And the 12-year old girl spoke to the congregation.
She quoted from Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and said:
"If you can hate for no reason,
then why not love for no reason."
This seemed like a very smart idea to me--we have a choice between hate and love, so why not choose love!
Later at the luncheon after services, I sat and made a new friend with this very nice person who happened to be an Evangelical Christian preacher.
I asked about his faith and learned more about the Evangelical belief in the strict words of the Old Testament/Torah.
This wonderful man had taught in a Jewish school in South America, been to the Holy Land, was friends with our Rabbi, and spoke so highly of the Jewish People, Israel, and his faith in G-d.
I asked about the differences from his perspective between the different sects of Christianity, and he told me a bit of the history of the movements.
But what was also really interesting was that in contrast to the Evangelical's strong support for Israel, he explained that there still to this day was some anti-Semitic remnants in the Catholic Church, even though the Pope, himself, has called it "wrong and unjust".
I asked why some still then blame the Jews for the murder of Jesus (who was Jewish himself), when it was the Romans that actually tortured and killed him and also, why the historical animus to the Jews if Jesus died for the sins of all mankind and this was his divine mission?
He explained that it was wrong and unfair, and that it was misguided scapegoat thinking that "someone had to take the blame."
He then went on to tell me about this great shirt that he liked that had a chart of all the various nation empires of the world that had risen against the Jewish people (from the Egyptians to the Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, and Nazi's) and next to each one it said, GONE! And then it said, Iran with a TBD--Yep!
And even Venezuela's, hateful Hugo Chavez, who in 2009 said, "I want to condemn from the bottom of my soul, from the bottom of my guts, damn you State of Israel," and then by 2013 he was dead from stomach (gut) cancer!
So from their day until ours, the One G-d of Hosts continues to looks after Israel and manages the destiny of man--and this is evident throughout the Bible and the prophecies.
I was so impressed how he was emphatic about the strong Judeo-Christian shared values, beliefs, and faith and that this was the true future for Christianity.
It was understood from the conversation that in all religions, we share more in love of G-d and of each other, and in doing good then in hate, bias, bigotry, and discrimination...and together, we can make it a better world.
Together, love can conquer. ;-)
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