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.”
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