A hotel in the Austrian region of Tyrol that said it does not accept Jewish guests has caused shock in the local media and tourism industry, the daily Tiroler Tageszeitung reported Sunday.
A Vienna family of seven had had tried to make a reservation at the Haus Sonnenhof apartment hotel in the village of Serfaus, but the owner replied by e-mail that although the room was free, she did not want to take in Jewish guests because of "bad experiences" in the past.
The region around Serfaus has become popular among orthodox Jewish tourists in recent years, and several hotels in Tyrol have begun offering kosher food.
At least once a week I run into someone who suggests Canadians should adopt more European ways or model for this or that way of doing whatever which always astounds me. I mean, if Europe was really that answer why did our ancestors leave in the millions?
Speaking of Europeans, the Pope made a rather interesting pronouncement from Jordan over the weekend. Apparently, Jews and Christians share an inseparable bond which is rather news to me and probably for all those Jews who accepted death rather than conversion at the hands of Christians. Ha’aretz:
I have a Chumash, Tanach, and book after book of commentaries and there is somewhere in the house of a Christian bible but in none of my Jewish religious books can I reconcile the ‘Christian’ testament with anything found within those Jewish religious books. Most days, when I run across a blog posting referencing something in the Christianize ‘Chumash’ listing its English name, chapter and line number, I have come to learn its going to be a hunt tracking down the alleged corresponding reference.
"The ancient tradition of pilgrimage to the holy places also reminds us of the inseparable bond between the church and the Jewish people," said Benedict. "From the beginning, the church in these lands has commemorated in her liturgy the great figures of the patriarchs and prophets, as a sign of her profound appreciation of the unity of the two testaments."