"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

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Jesus cannot be God – Disproving All Other Religions …

August 23, 2013

Prior to presenting the arguments, would like to make an introductory statement:   On occasion, we receive email claiming we are prejudice. As we discuss all topics, at times, our views oppose others. But our objective is to present the truth – not to make others upset. This is far from the truth. If one […]

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One True Religion …

June 22, 2013

  Moshe Ben-Chaim The eighth of Maimonides’ 13 Principles of Judaism is that the entire Torah is God’s word. As God knows all, His will that Torah remains unchanged throughout every generation teaches that the Torah’s ideas are eternally true; they are applicable to all generations. History does not recount God giving a religion to […]

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Mysticism & Judaism …

January 23, 2013

Moshe Ben-Chaim Introduction The pursuit of truth demands that we abandon any belief when it is exposed to be false, i.e., rejected by reality. However, many people are emotionally driven and continue to believe notions devoid of reason, or notions without evidence. Such people also gauge their activities based on horoscopes or superstitions. Why do […]

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“One” God – Gentile or Jew …

July 21, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim  I am now in regular contact with someone who has brought to my attention her ongoing debate on a Jewish message boards regarding the unity of God. This principle, that God is one, is the truth most vital to our existence, and the truth responsible for all knowledge. For when we err, we […]

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Maimonides – Christianity and the True Messiah …

July 20, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim   Reader: Dear Mesora, I have now accessed the text I mentioned by Maimonides: Laws of Kings, Laws 11:10-12 (Capach Edition): “[10] …Can there be a greater stumbling block than this (Christianity)? That all the prophets spoke that the Messiah will redeem Israel and save them, and gather their dispersed and strengthen their Mitzvot, and […]

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No Politics when Learning Torah – Ibn Ezra on ‘Magic’

April 9, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim Some Jews have the idea that the Torah prohibited magic because it is true. They believe 100% that magic and fortune telling works. The Ibn Ezra (Leviticus, 19:31) says the following, “Those with empty brains say ‘were it not that fortune tellers and magicians were true, the Torah would not prohibit them.’ But […]

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Why These Ten Plagues?

April 6, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim   The purpose of the Ten Plagues was not to destroy Egypt, but to offer the primary lesson to that idolatrous culture: “The God of creation and of Abraham is the only God…and Egyptian deities are imaginations.” God desires the good for all mankind. Although God knew that Pharaoh would remain obstinate, God […]

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Torah Adherence: An Option?

April 6, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim Do we have a choice to follow Torah? Of course, all individuals possess free will. What I ask here is something different: did God present to man the Torah lifestyle as an option, or as an inescapable obligation? Reviewing history, Adam and all Noahides were not given their commands by choice. Adam was […]

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Christianity: Nurtured by Idolatry’s Foul Soil …

February 28, 2012

Joshua Plank Nearly 2000 years ago, a new religion was formed, a religion that would come to dominate much of western civilization. I speak, of course, of Christianity. However, it was not truly new. Christians view their religion as a kind of continuation of Judaism, and a fulfillment of the biblical prophecies concerning the Jewish […]

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Religion Requires Validation …

February 20, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim Unfortunately still viewed as a taboo, Jewish education does not expose the fallacy of other religions, enabling the unparalleled, exclusively true status of Judaism to shine bright. I often think how enthusiastic our children and students might become, were they to possess clear, rational explanations that prove Judaism’s truths, and expose all other […]

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Anger : The Inner Teacher …

February 13, 2012

by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin Excerpted with permission from “ANGER: THE INNER TEACHER” Published by ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications Ltd., Brooklyn, NY. Anger is one of the most destructive traits. It can harm us and others spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially.The Talmud says that anger, powerful and negative though it is, can also serve as our teacher. It shows us […]

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The Path to Greatness …

February 13, 2012

  by Sara Yoheved Rigler Excerpted with permission from “HOLY WOMAN” — the road to greatness of Rebbetzin Chaya Sara Kramer. Published by Shaar Press, distributed by Mesorah Publications Ltd.     One morning in 1950, 26-year-old Chaya Sara, following her usual routine, rose early in the morning and milked the cows. She had no idea […]

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Adam’s Sin and Punishment

November 9, 2011

Rabbi Israel Chait In order to appreciate the entire sequence of events concerning man’s creation, we must analyze the appropriate verses. In Genesis, chapter two, verse seven, it states, “Then the Lord G-d formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living […]

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The Gold Calf & Pluralists: Judaism’s Imposters

November 5, 2011

by Moshe Ben-Chaim Last week, two orthodox, New York Rabbis – Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and Rabbi Reuven Mann – presented to Columbia University students and concerned community members, opposing views on Judaism’s assessment of “Pluralism”: the view that God endorses and inspired plural religions, and not just Judaism. I attended this forum, and will offer […]

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Q & A Noahide vs. Torah Law

August 21, 2011

by Moshe Ben-Chaim   Doug: During a session today of my class on Fundamentals of Torah for Non- Jews, one of the participants asked about the verse in Genesis to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, etc. This person wondered about that as a commandment. My understanding from Rabbi Chait is that […]

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Sins of the Leaders

August 2, 2011

by Rabbi Israel Chait On the holiday of Shavuot, known as the feast of weeks, based on Exodus 34:22, we read the book of Ruth. The book opens with the story of Elimelech who left the land of Israel due to a famine and subsequently met his demise. The Rabbis tell us that Elimelech was […]

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Christianity, Mithras and Rome …

June 9, 2011

Pre-existing Legends and the Gospels The Roman dogma is a mixture of historical and pre-existing themes. Mithraism, a religion derived from Zoroastrism, was very popular in Rome at the same time that Christianity was spreading. Mithras was believed to be the son of the sun, sent to the earth to rescue humankind. Two centuries before […]

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Mesora – The Flaws of Christianity and Religions

May 10, 2011

    Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim   Should we allow our lives to be guided by what is popular? Are we to simply follow the crowd, without questioning our beliefs? As all religions oppose each other, all religions cannot be God’s word. Our souls are at stake, and our limited time here in Earth demands that […]

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Mesora – Christianity: Nurtured by Idolatry’s Foul Soil

May 10, 2011

Joshua Plank Nearly 2000 years ago, a new religion was formed, a religion that would come to dominate much of western civilization. I speak, of course, of Christianity. However, it was not truly new. Christians view their religion as a kind of continuation of Judaism, and a fulfillment of the biblical prophecies concerning the Jewish […]

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Mesora: Idolatry – The Death of Reason

May 10, 2011

Moshe Ben-Chaim   Continuing in Maimonides’ Laws of Star Worship 1:3, we find another interesting statement. Maimonides teaches that although Abraham worshipped idolatry at a young age, his mind constantly pondered the physical world and the world of ideas, until he recognized “his Creator”. But before this point in his law, Maimonides states that Abraham […]

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