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Reply To: Did any of the similarities or differences between Christian and Jewish theology surprise you? If so, which/why?

Katelyn Hernandez

Ever since I first traveled with Passages to Israel I have been fascinated by learning more about Jewish theology and tradition. In the Western World, we often hear about how society is shaped by Judeo-Christian values, which would lead many to believe that theologically we are motivated by the same things. In college, I had a theological discussion with a Jewish peer, who told me “Christianity is the optimism of faith”, from a story of redemption, sacrifice, and salvation this makes sense. However, after we had this impactful conversation we began to dive further into the differences and similarities between our religions. The motivations and restrictions placed on the Jewish people differ greatly from the Christian call to perform kind acts and spread the word of God.