Rabbi Yehiel E. Poupko is Rabbinic Scholar at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, where he is responsible for the Jewish community's interfaith relations. He is the author of Chana: A Life in Prayer and a book of poetry, What Is Lost.

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A rabbi reflects on the Law, the Pharisees and 'our friend' Francis

Commentary: I am not so much concerned with this or that episodic statement made by Pope Francis. Our concerns must of ethical necessity be expressed in the overall context of the friendship of this pope and of the church.