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Letter 25: From Ya'acov

6th April 1989


Dear Mike

Thank you for your extremely long letter.

To answer your points. Firstly, Saul of Tarsus NEVER saw Yoshkie [Jesus]. He didn’t start his writings until 36 C.E. It was his arguments to the pagan gentile nations to ACCEPT Yehoshuah ben Yosef as ‘Moshiach’, which gave rise to ‘Christianity’. As for his authority, I reject it on the grounds that his writings are so full of Hellenistic ideas that I don’t see why I should adopt such ideas. On top of which, why should I agree with his ideas on the law anyway?

Secondly, Torah teaches that EVERY MAN, WOMAN, and CHILD can come directly to G-d without a mediator.

Thirdly, as for keeping of the law, we have one small problem: if I were to keep ALL the 613 Mitzvot of the Torah I would be in jail by now. True, it is essential to uphold the Mitzvot [commandments] of the Torah [law] but, as I have said before, it can’t be done just yet.

You overlooked one very small point with regards to your ‘New Testament’ teachings. Paul and the Greek speaking Jews had a problem with Hebrew, so they had to translate the Scriptures, or they would be up the creek with no paddle.

Sorry, Mike, but you are guilty of Avodah Zerah [idolatry]. Why should we have to go through a man who was guilty of necromancy? (This isn’t recorded in the New Testament, but in the Talmud). Why should I, or any other Jew, believe that Yehoshuah ben Yosef was Moshiach, when Christianity is harping on John 14:3. It had to invent that statement in order to cover up the glaring faults in its messianic claims. We have things like Yoshkie laid down his life for our sins, etc., but I can think of at least 20 things he NEVER did, and why he should have been executed, and not for the reasons which your belief argues. On top of which, what ever happened to Daniel 7:13,14, or Jeremiah 31:34, to but name two? The answer you’d give more than likely is, John 14:3.

I, too, know that the Gemara ["Completion": part of the Talmud] promotes superstition but I can say without blemish that I don’t follow it. (See Vayikra [Leviticus] 19:31; Shemot [Exodus] 22:17 and Devarim [Deuteronomy] 18:10-12).

Thank you for the kind wishes about Pesach [Passover], but you are about 14 days too soon. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards.

Ya’acov


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