On the occasion of the papal visit to Israel, Rabbi Ginsburgh re-released the following statement (first issued prior to Pope John Paul II’s visit to Israel in March of 2000).

We all believe that Divine Providence directs every detail of each and every one of our lives. (Here is not the place to discuss how this does not contradict the principle of free choice inherent to the human soul.) Even when a person chooses to follow a certain course of action for his own reasons, it is G-d that is directing his steps from on high for His own purposes. In most cases, this direction remains entirely hidden from man. In the words of King David, the Sweet Singer of Israel, “Man’s steps are established by G-d, and He desires his path” (Psalms 37:23).


True for every detail of every private person’s life, this becomes immensely more significant for those whose lives have proven to be of crucial influence on the overall history of mankind. Here, too, there is both the individual’s revealed, conscious intention and the hidden dimension, which is revealed only to G-d, as He wondrously directs the fate of the world that He created for His glory.

Maimonides (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings, chapter 11) writes that Jesus of Nazareth imagined that he was the messiah. He tried to actualize this, but failed. Instead of redeeming Israel and the entire world, he caused Israel to be slain by the sword, their remnant to be scattered and humiliated, the Torah to be altered, and the majority of the world to be deceived and serve a god other than G-d.

Maimonides continues:

Nevertheless, the intent of the Creator of the world is not within the power of man to comprehend, for [to paraphrase Isaiah 55:8] His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts. [Ultimately,] all the deeds of Jesus of Nazareth and that Ishmaelite who arose after him [i.e. Mohammed] will only serve to pave the way for the coming of the Messiah and for the improvement of the entire world, [motivating the nations] to serve G-d together, as it is written [Zephaniah 3:9], “For I shall then make the peoples pure of speech so that they will all call upon the Name of G-d and serve Him with one purpose.”

How will this come about? [As a result of these religions,] the entire world has already become filled with talk of the Messiah, as well as of the Torah and the commandments. These matters have been spread among many [formerly] spiritually insensitive nations, who discuss these matters as well as the various commandments of the Torah. Some of them [i.e. the Christians] say: These commandments were true, but are not in force in the present age; they are not applicable for all time. Others [i.e. the Moslems] say: Implied in the commandments are hidden concepts that cannot be understood simply; the messiah has already come and revealed them.

[The stage is thus set so that] when the true Messianic king will arise and prove successful, his [position becoming] exalted and uplifted, they will all return and realize that their ancestors endowed them with a false heritage; their prophets and ancestors caused them to err. Let us look at the situation of the world today: Nearly two thousand years have passed since the establishment of the Christian religion. During these generations, the suffering and pain of millions of people have not abated despite the great strides made by civilization, especially in the fields of science and technology. Every passing day, the heartfelt cry for G-d’s salvation intensifies, the cry for the true and ultimate Redemption to be ushered in by the Messiah. In the words of the prophet Daniel (who according to the Sages of Israel was a clear messianic figure): “How long until the end of these awesome things!” (Daniel 12:6).



  1. Maimonides was dead wrong, and so is rabbi Yitzchak. He should read Isaiah, but like in almost every synagogue around the world, he will refuse that cause then he will know that Jesus was and is the Messiah, and will be the one to return soon!

  2. I wish he would open his eyes and see the Messiah has come. The prophets saw the Messiah’s second coming. They wanted Christ to set up His kingdom right then. God wanted Jesus to come the way he did. A way of forgiveness and grace. Jesus was the perfect Lamb. Jesus was the perfect and endless sacrifice. I pray everyone will ask Jesus into their hearts, to forgive them, save them and be their savior.

  3. I wish he would open his eyes and see the Messiah has come. The prophets saw the Messiah’s second coming. They wanted Christ to set up His kingdom right then. God wanted Jesus to come the way he did. A way of forgiveness and grace. Jesus was the perfect Lamb. Jesus was the perfect and endless sacrifice. I pray everyone will ask Jesus into their hearts, to forgive them, save them and be their savior.

