Friday, January 19, 2007

Rome Hosts Conference on "The Contribution of Judaism to Our Contemporary World."

EDITOR'S NOTE: How do we begin to honor the manifold contributions of Judaism to our contemporary world adequately enough, and which of these contributions do we hold to be the greatest? Is it the negation and replacement of the Christian just war doctrine with the Talmudic, tribal law of the jungle? Perhaps it's Judaism's contribution of financial warfare waged against the masses by usury that we should hold most dear. We could thank Judaism for it's great contribution of the Kol Nidre nullification of all vows. And it would be a crime if we didn't honor the rabbis for their institutionalization of the double standard. Maybe it's Judaism's system of dialectics--creating false dilemmas between chimeric, relativised opposites--that deserves greatest recognition. Or perhaps we should be most grateful to the great sages for their contribution of racial supremacism. Blacks are obligated to thank the rabbis for inventing a religious basis for anti-black racism. Of course, we would be remiss if we didn't thank Judaism for 2000 years of hatred and desecration of Christ and Christianity ...

A Multireligious World; Working Together
Meetings Reflect on Common Past

By Catherine Smibert


"... in 1990, the Italian bishops' conference thought it important to set aside an annual day in which the Catholic and Jewish communities of Rome are invited to build upon mutual respect, understanding and appreciation by providing opportunities for interfaith education. That day falls on Jan 17. The Community of Sant'Egidio offered their contribution this week with a convention on 'The Contribution of Judaism to Our Contemporary World.'

"Speakers included Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, as well as the Israeli ambassador to the Holy See, Oded Ben-Hur. The Cardinal Bea Center for Judaic Studies also presented a conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University ...

"Some say it's not enough to just exchange reflections on common theological concepts on the path to understanding between Judaism and Christianity. Many from both faiths are actually appealing to their fellow members to append an extra dimension of dialogue -- that of actively working together on common projects. The then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he said that "the religions can encounter one another only by delving more deeply into the truth, not by giving it up" ...

EDITOR'S NOTE: Indeed, it is imperative that we delve more deeply into the truth, and towards that end I recommend these excellent sources for knowledge of the truth regarding the religion of rabbinic Judaism:

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