Posted by Register Holy Land correspondent Michele Chabin:
In a New York Times forum, several prominent Jews weighed in on Pope Benedict’s speech at Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial earlier this week. Some Jews felt the speech was too impersonal, given that the Pope is German-born and, by his own admission, was a member of the Nazi Youth movement, if only on paper and only because he was forced to join.
Others defended the Pope by focusing not just on his words but on his actions.
Here are two differing opinions:
Daniel Gordis (senior vice president, the Shalem Center in Jerusalem): “The Pope’s mistake was that he assumed the role of diplomat rather than religious leader....READ MORE