Father David Neuhaus, Latin Patriarchal Vicar, responsible for the Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel, has published a pastoral letter on the occasion of the 60th anniversary since the founding of the Work of Saint James. The letter was published on the Feast of Edith Stein, August 9, 2015.

Read here

NEW BOOK !

by Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer
"Searching Her Own Mystery"

with foreword of Card. Christoph Schonborn - Archibishop of Vienna, Austria

Read an excerpt: "On April 27, 2014 the Catholic Church officially recognized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II as saints. Media reports focused on the appeal these two figures held for rival segments of the Church; John XXIII inspired progressives, while John Paul II earned the devotion of traditionalists. Little attention was given to the revolution in Catholic teaching and sensibility that these two Popes jointly accomplished;John XXIII as initiator, John Paul II as interpreter, emblematic personality, and implementer." Read more (entire first chapter)

This book is available at Wipf and Stock, Amazon (also Kindle edition)

INTERVIEW - JUNE 9th, 2015

The Jewish People and the Identity of the Church  

BOOK REVIEW

From Saint James Vicariate For Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel
by Fr. David Neuhaus

Rabbi Mark Kinzer, a foremost Messianic Jewish theologian has published a new book on Nostra Aetate and its implications for Christian theology and dialogue with the Jews. Father David reports:

Rabbi Mark Kinzer, Messianic leader of the Zera Avraham Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan (b. 1952), has recently published a book on Nostra Aetate and its significance for Jews and Christians, Searching Her Own Mystery: Nostra Aetate, the Jewish People and the Identity of the Church (Eugene, Cascade Books, 2015). The book is an important contribution to the interpretation of Nostra Aetate and to the ongoing dialogue between Jews and Catholics, particularly those Jews who do believe that Jesus is the Messiah.

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the document that redefines the Catholic Church’s teaching on the relationship with members of other religions. The document was formulated during the Second Vatican Council, a council that brought together the leaders of the Catholic Church from all over the world. They deliberated for three years, from 1962 until 1965, redefining the Church’s relationship with the modern world and formulating the Church teaching within the context of the twentieth century. Nostra Aetate, translated “in our times”, redefined the attitude of the Catholic Church towards non-Christian religions. Discussions on the formulation of the document that became Nostra Aetate began with discussions on the attitude of the Catholic Church towards Jews and Judaism and this subject, the content of paragraph 4, is the longest part of the text.

Rabbi Kinzer defines four major changes evoked by Nostra Aetate in its long paragraph on the Jews and Judaism:

- The rejection of the claim that the Jews killed Christ. This tragically wrong interpretation of the Gospel has had devastating consequences for the Jews throughout the past two thousand years of history. The Council denounced anti-Semitism and all forms of racism!

- The reminder that Jews and Christians have a shared heritage not only focused on the Old Testament as a common patrimony but also emphasized that Yeshua, his Blessed Mother, the apostles and the early Church are Jewish.

- The insistence that the Jews are a chosen people and have an irrevocable vocation. They are not rejected by God because God is always faithful despite our faithlessness. In a particularly revolutionary formulation, the document, basing itself on Romans 11:29, a text never cited before in the Magisterium of the Church, said: “God holds the Jews most dear for the sake of their Fathers; He does not repent of the gifts He makes or of the calls He issues.”

- Finally, Kinzer claims that the document drives home the realization that the Church and the Jews are inextricably linked in the sight of God. It is from here that he derives the title of his book, quoting the beginning of paragraph 4: “As the sacred synod searches into the mystery of the Church, it remembers the bond that spiritually ties the people of the New Covenant to Abraham's stock”.

The renewal and purification of memory led to a change in thought and language that transformed a “teaching of contempt”, a phrase formulated by the Jewish French historian Jules Isaac, who encountered Pope John XXIII in 1960, into a “teaching of respect”.

Kinzer’s book goes on to deepen an understanding of the theological challenges that result from Nostra Aetate, examining ecclesiology, the sacraments of priesthood, baptism and Eucharist and challenging the Church and the Jewish people to pursue an understanding of sacramental presence that brings them ever closer together. The book includes fascinating sections on Kinzer’s own spiritual journey and the ongoing dialogue between Messianic Jews and Catholics.

 

FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH Rabbi Dr. MARK KINZER

"Our common adventure began with fr. Antoine Levy OP, a French Jewish Catholic priest and theologian who directs a study center in Helsinki, Finland. Over the past several years Antoine has been growing in his consciousness of the spiritual significance of his Jewish identity. This led him in the summer of 2008 to bring a Finnish tour group to Israel to inquire into contemporary expressions of Jewish faith in Yeshua. They visited both Messianic Jewish and Hebrew Catholic groups, and met with key leaders.

While in Jerusalem Antoine attended a public lecture I gave that focused on the published responses to my book, Postmissionary Messianic Judaism. The lecture piqued Antoine’s interest, and was followed by e-mail correspondence, transatlantic conversations by Skype, and our reading of one another’s work. In the process, we both became convinced that we should do something together that would enable Messianic Jews and Jews in churches to challenge and encourage one another as we were doing in our friendly and productive arguments.

We met for a day in Jerusalem in the summer of 2009, and decided at that time to initiate the Helsinki Consultation on Jewish Continuity in the Body of Messiah".

If you want to know more about our two co-chairs, read their thumb-nail biographies here (Mark’s) and here (Antoine’s).

