On November 14, 2016, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, a Crypto Jew, and UK’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis held a day interfaith conference, titled, In Good Faith, at Lambeth Palace. The conference was attended by several priests and rabbis representing Anglican churches and synagogues from all over United Kingdom.
Addressing the gathering Ephraim Mirvis said: Today, we are gathering together as family. He was referring to the very first couple on Earth, Adam and Eve.
Mirvis claim was echoed earlier in June 2014 by the Catholic Pope Francis, who said: Inside every Christian is a Jew. He was referring to Jesus being Jewish.
An apologetic Justin Welby stressed that he was not saying that relations between Christians and Jews in the past had only been superficial and ceremonial, but he said: “it is ever more important that the faith groups – and particularly because of the history that we share, of much tragedy and many appalling and terrible things from within the Christian community – it is really important that we are able to demonstrate an ability to deal with difference and seek the flourishing of the country in which we live.”
During the day rabbis and priests considered four topics: the challenge of sustaining faith communities, combating religious extremism, the Holy Land and its implications for inter-religious relations, and opportunities to contribute towards good together. Interestingly, no discussion on Jesus and his mother Mary who are cursed in Jewish Holy Talmud. There was no mention to the plight of Christians in the Jewish occupied Palestine.
Last year, rabbi Mivis in an Op-Ed at The Telegraph blasted former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, and UK’s National Union of Students president Malia Bouattia over saying that criticism of Zionism is not criticism of Jewish people.
“It’s astonishing to see figures on the hard Left of British political spectrum presuming to define the relationship between Judaism and Zionism despite themselves being neither Jews or Zionists. The likes of Ken Livingstone and Malia Bouattia claim that Zionism is separate from Judaism as a faith; that is purely political; that it is expansionist, colonialist and imperialist,” Mirvis said.
On July 24, 2016, German scholar Dr. Ludwig Watzal wrote that Zionism had very little to do with Judaism, and more with Anglican Church (here).
In January 2012, West Bank Rabbi Efrati said that if a Jew cannot find a synagogue to pray, he should pray at a mosque, but not in a Christian church which houses idols.
On January 9, 2008, American Rabbi Haim Ovadia wrote: I am a Jew of Islam. Why? Because: “Judaism under the rule of the Crescent took a different (for better) course than that under the rule of the Cross”.
American Jewish photographer and producer of documentary, ‘God’s House‘, Norman Gershman says: “To me Islam is poetry, is science, is to be with the Divine. Islam is beauty“. The documentary is based on the stories of Jewish families who were saved by Albanian Muslims by putting their lives at risk.