Jews for Jesus–“You Can’t Say I’m Not a Jew”

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I’ve been reading a book about Messianic Judaism in order to write an article for MJL, and jeesh is it strange. I won’t get into all the oddities of it quite yet (that’s what the article’s for) but if you’re looking for a fascinating read, I recommend Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi’s Journey Through Religious Change in America. Just this morning I was reading about Moishe Rosen, the guy who founded Jews for Jesus (a group that’s just one branch of Messianic Judaism), and today I stumbled across his obituary from this past Friday.

He was a controversial guy, and I certainly have no lost love for him, but I think he brought up some fascinating points about the Jewish world and halakhah. Here’s a quote from the end of his obit: “You can take from me everything but my Jewishness and my belief in God,” he once said. “You can say I’m a nuisance, a Christian, out of step with the Jewish community, but you can’t say I’m not a Jew.”

It seems so strange to me to cling so fervently to one’s Jewish identity while maintaining a belief in Jesus. Then again, I also don’t understand the people who think leggings count as pants, so I guess my capacity for understanding is relatively limited.

Posted on May 25, 2010

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2 thoughts on “Jews for Jesus–“You Can’t Say I’m Not a Jew”

  1. Sarah

    I have a weird sympathy for messianic Jews. I converted to Judaism, and there are all sorts of people who tell me that I am not really a Jew. Even thought I really disagree with what they believe I find it hard to look them in the eye and tell them they aren’t Jewish. It just hurts too much when that happens to me.

  2. Harold

    The jews for Jesus are not Jewish nor are they meshgiach..
    Their Rabbis are graduates of a Baptist Semenary and ordaned
    Baptist ministers before they take the title RABBI.
    The ministers are all very anti-semite because they curse Jews who remain true to G-D without a psuedo anti god.

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