Who was Jesus of Nazareth and what did he teach?
It seems clear to me that he was a sincere first century Jewish reformer with much to offer both Jews and Gentiles. By the third century CE however the Jewish movement he and his talmidim founded had been usurped and fundamentally altered into a religion he would neither have recognized nor endorsed.
All attempts to restore "the Way Jewish movement," including those of Yeshiva Beth HaShem, have failed for one reason or another.
Yeshiva Beth HaShem sought to rekindle his lost teachings by the light of the rabbinic Judaism he loved and practiced -- he was a reformer not a heretic. In time we came to understand the futility of this attempt. Without exception those who make the attempt find themselves rejected as "those who say they are Jews and are not" (Revelation 2:9, 3:9). Without rabbinic support one can not be religiously Jewish. These people, often sincere, find themselves rejected by both Jews and Christians alike. Precious little if anything is gained from the attempt.
My research and writings here were frequently plagiarized and twisted by Christians seeking to promote heretical ideas (like the deity of Jesus) and/or cast aside by others who refused to seriously consider the information and look at the truth of what he taught. A few of our students were blessed by our offerings and some have converted (or are converting) into Judaism (which we consider a success). Nonetheless, we have run the race with sincerity and now take our leave, wishing the best to all sincere seekers.
On July 1st, 2013 the content of this and our related sites will be permanently removed. We encourage those who sincerely wish to follow the teachings of Y'shua (Jesus) to get to a synagogue and learn because, as he said, "Salvation is of the Jews."
As for me, my studies and web work continues. I am focusing much of my energy on AllFaith.com (which is receiving its most major update ever). If you wish to speak with me, have questions or comments, I invite you to contact me there.
Shema Y'israel Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad
"Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.