About

Judaism Resources

Judaism Resources was established in an effort to bring the truth of Judaism to a wider audience.  We have received requests to expand our educational activities on several fronts. The public will benefit from a website that is more efficient than the blog format that we have been using up until now. We are hoping to establish a data-base of articles and a forum for discussion in the Hebrew language. We are looking to publish some of the popular works from 1000 Verses to make them accessible to more seekers of truth. We seek to expand our counseling services.

In order to move forward with these projects we have taken the step of establishing Judaism Resources as a non-profit organization to coordinate these efforts.

If you would like to participate in the sponsorship of our work please contact us at:

Judaism Resources

26 Hillside Blvd.

Lakewood N.J.

08701

U.S.A.

yourphariseefriend@gmail.com

You can donate with a credit card by clicking on the link below.

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Thank You

Yisroel C. Blumenthal

 

The Blog – 1000 Verses

Welcome to 1000 verses. This blog has been formulated to help you read the Jewish Scriptures and find God’s truth from the perspective of God’s first-born son; the people of Israel (Exodus 4:22, Jeremiah 31:8).

This blog is named; 1000 verses, because the first article that appeared on this blog listed well over 1000 verses that support the Jewish position in their debate with Christian missionaries.

This blog includes several categories.

The Charolite Faith” – is a parody of the Christian-Jewish polemic. In order to fully appreciate this satire, it is advised that you first read “A Brief History of Charlie and the Charolites”, then “Answering Christian Objections to Charlie” and then “Contra Green”.

“Faith Structure” – explains the core Jewish arguments that must necessarily precede any debate over Scripture.

“Tzvi Jacobson” – is the pen-name of a former leader in the Messianic movement. Seekers of truth will find his writings illuminating.

“Critique” – contains critical reviews of missionary literature.

“Correspondence” – provides real letters (with names changed) that were sent to Christians in various ongoing e-debates.

The names of the rest of the categories are self-explanatory.

We welcome comments and questions. Please feel free to raise questions or to critique any point that is made on this blog. Our only request is that you stick to the issues and avoid any and all personal attacks.

It is our sincere prayer that the information we provide on this blog bring us all closer to God and to His truth.

Your Pharisee Friend

Yisroel C. Blumenthal

to contact me personally, please write to yourphariseefriend@gmail.com

6 Responses to About

  1. Leeza says:

    Great blog! Thanks 🙂

  2. Bill Hicks says:

    Thanks for some very educational writings. As an observant Noahide I find this site most interesting and helpful in my own journey as I strive to live as a righteous gentile.

  3. Mozer G. says:

    dear rabbi, great blog! amazing.
    Mozer Geld.

  4. Annelise says:

    What is ‘Judaism Resources’?

  5. Annelise says:

    Dear Michael,

    How much time have you spent with actual Orthodox Jewish communities? There are mis-characterisations in your comment of things that are really clear for observers to see about their way of thinking. It makes me feel that you’ve either simply been given wrong information or else that you come to Orthodox Judaism wanting them to be wrong from the outset and not so interested in seeing what’s actually there.

    Judaism teaches the rest of humanity that there are restrictions on immoral behaviour such as false worship, stealing, wrong use of sexuality, cruelty and injustice. It also teaches us that there is a Creator who deserves our loyalty and love, and that other creatures need our respect and kindness. The Hebrew scriptures make this clear. See the accounts of gentiles who were, or were not, righteous pre-Abraham. Was righteousness all negative for the ones who followed Hashem’s ways? There are also people like Rahab and Ruth who joined the Jewish people, and the non-Jews in the book of Jonah who didn’t become Jewish but definitely worshiped God and turned their ways around to give justice to humans. And look at how the prophets describe the nations turning to God when they realise Israel’s message has been right all along. It’s full of positive action and devotion.

    Then you can look at the Temple structure; there was a place for non-Jews to worship, and Orthodox Jews continue to pass down that knowledge and share their heart for worship with any gentiles who seem interested and non-hostile. And you can turn to the early rabbinic literature, to find quotes like:
    “It says (Job 37:23): ‘With justice and an abundance of kindness, He does not deal harshly.’ G-d does not withhold reward from gentiles who perform His commandments.” (Jerusalem Talmud Peah 1:1) **Notice the positive ideas of justice and kindness, mirroring also verses applying to all humans such as Micah 6:8.

    “If someone wants to become a priest [from the family of Aaron] or a Levite he cannot because his father was not a priest or a Levite. However, if someone wants to become righteous even if he is a gentile he can because it is not a family trait as it says ‘O those who fear G-d bless G-d!’ It does not say the house of those who fear G-d but those who fear G-d. It is not a family trait rather on their own they chose to fear and love G-d. Therefore, G-d loves them.” (Midrash Bamidbar Rabbah 8:2) **So righteous gentiles both fear and love God, both elements that are at the heart of worship.

    “But we learned: R. Meir says – whence do we learn that a gentile who is occupied in the Torah is like the High Priest?…” (Baba Kama 38a) **So you can see that the aspects of Torah that are relevant to gentiles are enough to let us be completely occupied with them.

    There are also examples given of gentiles doing righteous things like honouring parents and showing kindness and justice to each other.

    When Orthodox Jewish communities today encourage non-Jews to follow the covenant of the children of Noah, they clearly mean that we should take on the same sense of worship and righteousness as characterises Judaism. That’s because they are basing their idea on the Hebrew scriptures and on rabbinical tradition, which both uphold the same hope for humanity.

    Just briefly, about Orthodox Jews and the creation narrative in Genesis 1. You will find that in the spectrum of ‘Judaism’, the closer you get to Ultra-Orthodoxy then the more congregants you’ll find who don’t take Genesis 1 metaphorically. The degree of discomfort with evolutionary science can be quite high in some communities; some even teach that dinosaurs never existed. Of course there are different views on this, and I personally think it’s more reasonable to say that we aren’t sure exactly what God did or what genre those chapters were meant to be read as. But I just think your statement was in error regarding ‘most Orthodox Jews’.

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