A Public Condemnation of Jews for Jesus

“That Jew Died For You” screenshot.

The always-offensive evangelistic group, Jews for Jesus, released the above video just in time for Easter last week. It is, quite honestly, one of the most blatantly offensive and disgusting pieces of Christian propaganda that I’ve ever seen. In fact, I’m not going to link to it, because I don’t want you to watch it, and I don’t want them to receive any more permanent inbound links.

The video is called “That Jew Died for You.” It’s a cheaply produced piece of crap, in which “Jews” are pushed around by Nazi soldiers and sorted between the work camp and the showers. The, the only colorized character comes to the front of the line. It’s Jesus! And he is sent to the gas chambers. After that, the Suffering Servant text rolls across the screen and some images of Marc Chagall paintings of the crucifixion are shown. Get it? Since Chagall was a brilliant Jewish painter who used a Christian image in his work, Christians can take the Holocaust and use it for evangelism!

The accompanying website attempts to justify the video by stating that Jesus has often been associated with the perpetrators of the Holocaust (which is negligibly true), when in fact Jesus would have been a victim of the Holocaust had he lived in Europe during WWII. It then equates the Jewish understanding of martyrdom (kedoshim) with Jesus’ execution.

This is, on any reading, a tortured distortion of both history and theology. But that’s not even what concerns me. What is truly over the line about this video is that it takes the single most grievous act in modern Jewish history and using it as a tool to convert modern Jews to another religion.

How offensive is it? It’s like this: Let’s imagine that you’re an investment banker, and you think that investment bankers have been unfairly scapegoated in the Great Recession. So you make a video. In the video, you show an investment banker at Cantor Fitzgerald from behind as he looks out the window of the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He sees a plane approaching the building. Just before the plane hits the building, you cut to a statement saying that investment bankers are good people, too.

What you’ve done is taken an event both terrible and tragic and used it for your own purposes. Were someone to produce a video like this, it would be roundly condemned by everyone but the most freakish outliers.

While evangelical news outlets say that this video will “offend some, bring hope to others,” let me be among the voices to condemn this video and the tactics behind it. The Shoah is the most terrible and tragic of the many offenses against Jews by non-Jews, and the last thing it should be leveraged for is Christian evangelism. I do hope that many Christians will join me in condemning this video.

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  • JM Smith

    Tony, do you believe that Jews who accept Jesus as Israel’s Messiah are no longer Jewish?

    Jews for Jesus is a Jewish group who seek to tell other Jews about their Jewish Messiah using the most significant event in modern Jewish history as a point of entry to such a discussion. Why as a non-Jew do you take offense at how some Jews speak about the Shoah to other Jews?

    • Ric Shewell

      I guess the question is “Is this an in-house conversation for people of Jewish descent only?”

      Doesn’t the New Testament answer invariably “no”? If “Jews for Jesus” are Christians, and have bound themselves to the Church, then what they do and how they reach out to people of other faiths matter to us all. If they are Christians, and they claim to be so, then I don’t think they or any other Christian gets to say: “This is a Jewish descent only conversation, the rest of the Church must stay out.”

  • Greg Gorham

    It’s hard to imagine anything more offensive or stupid than using the Holocaust in an attempt to persuade people to convert.

    • S_i_m_o_n

      Except for maybe a non-Jew telling a Jew what they can and can’t do with respect to the Holocaust

  • R Vogel

    “If Jesus would have been born in 20th century Poland he would have been put on a train to Auschwitz together with the rest of the Jews, or so the slogan goes. But what the Church fails to tell you is that if Jesus would have been born in 20th century Poland instead of 1st century Palestine, those trains would have never rolled”

    http://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/in-search-of-victimhood/

    • Stephen Katz

      Saying that the Holocaust is the result of Jesus and Christian theology is patently wrong. Anti-Semitism is a hatred that predates the Christian era, very well documented in Judeophobia, by Peter Schafer, Professor of Jewish Studies at Princeton University. It is also documented in What Did They Think of the Jews, by Alan Gould, a writer and lecturer on Jewish subjects including the Holocaust. Finally, you can read a short article on Hitler’s theologians to see that his murderous agenda was not based on orthodox Christian theology: http://www.jewsforjesus.org/files/pdf/issues/issues-16-10.pdf.

      • R Vogel

        First to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them….

        Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed….

        Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them….

        Fifth, I advise that safe­conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews.

        Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping.

