Monday, November 14, 2005

Fortieth Anniversary of Nostra Aetate

The fortieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the papal declaration that radically changed the Catholic Church's attitude towards Jews, passed by two weeks ago with essentially no notice in the Orthodox Jewish community. The controversy in the Orthodox community that surrounded its original issuance and the developments since then have been ignored, as have the impact of the statement. Neither the OU nor the RCA have anything on their websites about it.

R. Yitzchok Adlerstein has broken the silence by posting a thoughtful piece on the subject on Cross Currents.

Worthy of note is the ongoing debate over the last two years about R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik's heritage on this issue, as posted to the Boston College website.

Here is a link to the Vatican's statement about the Nostra Aetate anniversary: link
Here is the ADL's collection of articles on the anniversary: link
The Reform movement's CCAR's suggestions from programs to commemorate the anniversary: link
Dr. Eugene Borowitz's address at the Catholic University's program in March celebrating the anniversary: link

UPDATE: This post is probably relevant to the topic.

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