Rabbi Moshe Al Sheich and Isaiah 53

Rabbi Moshe Al Sheich is one of the most commonly quoted (misquoted) Rabbis by the missionaries with regard to Isaiah 53. They actually know very little of what he wrote in his commentary except for a short half sentence I will quote below. What is interesting is that those quoting him know less of who [Read More]

Why Is There So Much War and Violence in Bible?

Question: I study Torah and really enjoy its beauty and I try to follow its lessons as much as possible. There is one “detail,” however, which really bothers me. Why does the Torah mandate cruelty and war? Why do we have to “wipe out” Amalek and the Canaanites? Why administer capital punishment? Shouldn’t G‑d‘s message [Read More]

The Hidden World

Our sages teach, “All the festivals are destined to be nullified [in the Messianic age], but the days of Purim will never cease to be observed.” (Midrash Mishlei 9:1) This startling comment may be understood if we consider the placement of Purim in the sequence of the other Jewish holidays. It may be suggested that [Read More]

Struggling With God

David Hazony’s recent book The Ten Commandments reveals that while most people feel strongly about the commandments, few are actually able to enumerate them. Even for those who have pondered these foundational spiritual directives, the very first one is often perplexing. Indeed, some thinkers have questioned whether the introductory statement that “I am the Lord [Read More]

Jews and Jewish Christianity – Preface to The First Printing

Jews And “Jewish Christianity” A Jewish Response to the Missionary Challenge by David Berger and Michael Wyschogrod Contents Preface to The First Printing A Note to the Reader 1. Introduction 2. Jesus and the Messiah 3. Jesus and God 4. “Proofs” of Christianity in the Hebrew Bible 5. The Forgiveness of Sin 6. On Jews, [Read More]

Jews and Jewish Christianity – “Proofs” of Christianity in the Hebrew Bible

“Jewish Christians” invariably emphasize the existence of proofs in the Hebrew Bible for everything they believe about Jesus. It is this claim that justifies the entire enterprise of “Jewish Christianity”, and although it is no longer as fashionable among other Christians as it once was, it really is central to the entire development of Christianity. [Read More]

Jews and Jewish Christianity – Jesus and God

The claim that Jesus was the Messiah is one of the beliefs separating Judaism from Christianity. We have explained the Jewish understanding of the Messiah, especially that Judaism never understood the Messiah to be anything more than a human being chosen by God to bring the era of peace and love foretold by the prophets [Read More]

Jews and Jewish Christianity – The Forgiveness of Sin

Contemporary Christianity appears in various forms. While there was a time when almost all Christian churches were engaged in missionizing Jews, in recent times most churches have discontinued special efforts directed at Jews. There are various reasons for this change. One of the most significant is the widespread conviction among many Christian thinkers that Judaism [Read More]