Saturday, August 25, 2012
What is a major difference between Christians and Jews?
One important difference is that while Christians are supposed to pray for their enemies, Jews pray for the destruction of theirs. A special request asking God to destroy Israel’s enemies in Iran and their Hezbollah proxy in Lebanon should be included in the prayers for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has said. “When we say the blessing over the dates at our Rosh Hashanah meal this year,” said the rabbi in his weekly address “and we ask God to ‘bring an end to our enemies,’ we should be thinking about Iran, those evil ones who threaten Israel. May the Lord destroy them. ”Many religiously observant Jews celebrate the Rosh Hashanah meal with a ceremonial blessing over several different foods. Each blessing contains a play on words to express a hope for the coming year. The blessing over the date, tamar in Hebrew, is that the Lord “finish off”, yitamu, the Israelites’ foes. The ultra-Orthodox party Shas is a key faction in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition. Can you imagine the uproar in the Jewish media if a Christian leader were to publicly call on Jesus Christ to destroy the enemies of Christianity?