29 Apr 2006. Beatrice, I'll answer you: stop to believe in Jesus, throw away all books that have the NT and go to a real jewish synagogue. You can choose from Orthodox, Conservative, Liberal or even the ultra-liberal Reconstructionist. Both are real jews. Remeber: christians believes in (Jesus) Christ, real JEWS, DON'T. Keep in mind it.
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HEAVEN

I THOUT THERES WAS OWN TEN COMMENTS!?
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josh

Chad: I will use the term death camp because JFJ is destroying our religion with its deceiving beliefs about a god that is not Jewish. I'm sorry but Jesus was not the Jewish Messiah and untruthfully telling people that it is, is putting a stumbling block before the blind. Most of the jews that fool victim to JFJ are ones that don't know enough about our religion and they think that JFJ is a legitimate form of Judaism. My point was not to him alone, I'm trying to reach out to anyone who has believed in Jesus. That is all
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Lina

actually my family is catholic, and i live in colombia, however i found a place where jews believe in jesus and i believe that is the true religion, certainly this type of stories are inspiring, specially because i know that deep inside God loves his people which are the jews and sent jesus as his messiah knowing that there are more people that think like me is great.
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Joy

Thank you for inspiring me as a Christian. I admire your (JFJ) work.
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londeka dlamini

WOW wat an eye opening website.What i want to know is whether you guys believe in Jesus as our ressurected savior?if so THAT IS AWESOME!imglad that God's chosen people have seen the light as well.I dnt mean to offend but im really happy.
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Bob

I'm hoping that "Goldstein fellow" was Baruch Goldstein who was my mentor in the 1980s. I know he is no longer w/JFJ and has seen some hard times w/his walk- God bless you Baruch- you have been a great help for many of us Jews!
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melissa

Josh, Sorry, but you are the one who is blind. how do you explain then, that Jesus full filled EVERY characteristic of the Messiah, put forth by the old testiment prophets? EVERY ONE. No one in history before or since has been able to do this: He would be of the linage of David He would be born in Bethlehem He would suffer and die a man of sorrows and be denied by His own people (Read Isaiah 50, Josh) That's just three off the top of my head, there are a multitude of others. And only ONE PERSON in human history has fit the total bill. ONLY ONE, Josh.
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melissa

Final thought to Josh. To deny that Jesus was and is Messiah, means that you'll also have to declare that parts of your old testiment are lies. Are you willing to do that?
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Chad

Josh: I note that you have avoided answering my question relative to how Mr. Wertheim should "properly" have "looked into" the New Testament. Can we expect you to answer at any point, or should we just treat it as rhetoric? I find your reply concerning the use of the term "death camp" to be pure narishkeit. If anyone -- Jews for Jesus or anyone else -- is "destroying" your religion merely by sharing our belief that Jesus is the Messiah, then perhaps your faith is fairly weak. You make authoritative statements ("Jesus was not the Jewish Messiah") and offer nothing to back them up. Reasonable people don't do this; reasonable people offer some evidence to bolster their statements. Reasonable people do not make invidious comparisons to sick, evil men like the Nazis simply because they disagree with someone's beliefs.
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Chad

Rickie: What an incredibly narrow definition you place on who is a Jew. You have defined who is a Jew solely by whether or not they practice the RELIGION of Judaism. By your definition, any Jew who is not practicing Judaism (the vast majority of Jews in both the U.S. and Israel) has ceased to be a Jew. Congratulations ... among the noteable people whose Jewish identity you've just taken away was Albert Einstein. Being a Jew is not just a matter of one's religion, Rickie. You are BORN a Jew, and nothing can change that.
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Jessica

I think this story is a great example of belivers. I am so glad that God is using a lot of people to deliver HIS word(the bible)even though i am not a jew, i really respect all of you.God bless you all!! Yours truly, Jessica

wayne

I am not jewish and know nothing about judaism except what is in the holy bible. I am overwhelmed with joy when i see jews excepting Jesus Christ as there lord and savior and knowing that they will have eternal life with the father as promised by him.Jesus is God.
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linda

any relation to Albert Wertheim who was a professor at Indiana University? Having married a holocaust survivor I appreciate the miracles that occured in the lives of each survivor.
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Jose Interiano

It brings great joy to my heart to see Jews accepting Jesus as Messiah. I am a born again Christian and I praise God for His Jewish Children. "11Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12But if their ransgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring! 13I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry 14in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches." PAUL's Words in ROMANS 11. PRAISE GOD, for his love is too much for us to fathom.
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Pamela Shapiro

