Jews & Judaism

Has Europe Lost it Soul?

February 2, 2012

Jesse Ray here: I found this article by Rabbi Sacks very educational and the section on “Morality and the Crisis” especially thought provoking. He explores how our current market economy was formed under the auspices of Judeo-Christian values, and he draws a compelling picture of why our current economic shake-up has a central spiritual dimension: […]

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Another Jewish Convert Explains His Conversion to Catholicism

November 7, 2011

This is a nice story. I include a paragraph to whet your appetite. About a month later it was around midnight and I turned to my wife Mary in bed and asked her what she wanted. Mary said that she didn’t want anything other than to go back to sleep. I insisted that she wanted […]

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Jewish to Evangelical to Catholic

September 16, 2011

Richard Maffeo Richard was born into a Jewish home in 1950. Twenty-two years later, he discovered Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, and served Him in evangelical Protestant churches for more than thirty-two years. In 2005 he was received into the Catholic Church. My movement in 1972 from Jewish faith to Christ was so profound an […]

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What About the Pope’s Comments on the Jews and the Death of Christ

March 3, 2011

I was asked: I would like to ask you to please comment on the Popes recent statement that there is no scriptural basis that the Jews killed Jesus. My answer: It is not time to comment yet. Experience tells that when we read a media review of the Pope’s words it is usually twisted […]

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Mass at the Tomb of Christ, and much more

June 11, 2010

The early morning walk of the Via Dolorosa to the Tomb of Christ for Mass is always the high point on any pilgrimage. Enjoy! Part I (see Part II below) After returning for breakfast we took off for St. Ann’s Church for singing and teaching (perfect acoustics), then to watch Bar Mitzvahs at the Western […]

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How Odd of God

March 30, 2010

“How odd of God to choose the Jew; but odder still are those who choose the Jewish God and hate the Jew.” This clever couplet was written by British journalist William Norman Ewer (1885-1976). It causes one to wonder why there is, and always has been, such virulent antisemitism in the world. It is especially amazing in the […]

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Jewish Boy Becomes Jesuit Priest in Jerusalem

November 6, 2009

From Jerusalem: How does a Jewish boy’s friendship with a 90-year old Russian Orthodox nun, who happened to be a princess, lead the youth to become a Catholic — and eventually a Jesuit priest who is now serving Hebrew Catholics in Jerusalem? Read the interview with Israeli Priest, Fr. David Mark Neuhaus here.

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First Days in Israel – Video Below

October 2, 2009

I made a short YouTube video of our arrival in Israel. I will upload it when I get a good internet connection. Here at the Notre Dame it is abysmally slow. It said it would be 5 hours to upload and by then I would have my face fall into the bowl of salad in […]

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Yad Vashem, the Jews & Two Popes

May 9, 2009

On Monday the Pope will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. However, he is not expected to go inside — to protest the inaccurate and scandalous display concerning Pope Pius XII and the Jews during the Nazi regime. My wife Janet and I visited Yad Vashem again two days ago. We have been […]

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Great Commentaries on the Old Testament

May 17, 2008

When I started studying the Bible seriously I realized that utilizing Jewish commentaries could be very helpful. Studying Christian commentaries on the OT was helpful because they understood the whole picture and how Christ should be read "back into" the OT. But the Jewish commentaries, though they do not acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, do […]

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Congratulations Ros!

March 4, 2008

Rosalind and us hit it off famously the first time we met. She has stayed in our home a number of times and we've talked about her dream of starting a religious order. Rosalind Moss is a convert from Conservative Judaism but was an Evangelical Protestant for many years before finding the Catholic Church (working with […]

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From Jerusalem: Jesus, the Jews & the Christian Faith

February 23, 2008

One can't walk the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem — like I'm doing this week — and not wonder what in the world God has done and is doing with the Jews. Did he abandon them after they as a nation rejected his Messiah? Do his promises to Abraham still stand for the ethnic […]

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How Do We Know the Biblical Sites are Authentic?

September 7, 2007

Today we are visiting Bethlehem so it is a good time to discuss the authenticity of the Holy Sites. People always ask me: how do we know these are the real sites where Jesus and Mary lived and walked? It is a fair question, especially if people have paid a lot of money to visit […]

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From Jewish to Catholic by way of Abortion

August 14, 2007

My new friend Chris Aubert is a Jewish attorney and convert to the Catholic faith. Read his journey from a father who survived Nazi camps and played the violin as his parents were taken to the ovens, aborting two of his children and his eventual discovery of the Catholic Church. You can read Chris's story […]

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Three Tombs — We Take A Walk

March 9, 2007

I know of three tombs here in Jerusalem today that have proponents claiming they are the tomb of Jesus Christ. We visited two of them today and the third we could not find.  The “Jesus Family Tomb” First the one we could not find. It is the supposed “Jesus Family Tomb” which is located about […]

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Scroll Through the Isaiah Dead Sea Scroll

November 22, 2006

Scroll Through the Isaiah Scroll November 1, 2006 The Israel Museum has put online the Great Isaiah Scroll, one of the longest and best-preserved of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Viewers can “unroll” the entire text on their screens and zoom in to see passages up close. This is a great site for anyone interested in […]

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