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New Pope’s Relationship with Jews: Lit Menorah During 2012 Hanukkah Celebration in Argentina (VIDEO)

March 14, 2013 10:56 am 2 comments

The new Pope Francis I lights a menorah while celebrating Hanukkah with Buenos Aires's Jewish community Dec., 2012. Photo: Youtube/Jewish News Oneh.

It was only months ago that Jorge Mario Bergoglio was filmed lighting a menorah (see video below) while celebrating Hanukkah with Buenos Aires’s Jewish community.

Now the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires has a new name: Pope Francis I, and much is being made of his  friendly relationship with the Jewish community in his home country of Argentina.

Rabbi David Rosen, the director of interfaith affairs for the American Jewish Committee, described him as a “warm and sweet and modest man.”

After the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in 1994, he “showed solidarity with the Jewish community,” Rosen told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

“Those who said Benedict was the last pope who would be a pope that lived through the Shoah, or that said there would not be another pope who had a personal connection to the Jewish people, they were wrong,” Rosen said.

“The Latin American Jewish Congress has had a close relationship with Jorge Bergoglio for several years,” Claudio Epelman, executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress, told JTA. “We know his values and strengths. We have no doubt he will do a great job leading the Catholic Church.”

Below is a video of Bergoglio celebrating Hanukkah with members of Buenos Aires’s Jewish community last year:

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  • Chair of the New York Board of Rabbis Holocaust Education Committee, Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg has produced a PDF Holocaust Siddur and Haggadah that can be downloaded for free. The 140-page Siddur is available at

    http://www.jewishfreeware.org/downloads/YOM%20HASHOAH/FinalMASTER%203-7-%20ROSENBERGHOLOCAUST.pdf. The 66-page Haggadah is at http://www.holocausthaggadah.com.

    A prayer book, the Siddur includes a full traditional evening service for Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, in Hebrew and in English translations. Also included is an appendix with four suggested sample interfaith community programs and a large selection of readings, poetry, essays and other materials to help synagogues and community groups create their own programs. In Hebrew and English, the Hagaddah features essays, songs, and numerous explanations for a Holocaust Seder. Both were produced in honor of Rosenberg’s Holocaust survivor parents, Jacob and Rachel, as well as many family members who perished at the hands of the Nazis. I pray for the health and success of the new POPE.

  • EVERYONE GO HOME.
    JEWS DONT NEED ”ONE G-D” ANYMORE
    YOU HAVE THE POOPS IN VATICAN.
    THE KILLERS OF TORAH, OF JUDAISM, DSTROYER OF THE TEMPLE….
    BUT ALL IS FORGIVEN BECAUSE HE LIGHTS THE MENORA.
    WHEN HE STOPS ALL MISSIONIERS, ALL PROSELYTIZING AND DECEPTIONS OF XTIANS PRETENDIONG TO BE RABBIS
    TO CONVERT JEWS…..
    THEN MAYBE I WILL SOFTEN
    BUT THEN
    HE MUST REMOVE THE ‘ARCH OF TITUS’ IN ROME DEPICTING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE HOLY TEMPLE AND SHACKLING JEWS…

    THEN MAYBE I WILL SMILE A LITTLE

    WHEN HE GIVES THE NAMES OF JEWS FORCED TO CONVERT
    WHEN HE RETURNS WHAT EVER IS HIDDEN IN THE VATICAN OF JEWS
    WHEN HE CRIES FROM HIS HEART AND RETURNS THE ART, THE SILVER, THE JEWELS
    WHEN HE ACKNOWLEDGES THERE IS ONLY ”ONE G-D”

    I KNOW THAT MASHIACH IS HERE
    AND I WILLNOT GIVE A DAM WHAT THE POOPS DOES.

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