Letters to Ya'acov

Letter 16: From Mike

18th November 1988

Dear Ya’acov,

Please accept my sincere apologies. As I look at your last letter dated 10th December 1987, I see with shame that I am almost a year overdue in replying to your letter. I hope you will forgive this oversight on my part.

Your last letter was a response to my letter of 9th December 1987 in which I pointed out that it is the rabbis rather than the New Testament writers who are influenced by paganism and superstition. You responded that you have nothing to do with superstition and that you try to follow the prophets alone. Does that mean your understanding of the Scriptures is totally uninfluenced by the teaching of the rabbis? If so, as an Orthodox Jew you are unique. I have not so far met any Orthodox Jew, however pious, who is not influenced by the Talmud [a collection of over 60 volumes of rabbinic discussions and commentary] and rabbinic writings.

While you seek to serve the Law you mention that it is very difficult indeed. I presume this is an indication that you fail to keep the Law. It may interest you to know that in the Epistle of James in the New Testament it says in chapter 2:10, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all". Sadly, a vast portion of the law of Moses is neglected and ignored by Jewish people, namely respecting the shedding of blood as an atonement for sin. Christians believe that the whole Law must be kept and fulfilled.

The New Testament teaches that the moral law is not abrogated and that Christians have an obligation to keep the ten commandments but it also teaches that there is an abiding necessity for the shedding of blood and we believe that Jesus of Nazareth shed his blood as a once and for all atonement for sin thus fulfilling the demands of the Mosaic Law. So in your observance of Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] who do you follow, Moses or the rabbis? If you follow Moses then you need shed blood for the forgiveness of sins. If you follow the rabbis then you follow men who have advocated all manner of superstitious practices and even demonism, as I indicated in my last letter. This is a matter of utmost importance and I look forward to your comments.

With my best wishes and prayers,

Yours sincerely,


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