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A couple in Chicago claiming to be a part of the Orthodox Jewish community was accused of proselytizing after they were exposed as actually being 'Christian missionaries.'
Rivkah Weber, 29, and 37-year-old David Costello had been attending a synagogue in West Ridge, Chicago, for a few months after moving to a nearby neighborhood.
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But their cover soon was blown when on May 14, a Brooklyn man attending service recognized Costello as actually being a Christian man who pulled a similar stunt in New York.
Rabbi Levi Notik, spiritual leader of the FREE center in Chicago, confronted the impostors after getting the concerning news from the Brooklynite.
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'They have beliefs of Kefira and Christianity,' Notik explained to COL LIVE. 'He doesn't deny any of it, on the contrary, he insists that he is correct in his way, and has no regrets.'
By the next day, the Jewish community in Chicago had begun posting about the couple on social media. Many began voicing their displeasure at having been conned.
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'[T]o answer the rumors, it is true that a couple moved into our community in the purpose of proselytizing … They are confirmed missionaries,' one post read, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Included in the post were pictures of the couple - Weber is dressed conservatively while wearing covering on her hair as her husband wears a yarmluke and has his hair in sidelocks.
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The couple admitted that their objective was to try to get the Jewish community to get more comfortable with Jesus.
'We want Jewish people to recognize Yeshua as Moshiach and as a Jewish Messiah,' Costello said in an interview with JTA. He used the Hebrew words for both Jesus and Messiah while speaking, notably intermixing Hebrew and Yiddish.
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He added: 'We actually keep the Torah and the mitzvahs. We...
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