Issue 8.2: Judaism and Other Faiths

Orthodox Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue

“I am Joseph, your brother” (Bereishit 45:4). These are the words spoken by Pope John XXIII to an American delegation of Rabbis in October 1960, just one month after he instructed that a draft outlining the relations between the Church and the Jews be prepared.[i] This draft – later to be ... Read more →

Editor’s Thoughts: The Battlefield of Belief

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has given us the Torah of truth, planting everlasting life in our midst. Blessed are You, Giver of the Torah. –Blessing after Torah Reading, ‘The Koren Siddur’ Even if we do not realize it, as Orthodox Jews we are accustomed to ... Read more →

Revel and the Cross

YU’s Thinkers of the Past: A Monthly Column This new monthly column will explore the thoughts and opinions of rabbis of YU’s past, especially as they pertain to the issue of the month. Our first column will discuss an opinion of Rabbi Bernard Revel (1885-1940), the first president of ... Read more →

On the Role of Reason in the Ethical Thought of Aristotle and R. Saadia Ga’on

Left[1] to their own devices, most animals do what they want, when they want. When they’re hungry, they eat. When they’re thirsty, they drink.  When they’re aroused, they copulate. When they’re tired, they sleep. In short, animals spend their days satisfying their instincts. And why ... Read more →

“For They Worship Vanity and Emptiness”: An Attack on Christian Belief?

The tefilah of Aleinu, (“It is our duty”)[i] that is said at the conclusion of the daily tefilot consists of two parts, “Aleinu” until “Ein Od,” and “Al Kein” until “U-shemo Ehad.” The first half, Aleinu, expresses praise of God and proclaims Israel’s recognition and ... Read more →

Learning from Other Nations: An Exploration of “UveHukoteihem Lo Teileikhu”

Ben[i] Zoma said, “Who is wise? He who learns from all people.” (Pirkei Avot 4:1). However, Leviticus 18:3 instructs, “You shall not perform the practices of the land of Egypt where you dwelt and the land of Canaan to which I am taking you and you shall not walk in  their statutes ... Read more →

Bilga and Synthesis: An Ancient Response to the Clash of Universalism and Particularism

Please enjoy this special Hanukkah article, and look out for our upcoming issue on Judaism and other faiths–arriving on the site and in newsstands soon! In October 2014, Jewish sociologist Alan Wolfe published a book entitled, “At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews.” In ... Read more →