• Contemporary Ethics of War:
    A Times of Israel Interview with
    Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn

    Jewish tradition about the moral rules of war begins with the biblical passages in Deuteronomy chapters 7, 20 and 25. These texts lay out different standards for the Jewish people fighting a ‘local’ war, that is a war in the land of Canaan/Israel, and a ‘remote’ war beyond the borders of the Land of Israel. We already see in these ancient texts the rudiments of just war principles, namely the requirement to seek peace before going to war and the ban against targeting non-combatants. But these moral standards apply only in ‘remote’ wars according to the biblical texts.

    Fifteen hundred years later the Talmudic rabbis conceptualized these categories into obligatory wars and discretionary wars, respectively, and declared that the divine imperative to annihilate all the local Canaanite people was inoperative because their original tribal identities could no longer be determined.

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  • CJCUC is Moving to Jerusalem

    The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) is joining forces with the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem (BLMJ) to host Christian groups visiting Israel by providing an innovative interactive biblical experience that fuses the Land of the Bible with G-d’s Word. “To truly appreciate the journey Abraham took when G-d asked him to leave it all behind in Genesis 12 and its eventual influence on Western civilization, one must comprehend the life and culture shaping humankind at that time,” commented David Nekrutman, CJCUC’s Executive Director. He added that the “Main Exhibition of the BLMJ, with its authentic priceless collection of ancient art and archaeological findings provides visitors with a visual panoramic view of life between the lines of the Bible.”

    Since 2008, CJCUC has hosted tens of thousands of Christian tourists to Israel. “The Bible sessions at the Center are considered a highlight by Christians tourists and we see working with them as a natural partnership,” said Amanda Weiss, Director of BLMJ. The museum is the only one in the world, where the civilizations of the Ancient Near East are brought to life from the dawn of civilization to the early Christian era. Weiss is cognizant that Christians coming to Israel are on a journey to enhance their faith and believes that the “BLMJ setting along with the CJCUC educators can provide a transforming experience into the world of Scripture.”

    The new initiative being launched by the BLMJ and the CJCUC will combine the strengths of both organizations: the rich cultural heritage, biblical history through the evidence of our ancestors from biblical times, combined with a unique opportunity to enrich that understanding through Bible study with experts on behalf of the CJCUC.

    While groups can request a customized biblical session, the standard interactive classes include:

    • G-d vs. gods
    • The Names of G-d
    • The Revolution of Abraham
    • Family Dynamics: The Story of Joseph
    • The Transformation of Tribes into a Kingdom
    • The World of Esther: For a Time Such as This
    • Moses and the Rock: A Study in Biblical Leadership
    • Family vs. Clans: A Biblical Perspective on the Household
    • The 10 Commandments: The Basis of Humanity’s Existence


    For more information or to book your group, please contact CJCUC at info@cjcuc.com. or 516-882-3220.

  • Christians are “Discovering the Hebrew Bible” with Orthodox Jewish experts in Israel

    Since 2008, the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) has demonstrated our commitment to dialogue and theological exchange by opening our doors to the Christian world at large to come and study the Hebrew Bible. With hosting over 20,000 Christians at our Efrat headquarters as well as other locations in Israel, CJCUC is now meeting the demand for its bible study sessions with a new site in Jerusalem.

    CJCUC’s renowned staff, faculty and advisors offer the opportunity to learn the Bible and advancements in Jewish-Christian dialogue in either small or large group sessions. Our team of Orthodox rabbis and educators are experts in both Bible study as well as Jewish-Christian relations. Christians are invited to join us for a learning experience that will transform their Israel visit.

    During your next trip to Israel, consider “Discovering the Hebrew Bible” with us. Enhance your Kodak moment of Israel with a deeper understanding of God’s Word, the Land and its people. Make your physical trip to the Land of Israel into a mountain top experience. Join us for in-depth learning of the Hebrew Bible through a Jewish lens. To book a session at CJCUC, email us at info@cjcuc.com.

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