At Shabbat lunch today the subject of the phrase 'falling in love' came up. And the solution is simple. It's all there in the Bible, in this week's portion about Isaac meeting Rebecca:
When Rebecca sees Isaac for the first time, he is so 'radiant' that she falls off her camel. It's love at first sight!
I wonder if fellow bloggers have had similar experiences: bikes or chairs will do!
Talking about love, there's not much lost for the Archbishop of Canterbury here in Israel at present. In fact, I've been taken to task for my moderate blog about that Jerusalem Post interview with him.
All I did was present both the Thursday article, in which he is alleged to have blamed Israel yet again for the plight of Christians in Bethlehem, as well as cast doubt on the existence of the hate literature being aimed against Jews in those area.
Which is strange, because I have sent Lambeth Palace examples of such hate literature as well as a HAMAS suicide bomber video, translated into English, AT THEIR OWN REQUEST. And I'm pretty sure others have as well.
But I also linked to the Lambeth Palace website in which all those concerned in the meeting of Anglican and Jewish leaders expressed their satisfaction with the event:
Then on Friday, we even had a Jerusalem Post editorial on the whole affair.
One cannot disagree with the sentiments of the editorial. However, the paper seems to be unaware of the fact that Lambeth Palace had already acknowledged the role of the British churches in the implementation of the Balfour Declaration,
(no. 3 of the text of the agreement signed by the two Chief Rabbis of Israel and the Arcbbishop of Canterbury, at Lambeth Palace, in September 2006)
And here is how the Church Times reported the historic declaration at the time:
In addition, the Jerusalem Post has the incorrect date of the Synod vote to divest from Caterpillar bulldozers: it was actually taken in February 2006, the day before I addressed a crowd of Anglicans in Manchester Cathedral on the 350th anniversary of the resettlement of the Jews to England:
As pointed out in my previous blog, the Balfour Declaration took place exactly 90 years ago.
There is no doubt that the attitude of the Church of England to Jews in general and to Israel in particular, is not as clear-cut, or warm, as some would like. But they're British Anglicans, for goodness sake, not Italian Catholics! On the other hand, as someone said to me during a seminar at Haifa University on Thursday:
Truth is not monolithic: and sometimes there are two or three truths held in parallel
Hopefully, Lambeth Palace will be back in touch in the near future. For the moment, it has been confirmed at the highest level that the rabbis involved, as well as Lambeth Palace itself, are very pleased with their meeting last Wednesday, as reported in yesterday's Church Times:
This is what the Chief Rabbi of Haifa said to me about the first such meeting, held in July:
These sorts of meetings should be nurtured and more visits of ordinary Anglicans to Israel should be encouraged, which educate about Judaism, Jewish sites, Jewish history and the Jewish present.
One such visit took place two weeks ago and the results have borne fruit already.