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Then shall all those who fear the Lord speak, each to his neighbor, and the Lord shall listen and hear. It shall be written in a book of remembrance before Him, for those who fear the Lord and contemplate His name. ( Mal. 3:16)
In this text, the prophet speaks of a time when the worshipers of God will communicate in a new way. From an earlier verse, it is clear that the worship of God, which is the basis of this new conversation, is not confined to the Jews: "For from the rising to the setting of the sun My name is great among the nations" ( Mal. 1:11). Since Jews and Christians have the most to say to each other about God and his ways with humankind, perhaps the prophet is pointing toward the new conversation that is now taking place between serious Jews and serious Christians.
The new conversation between Jews and Christians may avoid the anger and suspicion that have characterized most of our past conversations. Due to this new sense of trust between us, deeper understanding each of the other is slowly emerging. Now it is important to reflect on why this new conversation has been so hopeful and why it has led to such new understanding, not only a new Christian understanding of Jews and Judaism and a new Jewish understanding of Christians and Christianity, but perhaps even a new Christian understanding of Christianity and a new Jewish understanding of Judaism. As such, this