Permanent Messianic Halachic Authority Taking Its Seat in Jerusalem


From our special reporter, M. Charbonah

Under the inspiring and energetic guidance of Rabbi Mordechai ben Benyomin, the city of Jerusalem now seems close to enjoy the establishment of a Center of Halachic Authority for Messianics. The new institute, comprising a Beth Din, a Synagogue, and a Yeshivah, will take its residence at Hadassah Street, in a magnificent modern architectural building. The building can be easily recognized, seeing that it is surrounded by a white fence, reminiscent of the Mishkan, to protect its sanctity (view the picture above). “Good fences make good neighbours”, says Rabbi Benyomin, when asked about the function of this enclosure.

“Although we had some legal difficulties during the building process, and faced opposition from diverse corners, notably from a certain non-Jewish trouble maker, Mr. H.A. Man, all this now belongs to the past”, the Rabbi informs us. “Even this Mr. Man has offered us his services. Coming Thursday he will bring me on horseback through the main streets of the city and make a proclamation, so that the inhabitants of Jerusalem will have the opportunity to welcome me before my installation, which will be on Friday”.

In a special ceremony, planned on coming Friday, Rabbi Benyomin will be formally invested as the First Messianic Posek HaDor (Deciding Authority of the Present Generation) “with unlimited authority”,  according to the wording of the official installation documents.

“Our first objective”, explains R. Benyomin, “is to to bring strict halachic unity and purity to the Messianic movement. At the moment we have competing visions — ‘Divine Invitation’, ‘One Law’, ‘Noachide Volunteers’, and so on — and this must all end. As soon as I’m invested with the sacred authority granted to me, we’ll start separating the wheat from the tares”. After a thoughtful pause he adds: “And I can tell you that within a year from now, the world will see our first magnificent results. A person may be as goyish and treif as a dead shrimp, but ‘unlimited authority’ is able to change even that hopeless condition”.

Since the Rabbi is a great admirer of the mystics of the Kabbalah and engages in deep meditation each day for several hours, his residence (view the picture below and mark the mystical atmosphere!) will be separated from the institute and from the rush of business of the city. Nevertheless, his quiet home will be accessible to all seekers of truth. From all sides we hear that he is a very approachable man, and one of the rare public personalities in our days that succeed in combining an easygoing affability with a stern and frum mindset.

At the end of our short conversation the Rabbi declared his great delight in the contents of the Messianic613 website and forgot not to express his good wishes and a happy Purim to us and our readers. We are glad to join the Rabbi and wish all Messianics joyful days of Purim.

3 Responses to “Permanent Messianic Halachic Authority Taking Its Seat in Jerusalem”

  1. 1 Visitor March 12, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Thank you for this important announcement. Until now I was unaware that serious Kabbalistic meditation is aided by an environment of lawn ornaments, stuffed animals, silk flowers, and the American flag. Someday I do hope to travel to Israel. Perhaps I will have opportunity to meet Rav Benyomin and if I’m lucky might even be invited to have a drink with him at the Messianic Halachic Institute Tiki Bar (prominently located at the front of the campus). Hopefully the Tiki Bar serves only fruity drinks with little umbrellas. Certainly, as a Gentile, I wouldn’t want to be offered kosher wine, for fear that the Rabbi might deem me too goyish, treif or shrimplike.

    But on a serious note I’m curious to know if your Purim shpiel has a certain “center” in mind. Perhaps the Noahide World Center which opened in Jerusalem over this past year?

    • 2 messianic613 March 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      The Noachide World Center was certainly not on our minds during the days of Purim. (It is even questionable whether there was anything on our minds at all, but that is another matter:) We here didn’t know about this Center’s existence. Thank you for your information. Their website seems interesting.

  2. 3 Janet August 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Ummm… why is the picture of the Hilton residence in Seacrest Beach, FL featured here??

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