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    Mike Pence Roasted for Inviting "Christian" Rabbi to Pray for Synagogue Victims

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    The well-intentioned US Vice President Mike Pence wanted to offer a prayer for victims of what has been called the deadliest-ever attack on Jewish worshippers in the United States, but found himself at the center of a massive firestorm after a Messianic rabbi invoked "Jesus the Messiah" in his speech.

    At Monday's campaign stop in Michigan, Mike Pence invited Loren Jacobs, the senior rabbi and founder of the Messianic congregation Shema Yisrael, on stage to mourn the 11 worshippers killed at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

    "God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, God and Father of my Lord and Savior Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah, and my God and Father too," Jacobs opened his prayer, much to the outrage of mainstream Jews who don't consider Jesus the messiah.

    Loren Jacobs's Shema Yisrael (Hear, O Israel) is a Messianic synagogue that follows Jewish laws but accepts the authenticity of the New Testament and embraces Jesus as the messiah.

    Messianic Jews are largely ostracized by mainstream Jewish religious movements and by Israel, and aren't recognized by the Chief Rabbinate, the supreme religious authority in Israel. According to a 1989 Israeli Supreme Court case, a Messianic Jew is considered a member of another religion, and thus is not eligible for Aliyah (return to Israel).

    Despite Jacobs praying in his address for "unity and peace" instead of alienation, his invocation of Jesus Christ has sparked outrage among Jews on social media, with some accusing the US Vice President of "Christian supremacy."

    An aide to Mike Pence later explained that the VP didn't know the controversial rabbi, who was invited to the rally by GOP congressional candidate Lena Epstein.

    On Saturday, Robert Bowers, 46, opened fire at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing 11 people and leaving another six injured. The gunman was subdued by police while attempting to leave the building after being injured in a shootout. According to media reports, he chased people from the main hall into the synagogue's basement, armed with a rifle and three handguns.

    Bowers has been charged with 29 federal counts, including 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder, and, according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will most likely face the death penalty. He appeared in federal court on Monday and acknowledged the charges; the next hearing in the case is scheduled for Thursday.

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