(by Rabbi Eh'bed Baw'naw)
I often say, "Surround yourself with those whom you don't necessarily agree with because they will test you and strengthen your faith, and they will be the ones you learn the most from." I have several friends who are not believers in Yeshua and we have a very good dialogue and are good friends even though we disagree. At the same time, myself and my friends have all said "Tovia Singer is not an honest individual".....shockingly a majority of anti-missionaries actually admit that Tovia Singer is dishonest in his videos and tape series and books and radio appearances. The latest claim by Singer really takes the cake.....he reminds me of the boxer who gets the pulp beaten out of him and then runs in circles to get away from his opponent. In Singer's case not only does he do this but will claim he also won the boxing match.
His latest claim is that the story of Rabbi Kaduri, encoding the name of the Messiah in a letter to be opened one year after his death is a fraudulent and that Kaduri never even taught on Messiah, and that the letter in Hebrew doesn't say what the Messianic and Christian communities says it says. Here is the video:
Now this is a tactic that Tovia Singer uses often. He often likes to say certain things don't say what they say, I experienced that myself when I debated him several years ago when I quoted from the Stone Edition Tanach Isaiah 53 and he claims "That is not what it says" after reading it word for word as can be heard in the first 2 minutes of the video below:
Notice as well that "Rabbi" Singer hung up the phone when he was challenged, when I asked "what does the Hebrew word Hu mean?" He not only refused to answer the question but ended the debate. I was also shot an email from him, a threatening email, saying if that debate was to be aired or podcasted that he would sue me. I found out years later he couldn't do that but still there are clips from that debate floating around the internet from others who have recorded it as it was live on the air. But we also see Singer using another tactic that is only successful with the spiritually and intellectually lazy.
In Tovia's claim saying that Kaduri's letter doesn't say what it says, is successful towards winning over the fringe element of the Messianic faith who are paranoid about everything and anything, so when there is a minor opinion such as "the letter doesn't say what they claim it says" or "lunar sabbatarianism" or the latest "flat earthers" they flock to it because of the fact they think every scholar and person who knows Hebrew is lying to them so the minority opinion has to be right. Ridiculous logic I know. The other group are the intellectually lazy who don't even want to look at the highlighted letters in Kaduri's letter and say "what letter is this?" and take 3 minutes to find out what those letters are using a Hebrew conversion chart. They just hear "that is not what it says" and they respond in a high pitched valley girl tone in their voice "Oh ok!".
As noted in the video on Isaiah 53, one of the claims Singer makes in his "Lets Get Biblical" tape series is that no Jew had ever, in all of history, said that Isaiah 53 is talking about the Messiah. He hopes and prays you don't test his claim because as we showed from several cited primary sources in Judaism, including the Talmud and other sages who all agreed that Isaiah 53 is indeed talking about the Messiah. We see that Tovia Singer is either A) very ignorant about Judaism and the sages or B) is the most intellectually dishonest person in Judaism.
Now there is another huge huge huge huge problem with Tovia Singer's claim about Kaduri, he claims that Kaduri never taught on Yeshua or on Messiah and that we just don't understand what he was really saying.....well I guess his students don't know what Kaduri was talking about either who have come forward, but Tovia Singer, a man who has never met Kaduri actually has a better insight into Kaduri than Kaduri's own students who had been under his teaching for years, some of Kaduri's students are even friends of mine who have said "Kaduri taught on Messiah for at least 10 years" so it was no "secret" that Rabbi Kaduri taught on Yeshua being the Messiah. Here are the testimonials below from his students:
Rabbi Singer even continues on the road of deception through the willful ignorance of his listeners when he claims first of all "Kaduri's letter doesn't say what you think it says" and goes on the diatribe of what he believes Kaduri meant in his letter. But then Singer contradicts himself claiming the letter he himself said was misinterpreted was a forgery. That is almost like a birthday cake being presented to child for his birthday and the child eats the cake, but claims not only did he not get a birthday cake for his birthday but that cakes do not exist, that they are only a figment of imagination. The logic of that child is the same logic that Singer uses and it is just bizarre to the point that only a person who refuses to test what he says would believe his garbage. But unfortunately you would not believe how many are out there who refuse to do the work of taking 2 minutes to open a Bible passage from the very translation that Singer uses when he says "that's not what it says". It is just astounding to me in all honesty.
Again, I have several friends in orthodox judaism who do not believe Yeshua is the Messiah, when you mention Tovia Singer's name, they tend to give the same response we give to someone like Michael Rood, which is "I appreciate what he is trying to do, but he is also not the sharpest tool in the shed". This is very true because notice he was excited to debate me when I was only 2 years into my faith, he is always excited to debate Christians, but notice he will never ever debate a R' Itzhak Shapira or a R' Yehezqel Italqi, or myself 6 years later.
Singer also claims that the letter is talking about Joshua the son of Nun. And claims that Yehoshua (which is what is in the letter) and not Yeshua is what is being spoken about, claiming it is Yehoshua ben Nun (Joshua Son of Nun). Now again Tovia Singer fails again, because in Hebrew (and any hebrew student can tell you this when they are in grade school) is that there are long and short forms of names much like in English. My name is Christopher but for short people call me Chris. If someone calls me Chris as opposed to Christopher does that mean they have given me the wrong name? Of course not. The name Yeshua is the shortened form of Yehoshua. But wait....didn't Singer also say the letter is a forgery? Despite the fact that it was the featured story in the Jewish newspapers and appeared as the featured story on Kaduri's own personal website for years........I guess no one who runs his website and none of his students and those put in positions by Kaduri know what they are talking about instead again, Singer, a man who never met Kaduri knows all there is to know about Kaduri.
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah at Beit Geulah in Morganton, NC (www.BeitGeulah.com)