Questions tagged [christianity]

Questions related to how Judaism regards or relates to the Christian religion or its followers. NOTE: Questions that require independent expertise in Christianity to answer are off-topic.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
17
votes
5answers
35k views

Would a non-Jew wearing the Star of David together with a cross be offensive?

I am not Jewish, although I come from a Jewish heritage. My great-grandmother was Jewish. I have, since childhood, found the religion fascinating, even though my belief in Jesus has firmly placed me ...
13
votes
5answers
1k views

What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew?

What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew? I understand that idolatry, or embracing the mainstream Christian perception of Jesus as divine, is absolutely out of the question. Furthermore, ...
10
votes
1answer
760 views

Is there a halachic problem with saying “Christ” as a name?

Since (according to the Gra (YD 147:3), cited in this answer), there is no issue in saying the name "Jesus," would there be an issue in saying the name "Christ"? This name might be ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Is the use of referring to a Torah prescription through the expression “Moses said / commanded” attested in Jewish tradition?

I am an Italian Noahide. I read in Jewish sources that the expression "Torah of Moses" is sometimes used. In the Christian Gospels, on the other hand, I have seen that in certain passages it is ...
0
votes
0answers
56 views

Is Jehovah's Witness considered halachically different than other Christians? [duplicate]

Jehovah's Witnesses believe in one God with J. being a prophet/son of god, kind of like Muhammad or Elijah the prophet. They don't believe he IS god, and they don't believe in the Trinity. It probably ...
0
votes
2answers
499 views

The “New Covenant” in Jeremiah's Prophesy

I am certain there must be a great answer to this question. Please inform me, as my learning is not so great and I have only started on the study of the Scriptures. Many Christians use the text of ...
1
vote
0answers
64 views

Could Jesus the Nazarene have been buried near the Galilean city of Safed? [closed]

I am an Italian noahide. I read that the famous Rabbi Isaac Luria, in his "Book of the Reincarnations", writes in chapter 37, within the long list of Jewish Tzadiks: "On your way from Safed toward ...
2
votes
1answer
102 views

May a Jew act as a godparent to a Christian child?

A Jewish friend was recently asked to be serve as a Godparent (Godfather) to the child of his Christian friend. I would like to know if a Jew may accept such a request and if not why not.
-5
votes
1answer
60 views

Any basis in Jewish tradition of crossing oneself as in the Christian 'sign of the cross' hand gesture? [closed]

Is there any Jewish tradition of crossing oneself as in the Christian 'sign of the cross' hand gesture? I'm aware of a crossover between Jewish tradition and other mystical traditions which involves ...
15
votes
7answers
2k views

Is the title: “New” Testament offensive to Jews? Alternative neutral name?

Having lived in Israel during several periods of my life, I know that the words "Old" in the "Old Testament" and "New" in the "New Testament" are offensive to many Jews. From what I understand, it's ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Christian believe in the Noahide Laws, will they end up in heaven?

Some Christians believe in and live according to the Noachide Laws. According to Judaism, doesn't this qualify them for heaven? I know blasphemy is in that list, but Christians Genuinely believe that ...
6
votes
4answers
4k views

Is there any problem with thanking a non-Jew by saying “God bless you?”

If your neighbor/coworker/etc. is a religious non-Jew and they do you a favor, is there a problem to say "thank you, God bless you?", assuming you think they'd appreciate hearing that?
1
vote
0answers
110 views

Does Yeshu’s teaching on divorce qualify the Notzri as a false prophet according to the Halakhah? [closed]

I’m an Italian Noahide. With regard to the false prophet, this is what Rambam says: Mishneh Torah-Yesodei haTorah 9:1 It is clear and explicit in the Torah that it is [God's] commandment, ...
0
votes
0answers
51 views

Would it be offensive to the people of the Jewish faith if a Christian wore a Star of David with Cross necklace? [duplicate]

To start off, I by no means would wish to cause offense to the Jews by wearing such a devotional symbol without a meaning. Christianity is rooted within Judaism, the first "Christians" were Jews, and ...
9
votes
5answers
595 views

Laws of Abrogation

To my limited knowledge there is no such thing as "abrogation" within the Tanach. Such would seem to defeat the immutability of G-d's Law. This issue of abrogation comes up a lot in both Christian and ...
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Does the Torah encourage monotheistic evangelism? [duplicate]

Although Judaism is not a proselytizing religion in the classical sense, is there any responsibility to bring non-jews to monotheism and away from idolatry?
3
votes
3answers
773 views

What Talmudic manuscripts (if any) have Jesus instead of Balaam? / What Does 'MS.M. Jesus' mean?