        Seventh, I commend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jewsand Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow, as was imposed on the children of Adam

        -Martin Luther, The Jews & Their Lies

        http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/Luther_on_Jews.html

        • Stephen Katz

          I am very familiar with this Luther quote. I teach it to groups of Christians. However, are you familiar with the writings that I recommended or do I need to quote them to you?

      • Greg Gorham

        Anti-semitism does pre-date Christianity. Nor should we pretend that Christianity hasn’t done a substantial amount to fuel it over the past 2000 years.

      • Andrew Dowling

        Following Greg’s comment, antisemitism certainly was invented by Christianity. But to pretend that the advance of Christendom and the theology of Jews as the “killers of Jesus” didn’t severely advance severe anti-Jewish thought and sentiment is ignoring history. Just read the wide majority of Christian treastises on the Jews from the early Patristic Fathers up until the early 20th century.

  • Andrew Barron

    Mr. Jones – I found your posting on this issue confusing, hurtful and mean. It seems to me that you are practicing what you despise.

    Andrew Barron Director Jews for Jesus Canada

    • Nathaniel

      Mr. Barron, I find the existence of your organization hurtful, mean, and unfortunately not confusing at all.

      Nathaniel, a Jew telling Mr. Barren to fuck off

    • Greg Gorham

      The only thing hurtful is you using the execution of six million Jewish people as a prop to bring people to Jesus.

    • Ghost_King

      we are to testify of the present hope we have in Christ, not use theatrical props with cheap cinematic graphics. And for those extreme evangelic overtones thats running around, it was by the love the people had for one another that people added themselves to Christ. Thats simplistic and doesnt cost anyone a cent.

  • Bobby Gilbert

    Zebulun

  • Sean Trank

    So you think that the film was offensive simply because The Shoah is off limits to everyone except Jews who deny Jesus? As much as today’s Jewish leaders would like you to think that, I disagree. On their website http://thatjewdiedforyou.com there are several videos from Jewish people who survived the holocaust and then came to faith in Jesus. Do they not have a right to talk about their story and their beliefs in Jesus as much as Elie Wiesel who came out of the holocaust with no faith in God? I am sorry but until you meet with someone and talk to them you have no idea where they are coming from and it seems you have no connection with Jews for Jesus and you are buying the lie which has prevented this very important conversation from taking place. Feel free to call the filmmaker and even get some coffee together before you vomit on a film that dares to break down the metaphorical but very real Berlin Wall between Jews and Christians that both sides have put up since Jesus’ death.

    Be Blessed

    • Nathaniel

      Of course. Its not that Jews have an entirely separate belief system. We’re just denying Jesus. All of our thoughts and activities are about denying Jesus and Christianity, which we secretly know to be true but are too wicked to give in to.

      Fuck you, you anti-Semite putz.

      • Sean Trank

        Lovely 🙂

      • Andrew Watson

        Thank you for being the example of how to love others, much appreciated.

        • Nathaniel

          He is a patronizing anti-Semite, and you call him loving.

          Guess that tells me what I need to know about you as well.

          • Andrew Watson

            Sorry, I forgot to type that in the “heavy sarcasm” font.

  • I think people are missing the point. The point is not that there is never a time and place for sharing your faith. But can you imagine Jesus doing something like this? Let’s say he was in Nazareth or the nearby environs at some point and talked about the Roman massacre(s) at Sepphoris, which happened around the time he was born. Can you imagine him saying to the people – many of whom would have family and friends who died in that ordeal – something like, “Hey, you know something about Sepphoris? If my followers and I had been in Sepphoris at the time of the uprising, we would’ve died too. Think about that.” Uh, okay? While trivially true, it also would be really insensitive to those who actually knew someone who died. And here’s the rub: it would be even worse if the whole point of bringing it up was to channel the emotions triggered by Sepphoris to support an unrelated message. That sort of tactic is really shady because it treats a tragedy as a rhetorical device, rather than something awful unto itself. It is dodgy in the extreme to take ownership of a tragedy which involved thousands (Sepphoris) or millions (the Shoah) of people, then try to reframe the whole thing in the light of an entirely unrelated message. This isn’t about avoiding provocative or challenging declarations – its about respecting a tragedy by not using the emotions it conjures up to support an unrelated argument. The Holocaust was a horror by itself – a grotesque, multi-faceted nightmare. People had different reactions to the Holocaust, and those reactions should be respected as parts of the overall story. Wiesel’s rejection of God, the faith of Orthodox Jews, the faith of those Jews who have converted to Christianity. . . all their survival stories make up the narrative. Again, it is trivially true that Jesus would have suffered in the Holocaust. But he didn’t, and neither did most Christians. What is true in the case of the Holocaust is that the majority of the perpetrators were (nominally) Christian, and the majority of victims were Jewish. So accepting that, you have to be aware of how this will be perceived by Jewish people.

