Rav Sholom Gold Issues Opinion on Interfaith Discussions

There’s a glut of missionaries on the streets, Jewish-Christian interfaith centers, and worship events are in vogue, and the right to proselytize is the law of land in Israel – according to the U.S. State Department.

Under the circumstances, the staff at Jewish Israel asked our rabbinic advisor Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold to issue a halachic clarification on interfaith dialogue.

“Discussions of a religious nature between members of different religions is unwise, fruitless and, worse, it is a prescription for increased hostility and enmity…Read the full text here as well as other rabbinic positions in our halachic section

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Comment by Jewish Israel on November 15, 2009 at 8:04am
That said, Rabbi Gold is incorrect when he says that Christians 'have not forgiven us' for not accepting Christianity.

Thanks for the insightful comments, Charles.
Jewish Israel also finds Rav Soloveitchik's famous essay, "Confrontation" to be extraordinary.

Rav Gold's position at this time is welcome, as it bolsters Rav Soloveitchik's position which was written in the 1960's and Rav Gold introduces an ironclad Rambam. Perhaps Rav Gold meant either
a) Christians have not come to terms with our not accepting Jesus
or
b) those churches which purportedly recognize G-d's eternal covenant with Israel seem to be at the forefront of rejecting and challenging the modern State of Israel's right to exist as a secure Jewish State in our traditional and biblical homeland . So one wonders if their recognition of our eternal covenant is lip service, and if they sublimated their inability to forgive us into the political realm?

Jewish Israel will clarify this with Rav Gold

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