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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]

Combatting hate crimes with a Jewish humanistic response

Ron Kronish | 01.09.2019

Last week, I visited an injured Israeli Muslim bus driver in the town of Abu Gosh, just west of Jerusalem. Abu Gosh is a friendly Israeli Arab town, which has many wonderful restaurants visited by secular Israelis on Shabbat and holidays, and which runs two great music festivals a year. Many of the people whom I have known for years in Abu Gosh are actively involved in the Association for the Promotion of Tolerance and Coexistence in the Judean Hills, a non-profit organization in the area. … [more]

Christianity and Judaism: a heightened friendship challenged by the return of anti-Semitism and ignorance

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 02.07.2019

In recent months, a series of events in Rome highlighted the excellent state of Jewish-Christian relations today, leading many representatives on both sides to exclaim that they have never been so good before. … [more]

Jesus and The Pharisees: an International Interreligious Conference

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 02.05.2019

The Pontifical Biblical Institute, Cardinal Bea Center, Gregorian University Foundation, American Jewish Committee and Italian Bishops Conference unite to reassess history and stereotypes. … [more]

Approaching Passover and Easter: The Past and Future of Jewish-Christian Relations

Ron Kronish | 01.05.2019

As we approach the holidays of Passover and Easter, we are mindful that this used to be a time of great tension historically between Christians and Jews. “Good Friday”–the Friday before Easter– was often a time of anti-Jewish pogroms in medieval Europe, with the blood libel and accompanying violence haunting the Jews all over Europe for centuries. … [more]

“The Roots of Jews and Christians are the Same, Our Future lies in recognizing this”

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 01.04.2019

A personal interview with Dr. Etienne Vetö, the priest who directs the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies. … [more]

Opening the Vatican Archives: Will It Matter?

Ron Kronish | 01.04.2019

There will be no dramatic revelations about the Pope's Holocaust record -- and it's time for Jews to abandon that quest. … [more]