The cashews were delicious.
Also, the book served its purpose. Here are Kaplan’s main 3 points:
1. â€œThe prophets predicted a world of peace and love after the Messiah’s coming, and this certainly does not exist today. Furthermore, any talk of the Messiah as being the ‘son of Gd’ is totally unacceptable. In no place to the prophets say he will be anything more than a remarkable teacher.â€
2. â€œAlthough tht torah does speak of Adam’s sin, it teaches us that man can rise above itâ€¦In no place does Judaism teach that one can me saved from damnation by mere belief. Any true belief in Gd must lead a person to also follow His commandments.â€
3. â€œIt is impossible to imagine that Gd would ever reject the Jewish people. In many places, the Bible clearly states that His covenant with them will be forever. In many places the Boblw says that the Torah was given forever. It is therefore impossible to say that it has been replaced by a new law or testament.â€
And anyway, the Jewish Moshiach is to be a human being – a great leader and teacher, not a god born by supernatural means. He was to be a king of the Jews, not a wandering misfit preacher.
Too, the Jerusalem Talmud clearly states, â€œIf a man claims to be Gd, he is a liar!â€
And we all know the story of the yeshiva boy who gets up in the heder ohel and proclaims to his fellow students, â€œI am the Moshiach!â€ – to which the room goes up in a clamor until another boy approaches the first and proclaims, â€œYou can’t be the Moshiach!â€
The first one, confused, squeaks, â€œWhy not?â€ — and the second one replies, â€œBecause I am the Moshiach!â€