July/August 2020

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New texts:

JUNE 2020:

- Raphael Jospe: Fundamentalism: A Jewish Perspective. Article
- Alexandra Wright: Bach Passions and Jewish-Christian Relations. Article
- Ron Kronish: Morality in the Jewish State – Does it Still Matter? Article
- Frank-Walter Steinmeier: "Remembrance never ends". Article
- Walker Robins: Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews, and U.S.-Israeli Relations. Book review

MAY 2020:

- Reuven Firestone: Why Jews Don't Proselytize Article
- Zaina-Sophie Salibi: Pope Pius XII’s Refusal to Publicly Condemn the Holocaust. Article
- Jean Duhaime: 41st Christian Commemoration of the Shoah by the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal. Report
- JCR: Religious leaders in Israel prayed together for salvation from the pandemic. Report
- Liliane Apotheker: ICCJ Consultation "Many Meanings of Mission".Report

APRIL 2020:

- Samuel L. Boyd: Religious communities in times of coronavirus. Article
- Ron Kronish: Shalom in the Era of the Coronavirus Crisis. Article
- Robyn J. Whitaker: Pray, but stay away: holding on to faith in the time of coronavirus. Article
- Sami El-Yousef: In time of Coronavirus - Reflections from the Holy Land. Article
- Lisa Palmieri Billig: About the Opening of Pius XII Archives. Article
- ICCJ: COVID-19 - Common Enemy of Humankind. Report
- Religions for Peace/ACT Alliance: Urgent Action Needed to Prevent COVID-19. A Joint Statement. Statements

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Fundamentalism: A Jewish Perspective

Raphael Jospe | 01.06.2020

PRECIS: In this paper, by comparing a contemporary fundamentalist Jewish concept – Da`at Torah (“the Opinion of the Torah”) – with the Roman Catholic concept of papal infallibility and with the Evangelical Protestant concept of biblical inerrancy, I suggest that the Jewish concept has none of the built-in restrictions and limitations of the two Christian concepts. ... [more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Bach Passions and Jewish-Christian Relations

Alexandra Wright | 01.06.2020

Can the Bach Passions do anything for Jewish–Christian relations, not just on the basis of the magnificence of Bach’s music, but taking into account the words and context, the cultural and religious milieu in which these works were written, as well as their theologies, expressed in the several layers of texts in the libretto, drawn from different historical periods. ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences (189)

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]

Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (131)

Religious communities in times of coronavirus

Samuel L. Boyd* | 01.04.2020

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing entire countries to rethink deeply-held social norms. Faith leaders are coming up with new ways to reach their communities, with many turning to online platforms to perform rituals. … [more]

Pray, but stay away: holding on to faith in the time of coronavirus

Robyn J. Whitaker* | 01.04.2020

Plagues of global proportions might seem biblical, but coronavirus is creating new challenges for faith leaders. Last week in Australia, many churches, mosques and synagogues decided proactively to cancel their normal worship services. These were not easy decisions for groups for whom being a gathered community is central to their identity and practice. … [more]

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]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions (185)

Why Jews Don't Proselytize

Reuven Firestone | 01.05.2020

The ancestors of the biblical Israelites, like all the other communities of the ancient Near East, were idol worshippers. We know quite a bit about their religion from the great number of archaeological finds, including writings, that have been unearthed in what are today’s Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq. It appears that all the peoples of the ancient Near East practiced essentially the same religion. … [more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Pope Pius XII’s Refusal to Publicly Condemn the Holocaust

In 2007, the beatification process of Pope Pius XII was met with protests by Jewish and Catholic leaders alike. The point of contention was the controversy over the Pope’s public silence on the Holocaust both during and after the Second World War. ... [more]