Under the rubric of Religion Journal, David Gonzalez reported (Feb. 25) that the "Jews See Signs of Change In New Catholic Teachings." I recently read a 1994 book by Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years, and I didn't detect any change on the part of the Jews, at the institution level at least, toward Christianity.
Christians, to their credit, are making every effort to redress the mistakes of the past. Jews, however, do not even recognize that the Halacha is full of racist and discriminatory precepts against non-Jews. According to Shahak, the Talmud "contain[s] very offensive statements and precepts directed specifically against Christianity." For instance, Jews are instructed to burn any copy of the New Testament. This is what happened on March 23, 1980 when "hundreds of copies of the New Testament were publicly and ceremonially burnt in Jerusalem under the auspices of Yad Le'akhim, a religious organization subsidized by the Israeli Ministry of Religions". Speaking about Jesus, the Talmud states that "his punishment in hell is to be immersed in boiling excrement."
It is about time that Christians demand that Jews start their own process of "eliminating the demeaning and prejudiced description" of Christians and Christianity from their books.
February 28, 1995]