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Articles written by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

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  • Saying 'thank you' to our Christian friends

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, JNS|Jan 12, 2018

    President Donald Trump’s recent announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and declaring that the U.S. will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem did not happen in a vacuum or come out of nowhere. It did not happen solely because of Jewish influence, either. It happened because millions of good Christians in America urged the president to do so. But where did this groundswell of Christian support come from? It was exactly 40 years ago when I initiated some of the earliest dialogues ever between evangelical Christians and Jew...

  • The battle against terror is our battle

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein|Jan 15, 2016

    A year ago today (Jan. 7, 2016), the world was stunned by the events unfolding in Paris. First, brothers Sherif and Said Kouachi—both masked, dressed in black, and armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles—forced their way into the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, killing 12, including staff members, security personnel, and a guest. The next day, a lone gunman armed with a pistol and a machine gun shot several people in a Paris suburb, killing a policewoman. And the following day, while the brothers were engaged in an 8-hour sta...

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