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Updated on November 26, 2014


My secret was discovered

'Where's Bernard?' my Uncle asked my Dad...doesn't he want some cake and a cold-drink?

'There he is, at the pool, reading a book'.

'Bernard, what book are you reading?'

'Uncle, I'm reading the Bible and reading all about Jesus'

'What! Does your father know what you are reading?'

'I want you to get yourself off my property...right now...immediately...I'll get your father to take you home...I will not have anyone reading about Jesus on my property!'

My family does not want to know me because I believe in Jesus.

You see, I was brought up in the Jewish faith and Jewish people are not allowed to read the New Testament and they do not believe in Jesus.

Because of this, the Jewish people do not celebrate Christmas or Easter...instead they celebrate the Holy Days recorded in the Old Testament like Passover, Day of Atonement and the Festival of First Fruits.


At the age of 13, according to the Jewish custom, I had my Barmitzvah (coming of age for a Jewish boy).

At school, the Jewish children left the class-room whenever we had Bible Studies...the Jewish boys usually played soccer until we were all called in back to class for the next subject.

I started reading about Jesus at the age of 14 and was immediately attracted by the purity of His words overflowing with love.

My dad passed away and at my father's funeral, the officiating Rabbi came up to me and asked me to pray a certain specific prayer for my father. I told the Rabbi that I was willing to do so, but that I would have to pray 'in the name of Jesus'.

The Rabbi said that this could not be allowed so my Dad's brother said that he would recite the prayer.

His daughter then shouted out loudly: 'You a traitor to the Jewish nation!'

After the funeral, no one wanted to associate themselves with me and everyone just walked away and left without saying a word to me.


The first time I went to Church, was when I was in my forties....I was too scared to let the Jewish people know I believed in Jesus. I was also confused and never knew which Church to go to...I couldn't understand why there were so many different Christian Churches and what the difference was between them all...I heard some the names of the Churches like Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Protestant, 7th Day Adventist, etc but it all seemed so strange to me.

I read about a Bible Correspondence Course and began receiving the lessons and submitting my answers that were marked and corrected.

My Christian book library started growing rapidly and I loved learning all I could know about Jesus.

The beautiful gift of Jesus

I feel very privileged and blessed that I was chosen to discover the absolute truth about Jesus...that Jesus really is the Son of God and that He gave his life to suffer and die for my sins....and that He is coming back as my Messiah.

I am so very, very grateful for all that Jesus has done for me.

I thank Jesus everyday for His immense love, kindness and grace.


Studying a page a day of Torah

One-of-a-kind unique rare photo taken at my granny's house celebrating the completion of reading from the Torah 'a-page-a-day'. My granny and mom are standing at the back. In the front, on the extreme right is World renowned Rabbi Aharon Kotler.
One-of-a-kind unique rare photo taken at my granny's house celebrating the completion of reading from the Torah 'a-page-a-day'. My granny and mom are standing at the back. In the front, on the extreme right is World renowned Rabbi Aharon Kotler.

World Rabbis Meet

Rare Historical Photo of The World's Greatest Rabbis taken at Etz Chaim in Poland in 1933. My mother gave me this photo.
Rare Historical Photo of The World's Greatest Rabbis taken at Etz Chaim in Poland in 1933. My mother gave me this photo.

Discussing the Torah at my granny's house

Meeting of 2 World Famous Rabbi's, Chafetz Chaim and Elchonon Wasserman at my Granny's house in Poland. My mom is the younger woman standing in the door-way.
Meeting of 2 World Famous Rabbi's, Chafetz Chaim and Elchonon Wasserman at my Granny's house in Poland. My mom is the younger woman standing in the door-way.
Bernard Levine
Bernard Levine


There’s no other friend
so true and so faithful

There’s no other love
so precious, so dear

There’s no other joy
so rich and fulfilling

There’s no other grace
so kind and so rare

There’s no other one
who has done
more for the world
than Jesus.



