By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, Breaking Israel News-—
Even through Christian evangelicals around the world today tend to support Israel and support its right to exist, know that Jesus was born Jewish and believe in the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish-Christian relationship over the millennia has been fraught with conflict – and the Jews were always victims on the receiving side.
The Jewish people suffered forcible conversion and displacement (as in the 1290 expulsion of Jews from England, the 1492 Inquisition and expulsion of the unconverted Jews from Spain and 1497 expulsion from Portugal). Jews were put into ghettos and victimized in pogroms in Christian Europe; prevented from owning land and restricted in what professions they could enter. They were tortured and humiliated on many occasions by Christians and made subject to dress codes. And all this occurred before the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were murdered by Nazis born in Christian Germany.
The Torah taught the Jews that they had a special relationship and covenant with the one God who has no human form; that the Written and Oral Torah is a lifetime guide to a moral life that must be observed as part of a never-ending dialogue with God through tradition, rituals, prayers and ethical actions; and that a fully-human descendant of King David born of two human parents will one day appear to restore the Kingdom of Israel and usher in an era of peace, prosperity, and spiritual understanding for Israel and all the nations of the world. Continue Reading….