Myths and FAQs
Rumors abound about Traditional Judaism, who Orthodox Jews are and what they believe. Some of these rumors are born out of sheer ignorance while others have arisen as a result of people taking Jewish writings out of context. Some of these myths have been fabricated out of whole cloth. Regardless of the original source, many of these myths have not only led to anti-semitism, but have acted as a stumbling block for those who are honestly seeking the truth. Here we have listed some myths about Traditional Torah Judaism as well as some Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful in your search for the truth about God, the Torah and Judaism.
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Judaism didn't teach Israel as the suffering servant of Isaiah 53 until the time of Rashi
There is no atonement without the shedding of blood
There is no one who is righteous in the world
Most chasidim secretly believe Jesus is the Messiah
God stopped accepting the Yom Kippur sacrifice 40 years before the Temple was destroyed
Judaism doesn't believe in a relationship with God
Judaism teaches that you earn your way to heaven