    I think this ties well into how Americans today have misappropriated the Holocaust in disturbing ways. I’d recommend the book “The Holocaust in American Life” by Peter Novick. It really opened my eyes to the many ways we abuse tragedies in general, not just the Shoah. We want to take ownership of things which aren’t really ours – in so doing, we simplify the narrative and sideline the uncomfortable facts that don’t fit. This isn’t about free speech – people should be free to say what they want. But as Christians, I think we should care about getting it right – we should care about our social responsibility in framing a tragedy – and telling the full truth about it, instead of using it to score points in a religious debate.

    • Sean Trank

      I am the great grandson of holocaust victims in Auschwitz. I am a Jew. I am a follower of Jesus and I have a message of hope that Jesus has died for and stood with His Jewish people in every age of suffering. Jesus brings peace to those who suffer and I have experienced that first hand.

      There is a great lie that needs to be addressed and by people simply shrugging it off as offensive and hiding behind the lie is wrong. The film presents the truth that Jesus is of the Jews and for the Jews. Though the majority of my people have bought into the lie that Jesus is not for them I will not remain silent and watch my people not even consider Jesus because gentile believers feel it is to sensitive to approach them about it.

      • Nathaniel

        If you are a Christian, you can’t be a Jew. For all the disagreements that Orthodox, Secular, Conservative and Reform Jews have with one another, one thing is agreed upon. One can be Jewish, or be Christian. Not both.

        And its not just the Jewish population at large that thinks this. I went on my Israeli Birthright tour last summer. One thing that the head Organization, Tagelit, made very clear were the requirements to be eligible. One such requirement was that any applicant couldn’t be Christian. This was made quite explicit in the interview question I had to field, where the interviewer straight up asked, “Do you believe that Jesus is the messiah?” Fortunately, I was able to give a firm no.

        So Israel, the one Jewish nation on Earth doesn’t think you are Jewish either.

        • Sean Trank

          Yes another lie that needs to be addressed. You know a Rabbi once told me that Jesus was the first Reformed Jew. Truth is we Jews can’t agree on anything, am I right or am I right. Just because several people agree the world is flat does not make it fact. I stand before you now… well sit in a chair… and I say Jews can believe in Jesus and have ever since Jesus came and died for his people.

          When it comes down to it, whose vote really counts. I would have to argue God’s and even though the Jewish people of today as a majority don’t agree, I believe that the one person’s opinion that does matter says otherwise.

          Now think about this; Jesus is Jewish, the first followers of Jesus are jewish, the early church in Jerusalem was Jewish, all the Jewish prophets said the Messiah would be Jewish. They called the man Rabbi for cryin out loud, nuff said.

          The lie that Christian means Gentile needs to die. It is like a tumor in your lung, it does not belong there and if you fail to address it it will kill you.

          • Nathaniel

            Liar. I just pointed out an area where all Jews agree. Show me one Jewish organization that does say people can be both Jewish and Christian. And no, citing your own people doesn’t count.

            Nice to see you also completely ignore my point about Israel. Did the truth hurt so much it forced your eyes to glaze over?

            And you want to talk about tumors? You’re the tumor. Christians have been trying to annihilate Jews for over a thousand years. Either by death, or by conversion. And you’ve happily joined in with that effort. Just like a good Christian.

            • Sean Trank

              It does not matter what people think, it matters what God thinks.

              • Nathaniel

                I don’t believe in God, so what your imaginary friend thinks is of little importance to me.

                • Sean Trank

                  Wait, so your saying that I, believing in the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob am not Jewish and you, believing in no God are?

                  Oy Vey the tumor has metastasized, you are going to need medical attention right away.

                  • Nathaniel

                    That must really burn you right? I, a atheist Jew who hasn’t learned Hebrew and never had a Bar Mitzvah is accepted by Israel as a Jewish. Eligible for my birthright, and accepted by Reform, Conservative, and even some Orthodox Jews as authentically Jewish. While you, no matter how much you whine and wheedle, beg and bow, carefully follow rule after rule of Jewish laws and traditions are still rejected and cast out of the tribe.

                    It must really hurt. It hurts so much that you pretend that the tribe hasn’t rejected you, that you haven’t turned your back on your heritage. You even pretend that you haven’t accepted incredibly anti-Semitic narratives about Jews hook, line and sinker.

