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Morality in the Jewish State–Does it Still Matter?

Ron Kronish | 01.06.2020

The return of the Jewish People to its ancestral homeland after 2,000 years has been nothing short of a miracle. Our people retained a dream of returning to the Land of Israel, and succeeded in fulfilling the dream in the 19th and 20th centuries which led to the establishment of the state in 1948. … [more]

"Remembrance never ends".

Frank-Walter Steinmeier | 01.06.2020

Germany's Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the 75th anniversary of the liberation from National Socialism and the end of the Second World War in Europe in Berlin on 8 May 2020:[more]

Shalom in the Era of the Coronavirus Crisis

Ron Kronish | 01.04.2020

During the last 10 days, I have gone for a walk a few times with some members of my family (while observing the proper “social distance” of 2 meters or 6 feet) in the “Peace Forest” (Ya’ar Hashalom) below the neighborhood of Abu Tor in Jerusalem. As of today, however, I will be forced to forgo these walks, due to the fact that driving in the car more than 100 meters from my home will be prohibited by the authorities. … [more]

In time of Coronavirus - Reflections from the Holy Land

Sami El-Yousef* | 01.04.2020

JERUSALEM March 26 Thu, 2020 - Not in our wildest dreams would have anyone imagined that by now some 50% of humanity is under lockdown, normal life as we have known it came to a standstill in a mere few weeks and none of us can predict what the short term future let alone the longer term future holds for us. What started as a trivial seasonal virus dismissed initially as insignificant would turn in a matter of weeks into a pandemic. … [more]

No to antisemitism! No to hatred!

Frank-Walter Steinmeier | 01.02.2020

Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum "Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism" at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem/Israel, on 23 January 2020. … [more]

How Auschwitz Has United Muslims and Jews

Mohammad Al-Issa and David Harris* | 01.02.2020

We come from very different backgrounds. One of us is a Muslim, born and raised in Saudi Arabia, a country where Islam is the official religion and the vast majority of the population shares the same faith. There is no local Jewish community and no direct connection to World War II. … [more]

Can the Descendants of Isaac and Ishmael learn to live together?

Ron Kronish | 01.12.2019

In recent weeks, in synagogue we have read the stories of the birth of Ishmael—a son of Abraham– who becomes the father of the Muslim people—and that of Isaac, another son of Abraham, who becomes one of the patriarchs of the Jewish People—in chapters 21 and 22 of Genesis, as part of the Torah portion known as “Vayeire”. … [more]

My Uncle, Rabbi Herman Hailperin, of Tree of Life Congregation: American Jewry in Mid-Twentieth Century and Now

Daniel J. Lasker* | 02.11.2019

On the occasion of the anniversary of the murderous attack a year ago on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Daniel J. Lasker, Professor Emeritus of Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University, wrote the following article on his uncle, Rabbi Dr. Herman Hailperin, who many years ago served as rabbi of that congregation for 49 years.[more]

Catholic Jewish Relations in Pescara: a dream linking the past to the future

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 01.11.2019

The European Day of Dialogue for Judaism observed this year in 88 Italian cities, in 15 regions all over the country had as its theme “Dreams: A ladder to heaven”, based on Jacob’s dream, in Genesis, of a ladder connecting heaven to earth, man to God, with angels walking up and down its steps … [more]

Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue as a Mission

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 01.10.2019

Don Giuliano Savina, named nearly one year ago by the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) as Director of its National Office for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue (UNEDI) seems to have been born for this job – which for him is actually more of a calling than a job. … [more]