| > I'm just curious. We don't have many Jews where I live so I don't|
> much about their specific beliefs. The one Jewish friend I ever had
> was not much of a practicing Jew but his wedding was Jewish so on
> some level it mattered to him.
> I'm just curious what Jewish people actually believe. I heard that
> Jews believe Jesus existed but he wasn't the son of God. I know Jesus
> is fairly important even in the Islamic faith even though they do not
> believe he was the son of God...is Jesus noteworthy in Judaism or
> I dislike Christianity and Islam immensely but I don't know enough
> about Judaism to have an opinion. Anyone care to share a little about
> the Jewish faith?
I'm not Jewish, but my wife, daughter, and mother-in-law are. My wife was raised with elements of both Christianity and Judaism (Christmas & Easter & bacon, but everything else Jewish), but Judaism is a part of her and my lives. That said, she may believe, but she's not the best practician (not even close
). Since I'm an Atheist-Buddhist, I question just how Jewish my daughter actually is, as well.
Jews feel that Jesus was just a rabbi, not much different than the others of his time. He was not a divinity, not the son of a divinity, not the messiah, and not even a prophet. All of these ideas are contrary to Judaism's traditional tenets. By Judaism, god is indivisible. There can't be a Trinity or even a duality. Their Messiah, even when he comes, is not the son of god. By Judaism, the very fact that Jesus died before bringing about a Messianic Age disproves that he was the Messiah. They believe the Messiah will return the Jews to their homeland, rebuild the Temple, rule as king, usher in a period of multinational peace and understanding. Jesus lived while the 2nd Temple was standing, never reigned as king, and never brought peace or understanding. Plus he died before doing anything.
There are differences between the factions of Judaism, but that's it, in a nutshell.
Also, Jews don't accept that salvation can be gained through the sacrifice of others. Salvation must be earned by each individual.