Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity
CJCUC’s Response to the Latest Distortion of the Rabbis Statement on ChristianityLast month, CJCUC published on its website, a groundbreaking statement on Christianity by Orthodox rabbis. Most reactions to the statement were positive and welcoming, yet some agenda-driven persons have distorted the meaning of our statement to advance their agenda. Breaking Israel News has covered the controversy and allowed CJCUC officers to put the statement in perspective. The statement rests on the firm foundation of Halakhah (Orthodox Jewish law) and precedent. The statement was made by Orthodox scholars, all of whom are fully committed to obeying all norms, statutes, and principles of Halakhah. Jewish law prohibits “Eidut Sheker”—bearing false witness against another. It forbids maliciously imputing incorrect agendas as well as condemning others without first approaching each person honestly and asking, “What did you say and why did you do that”? Read More
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 email@example.com.
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New Book Explores the Religion & Violence Connection
With religious extremism gripping today’s headlines, faith and bloodshed appear to be synonymous. Can religion be redeemed from violence and intolerance? A new book, Plowshares into Swords? Reflections on Religion and Violence, explores the connection between religion, violence and conflict. “It seems that Isaiah’s dream of ‘turning swords into plowshares’ is continuing to elude us. Perversely, religion today is contributing to some of the worst tragedies in the human family,” remarked Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn, a co-editor of the book.
The Institute of Theological Inquiry, a division of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel, and the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, NJ, invited six prominent Christian and Jewish thinkers to study the relationship between religion and violence. The resulting essays that appear in “Plowshares into Swords?” explore religious teachings that lead to intolerance and conflict, case studies of extremism in Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the increasing cooperation between religion and nationalist military power, and how religious values can provide justification for both unjust warfare as well as legitimate humanitarian intervention.
“Plowshares Into Swords?” is a must read for all students, teachers, clergy and laypersons interested in religion and ethics, biblical interpretation, and the Middle East,” stated Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin of the Center for Jewish Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel. “It is ideal for courses in contemporary religion, ethics and politics,” added David Nekrutman, executive director of the Center
The book is now available in Kindle Edition for $9.99 via Amazon.
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