A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, and One Man's Exploration of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance

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Harper Collins, Jan 9, 2007 - Political Science - 231 pages
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In a time of jihad "against Jews and Crusaders," the Jews of America and Israel find themselves with a powerful albeit unlikely ally: tens of millions of American evangelicals. As the conflict in the Middle East roils and divisions harden, Israel, a nation at war, welcomes this Christian support, whereas the American Jewish establishment—liberal, secular, and Democratic—remains wary. This tension, along with the question of whether the Jews will embrace the evangelicals' offer of partnership before it is too late, is at the heart of Zev Chafets's incisive and compelling new book.

Over the course of a year, Chafets, a former New York Daily News columnist and onetime director of the Israeli government press office, travels the world, tracing the improbable confluence of Jews and evangelicals. Along the way, Chafets meets Jerry Falwell and his national championship debate squad, visits Jewish cadets at West Point, heads to Virginia to tour Pat Robertson's university, meets the Pentecostal priest of Wall Street, attends the world's biggest Christian retail show, accompanies the rabbi with the biggest gentile following since Jesus on a road trip, travels the Holy Land with a band of repentant Christian pilgrims, and breaks bread with George W. Bush (and five hundred fellow Jewish Republicans).

Although Chafets spins a penetrating, engaging, and often hilarious narrative, A Match Made in Heaven has at its core some very serious questions: How is the relationship between Jews and Christians changing? Why do evangelicals support Israel so strongly? Is their philo-Semitism just a front for their true purpose to convert Jews? Do the evangelicals, as their opponents charge, really want to use the Jews as cannon fodder at the battle of Armageddon? Or are they simply responding to the biblical commandment to love Israel? Finally, is the American Jews' fear of fundamentalist Christianity based on constitutional principle—or social and cultural snobbery and political partisanship?

Equal parts history, comedy, travelogue, and political tract, A Match Made in Heaven is a smart and adventurous trip along a rapidly changing religious and political border.

 

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The author, though born in the US, spent 33 years in Jerusalem working in various capacities with the government and in journalism. He adopts the Israeli view of gratitude for the unconditional ... Read full review

A match made in heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, and one man's exploration of the weird and wonderful Judeo-Evangelical alliance

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This book could have easily been calledStrange Bedfellows , as Chafets, an American journalist who has lived in Israel for more than 30 years, takes on, through a series of anecdotal encounters, the ... Read full review

Contents

Jews for Jesus
3
In the Beginning
21
The Grocery Store at the End of the World
33
Cell Phone Conversion
45
Doc and the Pat
59
Revenge of the Mainline
77
A Fly on the Wailing Wall
89
part two IS IT GOOD FOR THE JEWS?
115
Foxmans Complaint
135
Its Not My Problem
155
Jews Are Democrats Israelis Are Republicans
169
Eric in Wonderland
189
Summer Camp
199
Yes for an Answer
209
Acknowledgments
215
Copyright

The Kingdom Guy
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