As the Jewish people continue their eight-day celebration of Hanukkah and Christians prepare for Christmas, it is also a time to remember what brings us people of faith together. Writing at Fox News, Rabbi Eckstein says what brings Christians and Jews together is our shared belief in the Bible:
For both Jews and Christians, this season of Hanukkah and Christmas is a time to celebrate and marvel at miracles. And though Hanukkah and Christmas are very different holidays, it is also a time for us to consider the many things our Bible-based faiths have in common.
I often surprise people when I tell them that the organization I head – the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews – is the largest charity in the State of Israel today. People are surprised as well to learn that the vast majority of the $140 million in donations we expect to get this year will come from evangelical Christians.
Questions I typically get:
Why do evangelical Christians give sacrificially so that Jews can make aliyah and return to live in their Promised Land?
Why do evangelical Christians give to support the poor, the elderly, victims of terrorism and Holocaust survivors living in poverty in Israel?
And why do Jews give generously to support the same type of assistance to help persecuted Christians in the predominantly Muslim nations of the Middle East?
The answer to all these questions is that there is an unshakable bond between Christians and Jews, growing out of our shared reverence for the Bible...