                    But no matter how hard you pretend, the hurt just doesn’t quite go away.

                    Edit: Oh wow. I was more right than I thought. All of your comments in this thread have only one upvote. An upvote from you. That is so incredibly sad words fail me to describe it.

                    • Sean Trank

                      Hey if you don’t want to talk about the issue and would rather just attack me feel free.

                    • Nathaniel

                      You used the incredibly anti-Semitic slur “denying Jesus” to describe Jews, and then compared me to a cancer patient for disagreeing with you.

                      You’re a Christian. So you should be familiar with what the Christian bible has to say about motes and beams.

                    • Sean Trank

                      No I used a metaphor about cancer, and I inferred that the lie about Jews not being able to follow Jesus is like cancer. I would compare any lie to cancer because they function the same way.

                    • Nathaniel

                      I never said that Jews couldn’t follow Jesus. They can follow right out of Judaism. Just like you did.

                    • Sean Trank

                      So what you are saying is that the Judaism you believe in is one that has nothing to do with God?

                    • Nathaniel

                      My Judaism is that of the minority and the underdog. My Judaism is always mindful of the horribleness of oppression. Thus it seeks to comfort the afflicted and afflict the oppressors. It is a Judaism that is mindful of history, knowing that liberty must by guaranteed for all. Because if it is not, then no one is safe, and Jews will not escape persecution. My Judaism knows so long as one is a slave, no one is free.

                      But I’m not sure why any of this matters to you. You’re a Christian now, and Christians don’t need to concern themselves with how Jews go about their own business.

                    • Sean Trank

                      Perhaps my concern for your idea of Judaism is that it seems dark. Like a tree that burnt its own roots and has walked away from God and desperately needs to come home.

                      Perhaps, because I can visits my families plots in the Jewish seminary and be reminded of their own dark form of Judaism and wish they would have been at least given an opportunity to hear about Jesus the Jewish Messiah. It matters to me because they are my family and they have no idea how much God loves them.

                    • Nathaniel

                      I’ve been to the Israeli Holocaust museum. Among the heart rending exhibits shown there was one somewhat more happy one. It was a room showing some of the more notable people who helped save Jews from the Nazis. One especially notable part was a mural that showed all the countries in Europe, and how many Jews they saved from the Nazis. The numbers didn’t correspond to how many Christians were in a country. They instead showed which places were the most and least historically anti-Semitic.

                      It wasn’t God who saved those Jews. It was other people. And it would demean them to suggest they only did so because of some divine puppet master.

                      And please, save your tears for me. I am no prodigal son. There is nothing for me to return to. Any difficulties I have in my life have nothing to do with my beliefs in God. And your suggestion that somehow my life or the life of your forebears are somehow “dark” because we aren’t/weren’t Christian would be a breath taking insult coming from someone else. For you I can see its par for the course.

                      Finally, the notion that your ancestors didn’t have a chance to hear about Jesus after coming from a continent that has been drenched in Christianity for a millennia is so laughable it barely merits a response.

                    • Sean Trank

                      Do you know why we sing Dayenu during Passover? It means “it would have been enough for us” but the irony is we know from the many times we say it in the song that it will never be enough for us. God’s hand has always covered the Jewish people and preserved us through many attempts of annihilation.

                      Back to the fam, the only thing my family knew about Jesus was what their Rabbis told them, Jesus is not for you. Lied to their whole lives. Enough lies, it is time for truth. Jews can believe in Jesus and it is the most Jewish thing they could do is believe in the Jewish Messiah.

                    • Nathaniel

                      Who is this we you speak of, white man?

                      And do you honestly think that you are the first person to try to “share the Good News of Jesus Christ?” That Jews haven’t been subjected to thousands of years of Christians trying to badger us into converting? That faithful Jews aren’t familiar with supposedly airtight Christian arguments and still find them wanting?

                      You know what’s really telling? That people like you and your organization of Liars for Jesus don’t try to convert Rabbis or other knowledgeable and secure Jews. Instead, like vultures, you go after the weak and vulnerable. People in emotional turmoil, those in a period of transition, or Jews who are socially isolated.

                      Jews have been politely telling patronizing Christians like you to piss off for centuries. And you refuse to listen, because you have no respect for Jews or their wishes.

                    • Sean Trank

                      What are you, the Jew Lorax? Let each person decide for themselves what to believe. I simply present the option.