  4. my dear luke the problem is not that jesus was good or bad or is he kind or rud, nobod can stop the sacrification that god commanded to israelites even da messiah him self cause if what da xtians said that jesus blood was for da sin of human kind, da sacrifice,s that god commands to israelites was a bound and a thankful gifts to what he done to them when they were in israel. so please don,t wid any israeli rabbi without even know christianity, my bich friend luke, i love u and u in da name jesus amen

  5. Shame on you for mocking this man! If this man and his family had not survived for 2,000 years you would not have JESUS who WAS A JEW AND NEVER WENT TO A CHURCH. The CHURCH’s greatest act of anti semitism is in making JESUS INTO A GENTILE OPPOSED TO THE TORAH. Watch out or he may be saying to you at his return-“away from me, I never knew you, you workers of LAWLESSNESS (Matthew 7:23). Romans 11:1, 18:24 “In that case, I say, isn’t it that they have stumbled with the result that they have permanently fallen away?” Heaven forbid! Quite the contrary, it is by means of their stumbling that the deliverance has come to the Gentiles…However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you. 19 So you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 True, but so what? They were broken off because of their lack of trust. However, you keep your place only because of your trust. So don’t be arrogant; on the contrary, be terrified! 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he certainly won’t spare you! 22 So take a good look at God’s kindness and his severity: on the one hand, severity toward those who fell off; but, on the other hand, God’s kindness toward you — provided you maintain yourself in that kindness! Otherwise, you too will be cut off! 23 Moreover, the others, if they do not persist in their lack of trust, will be grafted in; because God is able to graft them back in. 24 For if you were cut out of what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree!

  6. Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו, why do You leave out the o in God, and why do You not simply call Him by His Real Name called Life? His old Name was I Am, as mentioned in Exodus 3:14. He has since changed His Name to represent His transcendation of all Creation to name called Life. He has two other Names I sometimes call Him, and they are Love, and Freedom. They are Gods own attributes, so I am free to approach Him in conversation, and to see Him when I have left the Earth through what maybe raised up instead of through a natural passing as I am immortal which is one up on being Eternal.

  7. It is time for the antichrist to come in and deceive everyone, they will think he is the messiah. By the time the antichrist microchips everyone with his “mark”, they surly will know it is not the messiah. Attaching photos on the “mark” of the beast, symbols, and one is used in Islam, will it be their Al Mahdi?

  8. This statement is simplistic, outdated and insulting to all three spiritual and religious heritages and continues the ‘race’ to prove who has the ‘real’ messiah’ or understanding of G-d. Any Judaism worthy of its name leaves each person’s relationship to the Eternal One between them and G-d and we Jews are forbidden from calculating the ‘end of days’. Humans are but frail as grass….humility is what is called for in the light of our excesses, whatever we believe!


  10. It is sad that we stand at the threshhold of the final door and the Chosen People of G-d not only have not been convinced of the true idenity of Messiah,,,,, but group the people of the world””” who claim to believe in Messiah “….together with the most evil cult in history to arize ! ask yourselves why ???? open your eyes before its too late in the name of jesus many jews have been murdered dont lie to yourselves many people who call themselves christians are anti-semantic could it be that under the early popes and the roman ceasers,,,, Constantine hated jews and everything remotely jewish was purged from the church leaving a weak church having a form of godliness by denying the very power of G-D !!!! defending the ten comandments but not living by them ! instead of G-DS feasts you celebrate pagan ones that are clearly mentioned in the bible as abominations to G-d has G-d changed his mind or is it a differant god you worship ? come back church wake up before its too late “come out of her my people ” revelation 18-4 show ISRAEL her MESSIAH you are grafted into ISRAEL not another religion start to read the bible

  11. We must no longer be silent about Torah truth ! As Jews we have a powerful light, to fill the darkness which now covers this world . For thousands of years the lies about Jews and Torah have allowed this light to be dimmed . There are churches on every corner, but the darkness continues to grow unabated
    Who is thy brothers keeper ?resounds through the earth . Yet few listen if any .

  12. Miki Bacsi, Show me, exactly, where in the Torah, there are "contradictions". Or where in the Talmud, for that matter. And frankly for over 2,200 years countless millions upon millions of Jews were murdered and persecuted because of those lies. Now they come onto Jewish sites harassing Jews and hawking their missionary wares…. It is getting annoying.

  13. Rabbi Ginsburg is NOT a hate-monger. I am a 'Christian' and I do not agree with much what the learned Rabbi has said. Nevertheless, I am grateful to him for explaining the Jewish Heart to me. Us Christians need to learn to listen without taking offence – I think that both 'sides' shall be surprised when The Day of Truth arrives. G-d bless Israel and His people!

  14. Miki Bacsi, Robbie is correct. There is a distinction between a Christian site and a Jewish site. Absolutely, it would be egregiously wrong for a Jew to go on a Christian site that is not antisemitic and criticize Christian teachings. On the other hand when Christians go on a Jewish site and challenge Jewish teachings (and I honestly believe they did not understand what they were doing), then it is incumbent to defend the Jewish teachings to the fullest extent. This does not imply any kind of support for a couple of talk backs, that were rude and not in the Jewish spirit (maybe they were written by non Jews with an agenda).

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