Halachic Rulings, Opinions, and Definitions

For specific halachic questions regarding idol worship and Christianity, JewishIsrael suggests that members of the Committee of Binyamin Region Rabbis be contacted. 

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POSITIONS: On Accepting Christian Funding and Assistance

"תרומות אוונגליסטים ואיסור "להחזיק טובה לכמרים, by Rabbi Jonathan Simcha Blass, Rabbi of Neve Tzuf. Rabbi Blass is also the Rosh Kollel of Kollel Ratzon Yehuda in Petach Tikva and the Av Bet Din of the Bet Din for Monetary Affairs in the Binyamin Region. This article was published in the Halachic periodical Techumin, volume 34, Sivan 5774 (June 2014). Permission to make the article available to the public was generously granted by the Zomet Institute, Jerusalem Israel, publishers of Techumin.

A Document of Principles regarding acceptance of monetary and manpower assistance from Christian organizations or individuals. (October 2012 by the Committee of Binyamin Region Rabbis)

Rav Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Hebron and Kiryat Arba

“On the Matter of Receiving Assistance from Non-Jews” in Hebrew (Erev Rosh Ha’Shannah 5772) 2011

Rav Moshe Tzuriel in Hebrew ( 24 Cheshvan 5772, November 21, 2011) Regarding the Christian [volunteer] living among us [in Shomron]

Rav Yigal Hadaya of Yad Binyamin(formerly rabbi of Gadid in Gush Katif): in Hebrew (2010)

Rav Natan Shalev of Yishuv Mevo'ot Yericho in Hebrew (2009)

Rav Dov Lior of Hebron endorses Rav Shalev's position in Hebrew (2009)
(English translation of Rav Lior's endorsement)

Rav Shlomo Aviner (2008)

Rav Ya'acov Shapira: (forthcoming)
Transcript of lecture delivered at Mossad HaRav Kook (2008)

POSITIONS: Rulings on IFCJ Funding:

Rav Tzfania Drori psak on accepting funds from IFCJ (2004 Hebrew)

Chabad Rabbis: psak on funds from IFCJ (2009)
Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv: article: Refuse Money from IFCJ (2009)
additional article here
Rav Moshe David Tendler: Letter regarding IFCJ (names of recipients removed) (2004)

POSITIONS: On Missionary Activity:
letter from American Rabbaim regarding missionary activity in Eretz Yisrael (1963)

Rav Lior and Rav Gold address evangelical missionary crisis at Jewish Israel event in Hebron (September 2011)

POSITIONS: On Interfaith Dialogue and Activities:
Rav Yosef B. Soloveitchik’s written psak on Interfaith Dialogue: "Confrontation" (1964)
Related:Addendum to "Confrontation"
Excerpts of the Rav's letter to the RCA on Interfaith dialogue
The Rabbincal Council of America’s Protocols for Interfaith Dialogue (2006)
(a reaffirmation of Rav Soloveitchik’s position)

Rabbi Walter S. Wurzburger: excerpts from the essay Justification and Limitations of Interfaith Dialogue ("the Commentator ",March 2, 2005)

Rabbis Avraham Gordimer and David HaKohen Grosser: The Slippery Slope of Jewish Religious Dialogue with the Church (May 2015)

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson A letter printed in the 6th volume of the Igros Kodesh (Page 135)  

In this Hebrew document, the Rebbe advises that Jews not enter into logical debates with missionaries, but should instead wait for the right opportunities to publicly present their conniving, deceptive and misleading methods.

Letter by Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar condemning "Day to Praise" worship event in Jerusalem on Yom Ha'atzmaut (5775)

Rav Sholom Gold: On Interfaith Discussions (2009)

Orthodox Union's Withdrawal of proposed 2008 resolution Working in Coalition with Evangelical Christians 
Jewish Israel's suggested approach to Interfaith relations (2007) Addendum added (2015) In Hebrew

(drafted under the guidance of Rav Sholom Gold)


POSITIONS: On Entering a church

A letter from Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger on the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's position (June 2011) 

A response from Rabbi Jonathan Blass (June 2011)

Rabbi J. David Bleich: Entering a Non-Jewish House of Worship (Tradition Magazine Summer 2011)  

 
POSITIONS: For Conversion to Judaism:
Document of Renunciation and Intent (name of rabbinic organization removed)

 

Declaration of Renunciation and Intent of Non-Jewish Beliefs (formulated by Rabbi Michael Skobac of Jews for Judaism, Canada)


 

POSITION:The Hebriac Roots Movement:

A statement by Rabbi Sholom Gold (June 2011)

POSITION: JewishIsrael Responds to Rabbi Riskin's Reinterpretation of Rav Soloveitchik's Position (November 2012)

Response by Rabbi Sholom Gold to Rabbi Eliezer Melamed regarding messianic Christian volunteers and prophecy

 

Additional sources of interest:

the Ask the Rabbi section of the Beit-El Yeshiva Center website

For a selection of rabbinic editorial opinions see our Article section

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