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" It seems unavoidable that history will always link the reestablishment of the State of Israel with the tragedy of the Holocaust. "
" In historical messianism, the reign of the Messiah is brought about by a Jewish ruler powerful enough to gather the Jewish exiles back to the land of Israel, reestablish a Torah government there, and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. "
" When modern political Zionism emerged around the turn of the twentieth century, most Orthodox Jews opposed it. "
" God chose us to live both in body and in soul, but the body functions for the sake of the soul more than the soul functions for the body. "
" To view any individual as being independent of relationality is like viewing a point outside of a line, a line outside of a figure, a figure outside of a body. "
" Jews have not only become equal citizens in Western democracies, they have become leading citizens. And, of course, the reestablishment of the State of Israel has given Jews a political presence in the world they have not had since biblical times. "
" It has always been inevitable that, living as a small minority among a Christian majority, some Jews would convert to Christianity. "
" Proselytizing is only wrong if coercive or deceptive. Coercion, whether violent or not, is immoral, just as deception is immoral. "
" Even when God chose Israel, he did not create the people of Israel as he created its human members, as natural beings. Instead, God formed the people of Israel from individual human beings already living in the natural world, calling them into a new historical identity. "
" A religious commitment coupled with theological awareness gives Jews a much better way to answer the claims made upon us by missionaries representing other religions than do the rather weak political and cultural arguments of the secularists. "
" Many of us, both Jews and Christians, want the public square to be pluralistic, which is neither partisan nor naked. "
" I first came to Jewish-Catholic relations in 1963, while studying for the rabbinate at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. "
" The Vatican's recognition of the State of Israel in 1997 could not have occurred without John Paul's leadership. "
" The Jewish tradition presents itself as the greatest revelation of God's truth that can be known in the world. That is why we call ourselves 'the chosen people.' It is not that we choose ourselves. It means that we have been elected by God and given the Torah. "
" Every individual is a person necessarily imbedded in a range of multiple relations, and therefore, no one is really independent in anything but a relative sense; no one is truly autonomous. "
" Jews have long experience with Christians who have tried to help us in putting our Judaism behind us. "
" The rabbi is often the regular preacher in the synagogue, the man whose sermons offer his community more general theological and moral guidance. "
" It was in the early 1960s that my late revered teacher, Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel, became the first major Jewish theologian in America to enter into dialogue with Christian theologians on a high theological level. "
" At the political level, most Jews and most Catholics have accepted the liberal idea of religious freedom. "
" The Holocaust, taken by itself, is a black hole. To look at it directly is to be swallowed up by it. "
" For those who have envisioned the State of Israel to be a democracy, which although primarily a Jewish polity for Jews is one in which non-Jews can become citizens and enjoy equal civil rights with the Jewish majority, the question of natural law is the question of human rights. "
" In a very real sense, Jews have to believe that Christians have missed the point about how to wait for the end, and Christians have to believe something quite similar about the Jews. "
" Christianity and Judaism are united above all in their common affirmation and implementation of the moral teaching of the Hebrew Bible, or 'Old Testament,' and the traditions of interpretation of that teaching. "
" The theological contacts between Jews and Christians during much of the premodern period are best characterized as disputations. Even when not engaged in face-to-face argumentation, Jews and Christians spoke about each other in essentially disputational terms. "
" Historically, Jews only accept converts rather than actively seeking them. "
" A traditional rabbi is the man to whom the community and its members turn to rule on what Jewish law requires of them, particularly in cases of doubt. "
" The slogan 'Never Again!' that emerged after the Holocaust implies that the Holocaust has a universal moral meaning, which, if properly learned, can provide at least a theoretical prophylactic against its repetition against anyone. "
" The work of man is to respond to the Covenant by obeying the commandments of the Torah, those commandments that can be obeyed here and now. "
" As a practicing Jew, I have studied with Christian teachers whom I respect for who they are and what they are, including their positive concern with Jews and Judaism. "
" Jewish status is defined by the divine election of Israel and his descendants. One does not become a Jew by one's own volition. "
" Most Jews, like most rational persons, know that their personal identity and their ethnic identity are not one and the same. "