My Response to Forward Op-Ed on “Conversion”

I just sent the following letter to the editor of the Forward, in response to  Friday's op-ed on the recent Catholic statement on relations with the Jewish people. In “What New Vatican Memo Really Means for Jews for Jesus — and Us,” J.J. Goldberg corrects the notion that the Vatican has announced that “Catholics should… Continue reading My Response to Forward Op-Ed on “Conversion”

The Catholic Statement and “Converting the Jews”

There’s a new op-ed piece on the Forward website entitled, “What New Vatican Memo Really Means for Jews for Jesus – and Us.” The author, J.J. Goldberg, corrects the report that the Vatican announced that “Catholics should not try to convert Jews.” Instead, he says that the “New Vatican Memo” rejects “specific institutional mission work”… Continue reading The Catholic Statement and “Converting the Jews”

“The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable”

A recent statement by the Catholic Commission on Relations with the Jews, entitled “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable,” has stirred up some healthy controversy, as well as outright opposition from groups that support Jewish evangelism. David Brickner of Jews for Jesus calls the Catholic statement “egregious,” and asks whether its authors are… Continue reading “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable”

Two Chosen Peoples?

At the heart of the historic Jewish-Christian relationship, or perhaps I should say the Jewish-Christian conflict, is the question of election. Specifically, who is the Chosen People? Being chosen is central to Jewish identity. Just a quick glance through the Siddur confirms that this idea, rooted in the Tanakh, is alive and well in the… Continue reading Two Chosen Peoples?