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THE BRIDGE BUILDER The Life and Continuing Legacy of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein By Zev Chafets
Christian News Service, August 4, 2015 -- It’s not shocking that there is an Orthodox Rabbi from Chicago raising millions of dollars for Jewish philanthropy. It is astonishing that these donations come from evangelical Christians despite hundreds of years of discord and animosity between the two groups. What force could be behind this seemingly insurmountable feat? The answer is Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
THE BRIDGE BUILDER: The Life and Continuing Legacy of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein by journalist, Zev Chafets (Sentinel; August 11) highlights the Rabbi’s unconventional, and sometimes controversial, approach to changing conventional wisdom of what Christians and Jews can accomplish together. Along with his organization, The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), which today is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world, Rabbi Eckstein is on a mission to forge a partnership between these two groups and build broad support for the State of Israel.
Rabbi Eckstein is a brilliant communicator, a self-made entrepreneur and a man willing to stand up for his ideas in the face of vitriolic opposition from the establishment, and who paid a high price until he was vindicated. This is not the journey of a single bridge builder; rather, it’s the story of a man on a mission to connect Christians and Jews, allowing them to build thousands of bridges of their own.
THE BRIDGE BUILDER illustrates unity in the face of criticism and adversity. In a world torn apart by varying religious beliefs, nothing is quite as inspiring as a man dedicating his life to uniting these groups for the greater good.
Zev Chafets is the bestselling author of fourteen books of fiction, media criticism, and social and political commentary, most recently, Remembering Who We Are. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and a former columnist for the New York Daily News.