Jews & Judaism

First Days in Israel – Video Below

October 2, 2009

I made a short YouTube video of our arrival in Israel. I will upload it when I get a good internet connection. Here at the Notre Dame it is abysmally slow. It said it would be 5 hours to upload and by then I would have my face fall into the bowl of salad in [...]

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Yad Vashem, the Jews & Two Popes

May 9, 2009

On Monday the Pope will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. However, he is not expected to go inside — to protest the inaccurate and scandalous display concerning Pope Pius XII and the Jews during the Nazi regime. My wife Janet and I visited Yad Vashem again two days ago. We have been [...]

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Great Commentaries on the Old Testament

May 17, 2008

When I started studying the Bible seriously I realized that utilizing Jewish commentaries could be very helpful. Studying Christian commentaries on the OT was helpful because they understood the whole picture and how Christ should be read "back into" the OT. But the Jewish commentaries, though they do not acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, do [...]

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Congratulations Ros!

March 4, 2008

Rosalind and us hit it off famously the first time we met. She has stayed in our home a number of times and we've talked about her dream of starting a religious order. Rosalind Moss is a convert from Conservative Judaism but was an Evangelical Protestant for many years before finding the Catholic Church (working with [...]

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From Jerusalem: Jesus, the Jews & the Christian Faith

February 23, 2008

One can't walk the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem – like I'm doing this week — and not wonder what in the world God has done and is doing with the Jews. Did he abandon them after they as a nation rejected his Messiah? Do his promises to Abraham still stand for the ethnic [...]

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Ben Stein — Full-blooded Jew — Comments on Christmas

November 22, 2007

Some of you may have already read this since Ben Stein gave this commentary on CBS in 2005, but it is worth repeating since Christmas is approaching — and because it is good stuff. I wanted to make sure it was accurate so I checked it out on Snopes and found it was accurate, though [...]

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How Do We Know the Biblical Sites are Authentic?

September 7, 2007

Today we are visiting Bethlehem so it is a good time to discuss the authenticity of the Holy Sites. People always ask me: how do we know these are the real sites where Jesus and Mary lived and walked? It is a fair question, especially if people have paid a lot of money to visit [...]

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From Jewish to Catholic by way of Abortion

August 14, 2007

My new friend Chris Aubert is a Jewish attorney and convert to the Catholic faith. Read his journey from a father who survived Nazi camps and played the violin as his parents were taken to the ovens, aborting two of his children and his eventual discovery of the Catholic Church. You can read Chris's story [...]

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Three Tombs — We Take A Walk

March 9, 2007

I know of three tombs here in Jerusalem today that have proponents claiming they are the tomb of Jesus Christ. We visited two of them today and the third we could not find.  The “Jesus Family Tomb” First the one we could not find. It is the supposed “Jesus Family Tomb” which is located about [...]

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Scroll Through the Isaiah Dead Sea Scroll

November 22, 2006

Scroll Through the Isaiah Scroll November 1, 2006 The Israel Museum has put online the Great Isaiah Scroll, one of the longest and best-preserved of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Viewers can “unroll” the entire text on their screens and zoom in to see passages up close. This is a great site for anyone interested in [...]

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Pope Pius XII: “Be Proud to be a Jew”

October 26, 2006

A new discovery about Pope Pius XII shows the recent slander and dishonest charges against him are fallacious and should be condemned. Read this and see how modern "historians' and "scholars" have misinformed the public about the position of Pope Pius XII in relation to the Nazis and the Jews. Read "Be Proud to be a [...]

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Bob Sungenis and the Jews

September 13, 2006

It is almost irrelevant to post this since most Catholics have forgotten who Bob Sungenis is after his career's precipitice fall. He has orchestrated his own irrelevance, which is why this post is almost a waste of time. Though he was very talented and effective at biblical apologetics, he has since become marginalized and ignored for [...]

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Evangelical “evangelists” Roaming Jerusalem

July 1, 2006

We were sitting for dinner outside at the Nafoura Restaurant with a bishop in Jerusalem and Adam for Christ, when we overheard fragments of an animated conversation. Three Evangelical Protestants were pressing a local to pray the “Sinners Prayer” — right now! The local man was named Vladamir and I heard him discussing and arguing [...]

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Jews & the Existence of God: From Jerusalem

June 20, 2006

As I sit looking out over the Old City of Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock where Abraham offered up Isaac, I have a few thoughts I would like to share about the people here and the existence of God. Though a small fraction of the world's population, and though they've had no land [...]

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Christians in Israel: Latest Statistics

December 26, 2004

Of the Christians living in Israel, 117,000 are Arab and 27,000 are new immigrants, according to the report. The new immigrant Christians, who came to Israel under the Law of Return that grants citizenship to non-Jewish first-degree relatives of Jews, arrived mainly during the major wave of immigration in the 1990s from the former Soviet [...]

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