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Abstract

The aim of a meeting of people representing different philosophies and confessions is, first of all, to bear witness of one's faith and one's hope. Such witness is one of the best ways to rid groups of mutual prejudice, which only leads to distrust and enmity. It is impossible, however, to bear witness without making an attempt to understand the other. In speaking of Judaism and Orthodox Christianity, I would like to begin the discussion by referring to the paper by Dr. Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain. This paper was read at the annual conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews in Rome on September 8, 1997. The conference, as well as the paper, was concerned with the much discussed problem of "the Other." I will take the liberty to briefly repeat the principal ideas of this paper.

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