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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]

The Council of My Nation – Law and Chosenness – Historical objections

4. Historical objections – the Torah scroll of Josiah Another objection put forward by Christians in support of their rejection of the Jewish national legacy relates to the history of our people. Scripture records many instances where the Jews forsook the Law. In the times of the Judges and in the times of the wicked [Read More]

The Council of My Nation – Law and Chosenness – The factions of Judaism in the Second Temple era

5. The factions of Judaism in the Second Temple era Yet another objection that Christians present in an effort to discredit the national legacy of our nation, focuses on the history of the Second Temple era. Josephus reports that there were three factions amongst the Jewish people who differed in their theological approach to Judaism [Read More]

The Council of My Nation – Law and Chosenness – Talmudic application of scripture

6. Talmudic application of scripture Another Christian objection directed against the authenticity of our nation’s legacy targets the Talmudic application of scripture. The Talmud is replete with quotations from scripture, but these quotations frequently fail to conform to the plain meaning of scripture. On some occasions the Talmudic interpretation seems to stand directly opposite the [Read More]

The Council of My Nation – Law and Chosenness – Where is the scriptural evidence?

7. Where is the scriptural evidence? We now move on to the final missionary objection to the living traditions of Israel. The missionaries ask – where is the scriptural evidence? Why does scripture not explicitly say – “there is an oral law”? For someone who has an understanding of the living legacy of our nation, [Read More]