Today was a very good day. As Ramban is the commentator of the month at Pardes, our Chumash class read a long entry of his about his perspective on miracles and mitzvot. More about Ramban and his commentary later. I’ll just say that Rashi typically writes short explanations on text in the chumash while Ramban is quite wordy.
This afternoon I attended a staff meeting/semi-retreat. One of the staff members, Ophir Yarden talked about his work in ICCI’s the Center for Interreligious Encounter with Israel. The program organizes tours for visiting groups and educates them about the different religious aspects of Israel. Some of the people whom ICCI has hosted have included religious students, religious leaders and college groups. Groups have included separate and combined Jewish and Christian delegations.
Ophir also talked about the upcoming conference that ICCI is helping to organize in Jerusalem for the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), an organization which ICCI also belongs to. The theme of the conference is “The Contribution of Jewish-Christian- Muslim Dialogue to Peace-Buidling in the Middle East”
It sounds like it’s going to be a really interesting event!
Here’s something else that might interest you: I recently expanded a blog article I had written last month on Bush’s visit here for MASA’s online newsletter. http://www.masaisrael.org/masa/english/Bush