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Christians Recognizing Themselves In A Jewish Mirror



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Some Jews will find all of this ironic, and leave it at that. Others will realize that at a time when Israel and world Jewry need all the friends they can get, the awareness on the part of some Christians of what they share with Jews can bring together two communities even when separated by an unbridgeable theological chasm.

Many of us live and work with Christian friends and associates. Sometimes we are reluctant to talk politics, thinking we will say the wrong thing – and oblivious to the fact that the Palestinians have found ways of reaching the same people. Perhaps if we understood the points above, we could be better spokespeople for the rights of Israel and our own right to proudly pursue our Jewish destiny.

And when we do so with integrity, many of our Christian neighbors might come to see their struggles and hopes reflected in our own.

Rabbis Yitzchok Adlerstein and Abraham Cooper

About the Author: Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is director of interfaith affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the associate dean of the Center.


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