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A Bridge between Faiths
An Open Letter to Islam
[Part 1]

Rabbi Oury Cherki's "A Bridge between Faiths: An Open Letter to Islam, Part 1" delves into the intricate dynamics between Judaism and Islam post the 2023 Hamas attack on Israel. The piece probes the philosophical and legal facets of Islam's status in Jewish literature, uncovering points of unity and contention. Cherki scrutinizes Islam's potential for spiritual progress and calls for a nuanced understanding amid the unique historical context. The article accentuates the scarcity of literature exploring Judaism's stance on Islam, presenting itself as a contribution to fostering mutual comprehension.

Cherki elucidates the shared beliefs in monotheism, rejecting God's corporeality and idolatry, while acknowledging differences in their understanding. Notably, he highlights the significance of the Seven Noahide Laws, urging Islam to embrace them more unequivocally for enhanced cooperation. Judaism's recognition of Islam as a sister religion and the potential for collaboration are explored alongside historical perspectives, celebrating the initial affinity between the two faiths.

However, the article confronts substantial disagreements, including Islam's assertion of the nullification of the Mosaic Torah and claims of corruption by Jews. It underscores the necessity for Islam to acknowledge the eternal validity of the Torah and the divine promise of the Jewish return to their homeland. Cherki posits three prerequisites for Judaism to accept Islam as a legitimate religion for all, calling for recognition, abandonment of claims of corruption, and acknowledgment of the divine promise.

Concluding with a call for peace, Rabbi Oury Cherki sets the stage for Part 2, promising an exploration of Muhammad's status, Judaism's potential contributions to Islamic faith, and more. This open letter seeks to build a bridge between the believers in the One God, urging Islamic religious leadership to engage in dialogue on critical issues for future harmony.

Van duisternis naar bestemming: Onthulling van de Spirituele Odyssee in Parshat Vaera

Verdiep je in de interpretatie van de Torah en onderzoek de diepgaande betekenis van God die aan mensen verschijnt en het onderscheid tussen El Shaddai en Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. Rashi's inzichten in Parshat Vaera werpen licht op het leven voor toekomstige generaties in het Jodendom. Verken het complexe samenspel van onvervulde beloften en verlossing, ontrafel de spirituele betekenis van de patriarchen van het Jodendom en ontcijfer de redenen achter de Exodus

Chamas viel Israël aan; wat was er mis met Israëls moreel onderscheidingsvermogen?

In het verhaal van Kaïn en Abel legt de interpretatie van Rabbi Yochanan de nadruk op de risico's van het tonen van vriendelijkheid aan wie slecht is, en hij onderstreept de noodzaak aan onderscheidingsvermogen waar het gaat om daden van medeleven. Dit verhaal zet ons aan om na te denken over moreel gedrag en benadrukt het belang om stil te staan bij het karakter en de de bedoelingen van de personen aan wie we vriendelijkheid betonen. Welke bredere ethische lessen kunnen we uit dit waarschuwende verhaal trekken en hoe kunnen we die toepassen in onze omgang met anderen?

Civilians Under Siege
Hebrew People in the Face of Terror

"Israel recently experienced an unfounded terrorist attack, deliberately targeting civilians, encompassing women, children, and the elderly. In the face of adversity, the Jewish people demonstrated their unity and strength, guided by their faith in one God. They aspire to create a world characterized by peace, harmony, and dignity. To contribute, you can help disseminate this message in your language, among your friends, and provide financial support. May blessings be sent to Israel and all those who stand in solidarity. Let us pray for peace, invoking the hope that 'He who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace upon the people of Israel and the entire world.'"

Onthulling van het Hart: Waar Geloof en Daad elkaar ontmoeten

"Op Jom Kippoer zoeken we vergeving bij God door te vasten, bidden en liefdadigheid."  Maar ons gedrag tegenover anderen is de ware maatstaf van ons geloof."

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