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  1. Weaver says:

    “If Christians knew the effect of church bells on the Jewish soul, they would ring them all day long.”
    –Rav Yisrael Salanter, 19th century

    Baruch Hashem, relations between Jews and Christians are such that this is no longer the case! Church bells do not cause me harm in the slightest, nor should they anyone else.

    As Rav Hirsch put it in 1858 (!):
    “A spark from it [the Jewish spirit] has lit up the hearts of heathens through Christianity, and it brings joy to people through that which is known as Christian love and charity. Yes, the Jewish boy must even rejoice over the depiction of a Christmas Eve, which is, rightfully so, rarely missing in any reading book for Christian
    youth!”

  2. Steve Brizel says:

    Fascinating story ( full disclosure I have a similar l anniversary coming up and a classmate who called me was very ignorant re kashrut let alone my reluctance to go to a bar for drinks) I think that many BTs would certainly send regards to their classmates but would have some Halachic and hashkafic reservations about going to a country club or bar to get together with people whose lives were markedly different in lifestyle I am not sure that Kavod HaBriyos or Hakaras Hatov requires you to be an element of sociological and Intellectual display for people that you haven’t seen or been in contact with 40 or more years and who may have and still choosing a life of Torah observance with thinly veiled contempt or worse

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