Rabbi who accompanied Pope says Jews too focused on past tragedies
Rabbi Avraham Skorka, longtime friend of Pope Francis, says Jewish leaders should look beyond the past and accept offers of closer dialogue with the Church.
During a recent dinner at the Vatican, Pope Francis went around the table offering cake to his guests. But when he reached his old friend from Argentina, Rabbi Avraham Skorka, the pope excused himself by saying he would not offer him a slice -- because he was not sure whether the pastry contained animal fat, which would render it not kosher.
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