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Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: Thank you for your well thought out and moving column on The Passion of the Christ. I have not seen the movie, nor do I intend to do so. In fact, I never intended to see it even before the conflict (I read about this movie well over a year ago). I am Catholic but, as strange as this sounds, I do not enjoy religious movies. Nor do I like much in the way of spectacle. I particularly dislike violent and gory movies, so this film is a definite NO GO for me. Please know that many Christians such as myself, including many Catholics, are very sensitive and ashamed of the evils that were committed against Jews, as we are of the evils that are still being perpetrated against them. It will never be enough to say "I am sorry." However, we can, and must, work seriously at engendering tolerance and respect for other people in this world, which belongs to G-d. I keep in mind Sister Rose Thering, a tireless worker towards improving Christian/Jewish relations, who reminds us that, though we disagree on many things, we are all bound to the same Covenant - Baruch Hashem. Hear O Israel, the Lord, your G-d, the Lord is One. You shall love Him with all you heart and all your soul and all your strength. I pray the Shema every morning, and will do so for the rest of my life. Thank you once again for your good works.