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Fasting and Feasting in Contemporary Judaism and Christianity

Debbie Young-Somers; Patrick Morrow | 01.04.2013

Rabbi Young-Somers and Rev'd P Morrow are reflecting in a short and informative way about the use and meaning of feasting and fasting in Judaism and Christianity. … [more]

Repentance and Forgiveness

David R. Blumenthal | 02.09.2012

During the spring of 1996, with the support of the American Jewish Committee, I was privileged to be in Rome to teach Jewish Studies at the Gregorian Pontifical University. The entire Rome experience was amazing (see my "Letter from Rome," Cross Currents, fall 1996, pp. 388-393). This paper is part of a continuing conversation with colleagues and friends in Rome as well as elsewhere in the Catholic world. … [more]

The Shared Testament: Sara and Hagar

Dalia Marx and Ursula Rudnick | 02.01.2012

Two feminist scholars, Dalia Marx, a liberal rabbi and an ordained Lutheran minister, Ursula Rudnick, in dialogue about the Hebrew Bible. … [more]

Learning to Listen: Are Christians ready for dialogue with Jews and Muslims?

Markus Heitkaemper | 01.11.2011

The answer to my chosen topic for this talk seems, at first sight, to be clear and simple: Yes, Christians are ready for the dialogue! The observation, which I render here as a question, has long since been answered for many of our contemporaries -- at least with regard to the Christian-Jewish dialogue. It may, therefore, be rather irritating. … [more]

The Development of Zionism Until the Founding of the State of Israel

Martin Kloke | 01.10.2011

This article traces the history of European-shaped Zionism during and after the First World War until the founding of Israel in 1948. Its primary aim is to show how the emerging project of the Jewish settlement of Palestine could withstand external and internal difficulties both under the British mandate and in the shadow of Nazism. From the beginning, political Zionism has been characterized by a triad of controversial partition plans, recurring "civil wars" and terrorism. This constellation gives an idea of why the State of Israel – regardless of some diplomatic successes – has failed, especially in the Middle East, to achieve lasting legitimacy either in a historical-political sense or according to international law. … [more]

A Spiritual Home

Daniel F. Polish * | 01.05.2011

We live in a remarkable moment. After 2,000 years of distrust and enmity between the Jewish and Christian communities of faith, we have seen them discover dramatically new ways of encountering each other. Of profound consequence for Jews were the separate visits of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to the State of Israel. Why is this so? … [more]

The Jewish-Christian Relationship and the Middle East

Rabbi David Rosen | 01.12.2010

Presentation of Rabbi David Rosen, AJC's International Director of Interreligious Affairs, to the Special Vatican Synod on the Middle East October 13, 2010[more]

Response to Bishop Mussinghoff's speech  at the ICCJ-Conference in Berlin 2009 about the necessity to develop theologies of Judaism

Kessler, Dr. Edward | 01.09.2009

This response by Dr. Edward Kessler to Bishop Mussinghoff’s speech (in German) held at the ICCJ-Conference in Berlin 2009 begins with an short first part in German followed by a longer second part in English. … [more]

The Churches between Renewal and Regression. With specific reference to the Second Vatican Council (1962 – 1965)

Zenger, Erich | 02.03.2009

The past 60 years have completely changed both the face of the Christian Churches and the entire ecclesiastical scene. History has forced the Churches to rid themselves of many inherited burdens and to renew themselves. The reforms which they each dared to undergo not only within themselves but also in their relationship to one another came about, on the one hand, as a result of hope and courage, but on the other hand, aroused fear and resistance. … [more]

Judaism and Catholic Prayer

Mary Christine Athans B.V.M. | 29.01.2009

If the dictum lex orandi, lex credendi (the Church’s prayer is the Church’s belief) is true, then clearly the impact of Judaism on Catholic liturgy has been substantive. A new world opened up for Catholics regarding Judaism after Vatican II. … [more]