Yeah, BelovedBird, that's part of the difficulty of my life - People make assumptions about you based on the vocabulary you use - coming from a linguistic and literary background, I tend to have a much richer thought process behind the words I chose than those who hear them. Hard to remember that...
This is from Falk's book:
"Jesus of Nazareth - according to our thesis - never wished to see his fellow Jews change one iota of their traditional faith. He himself remained an Orthodox Jew to his last moment. He only wished to see his people return to the teachings of the School of Hillel, which stressed love, humility, and the salvation of all mankind. His attacks on the Pharisees were directed against the School of Shammai, who were in control of the principal institutions of Judaism in his time. Accordingly, there seems no question that the Hasid from Nazareth would have objected strenuously to Christian missionary activity among Jews.
Another important conclusion is that the Jewish people of today do not identify with the "Scribes and Pharisees" who he condemned. To the contrary, the Talmud states explicityly that a Jew who follows the teachings of Bet Shammai "deserves death." Hence, there is no basis for Christian enmity toward Jews of today because of the actions of certain individuals who lived in the first century. We do not identify with them nor with their teachings. A Heavenly Voice settled the matter toward the close of the first century: 'The Halakha is as Bet Hillel.'" pg 158
The teachings of Jesus continue to feel very applicable to my life as a Jew. If he were chosen to serve as THE Messiah in some future life or in some mystical way, then I think it would be lovely. It seems to me that his has played a part in tikkum olam. But YEAH, whoever Hashem choses for that job will be the right one, and I will have no sadness about it - only rejoicing.