Published in as a full page spread in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and other newspapers, Dabru Emet sought to put on public record the most . Dabru Emet: Its Significance for the Jewish-Christian Dialogue. by Rabbi David Rosen. Address delivered at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Dutch. Dabru Emet (“Speak the Truth”) is a statement by more than Jewish scholars issued in September In recent years, there has been a.

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You like to be kept informed about new articles on JCRelations. Moreover, whatever his motive may have been, in the relevant article TraditionVol. Some hold that it understates the emey theological differences between the two religions.

Accordingly he ruled out any “theological” dialogue though he acknowledged that on humanitarian issues such as war and peace, poverty, freedom, morality, civil rights and the threat of secularism “communication among the various faith communities is desirable and even essential. Of course, if this had been a Christian statement, then we would have expected some extensive soul searching and greater acknowledgement of the sin of Christian antisemitism.

Nazism was not a Christian phenomenon.

Dabru Emet: A Jewish statement about Christianity

Speaking only for ourselves — an interdenominational group of Jewish scholars — we believe it is time for Jews to learn about the efforts of Christians to honor Judaism. Indeed, the statement was criticized in certain Jewish quarters precisely on both these grounds. It was arguably Emden who was the most far reaching of rabbinic authorities in this regard. Robert Gibbs University of Toronto Dr. A new relationship between Jews and Christians will not weaken Jewish practice.

Christians can respect the claim of the Jewish people upon the land of Israel. Many Jews died to underscore this point, and the bland assertion that “Christian worship is not a viable choice for Jews” is thoroughly inadequate. Indeed, in stating that Christianity has brought “hundreds of millions of people… into relationship with the God of Israel” and has led them to “accept the moral principles of Torah,” Dabru Emet simply echoes statements within the writings of the aforementioned Rabbinic authorities and many others over the course of the last millennium.

He may well herein have reflected the mind-set of many Orthodox Jews in this regard, though I suspect that paradoxically it would resonate primarily with an Orthodoxy that does not call itself “modern”, on the contrary.

Intellectual Retreats Erasmus Lectures. This article contains too many or too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry. All these ideas reflect the real theological challenge that we who labour in love in this vineyard of Jewish-Christian relations are called to address with increasing candor and xabru. The other main Jewish criticism of Dabru Emet has focused on the theological affirmation of Christianity, especially the phrase “Jews and Christians worship the same God.


One may dispute the latter statement, although already in his book “The Great Hatred” published inthe renowned American Jewish writer Maurice Samuel had argued that the Nazi venom against the Jews was in effect the expression of its hostility towards the essence of Christianity itself.

The exact quote was: Origins of the species. If the Nazi extermination of the Jews had been fully successful, it would have turned its murderous rage more directly to Christians. About us Contact Legal Notice. Yaron questioned the legitimacy of such a perspective in the contemporary context, especially as Soloveitchik himself acknowledged “the threat of secularism” which is really the dominant contemporary ethos in Western society.

Dabru Emet

Its Significance for the Jewish-Christian Dialogue. Other Christians did not protest sufficiently against these atrocities. As obvious as this was to those of us in the Jewish community engaged in this field, evidently it had not been so to very many of our Christian collaborators, and as Daru say, that in itself gave the statement great value.

Dabru Emet emphasizes emef Christians and Jews each know and dabrh God through their very different traditions. Today, in the West particularly, all religions are minorities and are vulnerable though that vulnerability and minority status actually has its own empowerment. What then are the theological implications of such mutual blessing? It was largely accepted within the church by the time of the 4th century.

Moreover the unique Divine self-designation in the book of Exodus “I am that which I am” or more literally, “I shall be that which I shall be,” has been understood precisely to mean that no two people have the same conception of the Divine.

Dabru Emet – A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity

Turning to it for religious orientation, spiritual enrichment, and communal education, we each take away similar lessons: What is significant eemet the undeniable fact that Dabru Emet was received even in public addresses and articles by people of no less stature than Cardinals Kasper and Keeler, the Protestant scholar Walter Bruegemann and Archbishop George Carey rabru Canterbury, not only as a historic document, but as ushering in a new era in Christian-Jewish relations.

The concept of supercession, long abandoned by most Christian denominations, will probably continue to sour Jewish-Christian relations for the foreseeable future.


Indeed, as mentioned earlier, even the widespread acceptance that our shared ethical values and moral responsibilities demand our cooperation and collaboration — today more than ever before as we face the challenges provided by the dominant secular culture in which all religions are minorities — has theological fabru for our relationship.

Non-Christian religions, e,et including Judaism: Eight major themes are expressed:. We see in this statement a confirmation dwbru our own work of these past years… We know that we must reexamine themes in Lutheran theology that in the past have repeatedly given rise to enmity towards Jews… Fully aware that Dabru Emeet is in the first instance an intra-Jewish invitation to conversation, we see in this statement also an aid to us in expressing and living out our faith in such a way that we do not denigrate Jews, but rather respect them in their otherness, and are enabled to give an account of our own identity more clearly as we scrutinize it in the light of how others see us.

Seasonal events Science vs. Archived from the original on It covers a range of issues from the theological to the practical that merit further exploration between us.

What then are the theological implications of such mutual blessing? In this enterprise, we are guided by the vision of the prophets of Israel:. This page translator works on Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only.

Aside from any other reasons, the fact that the statement had been prepared under the auspices of the Baltimore Institute for Christian darbu Jewish Studies, guaranteed its Americanocentricity.

Moreover some of the most preeminent rabbis in their times, such as Menachem HaMeiri, Moses Rivkes, Jacob Emden, Elijah Benamozegh, and Israel Lifschitz, viewed Christianity not only as ethical monotheism, but attested to the religio-ethical redemptive role of Christianity in human society — often in language and ideas far more fmet than in Dabru Emet.

However, these comparative institutional sour grapes or questions as to why other statements are not as well known, are not so important.

Central to the moral principles of Torah is the dabry sanctity and dignity of every human being. This shared moral emphasis can be the basis of an improved relationship between our two communities.