New texts:

APRIL 2018:

- Frederick M. Schweitzer: How I Became a Jewish Historian Article
- Ron Kronish: On This Passover We Ask: Are We Truly Free? Article
- Nike Snijders: ICCJ Consultation: Religious Fundamentalism. Report
- Anette Adelmann: ICCJ 2018 Budapest Conference - Registration Open. Report
- Pope Francis: To Participants in the International Conference on the Responsibility of States, Institutions and Individuals to Fight Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes. Statement
- Michael Miller: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas. Book review

MARCH 2018:

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- Christopher Pramuk: Making Sanctuary for the Divine: Exploring Melissa Raphael’s Holocaust Theology. Article
- Deborah Weissman: Confessions of a Jewish Ecumenist. Article
- Lisa Palmieri-Billig: Biblical studies and contemporary anti-Semitism. Report
- Anette Adelmann: ICCJ 2018 Conference: Towards Reconciliation in a Broken World. Report
- Ron Kronish: An American Muslim Looks at the Shoah. Book review

Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions

On This Passover We Ask: Are We Truly Free?

Ron Kronish | 02.04.2018

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]

Articles | Observations & Experiences

How I Became a Jewish Historian

Frederick M. Schweitzer[1] | 01.04.2018

I have toiled nearly a half century in the Lord’s vineyard of Christian/Catholic-Jewish relations. It has been a productive and satisfying life commitment, decisively inspired by the Second Vatican Council’s Nostra Aetate (“In our day”), the Church’s declaration on its relation to Judaism and other non-Christian religions. ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences (167)

To Build Trust by Learning about other Religions

Sharon Rosen* | 02.01.2018

It is my great pleasure to once again attend a Sant’Egidio meeting after many years of deep friendship with this magnificent community. And I am especially proud to be representing my organization, Search for Common Ground at this meeting as its first global director for religious engagement. … [more]

The Embrace between Esau and Jacob—Is Reconciliation Possible?

Ron Kronish | 01.01.2018

A few days ago, I was interviewed by Rabbi Harlan Wechsler, a retired Conservative rabbi from New York, who now lives in both Jerusalem and New York. For 10 years, he has hosted a radio program called “Rabbi Wechsler Teaches” for Serius XM Radio, an internet radio station in the USA. … [more]

Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (122)

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

USHMM | 01.01.2018

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* | 01.12.2017

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]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions (160)

Making Sanctuary for the Divine: Exploring Melissa Raphael’s Holocaust Theology



Confessions of a Jewish Ecumenist

Deborah Weissman | 01.02.2018

I often joke that I have probably attended more World Council of Churches functions than any other Jew in the world. I feel that I owe the WCC a great debt of gratitude. In June of 1988, through the WCC, I underwent a life-transforming experience. … [more]

Bridge over Troubled Water: Towards a Journey of Friendship

Eeuwout van der Linden | 01.12.2017

Subsequent another contribution of a series of articles (see: part one, part two, part three, part four) that features a dozen Christian and Jewish theologians reflecting on the state of Jewish-Christian relations today and whether there exists a “special relationship” between the two religious traditions. The articles were first published in CURRENT DIALOGUE No. 58, 2016, edited by the World Council of Churches and are republished with kind permission.
JCR … [more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Presentation of the Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award to Cardinal Kurt Koch

Ben Gurion University of the Negev – Beer-Sheva, 6 November, 2017. ... [more]