Rabbi Tovia Singer, a counter-missionary in Israel, one who works to discourage Jewish conversions to Christianity, “completely discredits” the claim Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri identified Jesus Christ as the “Messiah” in a note revealed after his death, according to the Israeli website Breaking Israel News.
Only Singer doesn’t present any new evidence, says the author of the stunning book, “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah.”
Author Carl Gallups, a pastor, talk show host and writer, challenges the accuracy of that description, strongly.
“Completely discredit? Actually, every argument Rabbi Singer makes in this article is addressed in my book – in great detail. The book was purposely written in an investigative and objective manner, examining every known objection to the story and exploring every angle that was being proffered,” he said.
Singer says Rabbi Kaduri’s note does not identify “Yeshua,” the name Messianic groups use for Jesus, as the Messiah.
But Joseph Farah, founder and chief executive officer of WND, says “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah” never makes such a claim.
“It seems Rabbi Singer has not read our book or seen our movie,” said Farah. “He doesn’t counter a single fact reported in either one. Nowhere in the book or the movie, for instance, does anyone claim the note spelled out the name Yeshua. He in fact affirms just what we reported – that the note spells out the name Yehoshua, the more formal name for Yeshua or Jesus in the Greek form.
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“Our book, ‘The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,’ and the documentary film version of the same name don’t make any claims about Rabbi Kaduri’s message. They merely report the facts of his message that were stifled by the Israeli press. The idea is to let people make up their own minds about what really happened.”
Gallups finds it ridiculous to assume the controversial claims in his book have not been challenged. He told WND: “As a matter of fact, I have since participated in scores of international television and radio interviews on this topic, and not all of them have been ‘friendly’ interviews. Even some of the ‘friendly’ interviewers played ‘devil’s advocate’ and asked me the tough questions and addressed the concerns being raised by the orthodox community. I have yet to hear any ‘new’ argument – including the ones made in this article.”
Gallups identifies two major claims made by Singer. “First, Rabbi Singer explicitly calls the note a forgery. Second, he states the note does not say what the missionary groups claim it says.”
Gallups says his book has already addressed both of these claims.
He tells WND: “As to the note being a ‘forgery’ – that claim has been around almost since the beginning. However, the forgery claim was not formally made until the note was actually decoded. It was only then that the Kaduri organization became concerned with the note – that ‘they’ had posted on ‘their’ website.
“Kaduri told his followers to keep the note sealed for one year after his death. After the year had passed they were to unseal the note and display it for the world to see. And as a matter of fact, the note was unsealed one year after Kaduri’s death and placed on Kaduri’s own website. A screen-capture of the note (reproduced in my book) was spread all over the Internet and reported upon in Israel’s News First Class and Israel Today news sources.
“Now, one has to ask, if they had any inclination whatsoever to believe the note was a forgery, why was it placed on Kaduri’s website in the first place? And, why was it only after the decoding of the note, indicating the name of Messiah as Yehoshua, was it then, conveniently, declared to be a forgery? Also, one has to ask, who would have had access to Kaduri’s website to place a forged note (complete with a narrative about the note) on the site, and why would that person (presumably) a Jew, have done such a dastardly thing?”
Gallups believes the conduct of the Kaduri organization since the controversy began makes it hard to believe forgery took place.
“There has been no known investigation attempting to locate the supposed forger and the person responsible for placing it on the Kaduri.net website. It is also reported that the original note has since been destroyed by the Kaduri organization. There has been no known production of the note, since its removal from the website, for a scientific examination of the authenticity of the cryptic message.
“If that is so, and they have offered no explanation otherwise, why would they destroy the note before a forensic examination could be made in order to categorically prove the writing was a forgery or authentic?”
Gallups also says there is a great deal of evidence to suggest the note was authentic.
“The story in Israel Today that reported the existence of Kaduri’s note also reported testimony from some of Kaduri’s closest followers declaring that the note that was posted on the Kaduri.net website was, indeed, authentic.”
