To explain away Jews 2000 year refusal to “accept” Jesus as a god (let alone a messiah) many missionaries blithely say that “Jews are blind – a “veil” has been put before your eyes so you can’t see the “truth” that Jesus is the messiah.” This outrageous slander is straight from the Christian bible:
"We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in (Jesus) is it taken away." 2 Corinthians 3:13-14.
This is the opposite of what the Torah tells us about Moses. Either Paul is lying to his readers or he didn't realize that the Torah says the exact opposite of what he claims it says (about Moses and his veil).
And WHAT was supposedly “passing away”? The eternal promises G-d made to the Jews which He repeatedly tells us ARE eternal?
"And You did establish to Yourself Your people Israel to be a people unto You forever; and You, L-rd, became their G-d." 2 Shmuel 7:24 / 2 Samuel 7:24.
"The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our G-d will stand forever." YeshayahuI / saiah 40:8.
"Forever, O L-rd, Your word stands in the heavens. . . Were not Your Torah my occupation, then I would have perished in my affliction. (T'hillim / Psalm 119:89-92).
"Thus shall the children of Israel observe the Sabbath, to make the Sabbath throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant. Between Me and the children of Israel, it is forever a sign." Sh'mot / Exodus 31:16-17.
"The hidden things belong to the L-rd, our G-d, but the revealed things apply to us and to our children forever: that we must fulfill all the words of this Torah." D'varim / Deuteronomy 29:28
Paul is either ignorant of G-d's eternal promises to the Jew -- or he is simply lying to his followers. Paul even has the arrogance to say “But their minds were made dull (the Jews) for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It (the veil) has not been removed, because only in (Jesus) is it taken away.”
Paul says the Jewish mind is dull, yet G-d says the revealed things apply to us and to our children forever.
Which is it?
Who to believe: Paul or G-d?
And what does the Jewish bible say about the veil? Did Moses wear a veil when he spoke to the Jews as Paul states?
NO, he did not! Read the Torah!
The applicable passage is Sh'mot / Exodus 34. Read for yourselves and realize that Paul reversed the words of G-d.
The radiance of Moses was too much to bear. His face was literally glowing, having been in the presence of G-d. The people had just let 3000 create a golden calf, and they had not prevented it from happening. They felt ashamed, knowing that they had lacked enough trust in G-d. Knowing the context now read Sh'mot / Exodus 34:30 " “When Aaron (Moses' brother and the first Jewish priest) and all the Israelites saw that the skin of Moses' face was shining with a brilliant light, they were afraid to come close to him.”
The hood (not veil) did not separate the Jews from G-d, or even from Moses. They still listened to Moses and heard G-d’s words -- and there was NO VEIL or hood. They saw Moses' shining face (it was NOT veiled or hidden).
Moses put the hood on AFTER he had finished giving the Jews the word of G-d (the opposite of Paul's claim) . Moses was not hooded (veiled) when he spoke to the Jews.
Also, remember that all of the Jews had heard G-d speak to all of them once before – at Sinai when G-d gave the Jews the 10 utterances (commandments) in His own voice. All 3 million Jews heard G-d speak to them.
When Moses entered his tent to speak with G-d he did not wear a veil.
Moses never wore a veil when speaking to G-d or when giving G-d’s words to the people.
Paul is 100% wrong -- whether because he did not know the truth or because he lied to his followers. Paul was not above lying to gain his purpose:
"Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances G-d’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” Romans 3:7.
"But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless being crafty, I caught you with guile." 2 Corinithians 12:16.
When calling the Jews blind (contrary to the word of G-d) and while saying that Moses put a veil over his face to prevent the Jews from seeing the end of what was passing away (the ETERNAL covenant of G-d) Paul either lied (as he himself admits to doing (above) or he was so unaware of the truth that he misled his readers through ignorance.
Where is this “veil” (hood) that Moses wore to prevent Jews from seeing the end of the eternal promises of G-d?
It doesn’t exist.
G-d does not lie -- His promises of "forever" and "eternal" wer not lies.
Moses hiding his face from the Jews while he spoke G-d's messages to the Jews is also a lie.
Let's revisit the applicable passages in the Torah which speak of Moses covering his face.
"(Moses) descended from the mountain and Moses did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant while He (G-d) had spoken with him. . .all the children of Israel saw Moses and behold! the skin of his face had become radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the princes of the community returned to him, and Moses would speak to them." Sh'mot / Exodus 34:29 - 31.
Moses' face is NOT COVERED. The people came forward and Moses spoke to them (no veil / hood).
Paul either lied or he was so poorly educated that he accidentally reversed what the Torah actually says. Moses only covered his face AFTER he finished speaking to the Jews. His face was never covered while speaking to them. Again this is the OPPOSITE of what Paul wrote.
Read Sh'mot / Exodus chapter 34 for yourself!
"the children of Israel would draw near, and he would command them everything that the L-rd had spoken with him on Mount Sinai.
When Moses had finished speaking with them, he placed a covering over his face." Sh'mot / Exodus 34:32 - 33
The words of the Torah are the OPPOSITE of what Paul claims. Moses only covered his face when he was finished speaking to the Jews.
When the words of G-d are communicated to the Jews there is NO VEIL. (hood).
This is repeated again:
"When Moses would come before the L-rd to speak with Him, he would remove the covering until he left; then he would leave and speak to the children of Israel what he would be commanded. Then the children of Israel would see Moses' face, that the skin of Moses' face had become radiant, and [then] Moses would replace the covering over his face until he would come [again] to speak with Him." Sh'mot / Exodus 34:34 - 35.
Moses’ face was UNCOVERED when speaking to G-d.
Moses’ face was UNCOVERED when communicating G-d’s message to the Jews.
Moses' face was covered when he had finished speaking tot he Jews, until such time as he spoke again to G-d.
It is amazing that missionaries claim Jews are blind -- ignoring the words of the T'nach (bible), but they themselves blindly believe the lies of Paul who clearly distorts what the Jewish bible really says (whether through innocent ignorance or willful guile). A little "fact checking" would show them the truth!
Yet, type in the words "blind Jews" on an internet search engine and find website after website who insist Jews are blind because Paul says so!
The blindness and stubbornness is not on the side of Jews – but on the side of those who claim to “fulfill” our bible and then lie about it. Distort it. And then those same missionaries say hateful things about us Jews to boot.
Jews didn't "reject" Jesus because we are blind. Jesus failed to fulfill any messianic prophecies, and he most certainly was not G-d!
Ask yourself, if Paul reversed what the Torah said in this instance then how much more can you believe in the Christian bible? If you want to know G-d (and you are a Jewish follower of Jesus) then before you destroy your eternal relationship with G-d through idolatry read the T'nach for yourself (not an "old" testament). Compare the words of G-d with the words in the Christian bible. Research the history of the "church" and how Jesus became a "god" over time. Compare the commonality of Christianity with pagan religions of the time (it shares far more with the pagan religions than with Judaism). Do not take my word for anything -- demand proof. G-d does not lie, but Paul did.
Sophiee Saguy has been countering false missionary claims about Judaism and the T'nach (Jewish bible) for nearly twenty years. You may find her on FaceBook and at the Messiah Truth forum.