עודכן: 7 ביוני 2022
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Saint Louis hospital in Jerusalem: Christian sisters attending a Jewish Orthodox patient.
Hanukkah: a good time to light together candles of tolerance and mutual respect .
Shalom Yisca .
My name is Suhail, and I am a Catholic Christian Arab.
I am sure you have thoroughly researched Christianity and understood its foundations well.
I’ve been following you for a while now on YouTube and watching the videos you upload.
Why do so many Jews, especially the religious ones, hate Christianity?
You have raised here a big and important question.
Unfortunately, some religious Jews do hate Christianity. And some do not. There are those who do not regard Christianity, historically, with various degrees of anger/repulsion/resentment, , and those who regard Christians living today with varying measures of anger/repulsion/hostility. And then there are those who are simply aware of the fact that Christianity is a religion with a local denominations, with a past and a history for better and for worse, that this is the way of the world.
You ask about the origins of hatred
The first answer you will hear from any Jew would be: Christianity had shed more Jewish blood than any other religion in the world - from the anti-Jewish laws of the Byzantine period, the medieval blood libels to late 19th and early 20th century pogroms and Nazism in the modern age. The truth is that it is difficult to live with such a bloody history, founded on harsh words from the New Testament (when time permits I will post on my website a lecture on the accusations leveled against the Jews in the New Testament).
In the past fifty years, Catholic theologians have done profound and thorough work aimed at correcting the harsh words written by Christian thinkers in olden times throughout history. (Such as the words of Bishop John Chrysostom: "The Jews are Christ-killers and for that there is no forgiveness but endless revenge." Bishop Augustine, the greatest Christian thinker: "The Jews are no longer the chosen ones and their penalty, like the penalty set on Cain, Abel’s murderer, is to eternally wander the world, humiliated and stateless” , and Martin Luther, who reiterated the accusation that "Jews poison wells", to name but a few of countless examples).
It can be said that, like any murderer, any murder of Jews is neither a good Christian nor a true believer, but in truth it had been men of the clergy, often monks, who called for attacking the Jews and incited Christians to pogroms and blood libels. Read, for example, about the role of the monk Thomas in the blood libel of Norwich .
So Jewish trauma left by a history in the shadow of Christians is understandable.
But why should one break free from hatred?
1. Christianity and the Christians in this land, first Arabs (as well as Armenians and other local denominations) and then foreign workers – have no connection whatsoever to this bloody history.
2. History is history. Today’s generation should not be judged for the sins of the past. I, too, hope to be judged not by the deeds of my ancestors, but rather on my own actions.
3. Sadly, in modern Israel, there is a rising Jewish religious extremism, associated with the rise of nationalism. Designating Christianity as an enemy helps to fortify one's self-identity. Choosing to heighten and intensify an attitude of fear / rejection / contempt, typical of an exile mindset (as though we are still living in pre-Israel Europe, surrounded by Christians, where as the Christians in modern day Israel are barely 2% of the general population) is a psycho-sociological move, which unfortunately escalates rather than recede.
4. 'Don't do unto others what you don't want done unto you', means taking responsibility for creating an enlightened world, in which the existence of 'The Other' is respected. This is how the Jews wanted to be treated in the Diaspora - and in many cases were not. We are now offered an opportunity to serve as a light to the Gentiles. But some Jews, in the name of the Jewish people’s tragic history in the Christian world - choose to ignore the Christian Other, and opt for hostility and even hatred.
A society whose identity is nourished by resistance to another (and in worse cases, hatred to another) is an unhealthy one.
I'm wrestling with this question, asking my self what can be done to halt this process.
Thank you for your question - I invite you to talk to me and share your opinions and ideas.
Regardless, on the imminent Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, may I invite you and your family to our home, to light candles of tolerance and mutual respect with us?
Please join the "Light for All" Hanukkah hospitality! Non Jews who wish to experience the Jewish feast in a Jewish home, are welcome to register here: