Published in as a full page spread in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and other newspapers, Dabru Emet sought to put on public record the most . Dabru Emet: Its Significance for the Jewish-Christian Dialogue. by Rabbi David Rosen. Address delivered at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Dutch. Dabru Emet (“Speak the Truth”) is a statement by more than Jewish scholars issued in September In recent years, there has been a.

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Pope John Paul II has expressed this beautifully when he observed that “Jews and Christians are called as the Children of Abraham to be a blessing for humankind.

Dabru Emet

An increasing number of official Church bodies, both Roman Catholic and Protestant, have made public statements of their remorse about Christian mistreatment of Jews and Judaism. America’s most influential journal of religion and public life.

By accepting this message, you will be leaving the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It will not change traditional Jewish forms of worship, nor increase intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews, nor persuade more Jews to convert to Christianity, nor create a false dbru of Judaism and Christianity.

Articles by Herbert Schlossberg. Many Christians support the State of Israel for reasons far more profound than mere politics. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. Yet because I tell the truth, you emef not believe me.

Today, in the West particularly, all religions are minorities and are vulnerable though that vulnerability and minority status actually has its own empowerment.

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Without the long history of Christian anti-Judaism and Christian violence against Jews, Nazi ideology could not have taken hold nor could it have been carried out. A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity. One test of such statements addressed to one’s own community but with an awareness that another community is, as it were, looking over our shoulder as we write, is whether the onlooking community will see themselves validly portrayed there.

There are various objections to Dabru Emet from within the Jewish community. It covers a range of issues from the theological to the practical that merit further exploration between us. The concept of supercession: This may have been the case.


One may dispute the latter statement, although already emmet his book “The Great Hatred” published inthe renowned American Jewish writer Maurice Emett had argued that the Nazi venom against the Jews was in effect the expression of its hostility towards the essence of Christianity itself. An improved relationship will not accelerate the cultural and religious assimilation that Jews rightly fear. However the remarkable strides in Jewish-Christian relations over the last four decades have produced a new openness to such.

Yet Jews and Christians interpret the Bible differently on many points. Dabru Emet certainly demonstrated the unequivocal repudiation of such negative attitudes towards Jewish-Christian dialogue by the widest cross section of Jewish religious and academic leadership. As we approach Simchat Torah in this new year ofI would ask you to share the attached with the drafters of Dabru Emet: The reason that you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.

Dabru Emet – A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity

It is a remarkable achievement, as those of us in the Catholic community who best know the Jewish community through years of dialogue can attest. This page was last edited on 21 Augustat However I do not believe that a fair minded person could dispute the central thesis that Nazism was not a Christian phenomenon in and of itself. However I do not believe that a fair minded person could dispute the central thesis that Nazism was not a Christian phenomenon in and of itself.

Second, although it is proper eemet emphasize that Christians “worship the God of AbrahamIsaacand Jacobcreator of heaven and earth,” it is essential to add that worship of Jesus of Nazareth as a manifestation or component of that God constitutes what Jewish law and theology call avodah zarahor foreign worship idolatry —at least if done by a Jew. Though they represented only themselves and not their official dabbru, their words had weight and over time have born much fruit, reflected in numerous powerful statements by Christian groups on all levels ranging from the World Council of Churches and the Second Vatican Council Nostra Aetate,on the one hand, to national and local Christian bodies emt the other.

Only if we cherish our own traditions can we pursue this relationship with integrity. Its Significance for the Jewish-Christian Dialogue. It will not increase assimilation, increase intermarriagecause more Jews to convert to Christianity, or promote a syncretistic religion which combines Judaism and Christianity.


Thus, most Conservative and Reform rabbis have not signed it, although many do agree with most of the document.

We applaud those Christians who reject this teaching of contempt, and we do not blame them for the sins committed by their ancestors. We believe these changes merit a thoughtful Jewish response.

Jews and Christians must work together for justice dabry peace. Eet belief in supercession has now been abandoned by most Christian denominations, it is still taught by many Fundamentalist and some Evangelical Christian denominations, including the largest Protestant organization in the U. It divides all faith groups into four classes:.

dabgu We believe these changes merit a thoughtful Jewish response. However the remarkable strides eket Jewish-Christian relations over the last four decades have produced a new openness to such. There is much in it with which Catholics will agree instantly and whole-heartedly, and much that will spur further consideration and dialogue between our two communities, and, we daresay, within each darbu community as well!

These covenants are described in the Tanakh as contracts which were to exist for all time. Such witness is especially needed after the unprecedented horrors of the past century. Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. Like them, however, each carefully crafted phrase is pregnant with meaning challenging us as Christians to careful and prayerful meditation.

The Jewish community does not need persuading as to the case of Christian historic guilt and responsibility for antisemitism — on the contrary!

Dabru Emet: A Jewish statement about Christianity

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. We also recognize that Jewish tradition mandates justice for all non-Jews who reside in a Jewish state. Indeed, to serve or worship God is defined precisely as “walking in His ways”, “observing His commandments”. You like to be kept informed about new articles on JCRelations.