There is no excuse for being disrespectful.

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Showing Respect

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies at

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Rodrigo Ferreira Reis asked the following: Hi. I was watching your videos and i realize that you call Jesus Rabbi. Why do you call him Rabbi?

Shalom and Todah.

Laila Tov

Christians With QuestionsDear Ones,

First this is a position that I have just recently come to terms with. I use to call Rabbi Jesus by his first name as many do in the Christian Writings. However, I have repented of my error. And am working on changing my behavior. Even though I am not a Christian or a follow of Rabbi Jesus this does not permit me to show disrespect. The Christian Writings teach that Rabbi Jesus was a Rabbi. He was a Rabbi Of Israel. So even though I do not believe Rabbi Jesus is the Messiah or the son of God or God it is not proper for me to be disrespectful.

King David Wrote:

2 Samuel 1.1 - 19

 1  And it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had stayed two days in Ziklag; 2  It came to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came from the camp from Saul with his clothes torn and earth upon his head; and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and bowed down. 3  And David said to him, From where do you come? And he said to him, From the camp of Israel have I escaped. 4  And David said to him, How went the matter? I beg you, tell me. And he answered, The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also have fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. 5  And David said to the young man who told him, How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead? 6  And the young man who told him said, As I happened by chance upon Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, behold, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. 7  And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called me. And I answered, Here am I. 8  (K) And he said to me, Who are you? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 9  And he said to me, Stand, I beg you, upon me, and slay me; for agony has come upon me, and yet I still have life in me. 10  So I stood beside him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after he was fallen; and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to my lord. 11  Then David took hold of his clothes, and tore them; and likewise all the men who were with him; 12  And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until the evening, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they had fallen by the sword. 13  And David said to the young man who told him, Where are you from? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. 14  And David said to him, How were you not afraid to stretch forth your hand to destroy the Lord's anointed? 15  And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he struck him that he died. 16  And David said to him, Your blood be upon your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have killed the Lord's anointed. 17  And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son; 18  And he said To teach the sons of Judah the use of the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jasher. 19  The beauty, O Israel, is slain upon your high places; how are the mighty fallen!.

I followed the path of disrespect in part because of how The Christian Writings make reference to Rabbi Jesus. Yet, regardless of what Christians do in their writings this does not free me from doing what I believe to be right. Now here is what I find most amazing. Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe his name is highly exalted above every name in the world. Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe he is the Messiah which means 'Anointed' [of The Lord.] Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe believe Rabbi Jesus is the son of The Lord God. Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe Rabbi Jesus is God. Now I do not believe any of these claims yet I do believe in respect.

There is no excuse to be disrespectful.

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