Dear Bat Kol Alums and Friends,

 

Sabbath, 5 August 2017, is the 70th anniversary of The Ten Points of Seelisberg, issued by the International Council of Christians and Jews, 5 August, 1947:

 

https://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/research_sites/cjl/texts/cjrelations/resources/documents/interreligious/Seelisberg.htm

 

I would like to add two points to these ten. My reason for doing so is that it is easy to denounce anti-Semitism in general terms as is common nowadays. We need to get specific. Hence:

 

11. Learn to read the New Testament in a manner that expresses our Christian relationship to Judaism as part of our own image (Jesus was a Jew and remained a faithful Jew).

 

12. Remember that the State of Israel is of basic importance to Jewish identity and that this relevance must be acknowledged by us Christians (this does not prevent us from disagreeing with certain decisions made by the government).  

 

Bat Kol will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Ten Points of Seelisberg in Jerusalem during the week of Oct 11-17, 2017.

 

May we hear the Voice of God in the celebration of this anniversary.

 

Maureena

 

Prof. Maureena Fritz, NDS. B.A., B.Ed. M.A., Ph.D. 

Academic & Administrative Director

Bat Kol Institute for Jewish Studies

Jerusalem, Israel

e-mail: maureena@batkol.info