Many Christians don’t know that anti-Semitism is rooted in the Church and it is Christians who were responsible for some of the most evil and violent expressions of hatred against Jews throughout the ages. On the 9th of Av, Jews fast and mourn the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem, seminal event which produced the long exile from the Land of Israel. It is a time when Jews consider the terrible consequences of that exile — the persecution and murder of Jews during the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Pogroms, and the Holocaust. It is time for Christians to understand the terrible history of Christian – Jewish relations.
Sondra Oster Baras, an Orthodox Jew who has devoted her life to reaching out to Christians all over the world to bless Israel, presents a Jewish perspective on Christian Anti-Semitism. Tommy Waller, a Christian Zionist, explains how he gradually became aware of this terrible history and relates his commitment to educating Christians and creating a new relationship between Christians and Jews. Watch this video and pass it on to your friends!
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The worst of anti-Semitism was the Holocaust when Nazi Germany mobilized its entire empire, and enjoyed extensive support among the nations it conquered, to systematically destroy the Jewish people. The Holocaust has played a significant role in the Jewish psyche and influences Israel in so many different ways. In Etz Ephraim, Holocaust education has become a vehicle to connect Holocaust victims and survivors with their grandchildren, to link the generations and bolster Jewish identity and heritage. And it has laid the foundation for effective outreach to at-risk teens.