Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A pause for reflection

In the dialogue with the Jewish people, according to Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, chief rabbi of Rome, in an interview with Sandro Magister.
Q: But the request for your conversion remains.

A: The moment we recognized Jesus Christ, we would no longer be Jews. You consider this differently, because for you, by doing this, we Jews would crown, we would complete, we would idealize our Jewish journey. This is your view, but ours is completely different. There is no room for discussion of these subjects, because inevitably this would end in essential futility, at least in our view. And instead of talking, barriers would be raised. Yes, we must dialogue, but for a hundred other reasons. The underlying issue of the Good Friday prayer is not just any topic, but a sort of shadow, an historical anguish that we Jews drag along behind us.

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