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The Rabbi Is In

Ask Joseph Telushkin your questions

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In a moral quandary? Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Nextbook Press’s forthcoming Hillel: If Not Now, When?, will help you find the answers just in time for the High Holidays. Send your questions to by August 28, and the rabbi will answer the most compelling submissions in Tablet Magazine before Yom Kippur.

Hillel: If Not Now, When? [Nextbook Press]

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T. L. Sparkman says:

Rabbi, I am a US citizen, and a conservative Christian. I’ve come to realize that I do not know 1) why the Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and 2) the reason for God’s judgment of Israel in 70AD and the following diaspora. I am not looking to argue with anyone about this and I hope you believe me. I sincerely would like to understand. I have never taken the time, nor had the opportunity, to listen and try to see this from the Jewish standpoint. I’m quite sure that there is no simple answer to this, but if you could point me in the right direction… perhaps an author, a book, an article… that would get me started. I welcome any response to this, whether from your posting on this website, or from a commenter, or personally via e-mail. Thank you, and may the God of Israel bless you. Sincerely, Thomas.

T. L. Sparkman says:

As a note to the above, I sincerely am not looking for a dialogue. This is not about anyone hearing what I have to say, and I am not trying to bait anyone into a discussion. This is only about me listening and wanting to learn about something I openly admit to knowing nothing about. Thank you.

tlazarus says:

a)Try “The Messianic Idea in Israel” by Joseph Klausner
b)According to the classical prophets, living 6 centuries before the event youre conerned with and comenting on their contemporary society, the eminent destruction and dispersion was to be a punishment for trandgression- ritual and ethical. The projected doom was never forecast as a consequence of the rejection of “the messiah”, who incidentally was chiefly seen as the medium for the restoration of national sovreignty, and only latterly becanme a spiritual symbol.Kings were (and still are annointed.) the the word messiah is a transliteration of the hebrew word for “the annointed one” National redemption and restoration was always promised as the end point. Some argue that the rennaisance of the State of Israel is indeed the “beginning of the growth of our redemption”

Why are jews buried without shoes? No one seems to know why this is. I buried my husband without his shoes on but in his casket. Thanks much.

T.L.Sparkman says:

tlazarus, Thank you very much. Is this, generally speaking, the most widely accepted understanding from the Jewish standpoint? are there other understandings as well? Again, thanks for the response.

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