Thursday, December 08, 2005 I was asked the following question:
No question, just something to add to the subject of "Jews and
Jesus". I myself am a Christian, and I greatly appreciated your response,
because it was accurate. But, as you said, it doesn't "engage a complete
There once stood in Jerusalem a Temple where an animal without blemish was
chosen to be sacrificed. The priest would lay his hands upon the animal
beforehand in a symbolic gesture of placing his sins upon it.
Perhaps there was a reason why the Temple was destroyed in the year 70CE,
because maybe, just maybe, that perfect sacrifice was made by G-d, and there was
no longer any need for the one that was performed in the Temple. This is matter
every living soul has to consider at some point.
was my response:
Judaism is a religion that is based on a complete and final
set of "books" called Torah and Tanahk. Whatever is taught therein constitutes
the entirety of the Jewish Faith. Subsequent commentaries, explanations and
co-related material followed as a means to an understanding that if G-D wanted
it in the Torah & Tanahk, it would be there...it's absence takes it out of the
realm of Jewish thought and brings it into the realm of speculation. "What if"
is one such speculation.
"What if I were born taller and thinner or shorter and heavier"? It is
meaningless to question the "what ifs", they are not the "what is".
you have questions about a personal matter, or jewish practices
and customs, you can submit them to me by e-mail.
I answer all queries directly, or through this column, when the
question is informative to our community.
you for your kind attention and this opportunity to share with you,
Rabbi Dan S. Wiko
to the list