Jesus of Nazareth is the most famous Jew who ever lived, yet remains profoundly alienated from his own people.
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He fought the Romans courageously and was ultimately murdered for trying to throw off the Roman yoke of oppression. So greatly did Jesus love his people, so deeply did he believe in his messianic mission to grant the Jews independence from Rome, that he was willing to suffer and die to end Roman dominion and renew Jewish sovereignty in ancient Israel. Even as I highlight the overlooked Jewish character of Jesus, the fact remains that Jews will never accept his divinity. Neither should they. The belief that any man is God is an abomination to Judaism, a position that Jesus himself would maintain. But this is decidedly not the same as seeing Jesus for the Jewish hero he undoubtedly was.
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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach iAmerica’s Rabbi,” is one of the world’s leading relationship experts and values and spirituality exponents. His 27 books have been best-sellers all over the world and have been translated into 18 languages. Rabbi Shmuley appears on TV, radio, and in print all over the world.