As a Lutheran growing up in Seguin, Texas, I
had little awareness of Judaism. I loved the Sunday school Bible
stories of Abraham and Sarah’s journey to a new land, the Exodus from
Egypt, and King David and his psalms. I knew Jesus and the Apostle Paul
But my grasp of Judaism after the biblical period was limited and typical, I think, of most Christians since encounters between us and Jews are rare in many places, including many small towns. There are only an estimated 15 million Jews in the world, with 5 million in Israel and another 5 million in metropolitan New York City, compared with 2 billion Christians across the globe.
|Many Jews, like this son and father, read from the Torah in their homes during weekly observances and holidays.|
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