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When I first moved to Israel, I was stunned to hear about the many prohibitions that bind orthodox Jews in their observance of the Sabbath day. Like many Christians who first encounter these practices, I couldn’t help but wonder: isn’t this legalistic... More than any other pope, John Paul II was the twentieth century’s greatest papal friend and supporter of the Jewish people. Indeed, John Paul II’s extraordinary relationship with the Jews was an important chapter in the historic legacy of his...
When God first uttered His eternal Word to man in human speech, He did so in the Hebrew language. And yet we typically see a disproportionate emphasis on Latin and Greek in Catholic academic institutions, often at the expense of Hebrew. Why this imbalance? I would like to... The Feasts of Israel recall God's deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt and his care for them during the Exodus. But the feasts also foreshadow God's salvation plan for humanity in Christ. This essay examines the significance of these feasts for Jews, as well as their... In remaining true to the sources of Jewish tradition, Jews are commanded to avoid the madness that seizes society at various times and in many forms, while yet retaining a moral composure and psychological equilibrium sufficient to exercise that combination of discipline and... Among the sexual perversions proscribed as criminal offenses in the moral code of the Torah are homosexual relations between males (Lev. 18:22). Talmudic law extends the prohibition also to lesbianism. Rabbinic sources advance various reasons for the strict ban on... The present article is a compilation of Old Testament verses that refer to God's promise of the Land of Israel to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the Jewish people.