About Rabbi Eckstein:
Founder and President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Israel, Rabbi Eckstein has devoted more than 35 years to building bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews and broad support for the State of Israel. He is recognized as the world's leading Jewish authority on evangelical Christians. Rabbi Eckstein received Orthodox Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in New York. He holds master's degrees from Yeshiva University and Columbia University, where he also completed studies for his doctorate. Rabbi Eckstein has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Seminary. He currently serves on the executive committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews was founded in 1983 by Rabbi Eckstein to promote understanding between Jews and Christians and build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns. Their ministry's vision is that Jews and Christians will reverse their 2,000-year history of discord and replace it with a relationship marked by dialogue, respect, and cooperation. Among the many things they do as an organization, they also create materials for teaching about the significance of connecting Israel and Christianity through such resources as A Woman of Valor: Celebrating The Proverbs 31 Women In Our Lives, A Man Of Faith: Reflections On Godly Leadership From The Ancient Shepherds Of Israel (both devotionals by Rabbi Eckstein), and Seven Fruits of Israel: Recipes And Devotions From The Holy Land (by Yael Eckstein).
As a Christian, it is important for me to also understand where others are coming from. Especially Jews, it is also important to work together especially when you have shared concerns. I love that they can connect the two using resources I especially would love to check out A Woman of Valor: Celebrating the Proverbs 31 Women in our Lives. I have always loved that chapter in the Bible, so I would love to see how it could connect me more with more people.
My thoughts: Normally, I do not read biographies. They normally do not peak my interest and keep me interested but this book was different. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is truly an amazing man. He did not let his spirit get crushed but instead he kept pushing on. It was very interesting to me that he wanted Christians to understand Jewish people and their needs and that they could work together as a whole. We have heard and read many times about the Jewish and Israel being God's chosen people. Eckstein, tries his hardest to get the support he needs and soon funds coming in allowing the help needed. I think Eckstein's life is very interesting and I loved seeing the photographs throughout the book! This was really and truly a great read!
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About the author: Zev Chafets is the bestselling author of fourteen books of fiction, media criticism, and social and political commentary. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and is a former columnist for the New York Daily News.
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