                    • Nathaniel

                      And you go on to further prove my point. Because apparently without you, Jews would be completely unaware that Christianity exists and is an option for them as a religion.

                      You are such a humble human being.

                    • Sean Trank

                      Im not talking about Christianity, I am talking about Jesus.

                    • Nathaniel

                      Wow. You’re right. That’s such a huge difference. I mean, Jews know about Christianity, but ask them about Jesus and they’re like, “Jesus? Who’s that?”

                      You know, when they’re not busying denying him.

                    • Sean Trank

                      You are quite the snarky one 🙂 that is ok.

                      Anyways thanks for the interesting convo, i’ll talk to you later.

                      Peace

                    • Tzanchan77

                      Damn you’re right, if not for Sean, I would have had no idea who they’re talking about. I never understood why kids in Montreal would call me Christ killer. I’m like, Christ, does he go to our Shul?

                  • Greg Gorham

                    Actually, the last survey I saw indicated that about 70% of American Jews thought one could be a Jew and not believe in God. Only a third thought one could believe in Jesus and still consider themselves a Jew.

                    So, yes, there is much more flexibility within Judaism for believing in God then there is for believing in Jesus.

              • Tzanchan77

                Oh Sean, you and God meet regularly for coffee and chat, do you?

                My family was jammed into cattle cars to Auschwitz because they were Jewish. What the fuck does this have to do with Jesus? It has to do with those who follow him hating Jews. fucking simple.

                • Sean Trank

                  I understand how you feel. I am the great grandson of a murdered great grandmother and half of her family in Auschwitz. My family is documented at Yad Vashem data base. But I have found peace in Jesus as well as some of my immediate family and as I have gotten to know Jesus through scripture I can see that there is no teaching from his lips that could ever be used to justify the actions of those who killed in his name. Jesus suffers with and for our people and those “Christians” who did these horrible acts have shown their true colors when they failed to obey Jesus and in opposition to Jesus murdered Jesus’ people.

                  • Tzanchan77

                    Find peace in whatever you want, I don’t care if you worship Kim Kardashian. But we all know that J4J is about harassing Jews and attacking our beliefs. I remember when I lived in Montreal, they used to sneak into buildings, find apartments with a mezuzah, and leave their shit there. They would not stop despite specific class to do so.

                    Finally, that fake simpering “Oh, I’m all about love and peace and son of God shit” makes me sick. It’s the inverse but the same intent as “Fucking Christ Killer” that I had hurled at me growing up.

                    You talk about your Great Grandmother, what would she gave thought about someone in her family joining with her enemies?

                    • Sean Trank

                      I am not your enemy and neither is Jesus. He loves you, read just one of the gospels and you will see that.

                    • Tzanchan77

                      Never mind your Gospels. I read Hunt for the Jews by Jan Grabowski, where Jesus loving Poles hunted and murdered Jews. I read about Jedwabne in Poland where nice Christians who read your Gospels shoved their Jewish neighbours into a barn and burned them alive. I read about Ponar and Babi Yar.

                      Like I said, I can understand the outright anti-semite, but it’s people like you that anger me with your fake love and your supposed Jewishness and your deceitful ways That disgusting video is a perfect example of why we despise J4J

                    • Nathaniel

                      I’d argue that his lines about “denying Jesus” and saying that Rabbis lie about Jesus make him an outright anti-Semite.

                  • Ghost_King

                    Did they kill and torture you in Auschwitz, or some of your relatives?

            • Andrew Dowling

              Nathaniel, the earliest Christians still went to Synagogue, and were considered Jewish until the Jewish-Roman War created a perfect storm in which Judaism coalesced and Christianity became mostly Gentile. Your dichotomy of one can’t be a Jew and follow Jesus doesn’t follow. And if you don’t believe in God anyway, why do care so passionately about depriving Jews of the liberty to worship whomever the hell they want?

              • Nathaniel

                I think people can worship whatever they want. I just don’t think Jews can be Christians, or Christians Jews. Just like someone can’t be a member of the girl scouts and the boy scouts at the same time. They are mutually exclusive.

                And your historical example is like Republicans saying black people should not vote Democrat because Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.

                • Andrew Dowling

                  Not really. The Republican party is a single entity with a single platform/vision that rolls out every year. Christians on the other hand come in practically every variation one can envision, with the sole caveat being that they “follow Jesus” . . that umbrella can surely encompass Jewish Christians (as it did originally) if it can also cover snake handling biblical literalists who believe Jesus will return next year along with Borgian liberal Christian humanists who view the Resurrection symbolically..

