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December 18, 2015  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Anti-Semitic holiday messages left in mailboxes in S. Florida community

Anti-Semitic messages were left in the mailboxes of Jewish families in Cooper City in Broward County. The messages read “X-mas is not for the Jews,” the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday, Dec. 14.

“It’s had the opposite effect of whatever they intended because I had an outpouring of support from people of all faiths – it’s turned a negative into a positive,” Greg Popowitz told the newspaper, which described his home holiday decorations as including white lights on palm trees, a Jewish star dangling from a lantern and an inflatable 6-foot-high bear holding a dreidel.

The note left in the mailbox of a local rabbi, who drives a van with a menorah strapped on top, read “WTF is on your Roof? #X-Mas is Better.”

“I don’t know if it’s silly kids or one person who is a hater,” Malky Goodman, the rabbi’s wife, told the newspaper. “There’s people who do stuff for hate for no reason.”

Residents in the Monterra development reportedly have complained about a holiday display that included a Hanukkah menorah next to the Christmas tree.

Jews for Jesus denounces Vatican for no converting Jews policy

The Jews for Jesus organization has denounced the Vatican for saying the Catholic Church must not try to convert Jews to Christianity. David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, said in a statement that his organization finds the position “… egregious, especially coming from an institution which seeks to represent a significant number of Christians in the world.”

The pronouncement against converting Jews came in a major document released a by the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. It was issued to mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a declaration promulgated in 1965 by the Second Vatican Council that opened the door to formal Catholic-Jewish dialogue.

Brickner accused Vatican officials of “pandering to some leaders in the Jewish community who applaud being off the radar for evangelization by Catholics,” reminding them “they first received that gospel message from the lips of Jews who were for Jesus”

The new Vatican document, discussed at length how Christianity is rooted in Judaism. Because of this, it said, the Church is “obliged to view evangelization to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that of people of other religions and world views.”

It added, “In concrete terms this means that the Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews.”


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