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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