                • Tzanchan77

                  It goes way beyond a choice. What they do is another form of “Convert or die” I have seen this issue discussed on other forums and by Christians and they say things like “We are blind” “We live in Sin” etc. etc.

                  Who the hell are they to denounce my belief? The road to violence against us from these comments was a short one. These bastards at J4J chose Easter for a reason, this was the most terrifying time for Jews. I consider this movie a form of pogrom.

                • Ghost_King

                  What makes a person a jew, his blood or his religion?

      • Sean, please don’t misunderstand me. Promoting the message that Jesus is for the Jews is a good message to send. But you must admit that many Jewish people do not feel this way because of their experience of bad treatment by Christians. And you must admit that many do not want the Holocaust brought into a conversation about proselytism. They see that as off limits to be making a universal religious point. I don’t think Jewish people have bought a lie – it’s that many associate Jesus with his followers. That seems like a reasonable association to make – I think we both agree that Jesus is, in fact, not anti-Semitic though. We are on the same page in that regard – Jesus was a Jew and the first Christians were Jews. There is a familial bond there. But over the last two millenia that “reluctant parting” has given way to some very bad blood. Mending those wounds means being aware of how Jews who disagree with you perceive things. I can’t think of any way that bringing the Holocaust into that dialogue will benefit what you are trying to do. I guess we will see. I don’t mean to imply you should hide or be ashamed of what you believe. I am sorry to hear about your relatives and what happened to them. It should always be remembered. Peace be with you.

      • Tzanchan77

        No wonder I and many Jews find the J4J group offensive, hateful and disgusting. I am the son of an Auschwitz survivor and I chose to join the IDF so we will never walk quietly onto cattle cars again.

        Sean, you and your ilk disgust me more than the outright anti-Semites of the KKK and various Neo-Nazis.

    • Mike Power

      This is a good argument Justin. I would like to point out however that jesus did suffer the Holocaust: Firstly at the Cross in his own body, His death in time is also eternal. Secondly through the bodies of the Christians who suffered also , either intentionally in supporting Jews or accidentally in the melee, Thirdly through the jews themselves, and fourthly through those that allowed the holocaust to happen. Sin rips god up. Jews may never appreciate the son’s role but that is the eternal reality of Gods plan.

  • Rich

    This would be offensive only if Jesus were not the Messiah. It would be offensive only if the message was one of anti-Semitism instead of about the God of Israel’s care for am Yisrael. The question really comes down to, who is Jesus? If he is the Messiah, then he suffers in solidarity with his people, and his death accomplished the greatest kiddush ha-Shem in providing atonement for us. If he is not the Messiah, then we Jews should get busy telling the Christian world that they are wrong.

  • Guest

    The film is offensive only if Jesus is not the Messiah. It is offensive only if it is not about Jesus in solidarity with his people and only if it is not about the care of the God of Israel over am Yisrael. The question comes down to, who is Jesus? If he is the Messiah, then he suffers in solidarity with his people and his death was the greatest kiddush ha-Shem and atoned for us. If he is not the Messiah, then we Jews should get busy telling the Christian world that they are wrong.

  • Nathaniel

    Just wanted to take a moment to thank the author of this post for stepping up and forthrightly saying how utterly gross this ad and its producing organization are. Even if unfortunately a lot of your fellow Christians seem to be too anti-Semitic to be able to even comprehend your objections.

  • APerfectCycle

    You know, you can choose to not be offended. If you truly believe in what you believe in then you should have no problem as to what anyone else is doing or thinking(much like “Jesus” in the bible no?). Spreading love and understanding is all that you should be doing. Take a step back and look in from the outside. When it comes to “God” or religion, there is always much more hate than love. We all must look like bickering children fighting for attention, stepping on each other to be the one who is right when none of us know exactly what that entails.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    Subject: I do not agree with those who are attacking the video showing Jesus carrying a cross and being sent to the showers from the gates to Auschwitz

    I am the son of Holocaust survivors. Most of my family perished in the Holocaust, either in the crematorium or they were shot dead on the street. Like many children of Holocaust survivors I never had grandparents. I became a rabbi as a concept of never again. I vowed that I’d do everything in my power to stop evil and to make certain that people that are like the Nazis, demons that they are, would never succeed.

    When I viewed the film, “That Jew Died For You,” I recognized it as a movie of compassion. I am not a stranger to this subject having just authored a new book The Holocaust as Seen Through Film, one of the many books that I have written with a Holocaust theme.

