Dr. Asaf Yedidya is lecturer in Jewish History at the Center for Jewish Studies at Bar-Ilan University; Kennedy Leigh Fellow at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies; former Fellow at the Center for Holocaust Studies, Washington, DC; and former Fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. He is author of Criticized Criticism: Orthodox Alternatives to Wissenschaft des Judentums 1873-1956, and Jerusalem: Bialik Institute (forthcoming).
I am a Christian pastor and one of my chief goals is end anti-semitism. It's one thing for a person to say they support the Jewish people. That's great. But anti-semitism takes on even more insidious forms when we fail to appreciate the rich heritage of the Jewish faith as found in the Talmud. So many lies have been told about this wonderful collection of wisdom, halacka and ethics. Its existence and its passing on from generation to generation has enabled the Jewish people to hang on during hard times, and flourish when given the opportunity. No other religious writings or group of writings encourages debate, discussion and critical thinking like the Talmud. In many ways, Judaism is the more highly-cultivated and refined form of faith in G-d and Christianity has much to learn from it. The first thing it needs to learn is the surpassing value of Jewish tradition and sacred Jewish writings.
June 18, 2014
I suppose, then the place to start is by reading the Talmud. Then you can revisit your response.
John Dow UK
December 4, 2012
I haven't read the Talmud, but it's common sense that such a G-d loving people like the Jews would never hate on anyone. Love for G-d doesn't allow hatred and it doesn't allow discrimination of others, but it naturally creates love and compassion for G-ds' creation. This is why, I'm so sick and tired of the church. It makes me sick to hear the Priest preach from the pulprit: "And these words the Jews still follow and they hang it on every doorpost in their homes, even though they're 3000 years old..." This happened just a view weeks ago. I told the Priest in his face that I'd rather hang out with a faithful Jew who prays 100 times a day than with his hypocritical Christian community that says: "The galut is a punishment because the Jews rejected the savior Jesus." If any bishop or even the Pope reads this, Chabad has my email, feel free to contact me....