“President Trump can choose to be a part of a process to bring the Messiah.”
Ever since Jesus came along in the first century of the common era, claiming to be the son of God and the messiah, there have been a lot of would-be Messiahs. Here are six!
A restless rabbinical student in Jerusalem, Niles Elliot Goldstein, became obsessed with the art of Bruno Schulz, who was killed by the Nazis. What happened to his biggest project, ‘The Messiah’?
Music-loving Jews tend to enjoy the German composer Handel’s famous oratorio. That makes new research claiming that the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus is anti-Jewish all the more troublesome.
A famous rabbi once taught that when Russia invades Crimea, it means the Messiah is on his way. So now some Jews are thanking Vladimir Putin for hastening the redemption.
A former Tennessee magistrate who ruled last summer that a baby could not be called “Messiah” because that name was reserved for Jesus Christ was censured on Monday for bias.
A Tennessee judge on Wednesday restored a baby boy’s given first name of “Messiah,” ruling unconstitutional a lower ranking judge’s order changing it to “Martin” on the basis that “Messiah” is a title earned only by Jesus Christ.
A Tennessee judge ordered a baby’s name changed from Messiah, arguing that only Jesus Christ has earned that moniker. Philologos, among others, disagrees.
While Hanukkah preparations and aftermath can overshadow every other human activity in December, ‘tis also the season for classical concerts, especially although by no means exclusively, in the New York area. These can include much Yiddishkayt, despite the seeming omnipresence of Handel’s “Messiah.”
For the past two millennia, Jews have powerfully resisted — often with their very lives — the Christian notion that the messiah arrived, was betrayed by refusals to accept him and then perished physically, only in order to undergo apotheosis, or rebirth as part of the Godhead. Yet as Rabbi David Berger, a Brooklyn College professor and former president of the Association for Jewish Studies, reports in his compelling new polemic, “The Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference,” one of the most prominent movements in the contemporary Jewish world - Lubavitch - is preaching a form of messianism that is, theologically speaking, almost indistinguishable from Christianity.