Rohan, There's no truth that Jews should've fought back because there were more Jews than Germans. First, there were never more Jews than Germans. Second, Jews fought back bravely and valiantly. Your comments have serious implications.. If Jews should've fought back, that means they are partly responsible for some of their deaths. If Jews are somewhat responsible for their deaths, then Nazi murders are mitigated. Germans are then less responsible for killing 6 million Jews. Shall we say that Germans aren't fully responsible for the 55 million they killed in WWII, including 22 million Soviets?! I DON'T THINK YOU'RE AN ANTISEMITE. You are not angry, just ignorant. The problem Rohan is that ANTI-SEMiTES USE YOUR WORDS TO HURT THE JEWS. THEY ARE SERIOUS REMARKS. It is unfair that your ignorance is used for hateful purposes. But, your facts are wrong, your words ultimately continue frightening myths. Please think this through and do some homework.. Thanks for listening.
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james

looking into alot of things lately - and I'm seeing enough actively working against Christianity, that I'm considering using it for evangelism. and.. that maitreya personage has more evil teachings than are in the satanic bible. works without faith, and faith without works are both dead - what CONSTRUCTIVE (GOOD) things have you done, for the right reasons?
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david

How wonderful that this great man has seen the light. Speaking of holocausts, we must not forget the many brave Catholic and other Christian brethren who sacrified their lives to the Germans on behalf of their Jewish fellows. We must also not forget the despicable evil Stalin, killing tens of millions, and enslaving the peoples of Russia, "east" Germany & the other parts of the soviet "union" in misery and fear for decades. A union made in hell.
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Keitly

This is an incredible story of love...Love of a husband and a wife and the Love of God. The root is Holy...the Jewish people are still the children of God because he does not change his mind. Jesus is indeed their Lord...but the scales that fell of Paul's eyes blind many of them until the last of the Gentiles become adopted. So it is such an encouragement to me to see Jews coming to Christ...Perhaps it means he is coming for us soon..one can only hope...Thank you for sharing this story.
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Josh

Chad, I haven't visited the site in a while. Basically Jesus is not the Messiah. One only has to look as far as Matthew to show that the NT has no credibility. Half the prophecies it brings up aren't written in the OT. I'll give you 3 examples. 1) Matt1:23 says "Behold the virgin will become pregnant and bear a child and they will call his name Immanuel" the correct hebrew verse says "and SHE will call his Name Immanuel" Matt 2:27 says quotes a verse from the OT that says "and he shall be called a Nazarene" THIS VERSE ISN'T IN THE OT NAZARETH IS NEVER MENTIONED AT ALL IN THE OT. 3) In 2:15 it says "out of Egypt I called my son" The true verse from Hosea is refering to Israel and not Jesus as in Hosea, the first part of the Verse mentions Israel by name. Chad these are amongst the many reasons that the NT is false and has little to no credibility to the objective eye.
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Josh

Mellisa, you have got it all wrong. To deny Jesus is the Messiah, isn't taking anything away from the OT at all. Jesus didn't fullfill anything. We still live in a world full of corruption and violence. Isaiah 2 and Micah 4 say that when the Messiah will come there will be world peace. Any talk of a second coming is nonsense and has no mentioning in the OT at all. Yes Isaiah 53 talks about a suffering servant, It's talking about Israel. After God refers to Israel multiple times throughout the Bible as "My servant" Melissa, you should really read the Bible especially the NT and when it quotes verses, find them in the OT and look at the whole picture, you'll be greatly surprised. I garuntee it.
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Sandy

Praise God for His salvation to all - Jews and Gentiles alike. What a great and mighty God we serve.
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Md Khatif

I am not jew or christian but I am confused, isn't jew different than christian? doesnt beleive in jesus make them christian? Confus ed, Md Khatif
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John Purvis

I am not a Jew. I was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. I was raised as a Christian but am finding my Muslim self as I get older. This doesn't mean I have lost my Christian self. It does mean I have sides in conflict from time to time. However God gave me a brain to think. I came here to see what Jews for Jesus are all about. I think it is intolerant for anyone to come here and attack Jewish people who believe in Jesus, just as it would be intolerant to go to a Jewish Orthodox/Conservativ e/Reform site and attack the people there for the beliefs. I am not believe the same but I can have respect for those beliefs. I am curious how the people here view the Israel situation. Personally I think Israel has treated the Palestinian people very poorly and that a two state solution is the answer. This doesn't mean that I believe the attacks on Israeli citizens are justified. I hope and pray for peace as a humanist. God Bless you all
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Gerardo

I saw on the "Q" train going into Manhatten today an offer of a book of Jewish believers in Jesus. Please send me a copy. I am already on your mailing list. My address is as following: Gerardo Morales Jr. P.O. Box 300-685 Brooklyn, New York 11230. Thank you and may Hashem bless your ministry fully as you keep working in the kingdom of God.
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Chad

Josh: There is no such verse as Matthew 2:27. You've destroyed any credibility you had by using this as an argument. Maybe you shouldn't cut and paste from anti-missionary websites without verifying the accuracy of what they're claiming?
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Sarah