Gallups also claims, “My book also heavily documents that there are a number of Kaduri’s former Yeshiva students who have testified (some of them on video footage) that Kaduri was indeed teaching (privately) that Yeshua was the Messiah. These students now attest that they are believers in Yeshua as Messiah because of Kaduri’s teachings prior to his death and prior to the note being written. Some of the students are sharing their testimony despite reported harassment or even threats.”
Gallups does not dismiss entirely the possibility the note could be a forgery but he judges, “the preponderance of evidence certainly does not follow that logic.”
Even if it was, Gallups says all that does is raise many more questions than it answers.
Gallups similarly believes Singer’s second assertion, that the note absolutely does not identify Jesus, cannot be supported.
“The article states, ‘Singer translated the Hebrew words as, ‘The nation will be raised up and it will become known that His word and His Torah stand.’ He confirmed that the first letter of each of the Hebrew words in the cryptic message spells Yehoshua, the Hebrew name of Joshua, the disciple of Moses. It does not spell Yeshua, which is the name messianic groups use for Jesus.’
“But this statement is glaringly contradictory. First, the statement affirms that the decoding of the note produces the name Yehoshua. This is exactly the same result my book produces, the two Israeli sourced media reports produced, and other Hebrew experts produced. So there is no argument here, regardless of the translation nuances of the exact Hebrew wording used in the note.”
Gallups says Singer’s supposed rebuttal actually supports his claim. “Apparently Singer also admits that the Hebrew word Yehoshua translates to the name Joshua. Exactly!
“As any true Hebrew expert will also acknowledge, Yehoshua is the long form of the Hebrew word Yeshua – also translated as Joshua. Hebrew experts will also affirm that the long form, Yehoshua, as well as the short form, Yeshua, are found in the Hebrew scriptures of the Old Testament. And Bible scholars also know that Yeshua is the Hebrew name for the Hebrew-to-Greek translation of Iesous (or Latin – Iesus), which is commonly translated into modern English as Jesus. All of these linguistic facts are easy to research and verify.
“So, contrary to Singer’s claims, Yehoshua certainly does translate to Yeshua/Jesus, ‘the name messianic groups use for Jesus.’ Singer has done himself no favor with this explanation, but rather confirms what my book reveals and what messianic groups already know.”
Gallups also believes there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that Kaduri’s note was a deliberate attempt to identify the Messiah. Gallups states: “Kaduri told his followers, with witnesses present, that he was leaving the name of Messiah in a note. A number of his students claim Kaduri was already teaching about Messiah and His name.”
More importantly, says Gallups, Singer’s supposed rebuttal leaves out some crucial information.
“Singer conveniently left out the first part of Kaduri’s note in the Breaking Israel News article – that first part reads as follows, ‘Concerning the letter abbreviation of his name…'”
Gallups explains this context is critical to understanding Kaduri’s importance. He enthusiastically told WND: “You see, it was the first part that gave the clue to the code of the rest of the note. And the code of the rest of the note was revealed to be Yehoshua. And what was Yehoshua – according to Kaduri’s own note? ‘Concerning the letter abbreviation of HIS name!’ The name Kaduri promised! The name of Messiah!”
The allegation Kaduri identified Jesus as the Messiah has already launched a wave of conversions in Israel, what some are calling the “Kaduri Revival.” And that, Gallups believes, is Singer’s real objection.
“It is telling that Rabbi Singer is the founder of a counter-missionary movement – in other words, his life’s work is dedicated to attempting to discredit anything that might point to Jesus of Nazareth, Yeshua, as being the actual Messiah of the Old Testament prophecies.
“It is also important to note that even Singer admits ‘curiosity was growing’ about the Kaduri story. He even says Kaduri’s note ‘sparked enormous curiosity.’ So, it is not surprising that there would now be a claim that Singer ‘completely discredits’ the Kaduri death-note story. But, nothing could be further from the truth.”
Joseph Farah has a surprising reaction to the Rabbi Singer’s claims. He thanks him.
“Rabbi Singer has not discredited anything we reported. He merely offered an opinion about it. He is entitled to his opinion, as everyone is. And we thank him for doing so and for recognizing that our book and documentary are bringing awareness to a mystery that has largely been ignored by the Israeli press and the worldwide Christian community.”