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    • DiamondRN profile image

      Bob Diamond RPh 

      4 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      I have been witnessing to Jewish friends for a long time. They either get it or they don't. There doesn't seem to be any in-between. -- For my friends who have a hard time with the concept of "religion." -- Religion is men seeking God. Christianity is God seeking men.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for sharing your testimony with the world.

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      5 years ago

      You've written a truly humble and beautiful piece. I am sorry that you had to go through such strife. Families can be a real pain. (Believe me when I say I know) I am currently involved in a Bible Study based on teachings by Beth Moore. She is a dynamic speaker. Mostly though, I am very moved by the work of peer-respected scholars who have the finest minds in this world, and who are convinced of the reality of Jesus as the Messiah. By the way, thanks for sharing those incredible pictures; they're awesome!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I admire your faith and passing through these trials with such strength. It is hard when you have family members who do not believe as you do. However, our faith in Jesus will keep us connected. Thanks for sharing from your experience and how we must remember what is most important in life.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I am so glad for you that you found Jesus and the love that he has for all his believers. I am sad for your family, but maybe they were afraid that you would influence someone else to believe in Jesus.

      I look at it this way, your name is Bernard and mine is Shyron the does not make either of us inhuman, we are equal in the eyes of God and his son Jesus, and the names of the churches does not matter as long as they teach the truth.

      God Bless you!

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      5 years ago

      That's a very good story about your journey in believing in Jesus, sunkentreasure. We are lucky because we believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I'm glad for you because you made the right choice at very young age. If you keep Jesus in your mind and follow his steps, no matter what you do, you will be invincible.

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      Lucille Apcar 

      5 years ago from Mariposa, California, U.S.A.

      The intolerance between the various religions is something that has puzzled me throughout life. Yet I was raised a Christian, to an Armenian family, attended a Roman Catholic school were we were taught that the only hope of salvation was to convert to Catholicism. What nonsense!

      Although I maintain my affiliation with the Armenian Apostolic Church, its doctrines and beliefs (legend has it that the Church was founded by two of Christ's own disciples Thaddeus and Bartholomew) I respect other religions and other faiths.

      We will only know for certain, when we finally pass from this life into the next.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your story made me feel sad. Why is there so much division in religion? There is only one God. The christians believe Jesus is the son of God. The Mormans believe in the book of Mormon. Many believe Sunday is the sabbath, while the Seventh Day Adventist believe it is on Saturday. The Jehovah Witness believe only a certain amount of people will enter heaven. There is no wonder why people turn away and do not believe. I am a believer. I know there is a God who rules the universe. I go to him daily in prayer. My hope is that all people will come together as one and confusion will cease. I know many people who never enter a church building, yet they are believers. Thank you. God bless you.....

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      Bob Diamond RPh 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      I have a friend Bob Bloom who died 2 years ago at about age 85 in a nursing home. He is a Messianic Jew. I asked him why he believed in Jesus. He said that when he was about 9 years old he attended a Catholic school for a short time. While he was there the nuns told him that Jesus was the son of God and he believed them. Bob ran home and told his mother. She told him not to EVER tell anyone. He never did until he got married and left home. Then he started going to Christian churches. His wife became a Christian also. Praise God.

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      5 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      I have a Jewish friend who was raised in a similar style. After he married, his wife became a Christian. She lived the life and tried to honor his wishes.

      One day she was reading to their children from Isaiah. He became upset, thinking that she was reading to the children from the New Testament. When he realized his mistake, he began to search for the truth. Today, he is a vibrant Christian!

      Voted up.

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      James Robertson 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I'd always heard that Jewish people where very serious about family and them staying true to the Jewish faith but I didn't realize it was that bad. I had a friend who was Jewish and his father told him if he didn't marry a Jewish woman he wouldn't be included in their will. I am very strong in my faith but I don't ever think I would abandon someone because of that. And I never knew that Jewish people didn't read the New Testament! That's crazy. The Old Testament was almost cast aside with the death and resurrection of Christ. Weird that they wouldn't study that!

      Thank you so much for this article! I have learned a tremendous amount through your words.


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