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Who is the Moshiach ben Yosef?

CLAIM: The Rabbis believe in two messiahs, one exalted and one suffering. It’s not two messiahs one exalted and one suffering, but one messiah, first time suffering the second time exalted. Missionaries associate this claim with a well-known teaching in the Talmud[1]. “Rabbi Alexandri said Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi opposed two verses. One verse says, [Read More]

Create in God’s Image

From the teachings of Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leib Alter [Rabbi Akiva] used to say: Beloved is man, for he was created in [G‑d’s] image; it is indicative of greater love that it was made known to him that he was created in [G‑d’s] image…(Avot 3:14) The verse cited by our Mishna demonstrates that man was [Read More]

The Council of My Nation – Law and Chosenness – Christian Objections to Observance of the Law

D. Christian Objections to Observance of the Law 1. The new covenant We now move on to address those Christian objections directed against general observance of the Law. The classic Christian argument against observance of the Law is based on the new covenant passage of Jeremiah 31:30. Christians read this passage as an annulment to [Read More]

The Council of My Nation – Law and Chosenness – Christian Objections to the Oral Law

E. Christian Objections to the Oral Law We now move on to those Christian objections directed against the Jewish belief in the unwritten teachings of Moses. This group of Christians recognize the eternal validity of the Law of Moses. These people accept that the Law of Moses in its entirety is incumbent upon all Jews [Read More]

The Council of My Nation – Law and Chosenness – Adding to The Law

2. The Rabbinic institutions – adding to the Law We now move to the next Christian objection directed specifically at the Rabbinic institutions which are so prominent in Judaism. Moses specifically commands the people “do not add onto that which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2, 13:1). How then can the Rabbinic leaders legislate new decrees [Read More]