Two Very Good Reasons Why a Jew Cannot Believe in Jesus
Are Clearly Stated in the New Testament.
Hakham Meir Yosef Rekhavi
1. Galatians 5.2 says, "If you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing."
Are you circumcised? Then why bother to follow a Christ who will profit you nothing? But you may say, Paul is only talking to Gentiles so that they should not first join the Jews via the Abrahamic covenant in order to become followers of Jesus. Not so for the next verse of the same chapter warns:
2. "Every man that is circumcised, he is a debtor to do the whole law."
This means that all Jews are debtors to do the whole Tora. Paul then goes on to say that if you are keeping the Tora you are fallen from grace (vs. 4). Jews are circumcised, therefore Christ will profit them nothing, because they are circumcised they must keep the Tora, and because they keep the Tora they are fallen from grace.
Paul even says, "Cursed is every one that continues not in all things that are written in the book of the law to do them" (Galatians 3.10). But those who are circumcised and wish to do the commandments are no longer justified in the sight of God (vs. 11). See also Acts 13.39, Romans 7.4.
So Paul a man and only a man whose logic defies reason says, damned if you keep the Tora (Gal. 5:4, 3:11) and damned if you don't keep the Tora (Gal. 3:10).
But YHWH the Eternal One, creator of the universe, giver of life, all-merciful, all-powerful giver of the Tora to the Children of Yisrael says, "My judgements you shall do, and my laws you shall keep to walk in them, I am YHWH your God. And you shall keep my laws and my judgements, which when a human does them, he lives by them, I am YHWH." (Lev. 18:4-5) and, "And all that I say to you, you are to keep." (Ex. 23:13) and again, "Only be strong and very courageous, to keep and to do according to all the Tora, which Moshe my servant commanded you; turn not from it to the right or to the left, in order that you may prosper wherever you go." (Josh. 1:7)
So to whom are you going to listen, Paul or YHWH?