Clara María Goldstein

Gallery IV

Rabbi Jesus Art Museum


 Judaism Was Jesus’ Religion and Christianity Is a Religion About Jesus

Jesus embraced his religion. He said, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the laws or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Matthew 5:17). In this painting, Jesus is identifying himself as a Jew by saying to the Samaritan woman at the well, "We know what we worship, for salvation comes from the Jews" (John 4:22 ).



 At the Cross, Jesus Affirmed the Torah

Jesus was born, lived, and died as a Jewish man. He never renounced nor was he ever excommunicated from Judaism. During the last moments of his life, he affirmed his Jewish faith. At about three o’clock in the afternoon, from the cross, Jesus prayed in Hebrew, Psalm 22:1, "My God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46). 

Many Jews of the time, which included the Virgin Mary, Jesus’ entire family, the Apostles, and all Jesus’ followers loved him; suffered because of his torture at the cross; and mourned his death. Jesus loved the Jews, and the majority of the Jews of his time loved Jesus. 

We often forget that the man who died on the cross was Jewish. If we move Jesus to another time in history, and we place him in Germany during the Nazi era, the name of Jesus would have been on the Nazi list for Jews to be put in concentration camps. In this list would have also been the names of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, the 12 Apostles, everyone in Jesus' family and also Jesus' life-time followers because they were all Jews. 

The more we disobey the main order of God to love one another, the worse things we do to one another. We are all different and unique individuals, but also we are all part of one humanity. We are one human body. When we get along with respect, love and harmony, the body is healthy and happy. When we disrespect and attack each other, the human body becomes sick and unhappy.



 The Gospel are attributed to Jewish men

The Gospels are attributed to men who thought of themselves as Jews. Paul, John, Matthew and Mark were born Jewish and Luke converted to Judaism.   



  Jesus' tomb

Two Jewish man from the Sanhedrin, Joseph of Arimatia, and a Pharisee Jew, named Nicodemos, buried Jesus according to the Jewish traditions and in a Jewish tomb.


Jews and Christians Share the Ten Commandments

Long after God revealed the Ten Commandments to Moses and even many years after Jesus had died, Christianity branched off from Judaism. One of the main disagreements that caused this split was whether Jesus was Christ/Messiah or not.  Despite the differences, both religions are about God, goodness and love and incorporate the same Ten Commandments.

It is important to realize that our differences are no excuse for violating God's main commandment to love one another.



Judaism and Christianity Agree that the Main Spiritual Principles Are to Love God and One Another

For Judaism and Christianity, loving God and one another are the most important principles (Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:36-39). 

The image in this painting is water because water runs through all living things uniting us physically, in the same manner that love has the potential to unite us all spiritually.



 Pleasing Their Father in Heaven 

This painting portrays two good friends; one is Jewish and the other one is Christian. They have found a way to comply with the main commandment of their religions, which for both is to love God and one another as yourself. They both love God according to how they understand God throught their own religious beliefs. They also love one another regardless of their differences. 

These boys live in heaven because God is love, and when we love, we live with God.


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About the Modern Jewish Symbols in the Paintings

 Clara María Goldstein