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Reply To: How can you work to combat antisemitism and supersessionism in your own Christian community?


I wholeheartedly agree with your perspective on the importance of understanding Judaism as a Christian and actively speaking out against antisemitism and supersessionism in our communities. Recognizing the intertwined roots of our spiritual lives with Judaism is crucial for a deeper understanding of our faith and fostering respectful relationships with our Jewish brothers and sisters.

The point raised by Dr. Faydra Shapiro about the asymmetry of understanding between Jews and Christians is significant. As Christians, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves about Judaism, its beliefs, practices, and rich traditions. By doing so, we can bridge the gap of misunderstanding and misinterpretation, fostering mutual respect and dialogue.

The concept of “Holy Envy” is also compelling. By finding aspects of each other’s faith traditions that we deeply respect and admire, we can build bridges of understanding and forge stronger partnerships. This approach helps us move beyond mere tolerance and towards a genuine appreciation of the beauty and wisdom in different spiritual paths.

I have been thinking a lot about the saying different gates leading to the same source of creation is thought-provoking. It highlights the diversity of human experiences and the various ways we perceive and express our spirituality. Embracing this diversity, rather than insisting on the exclusivity of one’s own beliefs, allows us to recognize the inherent value in different spiritual paths. It reminds us that many truths can coexist, expressed through different languages, symbols, and cultural contexts.

The linguistic complexity of language indeed presents a barrier to understanding. Our words and concepts may not perfectly capture the depth and essence of spiritual experiences. However, by engaging in sincere dialogue, listening with open hearts, and embracing a spirit of humility and curiosity, we can transcend linguistic limitations and discover deeper connections with one another.

In conclusion, as Christians, it is incumbent upon us to deepen our understanding of Judaism, actively combat antisemitism and supersessionism, and seek common ground through dialogue and respect. By embracing the diversity of spiritual paths and recognizing the interconnectedness of our human experiences, we can foster greater understanding, compassion, and unity among different faith communities.