Religion: Yeshua Is the Messiah'

"Fraud . .. deception ... playing with religious tradition." These harsh words, aimed at a new movement of Jewish-born Christians, spill forth from Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum of the American Jewish Committee, normally one of Judaism's most temperate envoys to Christianity. His target: the so-called Messianic Jews, who insist that they can adopt a belief in Jesus as the Messiah and yet remain as Jewish as ever.

In the earliest days of the church, of course. Christians were accepted as being Jews, and the Messianic Jews say they are trying to re-establish those bygone days. Ever since the two faiths divided, however, proselytism...