Fixing the mistaken Christian belief that Pentecost and Shavuot are identical may be the key to better Jewish-Christian relations. It also has enormous potential to enable Christians to understand the Bible as Jesus did.
Although the conflict between Islam and the West is a continuation of history, the strategy of those who seek to whitewash and thus empower Islam is to fixate on peaceful aberrations while suppressing the continuum of hostility.
‘The entire basis of the regional conflict is based on religion and begins inside the holy books,’ said Professor Bat-sheva Garsiel, to Breaking Israel News. ‘Islam agrees that God gave the Torah to the Jews at Mount Sinai but the details and the differences are what fuel the conflict.’
Happily, a large number of Israelis realize this, and although many of them are not Orthodox or even religious, they try hard to bring some inner Jewishness to their lives and observe some traditions, because they know that Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai was right and A.B. Yehoshua is wrong.