"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

Questions and Answers

Q & A: A Christian Defends Matthew by Insisting That the Author of the First Gospel Used the Septuagint in His Quote of Isaiah to Support the Virgin Birth

June 23, 2011

Question:  Rav Singer, Why did you say Christians mistranslate the scripture by saying “almah”doesn’t mean “virgin,” when their translation of virgin comes from the Septuagint’s “parthenos,” not the Hebrew “almah”?  “Parthenos” does mean “virgin.” They didn’t mistranslate but used a different text.  This is pretty well known, did you not know?  I don’t think this is a very […]

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Q & A: A Lutheran Doesn’t Understand Why Rabbi Singer Doesn’t Believe in Jesus: A Closer Look at the “Crucifixion Psalm “

June 23, 2011

Question:  Dear Rabbi Singer, I am a Lutheran living in Switzerland and have been reading your web page with interest.  I admire your commitment to your faith, yet I am perplexed as to why you so assuredly reject Jesus Christ as your messiah.  He came not only for the gentiles, but for the Jews as […]

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Q & A:”The Lord Said to My Lord” To Whom Was the Lord Speaking in Psalm 110:1 ?

June 21, 2011

Question: Dear Rabbi Singer,  A co-worker and friend of mine, who I know is a fundamentalist Christian, recently asked me what Jews think about the Trinity.  I told him that the concept is not part of our religion and that Jews believe in only one God.  He went on to ask me to explain Psalm […]

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Q & A: Why Doesn’t Judaism Have a King? Where is Our Messiah?

June 21, 2011

  Question:  Dear Rabbi Singer, I have been a Jewish Christian (Messianic Jew, meshumed, whatever) for 20+ years.  I have been attending a Conservative temple recently and my rabbi there lent me your tape series.  I listened to about six of the tapes and enjoyed your style and research very much.  Thank you for your fair […]

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Q & A: Mary’s Genealogy …

June 21, 2011

Question: I am curious to know what happened during the 400 years or so between theTorah and the New Testament.  Also, did the Jews have a king during Roman Era at all, and what was the function of the Sanhedrin?  Why do they say he was the king of the Jews?  To which Jews are they […]

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Q & A: How Do Missionaries Paint the Virgin Birth Into the Mouth of Rashi?

June 21, 2011

Question:  I had spent six years in the messianic movement until my family asked me to study your tape series with an open mind.  I did and as a result, I have returned to Judaism.  I have been a religious Jew for more than a year.  Ever since I left, however, a Christian friend of […]

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Q & A:The Haftorah and Isaiah 53: Are the Jews Hiding Something?

June 21, 2011

Question:  Dear Rabbi, Missionaries claim that we are so “scared” of Isaiah 53 that we have omitted it from the Haftorah reading when it comes up.  I know this can’t be true, but what should be my response when this is brought up?  Thank you. Answer: This claim that the Jews have deliberately removed Isaiah 53 […]

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Q & A: Esau, Edom, Rome and the Christians

June 15, 2011

Question: Tradition has it that somehow Amalek wandered into Edom and in some unclear manner Rome was included in the Amalek family tree. What explanation is given by the sources for this series of relocations??? It is clear that historically and factually this tradition is nonsense. Edom is not connected to Amalek and, moreover, the […]

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Q & A – Original Sin?

June 8, 2011

Here is the Jewish view of Original Sin. by Rabbi Tovia Singer The term “original sin” is unknown to the Jewish scriptures, and the church’s teachings on this doctrine are antithetical to the core principles of the Torah and its prophets. According to church teachings, the mortal sin committed by our first parents in the […]

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Q & A – Isaiah 53: Did Jesus Have Long Life?

May 30, 2011

Question:  My question pertains to an objection you raised in your tape series regarding the christological reading of Isaiah 53, specifically verse 10.  This verse says that the Servant’s days will be prolonged.  Jesus, however, died young.  However, if we were to believe in the resurrection, that Jesus rose in the flesh, why can we […]

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Q & A – A Christian Defends Matthew by Insisting That the Author of the First Gospel Used the Septuagint in His Quote of Isaiah to Support the Virgin Birth

May 30, 2011

Question:  Rav Singer,Why did you say Christians mistranslate the scripture by saying “almah”doesn’t mean “virgin,” when their translation of virgin comes from theSeptuagint’s “parthenos,” not the Hebrew  “almah”?  “Parthenos” does mean “virgin.” They didn’t mistranslate but used a different text.  This is pretty well known, did you not know?  I don’t think this is a very good […]

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Q & A – Did Somebody Find the Trinity in the Name of God?

May 30, 2011

Dear Rabbi Singer, First, let me say that what you are doing is a great service to Jews and the religious community at large.  You are setting the record straight — one that has needed correction for almost 2000 years!  Thank you. Yesterday, a Christian business associate made a point that in the very first […]

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Q & A – Does the Hebrew Word Alma Really Mean “Virgin”?

May 30, 2011

Question:  Dear Rabbi Singer, I have listened to your tapes and I have also read a number of your articles on your web site regarding Christ’s virgin birth and you make some very good points.  I have discussed this issue with my pastor and although he did remark that he finds your arguments “interesting” he […]

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Q & A – Did Somebody Find the Trinity in the First Chapter of the Bible? To Whom Was God Speaking to When He Said, “Let Us Make Man in Our Image”?

May 30, 2011

Question:  Dear Rabbi Singer, A Messianic Jew is working overtime to try to convince me that I need JC.  She recently showed me Genesis 1:26, “Let US make man in OUR image,” stating that JC was part of creation with G-d, plural Us and Our being the proof.  Can you explain the plural in this […]

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Q & A – Has God Divorced Israel? What is the Meaning of the ‘New Covenant’ Promised in Jeremiah?

May 27, 2011

Question: Rabbi, How do you explain the divorce in Jeremiah?  How do you explain that the Jewish people are divorced from God by His own word?  How do we as Jews get back to God under the Law which prohibits us from coming back?  I am not saying that we are no longer God’s Chosen […]

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Q & A – Did the Passover Lamb Foreshadow Jesus?

May 27, 2011

Question: I want to first commend you on your web site which is laid out quite well and has helped me understand more about traditional Jewish thinking on Christ.  Although I am a born again Christian, I do not support groups such as the Messianics who sit on the fence regarding Judaism and Christianity.  You […]

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Q & A – Who is Satan?

May 27, 2011

Question  When you were in Buffalo, NY in November of  ’96, during the extended question and answer time, you were asked your view on angels and specifically about Satan.  I was astounded at your answer and was more astounded that the other rabbis present did not step into the discussion. In your explanation of Satan […]

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Q & A – Does Judaism Believe in Original Sin? What Does the Bible Really Say?

May 27, 2011

Dear Rabbi Singer,  Does the Jewish faith have a teaching comparable to that of “original sin” in the Christian tradition?  By this I mean the teaching that all human beings are born with an innate tendency to disobey God.  In my particular Christian tradition, water baptism is required for the removal of this sin.  Would […]

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Q & A – But Look How Believing in Jesus Has Changed My Life!

May 27, 2011

Question:  Dear Rabbi Singer, I am certain that the question will surface somewhere in this general commentary I am making.  I hope you will bear with me until the question does arise. For one who has been a Christian all his life, I find your commentaries very compelling and thought provoking, but, at times, dismaying, […]

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Q & A – Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? What is the Evidence?

May 27, 2011

Question: Dear Rabbi Singer: I’m doing a project on missionary and counter-missionary groups.  There is a very large section in my project that deals with theology.  I have read your site as well as the Jews for Jesus site, and I must say that the information is both deep and extensive.  I must commend you.  […]

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