Please read my response to comments below: Friday the Rabbi Read Isaiah 53.
I was never crazy about the late Christopher Hitchens’s notions about the Middle East, but his views on Christianity came from a point of knowledge and, I always suspected, personal pain. This one I endorse wholeheartedly. The notion of redemption through the suffering of another is repugnant to me. I know it has some traces in late Jewish tradition—still repugnant.