Published in as a full page spread in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and other newspapers, Dabru Emet sought to put on public record the most . Dabru Emet: Its Significance for the Jewish-Christian Dialogue. by Rabbi David Rosen. Address delivered at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Dutch. Dabru Emet (“Speak the Truth”) is a statement by more than Jewish scholars issued in September In recent years, there has been a.
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In recent years, there has been a dramatic and unprecedented shift in Jewish adbru Christian relations. Throughout the nearly two millennia of Jewish exile, Christians have tended to characterize Judaism as a failed religion or, at best, a religion that prepared the way for, and is completed in, Christianity.
In the decades since the Holocaust, however, Christianity has changed dramatically. An increasing number of official church bodies, both Roman Catholic and Protestant, have made public statements of their remorse about Christian mistreatment of Jews and Judaism.
Smet believe these changes merit a thoughtful Jewish response. We believe it is time for Jews to reflect on what Judaism may now say about Christianity. As a first step, we offer eight brief statements about how Jews and Christians may relate to one another. Jews and Christians worship the eabru God.
Before the rise of Christianity, Jews were the only worshipers of the God of Israel. While Christian worship is not a viable religious choice for Jews, as Jewish theologians we rejoice that, through Christianity, hundreds of millions of people have entered into relationship with the God of Israel. Turning to it for religious orientation, spiritual enrichment, and communal education, we each take away similar lessons: Yet Jews and Christians interpret the Bible differently on many danru.
Such differences must always be respected. Christians can respect the claim of the Jewish people upon the land of Israel.
The most important event for Jews since the Holocaust has been the reestablishment of a Jewish state in the Promised Land. Many Christians support the State of Israel for reasons far more profound than mere politics.
Dabru Emet: Its Significance for the Jewish-Christian Dialogue
dagru As Jews, we applaud this support. Jews and Christians accept the moral principles of Torah. Central to the moral principles of Torah is the inalienable sanctity and dignity of every human being. All of us were created in the image of God. This shared moral emphasis can be the basis of an improved relationship between our two communities.
Dabru Emet: A Jewish statement about Christianity
It can also be the basis of a powerful witness to all humanity for improving the lives of our fellow emft beings and for standing against the immoralities and idolatries that harm and degrade us. Such witness is especially needed after the unprecedented horrors of the past century. Nazism was not a Christian phenomenon.
Too many Christians participated in, or were sympathetic to, Nazi atrocities against Jews. Other Christians did not protest sufficiently against these atrocities. But Nazism itself was not an inevitable outcome of Christianity. If the Nazi extermination dabbru the Jews had been fully successful, it would have turned its murderous rage more directly to Christians. We recognize with gratitude those Christians who risked or sacrificed dabeu lives to save Jews during the Nazi regime. With that in mind, we encourage the continuation of recent efforts in Christian theology to repudiate unequivocally contempt of Judaism and the Jewish people.
We fabru those Christians who reject this teaching of contempt, and we do not blame them for the sins committed by their ancestors. The humanly irreconcilable difference between Jews and Christians will not be settled until God redeems the entire world as promised in Scripture. Christians know and serve God through Jesus Christ and the Christian tradition. Jews know and serve God enet Torah and the Jewish tradition.
That difference will not be settled by one community insisting that it has eabru Scripture more accurately than the other, nor by exercising political power over the other. Neither Jew nor Christian should be pressed into affirming the teaching of the other community. A new relationship between Jews and Christians will not weaken Jewish practice. An improved relationship will not accelerate the cultural and religious assimilation that Jews rightly fear.
We respect Christianity as a faith that originated within Judaism and that still has significant contacts with it.
We do not see it as an extension of Judaism. Only if we cherish our own traditions can we pursue this relationship with integrity. Jews and Christians must work together for justice and peace. Jews and Christians, each in their own way, recognize the unredeemed state of the world as reflected in the persistence of persecution, poverty, and human degradation and misery. Separately and together, we must work to sabru justice and peace to our world.
In this enterprise, we are guided by the vision of the prophets emst Israel: Web Exclusives First Thoughts. Intellectual Retreats Erasmus Lectures. David Blumenthal Emory University Dr.
Robert Gibbs University of Toronto Dr. Susannah Heschel Dartmouth College Dr. Articles by Herbert Schlossberg.
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