Read about the members'
personal experience of the HC 

 

GO to the Statements' PAGE 

In particular, GO to: 

Boris Balter

"For me, being Jewish has never been a problem..." (read more)

Jacques Benjamin Doukhan

"When I accepted the invitation to join the Helsinki Consultation it was because I was intrigued..." (read more)

Richard Harvey

"I am delighted of being part of this growing group of Jewish believers in Yeshua..." (read more)

Mark S. Kinzer

"For the first twenty years of my life as a disciple of Yeshua I was a member of an ecumenical community..." (read more)

Antoine Levy

"In hindsight, I would describe my discovery of Christian faith at the age of 23 as a wonderful disaster..." (read more)

Lisa Loden

"As an Israeli Messianic Jew with scholarly interests, the Helsinki Consultation provides a unique forum..." (read more)

David Neuhaus

"I became a believer in Yeshua through the luminous witness of a Russian Orthodox nun..." (read more)

Svetlana Panich

"When I came to the Helsinki Consultation for the first time in 2010, I was sure that it would be just one more interesting academic encounter among others..." (read more)

Vladimir Pikman

"I believe the visible unity of sincere followers of Yeshua the Messiah reveals the mystery of the very divine nature and calling of Yeshua..." (read more

You can find here some books and articles written by the participants and other publications.

CONSULTATIONS

In this section you can read the papers and the final statements of all the previous -as well as this year's- consultations. 

 

2017 - in KRAKOW

Go to page here

READ the Press Release here

Go to the presentations here

2015 - in MOSCOW 

Go to page here 

READ the Press Release here

GO to the presentations here

 2013 - in OSLO  

Read 2013 Statement here.

Go to the relevant articles here

2012 - in BERLIN

      Read 2012 Statement here

      Go to the relevant articles here 

2011 - in PARIS

      Read 2011 Statement here

      Go to the relevant articles here 

2010 - in HELSINKI

      Read 2010 Statement here.

 

 

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HELSINKI CONSULTATION 2014

22nd-23rd JUNE, in the NETHERLANDS

Authority, Freedom and Tradition

in the life of Jewish disciples of Yeshua

The fifth Helsinki Consultation on Jewish Continuity in the Body of Messiah met June 21-25, 2014, hosted by the Centre for Israel Studies at the Christelijke Hogeschool, Ede, Holland.  Jewish scholars from Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, belonging to Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Messianic traditions, met to deepen their fellowship in faith and reflect on their calling and role as Jewish believers in Jesus within Israel and the Church.

Building on discussions from previous meetings, participants presented papers (available below) focusing on the role of Jewish and Christian tradition in the living out of the Torah in the light of faith in Yeshua (Jesus). As Jewish believers in Yeshua we are challenged to define our relationship to the two traditions we have inherited, which are often seen as mutually exclusive.  We addressed different aspects of this complex and multi-faceted subject, and have produced a joint statement (see below). 

READ the FINAL STATEMENT here


RELEVANT PAPERS

Mark S. KINZER - Jewish disciples of Yeshua and the healing of the Two-fold Tradition: Eight Theses

Antoine LEVY - Messianic Judaism: the Way Towards Christian Orthodoxy

Richard HARVEY - Towards Messianic Jewish Traditionism in Israel: Between Comfort and Duty? (see pptx)

Richard's work is also available on his website

David M. NEUHAUS - Authority, Freedom and Tradition in the life of Jewish disciples of Yeshua  (watch video)

Lisa LODEN & Boris BALTER - From Creative Torah to Creative Observance via Authority (go to pptx)

Vladimir PIKMAN - Great diversity : Authority, Freedom and Tradition in the life of Jewish disciples of Yeshua  (GO to video)

Svetlana PANICH - Do we need to obey? Thinking of Tradition from Inside the Post Traditionalist Culture (enjoy pptx and video)

Jacques DOUKHAN - My ambivalence Towards Jewish Tradition (watch video)

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The Consultation founders, Dr. Mark Kinzer, President Emeritus of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (USA), and Fr. Antoine Levy, OP, Professor at the School of Theology, University of Eastern Finland, expressed thanks to Dr. Michael Mulder, Director of the Centrum voor Israel Study Centre at the Christelijke Hogeschool, Ede, who hosted the event.  Next year’s consultation is planned for 28th June – 1st July 2015.

Mark Kinzer, Consultation co-founder, said “In these days the members of the Consultation received great encouragement from our Dutch hosts and conference attendees, who displayed their devotion to the reality which animates us – God's love for the Jewish people and the Body of Messiah, itself a communion of Jews and Gentiles.”

Antoine Levy, the other co-founder, observed “The most amazing thing is the understanding and the support that the Helsinki Consultation gets from ‘normal’ Christian believers. Our initiative is received the way it is meant to be received – not as a hidden form of proselytism towards Jews, not as a selfish withdrawal from the duty of universal communion within the Body of the Messiah, but as an attempt to recover something essential of the pristine truth and beauty of this Body.”

The Conference was reported in two Dutch daily newspapers, the Reformatorisch Dagblad (24 June 2014) and Netherlands Dagblat (24 June 2014). The day conference at the Christelijke Hogeschool had a full program of plenary addresses and seminars, with videos available of the presentations (available soon!).

 Last day's 18 sec VIDEO...can't miss ! Go here

READ here an overview of the conference by Susi SCHWEIZER