How can we learn to appreciate what makes us unique?

From the Liberty Bell inscribed with a verse from the Torah (Leviticus 25:10), to the structure of the Western Law system with its checks and balances, one can clearly see that the foundation of the United States is our Judeo-Christian values.

Many Christian bookstores have books on “Jewish Roots” or “Our Father Abraham,” while the Jewish community has “Kosher Jesus” and even a “Jewish Annotated New Testament.”

We need to find common ground. Many are rediscovering the fact that we both share the same scriptures found in the Tanakh (Torah/Prophets/Writings).

Okay, so we as Christians call it the “Old Testament.” Nonetheless, most people realize that it is the exact same Hebrew text that is the source of these Holy writings.

Even though Christians and messianic Jews include the New Testament, it cannot be overlooked that both Christians and Jews have a huge amount of common scripture heritage.

Both historic Judaism and Christianity believe in the concept of a coming messiah to establish God’s order on Earth. In fact, as Christians we got that belief directly from the Jews. Thank God!

As Christians we believe and have accepted a Jewish man as our Lord and savior. Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. It’s true that there are some important differences between Judaism and Christianity.

I will continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for our great nation, the United States, to stand with Israel. It was a sad day here in Pine Bluff when the Jewish Synagogue closed its doors. Mr. David, Mrs. Kay Shapiro, and Mrs. (Tutu) Simpson I love you and pray for you every day.

The Rev. Kerry Price Sr. is the pastor at Breath of Life Church at Pine Bluff.

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