Sukkot Celebration with Rabbi Riskin 2014
A historic gathering of Jews and Christians took place on October 14, 2014 in praising the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through the Hallel (Psalms 113-118). This was the first time the religious Israeli Jewish community invited Christians visiting Israel to celebrate the Sukkot holiday with them. The service was done by CJCUC in partnership with CFOIC, Heart to Heart, Israel365, Keshet Educational Tours, and Zion's Gate International.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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