Last night, just before I loggedout of my email and blogs, I got an alert from Jewish Israel about Rabbi Riskin's Friday Jerusalem Post article. I must admit that I hadn't read it. "Stevie Wonder" has long lost his luster. Ellen Horowitz has blogged about his "decline" here on Shiloh Musings before the Jewish Israel site began and frequently cross-posts on topics suited to both sites/blogs.
I was curious and quickly checked out what my former role model, as BT (Ba'al Tshuva,) before the terms were used, had written.
But sometime in the second century CE - perhaps because in our pride we forgot that it was the Torah's superiority, and not our own, which had brought us such success - we became unable, or unworthy, of sustaining the momentum. We stopped "hearing" God's voice, were forced to leave history, and virtually forgot the mission of the third covenant.This was not a calm, feel-good "bedtime story." The popular, charismatic rabbi, raised in Fresh Meadows, just west of my childhood home of Bayside, NY, is mistaken. Christianity, like Islam, is a highjacking, a perversion of Judaism. By using the term "*continued," he gives their theology a sacrilegious, anti-Jewish legitimacy.
Remarkably, the Christians in many ways continued* where we left off. Maimonides, in the unexpurgated versions of the Mishneh Torah, records: "God's ways are too wondrous to comprehend. All those matters relating to Jesus of Nazareth and the Ishmaelite who came after him are only serving to clear the way for King Messiah, to prepare the whole world '...to worship God with one accord' (Zephaniah 3:9). Thus the messianic hope, the Torah and the commandments have become familiar topics... among the inhabitants of the far-flung islands at the ends of the globe..."