Nov 29, 2021

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This week, Israel365 News spoke with Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler about her new book, “Lighting Up the Nations”, and her efforts to bring about a global “Geula” by bringing together Christians and Jews.

“Up until about seven years ago, I had no idea that non-Jews had anything to do with ‘geula’ (the Jewish concept of redemption),” Dr. Adler told Israel365 News. “Like most Jews, I thought of it as a Jewish concept. God sort of pushed me in this direction gradually by introducing me to non-Jewish people who were studying Hebrew, the weekly Torah portion, eating ‘’Biblically clean’ by not eating pork and shellfish, honoring Shabbat, and gathering with other non-Jews to celebrate the Biblical feasts.”

Dr. Adler understood this unprecedented and relatively recent phenomenon to be the manifestation of a  verse in Zechariah. 

So said the Lord of Hosts: In those days, when ten men of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the corner of the garment of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” Zechariah 8:23

This led her to write her first book, Ten From the Nations, how she sees this modern phenomenon as people from the nations coming to know, understand, and believe that there is but one true God. God assigned the Jews the task of sharing that knowledge with the rest of the world.

“This is a messianic vision we are not yet experiencing but that is clearly the direction we are going,” Dr. Adler said. She referred to Psalm 126 as describing that this process of Jews teaching Torah to the nations will come at the behest of the non-Jews.. 

Then shall they say among the nations, “Hashem has done great things for them!” Psalm 126:2

“After the Jews return to Zion, it will be the non-Jews who will point out to us what our responsibility is,” she said. “We, the Jewish people, will be responding to this request. This is a very different dynamic than we have seen throughout history which was primarily a push from Christians to convert Jews. Now, we are seeing people from the nations saying to the Jews, ‘Please teach me. We want to come close to God and we need guidance.’”

Dr. Adler emphasized this was not an attempt to proselytize to Christians which is against Jewish law.

“The idea is that, far from converting them, I want to help people find that the Torah has what to say to them,” she said. “There is universal wisdom in the scripture that God always intended to be for the entire world. This is a new paradigm for both Jews and Christians to wrap their brains around.”

“I am trying to wake up the Jewish people to teach the rest of the world about the one true God. We haven’t been able to do that for 2,000 years because the Christians have been so aggressive towards us. There are still attempts to convert us but we are clearly in a new era. The fact is that something else is going on within the Christian world.”

The foundational idea presented in Lighting Up The Nations is that the Jewish people have a Biblical mandate to share the Oneness of God, and the universal wisdom of Torah, with the rest of the world. Each contributor to this book explores what this new reality means for the Jewish people, both today and in the Messianic Era.

On Sunday, October 4, at 8:00 PM Israel time (1:00 PM EST). Dr. Adler will be hosting a virtual book launch. The launch will include a lesson from Rabbi Pinchas Winston as well as a panel discussion about the responsibility God assigned to the Jewish people to teach the Nations about the Oneness of God and to share the universal wisdom of Torah with them.The panel will include Gidon Ariel, AnaRina Kreisman, and Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen. The discussion will be moderated by Rabbi Yishai Fleisher. There are a limited number of slots available. The public can register online for the Zoom event.