Some time ago I published a paper entitled “Spiritual closeness of Jews and Christians and traditional rabbis’ efforts to prevent it” – see at
In the paper, I wrote:
These days more traditional rabbis are coming to the same conclusion through comparative analysis of Old and New Testaments and of Jewish and Christian mysticism. Below are two examples.
In “Jewish Secrets hidden in the New Testament: The Global Torah Revolution” authors orthodox and concluded that the New Testament writings are largely founded on traditional Jewish Biblical principles. Acceptance of these original Jewish realities by growing masses of New Testament readers is currently sweeping the world. The authors found in the New Testament the Biblical prediction of a Promised Land far exceeding the current borders of Israel and realization of the miraculous fulfillment of the Divine Plan for humanity which is the Universal Dominion whether you are Christian, Jewish or secular.
In “Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism” author Shaul Magid makes the following points.
Christianity has among its cardinal principles that God became man, and that Christ is both fully human and fully divine. Mainstream Judaism holds that such a crossing of boundaries is impossible. Humans are mortal, flawed, frail; the Jewish God is omnipotent. The two cannot be reconciled.
However, in Hasidism the divine/human boundary was permeable, and sometimes crossed. In fact, in Hasidism we have the resurgence of the very incarnational theology that mainstream Judaism had rejected. In Hasidic thought, God and human are reunited. Indeed Chabad have alleged that the late Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson has been deified. Clearly, there is something Christian-like about the notion of a messiah who will rise from the dead, and seems to have powers well beyond the human.