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Sacred Dissonance: The Blessing of Difference in Jewish-Christian Dialogue Paperback – December 1, 2017
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About the Author
<p><b>Larry Behrendt</b> is a specialist in interreligious dialogue with specific emphasis on Jewish-Christian relations. His blog, jewishchristianintersections.com, is uniquely devoted to this topic. Larry has degrees from the University of California and Georgetown University.</p>
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I learned a lot about Judaism by reading this book, but two points stood out to me: first, remembering the Holocaust (or ‘Shoah’) is as important to contemporary Jewish identity as remembering the events of the Exodus or the Exile. In fact, for most American Jews it is more important than Torah observance!
Second, Christians and Jews remember the Holocaust differently. Christians tend to think of heroes like Dietrich Bonhoeffer who resisted the Nazi regime; by contrast, many Jews see Christianity as largely responsible for making the Holocaust possible. That’s a big difference in collective memory! The sad truth is, some theological trends within Christianity were in fact responsible for violence against European Jews during WWII, as this book well attests.
Given this difference between Christians and Jews, any substantive dialogue between them today is going to have to address conflicting ideas about how the Holocaust should be remembered. Larry Behrendt and Anthony Le Donne do this masterfully, which is why I respect this book so much.
This book gives hope to anyone, all of us, who aspire to genuine hard-won empathy in any realm.
Thank you, Anthony and Larry, for allowing us to see your hearts and your perspectives.
I highly recommend this book!