Soon after the Health Ministry issued regulations ordering people to remain home, Yad L'Achim began reaching out to Jews in cults to propose that they take advantage of the time they now have to rethink life and its meaning.
In an email to hundreds of Jews in cults, Yad L'Achim delivered the following message: "Shalom, brothers! The future is uncertain, everything around us is fragile, even leaving the house is impossible… the simple things in life, like going out and meeting friends or just taking a walk or a drive, are no longer within reach. This is a time to stop and think about life and its essence, to be honest with ourselves and examine the path we've taken. To probe the truth. To check our roots and think how we'd like to lead our lives when this is all over. The people of Yad L'Achim are available for an honest conversation on faith and theology... Simply send a message on WhatsApp to [phone number] … Discretion assured."
Officials at Yad L'Achim's counter-missionary department say that several Jews have already responded to the messages, asking to speak with a representative over the phone to thrash out theological topics. "We are sure that in the coming days the number of calls will increase, and more and more Jews will understand their mistake and leave the cults," an official said.
At the same time, the department reports a worrisome increase in the activities of missionary cults like "Messianic Jews and "J's Witnesses," that reach out to Jews in three ways: Distributing missionary material via mailboxes, advertising on the internet, including on pages of Chassidic songs; and sending SMS messages that ask the recipient to discuss faith in Yeshu."