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Author John Ewing Roberts

In their book Let Us Break Bread Together: A Passover Haggadah for Christians Pastor Michael Smith and Rabbi Rami Shapiro begin with good intentions. They want Christians to have an enriched understanding of the Passover, to explore and honor the Jewishness of Jesus and the Jewish roots of Christianity. They have “no desire to blur […] Read More

Since I haven’t seen Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” I can only ask questions. I have lots of them: –Does it honor Jesus or exploit Jesus? Richard Niebuhr in his critique of liberalism wrote, “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ […] Read More

The events and publications of the fall of 2003 hammer away at the theme of anti-Semitism. In October Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s made anti-Semitic remarks at an Islamic summit meeting. Abraham Foxman’s Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism masterfully documents the message that anti-Semitism is everybody’s problem. For 15 years Foxman has […] Read More

“Who knows why tomorrow is significant for Jews?” The teacher of our Jewish and Christian study group answered his own question. “It’s Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month Av.” This year Tisha B’Av falls on Aug. 7; the holiday begins at sundown Aug. 6. Other disasters also befell Jews on Tisha B’Av. Jews […] Read More