Praise God!
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Fawn Christian

It's good to know and see comments from Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah. For those Jews who do not believe that He is - this changes nothing. Jesus still is the Messiah!!! Remember inspite of all the miracles the Sanhedrin, the Pharisees, and Saducees during the time Jesus walked the earth did not believe Him as being Mesaiah either. There will always be beleivers and unbelievers this is the beauty of free will to accept or reject.
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sharon

Here is a radical idea - If the claims Jesus made about Himself are correct-it looks like the the 3 major world religions and more are home free. He taught that He and His essence are drenched thruout all the sacred writings -Torah and New Testament. The exact words he used were "jots and tittles" - He is in every punctuation mark. As the 3 major world religions have the same 1st 5 books - Jesus's sacrifice covers those who even believe one dot's worth. Now when you consider that Jesus and His family were international travelers there is some evidence that He traveled with his uncle and influenced other religions,but-that is another story. Avoiding Jesus's gift is not easy
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Josh

Chad I am very sorry i accidently said 2:27 it's 2:23 look at two 23
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georgina

praise the lord
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John Adams

Praise Allah! You are all worshiping the wrong messiah. I know this is true because a book tells me it is.
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Travis

I think josh needs to start backing wat he says . if read isiah about a bgrin it used the word vigrin for real. Ever heard of the Great isiaih scroll? it dated before any christians were around and it to used the word vigrin. read these two books.Evidence that demands a vidict 1 and 2. it covers most of every no-beleiver attack on christiany. and about isiah 53 it calls the he as being sinnless how can it mean isireal? it not sinless
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brachah

i like the debates between x'ian & jews. everyday there are x'ans converting to jews, & jews converting to x'ans. i feel it is like 2 brothers debating. Human religion needs long time to develop itself. Personally i feel very comfortable to b a "real" jew, & i love jesus too really. i also believe jesus is devine. Jesus really brings me additional strength, inspiration & peace. Amen.
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josh

Travis, I am backing what i say. Travis you are the one venturing off the topic that i was talking about. Matthew 2:23 contains a prophecy that doesn't exist in the NT scriptures. Answering your idea of the sinless Jesus, Isaiah 53 is talking in past tense. If this was a referal to Jesus then it would mean that Jesus would've had to have appeared b4 this chapter was written, then that would mean that Jesus's second coming would've been at the time of the Gospels and ppl would now be waiting for his third coming. The chapter doesn't talk about Jesus because Jews aren't allowed to slaughter humans as sacrifices and Jesus was crucified and was bloody, therefore he couldn't have been a proper sin offering according to the Temple standards. Kings didn't shut their mouths for him as the previous chapter says they would, Pilate ordered him to be crucified. In fact the Roman Empire began to decline when it accepted Christianity.
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Shirley Secrest

I cried for joy at this wedding also.
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Johanna

what a wonderful story revealing the awesomeness of God. His promise is that if we seek Him we will find Him. The more one studies the prophesies of the OT concerning The promised Messiah the more one realizes their fullfilment in the NT through the life of Jesus Christ. Praise God for His redeeming love.
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tom

wonderful real-life story, awesome! Jesus Christ is in us as long as we open our hearts to Him, amen.
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Richard Allinger

really like the www.whitehouse.gov website, especially the portraits of all 44 presidents. This website goes along way in helping America become what it was supposed to be, that is, "a government of the people, for the people and by the people"! It really does seem from the grassroots level the federal government since Nixon has been from another planet and so far removed from common people, with all of it's "red tape"...much like the Vatican in Rome or the KGB in Moscow...a bunch of big, expensive buildings, with lifeless almost deaf actor like puppets inside. You inspire me and give me hope! Let me leave you with JFK's words back in 1960: "And so my fellow Americans... ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country" ! Prayers, Brother Richard Allinger B.R.E. Candidate, United Bible Institute of the United Theological Seminary - Flint, MI
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Richard Allinger

We must leave "feeling" forsaken by G-d when tragedy strikes and trust in His "long-term" redemptive plan alone. Remember G-d's Salvation was His achievement through the gift of His Son. It's all about Christ. He is in control no matter what!!! According to Bible prophecy the Jewish Temple has to be rebuilt a third time, before "Jacob's Trouble" when Russia comes down over Israel known as the "70th week of Daniel". The 43rd President of America, George W. Bush, has said the nuclearization of Iran would mean WWIII ! I think that's why Pope Benedict XVI said in his last UN visit that he is concerned about "power concentrated among just a handful of players". Remember what Apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews 12:14 follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.
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hope7