    I do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah but I do believe he was a Jew. I am completely non-judgmental with regards to anyone’s religious observances. I don’t judge anybody because I did not go into the clergy for religious sake. I went into clergy for humanity’s sake. There are not too many Holocaust survivors’ kids around that think the way I do.

    I do not agree with those who are attacking the video showing Jesus carrying a cross and being sent to the showers from the gates to Auschwitz. If Jesus were at Auschwitz he would have been murdered just for being a Jew. If anything the attack on this video bolsters Jews for Jesus, which I’m sure was not the intent of those critics. I think that the purpose of the video was to show that indeed Jesus was a Jew; whether you accept him as the Messiah is up to you. LET ME STATE CLEARLY: I DO NOT ENDORSE JEWS FOR JESUS OR THEIR BELIEFS. But I think their intent was not to harm our Jewish people but to depict Jesus as the observant Jew he was. The historical Jesus was a devout Jew.

    I witnessed Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ in Manhattan when it first came out and there was an uproar—there was a fear that it would create a lot of anti-Semitism because of the way that Jesus is persecuted and victimized. The fact is Jesus, at least the spiritual Jesus, was supposed to die and be resurrected and that did happen in this film. It was not the Jews that killed Jesus; rather it was Pontius Pilate and the Romans. In fact, if you saw that picture, you would see that the Roman soldiers did the floggings. Many people do not understand history at all.

    I believe that it was the teachings of the Church, not Jesus, that allowed Hitler to spread his ideology of hatred for the Jews. I am happy that the teachings of the Church regarding the Jewish people have changed. A special thank you to the Christians who support the state of Israel.

    The bottom line is that Jesus’ message was not to hate the Jews, but to love all humanity, and he would certainly not say that one should hate his own people. Instead of hatred in the world, there should be love. And if that was the message Jesus communicated, then that was an outstanding message for all of mankind. During this period of Easter and Passover, as well as the remembrance of the Holocaust, may love conquer evil and may we together fight hatred and intolerance.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard H. Rosenberg

  • L.W. Dicker

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/new-saints/pope-john-paul-ii-crucifix-falls-crushes-man-death-n89546

    Praise Jebus!!!! Praise his holy name!!!!!

    I haven’t been this excited since our blessed Savior appeared in a dog’s ass!!!

    http://Jesusappearsinadogsass.com

  • cajaquarius

    These people are otherwise decent, usually. How can they be this blind to their own arrogance, offensiveness, and their own falsehoods? Conservative Christianity is almost like a pathology in this regard.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

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    Holocaust Remembrance Day: ‘That Jew Died for You’ is Film of Compassion
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    By Bernhard H. Rosenberg, CP Guest Contributor
    April 28, 2014|1:32 pm
    I am the son of Holocaust survivors. Most of my family perished in the Holocaust, either in the crematorium or they were shot dead on the street. Like many children of Holocaust survivors I never had grandparents. I became a rabbi as a concept of never again. I vowed that I’d do everything in my power to stop evil and to make certain that people that are like the Nazis, demons that they are, would never succeed.
    When I viewed the film, “That Jew Died For You,” I recognized it as a movie of compassion. I am not a stranger to this subject having just authored a new book The Holocaust as Seen Through Film, one of the many books that I have written with a Holocaust theme.
    I do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, but I do believe he was a Jew. I am completely non-judgmental with regards to anyone’s religious observances. I don’t judge anybody because I did not go into the clergy for religious sake. I went into clergy for humanity’s sake. There are not too many Holocaust survivors’ kids around that think the way I do.
    I do not agree with those who are attacking the video showing Jesus carrying a cross and being sent to the showers from the gates to Auschwitz. If Jesus were at Auschwitz he would have been murdered just for being a Jew. If anything the attack on this video bolsters Jews for Jesus, which I’m sure was not the intent of those critics. I think that the purpose of the video was to show that indeed Jesus was a Jew; whether you accept him as the Messiah is up to you. LET ME STATE CLEARLY: I DO NOT ENDORSE JEWS FOR JESUS OR THEIR BELIEFS. But I think their intent was not to harm our Jewish people but to depict Jesus as the observant Jew he was. The historical Jesus was a devout Jew.
    I witnessed Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” in Manhattan when it first came out and there was an uproar – there was a fear that it would create a lot of anti-Semitism because of the way that Jesus is persecuted and victimized. The fact is Jesus, at least the spiritual Jesus, was supposed to die and be resurrected and that did happen in this film. It was not the Jews that killed Jesus; rather it was Pontius Pilate and the Romans. In fact, if you saw that picture, you would see that the Roman soldiers did the floggings. Many people do not understand history at all.
    I believe that it was the teachings of the Church, not Jesus, that allowed Hitler to spread his ideology of hatred for the Jews. I am happy that the teachings of the Church regarding the Jewish people have changed. A special thank you to the Christians who support the state of Israel.
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    The bottom line is that Jesus’ message was not to hate the Jews, but to love all humanity, and he would certainly not say that one should hate his own people. Instead of hatred in the world, there should be love. And if that was the message Jesus communicated, then that was an outstanding message for all of mankind. During this period of Easter and Passover, as well as the remembrance of the Holocaust, may love conquer evil and may we together fight hatred and intolerance.
    __________
    Rabbi Bernhard H. Rosenberg received his ordination and Doctorate of Education from Yeshiva University in New York. He also possesses A.A., B.A., M.A., and M.S. degrees in communication and education. Jewish Theological Seminary presented him with his DD in May 2010. He taught Holocaust and Genocide Studies graduate courses at Rutgers University, and currently teaches communications and public speaking at Middlesex College. Rabbi Rosenberg appears frequently on radio and TV and has published eight books and hundreds of articles about the Holocaust. His most recent book is “The Holocaust as Seen in Film with Bibliography.”

