Thursday, May 13, 2010

The rabbis, ECAJ and the churches - what's going on?

What's with this sudden great love between our rabbis and and the church? Have these rabbanim already solved all the problems in their own backyards that they have so much spare time to court Christian ministers?

We agree with visiting Rabbi Schochet's views on this matter - as published in the AJN.


  1. If the RCV had the good sense to invite a guest of the calibre of Rabbi Shochet then they should also have the good sense to heed his warnings on interfaith dialogue.

  2. It would be nice for a change to open the newspaper and see photos of our Rabbinic and communal leaders with our youth.

  3. Jo there's obviously less headlines and publicity working on our youth.
    Rabbis and priests make a great news story

  4. Talking about ECAJ and the church, did anyone notice this report?

    The Executive Council of Australian Jewry recognises new saint
    by J-Wire Staff

    Robert Goot, the president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, has congratulated Cardinal George Pell, head of the Catholic Church in Australia, on the decision to canonise Mary MacKillop…and pointed out a Jewish connection.
    In his letter to Cardinal Pell, Goot states:
    “It is with great pleasure that I extend to you on behalf of the Australian Jewish community heartiest congratulations on the recent announcement by the Vatican of the impending canonisation of Mary MacKillop, which will make her Australia’s first Roman Catholic saint.


  5. Most rabbonim do not focus on interfaith efforts, so it is incorrect to say that they are diverting attention from Jewish communal needs. There are only a handful of rabbis who, like the shtadlanim of old, have taken it upon themselves to focus on dialogue, seeing it as an important way to counter antisemitism, allow for cooperation on areas of concern to all religions, and facilitate respect for Jews and Judaism.

    It is simplistic to assert, as Rabbi Schochet does, that such dialogue is theological intercourse between mutually exclusive religious. The dialogue focusses on areas of commonality and is aimed at promoting respect.

    For an excellent synopsis of the Jewish view of such dialogue, see Rabbi Raymond Apple's article at


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