What manuscripts (if any) have Jesus instead of Balaam? I'm aware that some claim that balaam is a code-word for Jesus. I know Rabbi Gil Student makes a good argument that it cannot be I have read ...
3
votes
1answer
154 views

Can you pray or study torah in a non-Jewish cemetery?

There is a large non-Jewish cemetery near where I live. It has beautiful grounds and is open to the public for visiting. Is it OK to pray or study Torah there?
0
votes
0answers
46 views

Is Unitarian Christianity עבודה זרה? [duplicate]

According to Wikipedia: "Unitarians believe that mainline Christianity does not adhere to strict monotheism, but that Unitarians do by maintaining that Jesus was a great man and a prophet of God, ...
6
votes
3answers
746 views

Is it mentioned anywhere in all of the Mishna or the Talmud that Paul of Tarsus was a student of Rabban Gamaliel

Is it mentioned anywhere in all of the Mishna or the Talmud that Paul of Tarsus was a student of Rabban Gamaliel? Acts 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet ...
1
vote
2answers
353 views

Is the expression “we do not rely on 'bar elahin'” a reference to Christianity?

The prayer Brich Shmeh from the Zohar Vayakhel 206a, which is recited during the Torah service, contains the statement ולא על בר אלהין סמיכנא. All the translations I've seen render "bar elahin" as "...
6
votes
1answer
276 views

Are there references to Jesus in the Jerusalem Talmud?

In my online search I have not come across any references to Jesus in the Talmud Yerushalmi. I realize in the Bavli sometimes he is not identified by name or passages are censored/removed. I would ...
1
vote
2answers
164 views

Is one allowed to sleep in a room/house where there are images of JC, Virgin Mary and other avodah zarah?

Is a Jew permitted to sleep in a room/house where there are idolatrous images on the walls, such as JC, virgin Mary, etc.? What about non-Jews?
4
votes
0answers
62 views

Are there examples of Sasanian censorship in the Bavli?

The talmud Bavli was compiled and edited in Iraq while Jews were under the rulership of the Sasanian empire. There are (unfortunately) ample examples of the Bavli being censored by Christians I would ...
3
votes
0answers
85 views

Visiting/using a decommissioned ex-church

Visiting sites previously used for idol worship asks about visiting a historical site previously used for idolatry, and talks about ruins and the possibility of extant religious symbols. My question ...
8
votes
4answers
679 views

Source of Ramban's famous debate

Where can one find the 'disputation of Barcelona' between Pablo Cristiani and the Ramban?
2
votes
1answer
88 views

Source for Ramban regarding Devarim 30:7

According to Ramban (in the context of Vikuah), Devarim 30:7 applies both to notzrim and ishmaelim: וקראתי להם פרשת והיה כי יבואו עליך כל הדברים האלה הברכה והקללה אשר נתתי לפניך, וגמר הפרשה עד ...
31
votes
9answers
5k views

Why don't Jews think Jesus is the messiah?

Christians say that Jesus is the Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament; Jews disagree. Why couldn't Jesus be the Messiah spoken of? Or could he possibly have been?
-5
votes
2answers
903 views

Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet [closed]

Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet and that he will come before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes? "And if you ...
3
votes
5answers
196 views

Is it forbidden to help idolaters become righteous Noahides?

I heard from a Rabbi who cited Rambam that it is forbidden to help idolaters do teshuvah. Does that mean it is forbidden to persuade them that they follow fake religions and that Judaism is the only ...
2
votes
2answers
138 views

Should one wish for the destruction of buildings of idol worship?

Two sequential questions, prompted by the Notre Dame fire: Is one obligated to wish that places of idol worship are consumed if they already are on fire? (I would think so, given e.g. OC 224:2) If so,...
10
votes
1answer
218 views

Are Jews allowed to contribute to the reconstruction of the Paris cathedral?

I assume most of you have already heard about the sad events that happened yesterday in France. One of the main symbols of Paris, a functioning cathedral caught on fire and caused huge damage to the ...
4
votes
0answers
74 views

Is there any work that specifically refutes the claims of Martin Luther in “The Jews and Their Lies”? [closed]

Recently I learned about Martin Luther's anti-Jewish book, The Jews and Their Lies which makes all of the accusations of anti-Semetism against him make a lot more sense given that they're explcitly ...
10
votes
2answers
703 views

When, halachically, does a sect of Judaism become an independent religion?

