Saturday, July 08, 2006

Why Do Jews Believe in Jesus?

Jew School, which is a good name for a blog, wrote the following:
It seems noteworthy that according to the NY Times, Jews for Jesus are specifically running campaigns “aimed at Russian-speaking Jews, Israelis and Hasidic Jews.”

This would make sense if they are doing so because they perceive these communities to be particularly vulnerable to their message.

Usually, you'll hear that a Jew won't believe in Jesus if they know their Judaism. But when counter-examples arise alternative theories arise, fault must still be placed on the Jewish person who believes.
And which ”Hasidic Jews” are J4J targeting, and why? Do we really think they are going to be spending most of their energy on the side locked yeshiva bochrim of Belz? Or are they targeting a specific group that has already–-to a shocking extent–-allowed crossover from Christianity to subsist within its midst? Chabad contains a real point of entry for those seeking to mix Judaism and Christianity with Rebbe worship. And the Jewish community frequently continues to shrug it off, and generally downplay its significance.

As for the Israelis, it is quite clear that Zionism has not proven a satisfying replacement for Judaism. But the Haredim, with their fundamentalism and their antics and bile have successfully partnered with the Labor-Zionists to convince many secular Israelis that Judaism is not for them. Jews for J shrewdly assesses that maybe they are willing to consider something different.

So it seems Jew School's blogger is flying around in circular logic. If someone believes, they must have a problem. I mean it couldn't be true...could it?

It could.

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