In good company
Yes, if you're feeling a little better disposed towards this Yeshua, Jesus of Nazareth, then you're in good company.
In modern times there have been an increasing number of Jewish scholars and historians who are rediscovering, or 'reclaiming' the Jesus of history. Numbered in this list are the following: Sholem Asch, Leo Baeck, Shalom Ben-Chorin,, Reuben Brainin, Constantin Brunner, Martin Buber, John Cournos, Norman Cousins, Albert Einstein, Hyman Enelow, David Flusser, Solomon Freehof, Joseph Klausner, Kauffman Kohler, Claude Montefiore, Isaac Joseph Poysner, Franz Rosenzweig, Samuel Sandmel, Hans Joachim Schoeps, Geza Vermes, Harris Weinstock, Stephen Wise and Ferdynand Zweig.
Here are some extracts from their writings.
"For Jesus Christ to me is the outstanding personality of all time, all history .... everything he ever said or did has value for us today, and that is something you can say of no other man, alive or dead". (Sholem Asch)
"Jesus was not only a Jew. He was the apex and the acme of Jewish teaching, which began with Moses and ran the entire evolving gamut of kings, teachers, prophets and rabbis - David and Isaiah and Daniel and Hillel - until their pith and essence was crystallised in this greatest of all Jews ..." (John Cournos)
"No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life." (Albert Einstein)
"Jesus was a Jew and a Jew he remained till his last breath.His one idea was to implant within his nation the idea of the coming of the Messiah ... in all this Jesus is the most Jewish of Jews.... more Jewish even than Hillel ..." (Joseph Klausner)