Zwischen Jerusalem und Rom – die offizielle deutsche Fassung

October 30, 2017

Die formelle Übermittlung der wortwörtlichen deutschen Fassung der Deklaration Between Jerusalem and Rome vom Rabbinat und Präsidium der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde Wien an Kardinal Christoph Schönborn am 26.10.2017

Gedanken zu 50 Jahren Nostra Aetate

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In der biblischen Schöpfungsgeschichte formt Gott einen einzelnen Menschen als Vorfahr der gesamten Menschheit. Die unmissverständliche Botschaft der Bibel ist also, dass alle Menschen Mitglieder einer einzigen Familie sind. Nach der Sintflut wird diese Botschaft in der Erzählung von Noach bekräftigt, indem diese neue Phase der Geschichte wieder von einer einzelnen Familie eingeleitet wird. Am Anfang bezieht sich die göttliche Vorsehung auf die universelle, undifferenzierte Menschheit.

Als Gott Abraham, Isaak und Jakob auserwählte, vertraute Er ihnen einen doppelten Auftrag an Read the rest of this entry »

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A historic declaration: Between Jerusalem and Rome

August 31, 2017


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After two years of work, I had the great honor today of handing over a historic declaration by leading Orthodox rabbinic organizations to Pope Francis. The declaration is the fruit of an international committee I chaired, which included representatives of the Conference of European Rabbis, the Rabbinical Council of America and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

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Advancing Traditional Family Values

May 19, 2015

Möbius Wedding BandEnglishaudio-input-microphoneHow can we defend traditional family values in the postmodern present, and what do they have to offer to us moderns? A podcast of a talk delivered before an interfaith panel of conservative faith leaders. Read the rest of this entry »


Are Freedom of Religion and Human Rights in Conflict?

April 2, 2014

Englishaudio-input-microphone20140327 ECRL Brussels - group photoRecently, I was invited to address an assembly of political and interfaith leaders at a meeting organized by the European Council of Religious Leaders, at the German federal state of Hessen’s representation in Brussels, under the banner of “Welcoming the Other: Equal Citizenship in Europe – the contribution of religion.” It was an opportunity to explore the mounting pressures attempting to limit freedom of religion and tolerance for others in Europe. The title of my lecture was provocatively entitled: “Religious practices and expressions: contradicting human rights?” and below are an audio recording of my talk, as well as my edited and slightly expanded remarks, responding to the question “are there obstacles that prevent people from fully using their rights as EU citizens to live and work anywhere in the EU?”
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