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Interfaith dialogue

Christianity: Good for the Jews? Christianity: Good for the Jews?
Friday, May 24, 2013 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Examining the state of contemporary Christendom in an article first published January 5, 2012, Elliot Jager asks whether Jews have an interest in seeing Christianity thrive—and answers yes.
The Outstretched Hand The Outstretched Hand
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Motti Inbari | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

My family and I celebrated Passover in Lumberton, North Carolina. We are the only Israelis in town and, as far as I know, the only Jews.  But it’s not as lonely as it might sound, thanks to our Evangelical Christian neighbors.
Is Judah Halevi’s <i>Kuzari</i> Racist? Is Judah Halevi’s Kuzari Racist?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by Ari Ackerman | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

A recent attempt to redeem the Kuzari from the charge of ethnocentrism raises the question as to whether Jewish texts should be reinterpreted to accord with modern sensibilities.
Dr. Orlinsky and Mr. Green Dr. Orlinsky and Mr. Green
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Michael Carasik | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Harry Orlinsky is best known today as “Mr. Green,” the scholar who authenticated the four Dead Sea Scrolls offered for sale in a Wall Street Journal want ad.  But his legacy as a Bible scholar is enormous.
Inheriting Abraham Inheriting Abraham
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Jon D. Levenson | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

On August 28, Jon D. Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, spoke with the current class of Tikvah fellows about his latest book, the first volume in the Library of Jewish Ideas: Inheriting Abraham. Here, an edited transcript of the event.
Renaissance Men Renaissance Men
Monday, November 5, 2012 by Adina M. Yoffie | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Hugo Grotius. Isaac Abravanel. Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.  These are not names normally mentioned in the same breath, but taken together, their experiences with and thoughts regarding interfaith encounters are instructive.
Does Jacob Hate Esau? Does Jacob Hate Esau?
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Jerome A. Chanes | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Jews have traditionally kept non-Jews at arm’s length.  The rabbinic approach to anti-Semitism may be summarized as Halakhah hi b’yadu’a she-Eisav sonei et Yaakov, “It is an established normative principle that Esau hates Jacob.” 
Cousins: Jews and Arabs Seek Each Other Out Cousins: Jews and Arabs Seek Each Other Out
Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Moshe Sokolow | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. So, it seems, is the rule governing Jews and Arabs: the farther apart they are from one another, the greater their mutual interest, while the greater their proximity, the more antagonistic they seem.
Catholics, Jews, and Jewish Catholics Catholics, Jews, and Jewish Catholics
Monday, June 18, 2012 by Daniel Johnson | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Jews and Catholics in the English-speaking world have so much in common that they ought to make common cause more often than they actually do. The friction between them that sometimes catches fire is, as often as not, based on mutual ignorance and mistrust.
Muslims and Jews in America Muslims and Jews in America
Monday, October 10, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Consider these two questions: During the past ten years, approximately 170 American Muslims have been arrested for plotting terror attacks against Jews or materially aiding other terrorists.
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Interfaith Monologue Patrick Morrow, Jewish Chronicle. The Church of Scotland's report questioning Israel's right to exist read "as if there had been no Jewish-Christian dialogue since the Second World War."
Lessons in Intermarriage John Turner, First Things. The Mormon Church prohibits intermarriage, but still succeeds in welcoming and converting non-member spouses.  Can Jews learn something from Mormons?
Strangers in the Land Aaron A. Burke, Martin Peilstöcker, Popular Archaeology. For over 300 years, Egyptians and Canaanites fought for control of Jaffa.  But their violent interactions went hand-in-hand with cultural exchange.
The Pope's Kissinger Martin Kramer, Sandbox. As a Vatican diplomat, Cardinal Sergio Pignedoli sought to improve relations with the Islamic world.  But his signing a statement condemning Zionism in 1976 cost him the papacy.
A Friend in Francis Monica Yanakiew, JN1. Months before his election as Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio attended Hanukkah celebrations in Buenos Aires and spoke of "the holy light shining on all mankind." (Video)
When in Rome Seth Chalmer, First Things. Jewish leaders can present the next pope with a wish list on interfaith dialogue, Israel, and anti-Semitism—but must not lecture the Vatican about Catholic doctrine.
Investigating the Shiksa Menachem Kaiser, Los Angeles Review of Books. "Who is the shiksa?  Where did she come from?  How did she get to where she is today?"  And "is calling someone a shiksa really a hate crime?"
Benedict and the Bible Meir Y. Soloveichik, Weekly Standard. Benedict XVI "began and ended his papacy by celebrating the Hebraic, traditional Jewish understanding of love and marriage."
The Pope's Jewish Legacy Brad Hirschfield, Washington Post. Pope Benedict XVI antagonized some Jewish leaders.  But he confronted the Holocaust and the Church's historic persecution of Jews with honesty and integrity.
Your Dialogue, My Dialogue Peter Berger, American Interest. Today the Western world is inundated with interfaith dialogues.  Is the underlying reason simply the fact that religions finally see they must face a world of religious pluralism?