In my travels around the world speaking in churches about creating a new positive path in Jewish-Christian relations, I was initially caught off guard on how free-flowing the word “amen” would be used during a pastor’s message.

“Can I get an amen,” was occasionally repeated by the pastor and in return, the congregation would respond with a thundering affirmation – “amen.” While both Judaism and Christianity use amen as an answer to prayers, I just could never imagine my pulpit rabbi asking the congregation to affirm what he was saying during his message.

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