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What is a bar mitzvah?

Jonathan D. Sarna* | 01.03.2020

It is a common scene on many a Saturday morning in cities and towns across the United States to see seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls, a few not Jewish at all, gather in synagogues and temples to watch a classmate’s bar mitzvah. … [more]

Has the Way Christians See Themselves Been Affected by Their New Relationship with Jews?

Philip A. Cunningham* | 01.01.2020

Lecture given at the ICCJ 2019 conference, July 1, Lund, Sweden. … [more]

Rabbi Dr. Michael A. Signer (1945-2009)

01.05.2019

Ten Years ago on January 10, 2009, Rabbi Michael Signer, one of the most outstanding figures of Jewish-Christian relations of recent times, died after a long battle against cancer. He was as one of the four authors of the groundbreaking 2000 statement Dabru Emet, subtitled “A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity”. In memory of his person and his work, the following biographical sketch is published.*[more]

"I am Joseph, Your Brother"

01.05.2019

A documentary film (59 min.) from 2001, which follows the dramatic changes in the relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people over the past half century. … [more]

Women’s Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible

Jessica Spencer* | 01.04.2019

“The wisdom of women builds her house.” (Proverbs 14:1). … [more]

Catholic-Jewish Relations: Portentous Anniversaries

Lisa Palmieri-Billig | 01.03.2019

2018 was a year of significant anniversaries, conjuring up memories of the past, bearing portentous messages for the present and the future: 100 years since the end of World War One; 80 years since Mussolini’s racist antisemitic laws; 80 years from the German-Nazi Anschluss of Austria; the State of Israel’s 70th birthday; the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – (the last two events democratically determined by the votes of the United Nations.) … [more]

The Life of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels

Rebecca Denova* | 31.12.2018

The only sources for the life of Jesus of Nazareth are in the canonical gospels (or the gospels that were included in the authorised version of the New Testament). We have no contemporary, eyewitness testimony from the time that he lived and preached in Israel. … [more]

On This Passover We Ask: Are We Truly Free?

Ron Kronish | 01.04.2018

One of the most famous passages of the Passover seder is called “Ha Lachma Anya — This is the bread of affliction.” It is sometimes referred to as the “invocation.” It is the moment when the leader of the seder welcomes all the guests at the seder, especially those who are in need, and invites them to celebrate Passover with everyone at the table. It is recited and sung in Aramaic, so unless one pays attention to the translation, one can miss the importance of the passage. … [more]

What Did the Faith Community Stand For? Doctrines and Deeds in Nazi Europe

USHMM | 31.12.2017

Examine how different faith communities, including Jehovah's Witnesses, Protestants, and Catholics, reacted in the face of the challenges then—and the questions the history poses today. … [more]

Economy and Social Justice

David Rosen* | 30.11.2017

Speech given at the International Meeting "PATHS OF PEACE: Religions and cultures in dialogue" (September 10th to 12th 2017) in the German cities of Münster and Osnabrück. … [more]