RABBI YECHIEL ECKSTEIN MOURNS BILLY GRAHAM, A ‘GIANT’ OF CHRISTIANITY AND BRIDGE BUILDING

JERUSALEM, Feb. 21 — Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein , the founder and president of The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”), today issued the following statement on the passing of the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham:

“Alongside our millions of Christian supporters and on behalf of the Jewish people, we mourn the passing of Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, a towering figure in Christianity and a historic ally and defender of Israel and of the Jewish people. Billy Graham was a giant. He set the ground for our mission of Christian-Jewish and interfaith bridge building and was a voice for truth and morality. He was a man of unbending Christian faith, but also of tolerance and understanding and cooperation, even with those who didn’t share his convictions. He was a man who transcended all divisions. He led the path for Christian Zionists, and was a Christian role model and partner in building interfaith bridges, compassion and love. May his memory be a blessing and may we emulate his legacy of maintaining our convictions and yet being open and respectful and loving, even to others who don’t share our beliefs.”


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