MembersJewish Textbook Too ‘Christian’?

An Orthodox rabbi has complained to Education Minister Naftali Bennett that the history book for the 6th grade is too Christian-oriented.

By Israel Today Staff |
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School books for sale in a bookshop in the center of Jerusalem. Schools all over Israel begin the first day of the new academic school year tomorrow. AUgust 26, 2013. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90 Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90

Rabbi Amital Bareli sent a letter to Bennett charging that the textbook presented Jerusalem as more of a Christian city than a Jewish one. The rabbi said the book’s author, Tamar Hayardeni, too often refers students to passages in the New Testament where they learn about the Christian ‘saints’ and the birth of Jesus.

 

Furthermore, the young Rabbi Bareli is angry that the book draws a clear connection between King David and Jesus: “Jews believe that the Messiah will come from the house of David, and this is what Christians also believe,” the author writes.

 

Bareli called on Bennett, who is also an Orthodox Jew, to review the content of the textbook and explain...

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