Dear Steve, Every man, woman must make choose to serve God and thank God he has given us Jesus to help us because I fail so often to live up to what Id like to do and be for God. I have endured hell on earth here because of my faith and love for God and when I turned for help to my own they rejected me because I was not the picture of what they wanted me to be...Im not gentile or beautiful nor am I quiet and demure. I have been through alot and I have learned that if you are silent, no one benefits, but if you speak up , even if its not perfect, God changes things! Its about us..your right its about Jesus. God bless you. My story at www.hope7.highpowersites.com Im not your typical Christian and I feel I am in uncharted water but water that I am surprised so few have tread. No matter I will keep going and keep telling my story and each time I do I have an inner peace that I did not have when I was silent. AMEN
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Dianne

I really enjoyed reading about the Wertheim's conversion! All four in the family!!! I'm a Gentile for Jesus and 3 years ago, the Lord miraculously led me out of a pseudo-Christian cult. So now I've been a Christian for 3 years! I have been totally unsuccessful though in sharing the gospel with my relatives. (With the possible exception of one aunt who's been looking into it.) I just read some of these comments today and would like to respond to comments by "Josh" even though he wrote them about 2 years ago. Josh, you are mistaken about the tense of Isaiah 53. Ancient Hebrew had no tense. Therefore your conclusion that Messiah had to have come before it was written is mistaken. Second, blood WAS shed in Old Testament sacrifices. Leviticus 16:15 said that Aaron was to bring the blood of the sin offering into the Most Holy Place and "sprinkle it on the mercy seat."
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Bridget Radzik

Thank you so very much for the beautiful and sad story of Fred Wertheim's story. It touched my heart so very much, especially reading their vows at the end -- God's grace is all we need - His unfailing love - stories like these, lift up God's people to go on no matter what happens in this life - we must never forget we all have an enemy- and we must know how to defeat him in prayer! God bless you for this beautiful story that has stirred my heart and the heart of countless others. I desire so very much to pass this story on for the Glory of God. And may God bless Fred and his family! p.s. let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Joyce

Wow what a testimony of God ordering the steps of a righteous man. Jesus saving Fred and his family one by one is nothing short of the miraculous power of God,his grace & his mercy endures forever. Amen.
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Merilda Cormier

I really enjoyed the story, what a blessing. Nothing is impossible with God.I have a real hunger to hear and read about Messianic Jews. It is so exciting, I wish I was in a place where I could participaste in some way, but I will pray. God richly bless you.
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Joseph R. Chambers

A breathtaking story. I loved it!! Pastor Chambers

Lee Pierce

I am so happy for the whole Wertheim family--praise God for His work in our lives! I'm 62 years now in the palm of His hand--not that I always acknowledged that fact. But I know He has kept me here for a reason and it's a constant adventure waiting to see what He will do next with me! Thank you, Jesus!
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Elaine Simpson

I am not Jewish, but my Saviour is, and I love the Jewish people. I have made a study of the last days in relation to Israel and the Middle East. I follow you on Twitter. Please follow me on ItCouldBeToday on twitter as I believe you would find it very interesting to see how christians are supporting Jews and Israel in these times. I do follow you on Twitter. God Bless your Ministry, and God Bless Israel and the Jews. Elaine Simpson
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Shirl

You guys need to read the Bible, starting on Page 1 .... Genesis !!!
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Matt Sieger

Shirl, Who are "you guys"? If you are referring to Jews who believe in Jesus, our Bible also starts with Genesis.
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Carroll Carter

I believe that yahweh is elohim alone, and that jesus is messiah/christ and not yahweh incarnate. please share your thoughts and proof otherwise. thanks
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Redeemed

"Thirty years ago on the 22nd day of October of 1949, Freed and Laura were joined under the chupah." A typo, I think not. Fred was Freed from the law of sin and death thru Christ Jesus. Amen! PTL!
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Matt Sieger

Thank you, Redeemed, for your tactful and encouraging way of pointing out our typo! We have made the correction.
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Emily

This was really interesting and really helped with my history project :) thanks !
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Janet Hensley

Thank you for such an uplifting Story. I have read Corrie Tenbooms, "A Hideing Place" and was blessed by it. God be with you until that day when you see Him face to face.
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Alyson

What a beautiful story, all the better because it's a true one.
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Agustin Jesmar Desuyo

All things work together for good for those who love God & are called according to His purpose. Those who put their trust in Him shall never be put to shame...& shall be saved.
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Gloria

WOW!!! POWERFUL TESTIMONY!!! May the Body of Yeshua/Jesus Christ never cower down to the enemy but always Rise up to surround our Jewish bros and sisters created in God's image. Definitely merits a repost.. Am so grateful and glad to have seen what a special day it has for us as we celebrate Marine Corps Birthday !!! But what a joyful an even more so-celebration going on for this family. Help us Father, Become One in You. merits a repost.. God bless you mightily!!
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Helen Stanko

This story is awesome and breathtaking for me -- I have read a lot about WWII but this is one of events/people that brought me to tears! Thanks.

Esther Akoto

I have learnt a lot from this; condensed into one, Love conquers all and God is love.
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