December 2, 2004

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
Some of My Best Friends...

From this week's Forward, "Kosher Corporation Releases a Cartoon 'Passion'":

"While [Howard] Jonas said he was concerned enough to pull 'The Animated Passion,' he decried the Jewish response to Gibson's film, particularly Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who was one of the most visible critics of 'The Passion of the Christ.'

'Foxman sees enemies under every table,' Jonas said, 'even when enemies are Evangelical Christians who are our best friends.'
Jonas has tightened his own company's links with Christian media companies during the last year. Last December, Jonas signed a deal with evangelical preacher Pat Robertson to produce family-friendly entertainment through IDT's animation division. The agreement underscores the increasing links between Orthodox Jews and evangelicals over not only their shared interest in Israel, but also their shared religious values."

According to this article, Robertson describes a few of those shared values:
"Jews are waking up to the reality that Jesus is their Messiah," Robertson said. In an interview, Robertson said, "What God is doing among the Jewish people is extraordinary and has great prophetic significance. I don't think any of us 20 or 30 years ago dreamed that there would be vibrant Hebrew Christian congregations not only in America, but in Russia, and in Brazil, and in other parts of the world."

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