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    Subject: I do not agree with those who are attacking the video showing Jesus carrying a cross and being sent to the showers from the gates to Auschwitz

    I am the son of Holocaust survivors. Most of my family perished in the Holocaust, either in the crematorium or they were shot dead on the street. Like many children of Holocaust survivors I never had grandparents. I became a rabbi as a concept of never again. I vowed that I’d do everything in my power to stop evil and to make certain that people that are like the Nazis, demons that they are, would never succeed.

    When I viewed the film, “That Jew Died For You,” I recognized it as a movie of compassion. I am not a stranger to this subject having just authored a new book The Holocaust as Seen Through Film, one of the many books that I have written with a Holocaust theme.

    I do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah but I do believe he was a Jew. I am completely non-judgmental with regards to anyone’s religious observances. I don’t judge anybody because I did not go into the clergy for religious sake. I went into clergy for humanity’s sake. There are not too many Holocaust survivors’ kids around that think the way I do.

    I do not agree with those who are attacking the video showing Jesus carrying a cross and being sent to the showers from the gates to Auschwitz. If Jesus were at Auschwitz he would have been murdered just for being a Jew. If anything the attack on this video bolsters Jews for Jesus, which I’m sure was not the intent of those critics. I think that the purpose of the video was to show that indeed Jesus was a Jew; whether you accept him as the Messiah is up to you. LET ME STATE CLEARLY: I DO NOT ENDORSE JEWS FOR JESUS OR THEIR BELIEFS. But I think their intent was not to harm our Jewish people but to depict Jesus as the observant Jew he was. The historical Jesus was a devout Jew.

    I witnessed Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ in Manhattan when it first came out and there was an uproar—there was a fear that it would create a lot of anti-Semitism because of the way that Jesus is persecuted and victimized. The fact is Jesus, at least the spiritual Jesus, was supposed to die and be resurrected and that did happen in this film. It was not the Jews that killed Jesus; rather it was Pontius Pilate and the Romans. In fact, if you saw that picture, you would see that the Roman soldiers did the floggings. Many people do not understand history at all.

    I believe that it was the teachings of the Church, not Jesus, that allowed Hitler to spread his ideology of hatred for the Jews. I am happy that the teachings of the Church regarding the Jewish people have changed. A special thank you to the Christians who support the state of Israel.

    The bottom line is that Jesus’ message was not to hate the Jews, but to love all humanity, and he would certainly not say that one should hate his own people. Instead of hatred in the world, there should be love. And if that was the message Jesus communicated, then that was an outstanding message for all of mankind. During this period of Easter and Passover, as well as the remembrance of the Holocaust, may love conquer evil and may we together fight hatred and intolerance.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard H. Rosenberg

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    There may be those who believe I am being used by Jews for Jesus or Christian groups by allowing by article to be published. My answer is simply I seek a world where I and my family, 4 children and so far 7 grandchildren can observe Torah and mitzvoth, the 5 books of Moses and the commandments. I seek a world where instead of fighting each other we can love and help each other. As an observant Jew I WILL LIVE AND DIE OBSERVING Jewish law and so will by children and grandchildren. The message of peace, shalom, is a message of comfort. That is my blessing for all of us. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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