Mishnah and Peah: What the Jews knew about the poor has been forgotten.

I am reposting this article to connect with the Channel at southtulsa.org that will be released on Sunday, 1/22/17

Doxology - by Eric Costanzo

He hated Christianity. He hated Judaism. He even hated the pagan religions. He thought all religion was without merit. The Roman Emperor Julian (emperor from AD 361-363), was also known as “the Apostate” because of his atheism.

Bust of Emperor Julian the Apostate

Despite his disdain for their religious traditions and practices, Julian was impressed with the way both Christians and Jews cared for the needy. He is remembered for saying: “For it is disgraceful when no Jew is a beggar and the impious Galileans [i.e. Christians] support our poor in addition to their own.

What an incredible tribute to our forebears in faith – that their care for the poor was noted by an emperor who hated everything about their religion. Julian noticed that they not only cared for the poor in their own circles, but among their religious adversaries as well.

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