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Jesus for Judaism Expands Social Media Presence

20140717th-jesusforjudaism-starofdavid-500x500It’s been over 10 years since the Jesus for Judaism project was launched.

The project continues to inspire and engage many people toward deeper understanding of the Jewish faith and life of Jesus.

Today we’re expanding our social media presence to include Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Although this project has been quiet, it’s not been inactive and today we’re moving into the next phase of outreach. Follow our news feeds and signup for updates for the latest announcements.

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Is the Pope Catholic? Maybe Not!

RLI NEWS – Jerusalem, Israel. Recent Biblical and archaeological evidence now confirms that Jesus was, in fact, Jewish. For approximately 2000 years, followers of this first century Rabbi were apparently unaware that their leader was Jewish. This amazing discovery was made by Dr. Hadassah Hillel of the Zion Historical Research Institute. When asked about the discovery, Dr. Hillel explained, “It wasn’t that difficult to figure out. Both his parents were Jewish going back many generations. He grew up in a Jewish community, and after he was of age, he continued to attend Synagogue and pursue Judaism as an adult. So, he was not only Jewish by birth, but someone who chose Judaism as a way of life. It’s hard to believe nobody noticed this until now.”

Is the Pope Catholic? Maybe not! Apparently the Vatican was aware that Jesus was Jewish, but did not make the information public. This would explain why the Pope and other Catholic leaders wear a Yarmulke (Jewish head covering) as seen in the photos below. Representatives of various Protestant and Catholic organizations have now made official statements apologizing for the oversight.

Jews who were in the process of converting to Christianity are being told to return to Synagogue, while many devout Christians are now in the process of converting to Judaism out of respect for their Jewish leader. “It’s all very confusing,” exclaimed one Baptist minister. Rabbi Ariel Cohen has seen his congregation increase dramatically, “It’s really quite amazing. Jews who had left Synagogue to join churches are returning to Synagogue and bringing their Christian friends with them.”

A professor of Hebrew at a local university commented, “Part of my rejection of Jesus at any level was because he didn’t seem to do much for Judaism or Jewish community. Historically his followers have been indifferent or even hostile toward Judaism. That’s not a very good track record for someone who wants to be the Messiah of the Jewish people. It will be interesting to see what develops in light of this recent discovery.”

The North American based organization Jesus for Judaism was also instrumental in this discovery.

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The news story above, while based mostly on true events and facts, is fictitious. It presents the general points about the Jewish faith of Jesus from a humorous perspective.

Kosher Jesus by Shmuley Boteach

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Kosher Jesus is a project of more than six years research and writing. 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.

While many Christians will be confused by its assertion that Jesus never claimed divinity and not only did not abrogate the Torah but observed every letter of the Law, they will find comfort in my tracing most of Jesus principal teachings back to Jewish sources, this before he was stripped of his Jewishness by later writers who sought to portray him as an enemy of his people. 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. 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. 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. 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…. 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. 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. 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…

The book is also for Jews who remain deeply uncomfortable with Jesus because of the Church s long history of anti-Semitism, the deification of Jesus, and the Jewish rejection of any Messiah who has not fulfilled the Messianic prophecies. We Jews will forever reject the divinity of any man, the single most emphatic prohibition of our Bible. 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. But as Christians and Jews now come together to love and support the majestic and humane Jewish state, it s time that Christians rediscover the deep Jewishness and religious Jewish commitment of Jesus, 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.

Kosher Jesus, on the other hand, represents a sort of vernacular translation of the work of the late English scholar Hyam Maccoby. For Maccoby the synoptic gospels’ accounts were thin contrivances through which one can still glimpse the real Jesus, a man who adhered fully to Jewish law and who sought, above all, the deliverance of his people from servitude to the Romans. What Boteach has gleaned from Maccoby’s work he has blended with his own thoughts on Vatican II; the charge of deicide; the Romans (Romans liked war; Jews, however, liked peace); the true meaning of the gospels; America; modern evangelicals; and much, much more. [Source]

Welcome to Jesus for Judaism!

The Jesus for Judaism project began in the late 20th century as an online research initiative to explore and promote the Jewishness and Jewish faith of Jesus.

From very small beginnings, today, the Jesus for Judaism movement has grown. This new website has been established to accommodate the growing interest in and support of the movement.