For nearly 2,000 years, as a people, the Jews have unwaveringly rejected Jesus as their Messiah, often with deep loathing. But since the Six-Day War in 1967, and the restoration of Jerusalem, Israel and the Jewish people’s attitudes toward Jesus are changing dramatically.
Many top Israeli scholars, government leaders and media personalities, both secular and religious, express publicly their admiration for the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). Many are actively trying to make the case to the Jewish people that they should stop rejecting Yeshua and take another, positive look at his Messianic claims.
Here are just two examples of influential Israelis who are having a major impact on Jewish attitudes toward Jesus.
Yochi Brandes: Background
Yochi Brandes was born in Haifa in 1959, the daughter of the famous Hassidic Rabbi Yitzhak Rabinovitz. Brandes’ family tree is littered with eminent rabbis, and she herself was a star student in ultra-Orthodox schools, obtaining a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Judaic Studies. She has been teaching Bible and Judaism for many years and has written and produced courses on Jewish…