Secular Tel Aviv’s very own ‘messiah’

Tel Aviv has long prided itself on being a secular, cosmopolitan outpost in a land overflowing with religions, saints and shrines – but now it has its very own “messiah”.Sitting cross-legged on the ground in a gritty part of town by a bustling open-air market, he exudes the air of a Biblical character, down to his long hair, beard and sandals.

“One year and two months ago I was an ordinary person and then a snake bit me in Bethlehem. And then I started to see God,” he told AFP, describing how he died and was “resurrected” as the messiah.


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