Issues: Orthodox Jews and Jesus
People sometimes tell us, “Oh, you only came to believe in Jesus because you are not a ‘real Jew.’” By that they mean we did not have “enough” Jewish education. So how much is enough? What does it mean to be a real Jew? Read the stories of three Orthodox Jews who came to believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah and reach your own conclusions.
Below the surface were the unanswered questions, “Who am I? Can I know God? What follows death? Can I have the positive assurance that my sins are forgiven?”
He asked if I wanted to pray. I replied, “Sure, where’s the prayer book?” “You don’t need one,” he explained. “Just talk to God from your heart.” I folded my arms across my chest, looked upwards, and said, “God, I don’t know who You are. But I’m tired of doing it by myself, so You have a go.”
Josh Leon lives and works in the Orthodox community. One of the things he enjoys most is plowing through the rabbinic texts and discovering what he believes is more evidence that Jesus fulfilled the messianic expectations of his Jewish people.