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A  post by sandesh1, 8/14/01

               Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus 


                   Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus 
                   Jesus - Not the Messiah 
                   Scriptural References 
                   Messianic Predictions 
                   Messiah's Qualifications 
                   Jesus - Not a Deity 
                   The Trinity 
                   Physical Manifestation 
                   Changes to the Law 
                   Recommended Reading 
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                   Dear Rabbi, 
                   Why don't Jews believe in Jesus? Doesn't it say in the
                   Psalms, "They pierced my hands and feet"? Doesn't
                   Isaiah say, "Behold a virgin shall give birth"?

                   JESUS - NOT THE MESSIAH
                   Scriptural References 
                   In order to understand anything in the Torah one must
                   look at the original Hebrew. You will see that the
                   Christians distorted, changed and misinterpreted many
                   of the Hebrew words in order to fit things into their
                   beliefs. The two places that you mentioned are good
                   examples. In Psalm 22:17 the Hebrew states "hikifuni
                   ca'ari yaday veraglay" which means "they bound me
                   (hikifuni) like a lion (ca-like ari-lion), my hands
                   (yaday) and my feet (ve-and raglay-my feet). The
                   Christians translate this as "they pierced my hands
                   and feet". Nowhere in the entire Torah, Prophets and
                   Writings do the words ca'ari or hikifuny mean anything
                   remotely resembling "pierce". 

                   In Isaiah 7:14 the Hebrew states "hinei ha'almah harah
                   veyoledet ben" "behold (hineih) the young woman (ha -
                   the almah- young woman) is pregnant (harah) and shall
                   give birth (ve-and yoledet-shall give birth) to a son
                   (ben)". The Christians translate this as "behold a
                   virgin shall give birth." They have made two mistakes
                   (probably deliberate) in the one verse. They
                   mistranslate "ha" as "a" instead of "the". They
                   mistranslate "almah" as "virgin", when in fact the
                   Hebrew word for virgin is "betulah". Aside from the
                   fact that if you read the context of that prediction
                   you will see clearly that it is predicting an event
                   that was supposed to happen and be seen by king Achaz
                   who lived 700 years before Jesus! 

                   He was not descended from the House of David.
                   According to Jewish law, tribal identification comes
                   from the father's side, being Jewish, from the
                   mother's side. According to Matthew 1, Joseph was
                   descended from David (Although there are many
                   contradictions between his genealogy there and that
                   listed in Luke, however according to the same text,
                   Joseph did not have sexual relations with Mary,
                   therefore Jesus was not related to Joseph, and not a
                   descendant of King David. 

                   Three answers to this problem are given in classic
                   Christian sources:

                   The genealogy is that of Mary - This is inadequate,
                   since if he is claimed to be the Jewish messiah, and
                   according to Jewish tradition he must be descended on
                   his father's side, Mary's genealogy is irrelevant.

                   He was adopted by Joseph -According to Jewish law,
                   adoption does not change the status of the child. If
                   an Israelite is adopted by a Cohen, (A descendant of
                   Aaron the High Priest), the child does not become a
                   Cohen, likewise if a descendant of David, adopts
                   someone who is not, he does not become of the tribe of
                   Judah and a descendant of David.

                   It doesn't matter, he was a spiritual inheritor of
                   King David - If it doesn't matter, why do Christian
                   scriptures spend time establishing his genealogical
                   pedigree? And if he is claimed to be the Jewish
                   messiah, then according to Jewish tradition it does

                   Messianic Predictions 
                   The main predictions concerning the Messiah are that
                   he will bring peace to the world, gather the Jewish
                   people from their exile to the land of Israel and
                   rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. After Jesus'
                   appearance, the Temple was destroyed, the Jews were
                   exiled all over the world and we have not even had one
                   day of peace in the past 2,000 years. (Many of the
                   wars in fact were started and fought by followers of
                   Jesus) These events are enough to show that he was not
                   the messiah. 

                   The main Christian responses to these objections are:

                   The Second Coming - First of all, we find this to be a
                   contrived answer, since there is no mention of a
                   second coming in the Jewish Bible. Second, why
                   couldn't G-d accomplish His goals the first time
                   round. Most importantly, the second coming idea is
                   just an attempt at answering an obvious question but
                   it certainly does not constitute proof of messianic

                   There is peace within his followers hearts - That is
                   wonderful for them, but does that help the victims of
                   the Inquisition, the Crusades, the Hundred Years War,
                   the First World War, the Second World War etc. In each
                   of the events that I mentioned most if not all the
                   combatants, the violent oppressors and torturers where
                   people who claimed to be followers of Jesus. And is
                   peace in the heart a fulfillment of "swords into
                   plowshares etc." 

