Exerpt from page 260 of the book Community, Covenant and
In a letter to the Rabbinical Council of America in November 1964
Rav Soloveitchik wrote,
…We are, therefore, opposed to any public debate, dialogue or
symposium concerning the doctrinal, dogmatic or ritual aspects of
our faith vis a vis “similar” aspects of another faith community.
We believe in and are committed to our Maker in a specific manner
and we will not question, defend, offer apologies, analyze or
rationalize our faith in dialogues centered about these “private”
topics which express our personal relationship to the God of
Israel. We assume that members of other faith communities will feel
similarly about their individual religious commitment.
We would deem it improper to enter into dialogues on such topics
1) Judaic monotheism and the Christian idea of Trinity.
2) The Messianic idea in Judaism and Christianity.
3) Jewish attitude on Jesus.
4) The concept of the Covenant in Judaism and Christianity.
5) The Eucharist mass and Jewish prayer service.
6) The Holy Ghost and prophetic inspiration.
7) Isaiah and Christianity.
8) The Priest and The Rabbi.
9) Sacrifice and the Eucharist.
10) The Church and the Synagogue – their sanctity and metaphysical
There cannot be mutual understanding concerning these topics,
for Jews and Christians will employ different categories and move
within incommensurate frames of reference and evaluation.