Sunday, April 03, 2005

Pope JP2 RIP

I'm unsure how to deal with the news that the Pope passed away. From what I've read, he seemed to be as pro-Israel and as positive towards Judaism as we could've hoped for (especially considering some of his predecessors). On a more broader perspective, he was a man of G-d who was revered and respected by millions and millions of believers worldwide, who are now in mourning. On reading the obituaries, he seems to have been a great man, sometimes showing leadership qualities that are lacking in the Jewish world.

If we take the Rambam's attitude at the end of Hilchot Melachim (uncensored), Christianity and Islam have a very important role to play on earth, spreading the idea of Torah (even as an "Older" version), G-d and the Moshiach. To me this means that Christian missionizing in places like Africa, Eastern Europe etc is a positive step, as long as as they are not indoctrinating anyone to go on a rampage to Jerusalem, killing every heretic and infidel on the way. The same can be said for Islam. Thank you JP2 for who you were, and Rest In Peace


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