Our Rabbi, Maran Yeshua is Jewish. This obvious reality has too often been obscured by both Christian and Jewish attitudes polarized by prejudice, hatred, and fear.
There is a growing number of Jewish people who, like Rabbi Lichtenstein, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, have been prompted, for one reason or another, to investigate seriously what the Good News actually contains. This writer is among them. We have come to recognize through careful investigation that the Good News is something different than we had first supposed.
First of all, we have discovered that its authorship and cultural background are Jewish. The beginning scenes of the Good News are centered in the land of Israel, at the time of the Second Temple. Even as the focus widens from the original setting, the action takes place primarily among Jewish communities in the Diaspora. The Good News writers, with perhaps the exception of Luke but very likely a convert, are all Jews. The early Emmisaries and followers of our Rabbi Yeshua were also Jewish.
Mashiach (Messiah) a Jewish idea. Actually the idea of a Mashiach begins in the Torah and the Tanach, the Hebrew Scriptures. The Christian Messiah does not exist (is not a Gentile idea at all), and the Jewish Messiah is exclusively Jewish.We believe that our Rabbi Maran Yeshua who came for both the Jew and the non Jew but within a Jewish context to be understood properly. We believe that Christianity has not future, and is a sin to believe in a gentilized messiah.
We see nothing in the Good News that is non-Jewish or anti-Jewish. It is to the contrary, woven with the warp and woof of Jewish hope and prophetic promise. If one can accept the revelation of Moses and the prophets with utter seriousness, there should be nothing really strange in the Good News, it is simply Jewish, it is a family discussion / story.