Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky
~ SHABBAT SHALOM ~
Today...ECCLESIA ET SYNAGOGA, the name given to the symbolic representations in Christian art of the Middle Ages of the victorious Church and defeated Synagogue, symbolizing the triumph of Christianity. The representation is often found in medieval Christian manuscript art. It also became a conventional decoration in many medieval churches, especially in France, England, and Germany, and took the form of two graceful female figures, usually on the outside of the building. The Church is shown erect and triumphant, bearing a cross; the Synagogue is usually blindfolded and dejected, bearing a broken staff and sometimes decorated with the Tables of the Ten Commandments symbolizing the Old Testament. The best known statues of this type are on the exterior of the cathedrals of Strasbourg and Bamberg. They are also found in Rheims, Paris, and Bordeaux. In England, they figure, generally in a mutilated condition, in Rochester, Lincoln, Salisbury, and Winchester. The representation of the blindfolded synagogue was paradoxically reflected even in Jewish manuscript art: as for example in the miniature of the blindfolded Torah with her spouse, the People of Israel, in a 14th-century manuscript prayer book (Hamburg, Cod. Lev. 37; possibly having a symbolic meaning, representing the Torah and the People of Israel). (Source)
Some might see the second depiction as an improvement over the first, but that would be a mistake...In 2015, Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia commissioned a large sculpture by Joshua Koffman showing the pair in harmony. The sculpture is aimed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration Nostra aetate. Both personifications wear crowns and hold their respective Holy Scriptures, the pair suggesting the notion of learning one from another. The final, bronze cast version of the sculpture was blessed by Pope Francis at St Joseph´s University in September 2015. (Source)
This "meeting halfway" is accomplished by Christians "embracing" [their Christianized idea of] the "Torah" and the Jews accepting the "Jewish messiah." How has anything really changed??? Practically speaking, it hasn't! This is just assimilation with tallit and tefillin and a kippah or headscarf!In the future, Esau will wrap himself in a tallis, sit down next to Yakov and say to him, "You are my brother"....Yakov will say to him, "My brother, you will not be like me. I will lead you to death, I will be the pestilence that leads you to Sheol (Hoshea 13,14). Had I upheld decrees that you promulgated against me, I would have been guilty at the eyes of Heaven. Had I violated them, you would have killed me (Yalkut Shimoni, Yirmiahu 333).
"That was Esau's intention when he told Yakov, 'Let us travel together and I will go before you' (Genesis 33,12). He wanted them to join together in both this world and the world to come, to meet each other halfway, with each modifying his conduct until they were alike (Yalkut Shimoni, Genesis 133).
"...Our hearts are to see friendship and cooperation built between Jews and Christians and we believe Biblical Zionism is the way to our collective better future."And who is promoting it but Har Brachah Rabbi Eliezer Melamed's favorite "righteous" gentiles - Waller Family and Friends of HaYovel fame.
"In recognition that world peace is impossible without peace first between Christians and Jews, we lay forth these principles which can serve to unite Christians and Jews on grounds held common by all Biblical Zionists."Unfortunately, having only really known the "Messianic" houses of avodah zarah and having only learned at the feet of the Erev Rav "Jews", they are so ignorant of authentic Judaism that they have no clue about the unbreachable chasm that divides real Jews from them.