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Jewish, Muslim Manchester Mourners Have Been Friends For 10 Years

Posted on June 19th, 2017
By JTA in The Forward
 

The elderly Jewish woman and Muslim man whose photo mourning together at a memorial to the victims of the Manchester attack went viral on social media say they have been good friends for over 10 years.

Renee Black, 93, and Sadiq Patel, 46, from Blackburn, Lancashire, one of the most deprived and racially segregated areas in Britain, are both members of The Interfaith Forum, a voluntary group devoted to promoting harmony between different faiths and ethnic communities, the Daily Mail reported.

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From heartbreak to hope: renewing a legacy of Muslim-Jewish solidarity

Posted on June 12th, 2017
Remona Aly for Woolf Institute


I can never forget the first moment I felt my heart breaking. I was at school, reading through a textbook when I turned the page to a small grey and white image. It captured a moment that will stay with me forever: of Jewish children being humiliated in front of their classmates because of their faith.

The lessons of history remind us of a pain we must never forget, but it was outside of the classroom, many years later that history also gave me a crucial legacy of hope.

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The Chief Rabbi And The Archbishop: Pushing Beyond Interfaith Clichés

Posted on June 5th, 2017
BY NATHAN JEFFAY for The Jewish Week


Ephraim Mirvis and Justin Welby strike a historic blow against anti-Semitism.


It was moving to see one of the world’s most important Christian leaders stand at Yad Vashem earlier this month, declaring that anti-Semitism should become so alien that it would be “something that is only found mysteriously in old history books.” And it wasn’t only what Justin Welby, leader of the world’s third-largest Christian grouping said that made the sight so moving — but who he said it with.

Welby is Archbishop of Canterbury, meaning that he leads the world’s 80 million Anglicans, and as he spoke about anti-Semitism in Jerusalem, his travel companion stood behind him, and then picked up where he left off. Archbishop Welby had told Commonwealth Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis that he would be visiting Israel, and realizing that the rabbi has been living in Jerusalem for a two-year stint and knows the city well, invited him to join the trip.

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RE-READING RUTH: Not “Ruth and Her Conversion” but “Ruth and her Interfaith Marriage”

Posted on May 29th, 2017

This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 

 

by Rabbi Robyn Frisch


“Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16)

These words, spoken by the young widow Ruth to her mother-in-law Naomi, are among the most well known and most powerful words in the Bible. They express Ruth’s commitment to Naomi—and to Naomi’s people and Naomi’s God. With this declaration, Ruth the Moabite cast her lot with the lot of the Jewish people, and she recognized the God of Israel as her God.

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Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Posted on May 22nd, 2017
Thomas Albert Howard for Patheos


Although they were infrequent affairs, formal debates between Christians and Jews sometimes took place in the Middle Ages—even if the deck was often stacked against the Jews. For a research project, I have been reading about two of these: the Paris Disputation of 1240 and the Barcelona Disputation of 1263.

The former took place at the royal court of Louis IX in Paris in June of 1240. With assurances of protection from the crown, four leading rabbis, led by Rabbi Yehiel ben Joseph of Paris, were asked to defend the Talmud against charges leveled against it by one Nicholas Donin. A Christian convert from Judaism, Donin had sent a letter itemizing putatively anti-Christian blasphemies and other imbecilities (stultitiae) in the Talmud to Pope Gregory IX, who in turn sent letters of warning to all the monarchs of Christendom. The actual debate lasted several days, during which the rabbis presented a spirited defense against the charges. But their defeat was a foregone conclusion.

 

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