: A response by Rabbi Riskin now on YouTube
Earlier today Jewish Israel
received an email from Elie Klein of the public relations agency Ruder Finn Israel.
The email entitled: STATEMENT FROM RABBI SHLOMO RISKIN REGARDING YOUTUBE VIDEO - DECEMBER 30, 2009 can be read here
Ruder Finn Israel is “the leading full-service strategic marketing consultancy and public relations agency in Israel”
and their current and past clients include leading government agencies, Hi-Tech companies, and such organizations and institutions as Yeshiva University
, Nefesh B’Nefesh
, the International Christian Embassy
(ICEJ), the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
(IFCJ), and Global Evangelism Television
(Pastor John Hagee).
Rabbinic Advisor viewed the YouTube video and read Rabbi Riskin’s statement. Rabbi Gold had this to say:
“While recent clarification from Rabbi Riskin is welcome on this matter, I remain concerned. Rabbi Riskin’s consistently radical statements and ambiguous positions on interfaith dialogue and endeavors can be misinterpreted by both Jews and Christians and manipulated and twisted to fit the agendas of those who are trying to undermine the foundations of the Jewish faith and wreak confusion among our people.
Furthermore, it would be advisable for Rabbi Riskin to steer clear of mixing politics, history and Christian theological issues together with what is clearly a halachic matter. I imagine Rabbi Riskin’s revered teacher Rav Yoseph B. Soloveitchik, z”l would have been greatly distressed over the crossing of theological lines between faith communities which is currently taking place under the pretense of an Israel-evangelical alliance.”
----Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold
will continue to keep our readership posted on this issue.
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