Both Israeli chief rabbis cancel on the Archbishop of Canterbury

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury was unable to meet Israel’s two chief rabbis this week, after scheduled talks with both Rabbis were cancelled.

Archbishop Justin Welby was due to sit down with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Thursday. However, plans were thrown into disarray when Rabbi Metzger was placed under house arrest amid corruption charges.


Archbishop call over Jerusalem holy sites

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, on his first official visit to Israel since his installation this year, said he hoped to “serve all the people of this region, without exception” during his tenure.


Church agrees to tone down anti-Israel report

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2013

A “truly hurtful” report about Israel is to be rewritten in an attempt to diffuse a row between the Church of Scotland and the Jewish community.

The discussion document compiled by the Church’s church and society council provoked outrage after apparently suggesting that Jewish claims to the land of Israel could be invalidated by the treatment of Palestinians.


This church report on Israel sets the clock back 70 years

By Patrick Morrow, May 12, 2013

'A slap in the face to the Jewish community" is how Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies, responded to the report, The inheritance of Abraham? A report on the "promised land". This document comes from the Church of Scotland's church and society council, and is to be debated by the general assembly next week. As a Christian (an Anglican priest), I can sympathise.


A damaging document

By Oliver Kamm, May 12, 2013

'All men," wrote Reinhold Niebuhr, the great Protestant ethicist, "are naturally inclined to obscure the
morally ambiguous element in their political cause by investing it with religious sanctity. This is why religion is more frequently a source of confusion than of light in the political realm."


Driving conflict

May 2, 2013

It is hard to conceive of a more one-sided document than the report on the "promised land" shortly to go to the Church of Scotland's General Assembly.


Why a 'divine' messiah was not beyond belief

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2013

One of the more intriguing trends in Jewish circles is growing interest in Jesus. The work of scholars such as Geza Vermes who have explored the Jewish background of the Christian messiah has filtered into the mainstream. Shmuley Boteach published his book Kosher Jesus last year; Naomi Alderman’s recent novel The Liar’s Gospel was an alternative version of the Jesus story.


Nationality offer from Portugal

By Richard Zimler, April 18, 2013

The Portuguese parliament unanimously approved on April 12 a new law that will offer nationality to the descendants of Sephardic Jews who escaped from Portugal in the 15th and 16th centuries after being forcibly converted to Christianity and then persecuted by the Roman Catholic Inquisition.


Papal ties with Jews remain strong

By Simon Rocker, March 1, 2013

Leaders of the Catholic Church were flocking to Rome this week for Pope Benedict’s farewell yesterday and the prelude to the secretive process to choose his successor. Many of the cardinals had cancelled previous arrangements.


Civilisation beyond the Church

By Oliver Kamm, February 15, 2013

It is particularly difficult for a Pope that comes from Germany to come here,” said Benedict XVI at Auschwitz in 2006. This was surely true.

But the Pope, who resigned this week, might have mentioned, too, the difficulties for the Roman Catholic Church in confronting its own historical contribution to the hatreds that fuelled the Holocaust.