When Christianity began many followers considered themselves Jews, the same could be said for followers of Shabbtai Tzvi. I don't believe there is anyone today who would argue that a child born to ...
1
vote
0answers
38 views

Is it lawful,for the Noahide Laws, the thesis of Gentiles Christians according to whom Jesus has a divine nature but he is subordinate to God? [duplicate]

I am not a christian but I am an Italian noahide, therefore I do not believe in the divinity and messianicity of Jesus the Nazarene. I clarify that my question, being relevant to the application of ...
3
votes
6answers
1k views

Do Jews consider Jesus to be a magician?

With black magic you can do amazing things, including bewitching people's senses, for example, to see things, hear things and feel certain sensations, whether emotionally or physically. Often when a ...
8
votes
0answers
273 views

The status of Christian bibles nowadays

In Shulchan Aruch OC 334:21 it is established that holy scripture written by a pagan should be burnt, האפיקורסים דהיינו האדוקים בעבודת כוכבים וכן מומרים לעבודת כוכבים שכתבו להם כתבי הקודש אין ...
2
votes
2answers
796 views

Are these statements about the Babylonian Talmud true?

Recently, I came across a website with a Q&A about whether there was any record of Jesus' miracles in non-Christian historical documents. The site claimed certain passages in the Babylonian Talmud ...
2
votes
1answer
544 views

What does the talmud/rabbinic writing have to say about Yeshu ha-Notzri (Jesus)?

I understand that the name Jesus was not uncommon 2000 years ago, and Jewish writings about the person of historical interest to the Christian Church call him "Yeshu ha-Notzri" = "Jesus the Nazarene". ...
2
votes
0answers
55 views

Is the “wicked son” of the Haggadah an apostate Jew?

I've seen a few sources that seem to understand that the wicked son of the Haggadah was an apostate Jew, who converted to Christianity. See for example, this answer and linked article, as well as ...
1
vote
0answers
68 views

“Children Of Miracles” quote

UPDATE: I reached out to one of the ministries listed below and was told that this was said by RABBI SCHNEERSON. So if anyone knows of a message, whether printed/published or audio/video, of Rabbi ...
2
votes
3answers
334 views

Could Jesus have been a Rabbi?

Jesus was called a Rabbi during a time in history when being a Rabbi really meant something. He lived during the time of semicha, and his responses are often Rabbinic in nature. And so this begs the ...
4
votes
1answer
506 views

Mormons claim to be from the tribes of Israel (revealed via a “Patriarchal Blessing”), is this offensive to the Jewish community?

It has come to my attention that members of the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), or more commonly known as Mormons, receive what is called a patriarchal blessing. This "...
6
votes
1answer
432 views

Jewish viewpoint on Gentiles celebrating a Christian Seder?

I am a Gentile and a practicing Christian and would like to know how the Jewish community considers some Christians celebrating their own particular forms of a Christian Seder? Christian Passover ...
1
vote
1answer
157 views

The acronym יש״ו ימח שמו וזכרו

Is there any connection between the acronym יש״ו ימח שמו וזכרו and ישו the person? Is this just a coincidence, or does the acronym actually originate with the historical ישו?
10
votes
2answers
408 views

Paul being sent as a double agent by the Sanhedrin

I think there's a pretty popular conspiracy theory supposedly based on a censored Midrash that Paul was sent by the Sanhedrin to revolutionize Christianity in order to fully differentiate it from ...
5
votes
0answers
92 views

Is there a problem with buying a Christian a Christmas gift?

To make the question easier, suppose that the recipient of the Christmas gift is a devout Christian who actually celebrates for religious reasons. Potentially there are several issues with buying a ...
7
votes
1answer
270 views

Mary Jesus' mother or Mary Magdalene?

The Gemara in Chaggigah (4b) mentions a woman by the name of Miriam Megadla Se'ar: זיל אייתי לי מרים מגדלא שיער נשייא Which means she was a "grower of woman's hair" which is to mean she was a hair ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

Is calling The LORD as “Father” common during Jesus time?

Most of the time I hear from some Christian friends that the "Father" name for to The LORD was founded by Jesus. Because I find it odd (if Jesus was the first person to start calling The LORD "...
6
votes
1answer
74 views

Christian engravings of Tanakh passages on the ground

Recently, I went to a liberal Christian seminary to use their library materials. Throughout the building, English translations of passages from the Tanakh (and probably the Christian New Testament) ...

1
2 3 4 5