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Jesus Who?

These comments on my guest post on the Frum Satire blog, “Living Life from Under My Jewfro”, caught my eye and I wanted to share them with you: (They have been slightly edited.)

Funny story #1:

“Hahahah, I get the Jesus question all the time!!!

I recently had a [conversation] with an Asian Christian friend of mine [who] refused to understand the concept that we [Jews] don’t believe in Jesus…. It went something like this:

Girl: So do Jewish people believe in Jesus?

Me: No, we don’t.

Girl: So what do you believe in then?

Me: G-d….

Girl: Oh. Well, do you believe in him being the Messiah?

Me: No, we don’t. But we believe the Messiah is coming soon.

Girl: Oh, so like another son of G-d?

Me: No, we don’t believe that G-d has human sons with a human woman. [The Messiah] is just going to be a messenger, as human as the rest of us.

Girl: So, it’s just like a second Jesus?

Me (as patiently as humanly possible at this point): No, we don’t think it is a second Jesus. It’s different. But he will be the Messiah.

Girl: So you believe it is just another Messiah. The second one, right?

Me: NO! One Messiah. He hasn’t come yet. We do not believe it was Jesus. [We do not believe Jesus] is the biological son of G-d.

It was a long day. Discussing religion with my Christian friends is like begging for a migraine.”

Here’s another funny story from “Bearded, JewFro’d Man”:

[Here is a] somewhat typical/somewhat odd conversation with an African American lady on the train yesterday – in Chicago (no, not all Jews live in New York City):

LADY: What nationality are you?

ME: Well, I’m American. But I’m guessing you are wondering if I am Jewish. But I that’s more of a religion than a nationality.

LADY: Yes, that is what I was wondering. Because you look Jewish. You just have that look about you. (She gestures her hand in a circle around her face.)

ME: Yeah, I get that a lot.

LADY: Wow, so you are Jewish. That is sooo cool. (She has a huge smile on her face.)

ME: Really? How so?

LADY: Because you are from the Chosen People. That’s what we believe in my church. You and your people are so special.

ME: Gee…well, thank you. You are pretty special, too.

Then the conductor came around and asked for everyone’s fare because this was not a regular train, but the kind that goes from the city out to the burbs.

LADY (to the conductor): Stamp mine twice please. (And she points to me.)

Moral: Sometimes it pays to “look Jewish.”

Thank you to “Oy Vey” and “Bearded JewFro’d Man” (pseudonyms, duh) for letting me post this on my blog!

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One thought on “Jesus Who?

  1. On the other hand, I had a friend who I was talking to back when I started my conversion. I explained to her that I wanted to convert because J was supposed to be Gd as a human. She was like, “really? I never realized I just thought he was Gd's son.” I pointed out, “think about it: part Gd, part human.”

    “Wow, but I don't want to be Jewish it's too much work.”

    ME: “We don't go around trying to sucker people into our religion.”

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