                   Messiah's Qualifications 
                   Messiah is a prophet, a scholar and a pious king.
                   Jesus made a prediction that "The time is fulfilled,
                   the kingdom of God is at hand." (Mark 1:15) That was
                   2000 years ago, has the kingdom of God come? Do you
                   call the holocaust, Pol Pot and Stalin a world in
                   which the kingdom of God has come? Jesus was not a
                   great scholar - one of the requirements of the
                   Messiah. Was Jesus a king? He was not anointed as king
                   by a prophet (as was the rule in Jewish kings), he was
                   not appointed by any judicial body as a leader and he
                   did not rule over the Jewish people nor was he
                   accepted by them. He was arrested, tortured and killed
                   by the Romans like a common criminal. He had no army
                   or government. The answer to my question is an
                   obvious, "no." 

                   JESUS - NOT A DEITY
                   The Trinity 
                   The Christian idea of a trinity contradicts the most
                   basic tenet of Judaism - that G-d is One. Jews have
                   declared their belief in a single unified G-d twice
                   daily ever since the giving of the Torah at Sinai -
                   almost two thousand years before Christianity. 

                   The trinity suggests a three part deity: The Father,
                   the Son and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19). 

                   In Jewish law, worship of a three-part god is
                   considered idolatry; one of the three cardinal sins
                   for which a person should rather give up his life than
                   transgress. The idea of the trinity is absolutely
                   incompatible with Judaism.

                   Physical Manifestation 
                   Christianity believes that G-d came down to earth in
                   human form, as Jesus said: "I and the Father are one"
                   (John 10:30). 

                   The Torah states that G-d cannot not take any form.: 

                   "You will not be able to see My face, for no human can
                   see my face and live" (Exodus 33:18-20) 

                   "You did not see any form on the day G-d spoke to you
                   at Horeb from the midst of fire" (Deuteronomy 4:15) 

                   As little as we may know about G-d's nature, Judaism
                   has always believed that G-d is Incorporeal, meaning
                   that He assumes no physical form. G-d is Eternal, He
                   is Infinite; above time and beyond space. He cannot be
                   born, and cannot die. 

                   CHANGES TO THE LAW
                   Christianity denies the eternal relevance of Torah
                   Law, basing the concept of the New Testament on a
                   mistranslation of a verse in Jeremia. 
                   In Jeremia 31:30 the Hebrew states: "Henei yamim baim
                   Neum Hashem VeCharati Brit Chadash" They translate:
                   "Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when I will
                   make a new Testament with the house of Israel " 

                   "Brit" does not mean Testament. Throughout Scripture
                   "Brit" means covenant. See for example Genesis 17:2,
                   15:18 Exodus 24:8, Leviticus 26:42, Numbers 25:12. 

                   It is a fundamental principle of Judaism that the
                   Torah received at Sinai will never be changed nor
                   become obsolete. This concept is mentioned in the
                   Torah no less than 24 times, with the words: 

                   "This is an eternal law for all generations" 

                   (Exodus 12:14, 12:17, 12:43, 27:21, 28:43, Leviticus
                   3:17, 7:36, 10:9, 16:29, 16:31, 16:34, 17:7, 23:14,
                   23:21, 23:31, 23:41, 24:3, Numbers 10:8, 15:15, 19:10,
                   19:21, 18:23, 35:29, Deuteronomy29:28) 

                   It is absurd to accept the Divine origin of the Torah
                   yet deny it's eternal relevance. Judaism is a religion
                   of action; it has always taught that through
                   performance of the commandments one declares the
                   belief of the heart. To dispense with the legal body
                   of the Torah and reduce it to a book of morals would
                   cut it down to less than half it's size. Can this
                   really be the meaning of those words an eternal law
                   for all generations? 

                   Recommended Reading
                   For a lengthier discussion on this subject I suggest
                   the books, "The Real Messiah," by Aryeh Kaplan, "Faith
                   Strengthened" by Isaac Troki, "You Take Jesus, I'll
                   Take God"and "Their Hollow Inheritance" by Michoel
                   Drazin. (available at Jewish bookstores everywhere)

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