What is all the fuss about the Pope and the prayers for the Jews which he re-instated during the Passion. We say them once a year at the Passion and I would think very few of us pray them, then or ever at all.
Following are one of the 18 benedictions the Jewish Faithful are supposed to pray thrice daily every day.
“Let there be no hope for the apostates and quickly root up the kingdom of arrogance.
Let the Nazarenes and sectarians [minim] vanish in a moment. Blot them out of the book of life”
Sixty three times a week this benediction is to be prayed by Orthodox Jews since the building of their new school in Jabneh in the first century. Can we therefore criticize our Holy Father Benedict? If the traditional Hebrew thought is so strongly pointed towards us catholics in such words, who hates who?Nazarenes, in this case, were the early Christians, who still shared the synagogues for worship.