In this blog post, the second in a series, I want to broaden our perspective. In the years ahead, The Dialogue needs to not only occur between Christians and Jews, but it must include leaders and followers from other religions, especially Muslims.
There is no question that the document Nostra Aetate ("In our Time") -- promulgated by the Second Vatican Council in October 1965 -- changed the discourse in the field of Jewish-Christian dialogue in particular, and interreligious dialogue in general, in the contemporary period.
Over the past 4 years, 42 Churches, mosques and monasteries were vandalized, attacked or torched in the Holy Land. A very narrow section of the Orthodox Zionist world has engaged in what is in fact religious terrorism.
In a recent article, I referred frequently to the "Old Testament." Someone immediately wrote and asked why I was using that "offensive" phrase. "Old Testament," he said, "implies that a New Testament supersedes and surpasses it."
True friendship requires a lot of hard work, not to mention trust and respect. Sometimes it's just easier to fall back on easy-to-spout doctrinal judgments rather than to invest in learning and understanding others.
I took part in the February 2012 council that selected the 10 documents that ultimately made it into "A New New Testament." The texts we examined are far from perfect, just like the ones in the New Testament itself, or the Hebrew Bible for that matter.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, which officially takes effect on February 28, brings to a sudden and unexpected close a remarkable eight-year period of very positive relations between the Vatican and the Jewish people.
With the goal of healing antagonisms and closing the longstanding divide between Christianity and Judaism, I set out to restore the Jewish foundation of Christianity -- a foundation that Christianity stands on.
Jews and Christians have come far enough to now engage in a mature relationship of mutual affection where we both respect the G-dly calling that each faith possesses without engaging in games of one-upmanship.
How many Christians misunderstood the meaning of Jesus's teaching today? They may have walked home thinking that as long as they were not like those hypocritical other people, they would be OK before God.