Saturday, September 7, 2019

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: “Kosher Jesus”

1) Here is knowledgeable second source verification that Yehoshua (Jesus’ name in Hebrew, how he would have been known) was indeed a good Jew. 

Saying so is historically accurate!

“Kosher Jesus” by the Orthodox Jewish rabbi, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.…
2) We’re still in our same discussion, side trip, focus on Yehoshua/Jesus.

For background see the thread of threads.…
3) I maintain that the construction of Jesus by mainstream Orthodox Jews is CULTURAL - not historically accurate.
4) The problem is that they refused to accept Jesus’ teachings in his lifetime - none of which broke Torah, none of which were false prophecy or idolatry -
5) Understood properly, meaning as the statements of a Kabbalah-aware and highly educated, good, master of Jewish knowledge, they do make sense.
6) This mistake by the rabbis resulted in a rebound
7) Christianity was founded AFTER the death of Jesus, based ON the life and sayings of Jesus, ABSENT kabbalistic knowledge, based on the SURFACE meaning, which is heretical to the Jewish faith (eg literally needing to go through Jesus to get to God.)
8) This does NOT invalidate Christianity but rather speaks to a larger plan by God. Through Jesus, masses and masses of the world were and are ultimately brought to MONOTHEISM.
9) Through Islam the same occurs.
10) Hinduism - Brahman - universal soul or God - takes on many forms, but ONE GOD

Buddhism - belief in truth/enlightenment - does not argue for or against God. Compatible with any other faith.
11) Rabbi Shmuley is extremely well known but his book was controversial. Let’s read a bit
12) “Kosher Jesus is a project of more than six years research and writing.”…
13) “The book seeks to offer to Jews and Christians the real story of Jesus, a WHOLLY OBSERVANT, Pharisaic Rabbi who fought Roman paganism and oppression and was killed for it.”
14) “While many Christians will be confused by its assertion that Jesus never claimed divinity”
15) “and not only did not abrogate the Torah but OBSERVED EVERY LETTER OF THE LAW”
16) “they will find comfort in my tracing most of Jesus’ principal teachings back to Jewish sources,”
17) “this before he was stripped of his Jewishness by later writers who sought to portray him as an enemy of his people.”
18) “This is especially true of Jesus' most famous oration, the Sermon on the Mount, which is a reformulation of the Torah he studied and to which he was committed.”
19) “A small sampling: 

“Jesus: (Matt 5:5) Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 

Hebrew Bible: (Psalms 37) The meek shall inherit the earth, and delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
20) “Jesus: (Matt 5:8) Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see G-d. 

Hebrew Bible: (Psalms 24) Who shall ascend the mount of the Lord the pure-hearted.”
21) “Jesus: (Matt 5:39) But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 

“Hebrew Bible: (Lamentations 3:30) Let him offer his cheek to him who smites him”
22) “Jesus: (Matt 6:33) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 

Hebrew Bible: (Psalms 37:4) Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
23) “Jesus: (Matt 7:7) Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 

Hebrew Bible: (Jer 29:13) When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.”
24) “Jesus: (Matt 7:23) Then I will declare to them, I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers. 

Hebrew Bible: (Psalms 6:9) Depart from me, all you workers of evil.”
25) “The book is also for Jews who remain deeply uncomfortable with Jesus because of 

—the Churchs long history of anti-Semitism, 

—the deification of Jesus, and 

—the Jewish rejection of any Messiah who has not fulfilled the Messianic prophecies.”
26) “We Jews will forever reject the divinity of any man, the single most emphatic prohibition of our Bible.”
27) “And we can never accept the Messiahship of any personality, however noble or well-intended, who died without ushering in the age of physical redemption.”
28) “But as Christians and Jews now come together to love and support the majestic and humane Jewish state”
29) “it’s time that Christians rediscover the deep Jewishness and religious Jewish commitment of Jesus”
30) “while Jews reexamine a LOST SON who was murdered by a brutal Roman state 

who sought to impose Roman culture and rule 

upon a tiny yet stubborn nation 

who will never be severed from their eternal covenant with the G-d of Israel.”
31) Reading this, you can appreciate the crossed wires operating here.

The Jews are throwing out the baby with the bath water — rejecting Christianity, and therefore Jesus. 

The Christians overlook Jesus’ fealty to Judaism — because Christianity is entirely separate. 
32) The actual Torah easily shows us how all people who embrace God are redeemed and worship together.

But we have allowed fear — and it really does boil down to fear — to limit our cognition, and cause us to ignore the facts.
33) Here is the cover of the book, which I love. Yehoshua/Jesus’ message really resonates with me. 
34)”In an interview w/...Publishers Weekly, Boteach stated that the book ‘traces the teachings of Jesus to their original sources:the Torah,the Talmud & rabbinic literature.’” 

Mayefsky, C. (1/25/12)"Shmuley Boteach:Was Jesus Kosher?". Publishers Weekly.…
35) “In the book, Boteach draws on past work by Hyam Maccoby, a British Jewish scholar who wrote on the topic of Judaism and Christianity, and espoused the view that Paul the Apostle was the true founder of Christianity,”
36) “while Jesus was a mainstream Jewish teacher of the first century whose teachings were later distorted to form the basis of a mythic tradition.”
37) Source: Rosen, Jeremy (December 22, 2011). "Book Review: Kosher Jesus". The Algemeiner.
38) “In the intro. to Kosher Jesus, Boteach sets forth his argument, that Jesus was, ‘a wise and learned rabbi who despised the Romans for their cruelty, ... 

“who fought the Romans courageously and was ultimately murdered for trying to throw off the Roman yoke of oppression’”
39) “who worked to rekindle Jewish ritual observance of every aspect of the Torah 


“to counter the brutal Roman occupation of his people's land."
40) (Why didn’t the rabbis support him? I would like to see some scholarly answers on this.)
41) “Following its release, Kosher Jesus received mixed reactions from rabbis and other leaders in the Jewish community, as well as from Christian and secular reviewers.”
42) “A review in Publishers Weekly described the book as an ‘informed and cogent primer on Jesus of Nazareth’ that ‘will certainly reopen intrafaith and interfaith dialogue.’”
43) “Jacob Immanuel Schochet, a prominent rabbi of the Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch movement, was fiercely critical, deeming the book to be heretical and stating that it ‘poses a tremendous risk to the Jewish community,’”
44) “and that it ‘does more to enhance the evangelical missionary message’ than any other book.” —> FEAR NOT LOGIC
45) (note that many consider Chabad to be a messianic cult itself, so this is ironic.)
46) Source: Boswell, Randy (January 30, 2012). "'Kosher Jesus' book ignites skirmish between Jewish scholars". Posted to .
47) “Reviewer Jeremy Rosen of The Algemeiner Journal notes that Boteach "wants Christians to understand Jesus was not God but a nice loyal Jewish boy...

“wants Jews to stop thinking of him as a heretic and the founder of a religion that persecuted them for two thousand years."
Ending this part. 

Next up: Post-Zoharitic occultism.

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