The article on the CNN website is entitled "Jews reclaim Jesus as one of their own", see
Could someone please explain to me why it is important or necessary for Jews to independently have an opinion on this? Maybe, living in a Christian environment, it is important or necessary for us to have some type of 'proper' language to describe our attitude towards this person -- be it even true or not. That's a question of survival. But why, from an entirely self-defined Jewish perspective is it necessary or important for us to have a view of the historical Jesus?
I am not so much amazed by all the variant opinions on this person -- from one side of the spectrum to the other. What amazes me is the subject actually bothers people. I can't figure out why.
Rabbi Ben Hecht