Healing Process Still in Its Infancy Jewish Reaction to Reconciliation Complicated
Bryant-Friedland, Bruce, The Florida Times Union
Christians may be seeking reconciliation, but, after nearly 2000 years, that's a lot to absorb for Jews.
The memories endure as an indictment, a painful history, a stinging litany of discrimination, ghettos, crusades, expulsions, the Spanish Inquisition, blood libels, pogroms and the slaughter of the Holocaust.
In other words, the Jewish reaction is complicated.
And a completely new relationship -- free of suspicion -- can't be forged in just a couple of generations.
Still, Rabbi A. James Rudin, who oversees interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee in New York, found tears welling up in his eyes as he watched Pope John Paul II arrive in Israel in last month.
"Here the Jewish state is playing host and protecting the spiritual leader of …
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