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Synod looks into Judeo-Christian relationship

DR_Third_Imams_and_Rabbis_Paris_December_2008On Wednesday, October 13th, special guest, Rabbi David Rosen, Adviser to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee and the Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding (Israel) delivered his intervention to the Synod assembly.


Several aspects of Judeo-Christian relations in general and Israel in particular were discussed by Rabbi Rosen. He praised the work of Pope John Paul II for the renewal of dialogue between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church, personified by his emotional journey to the Holy Land in 2000. It opened a remarkably new avenue for understanding and collaboration in the form of the bilateral commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations, established at Pope John Paul II’s initiative and praised extensively by Pope Benedict XVI during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May 2009 and also in his words at the Great Synagogue in Rome In January 2010.

Rabbi Rosen also discussed the present social and political situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories, highlighting that Arab Christians suffer immensely causing their mass exodus. “The plight of Palestinians generally and Palestinian Christians in particular should be of profound concern to Jews both in Israel and the Diaspora,” said the delegate of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, noting however that this country must ensure its own security.

For Rabbi David Rosen, the Christians of the Holy Land can be real “builders of peace.”

Following Rabbi Rosen, two Muslim leaders will address the Synod on Thursday: Ayatollah Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Iranian Shiite Ahmadabad and Mohammad Sammak, secretary of the National Committee for the Lebanese Christian-Muslim dialogue.

To read the speech of Rabbi David Rosen, click here

To read the summary of other interventions of the 3rd day of Synod, click here