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How's Your Faith?
It’s been an honor to be with David Gregory on his many-year journey to faith as a regular study partner and friend. It’s striking to read reviews and listen to podcasts and interviews where David lays bare a raw soul. I read How’s Your Faith? in an earlier version in February and felt my eyes water several times. I just finished listening to the audiobook this week and – while I know I am biased – I was deeply moved by David’s capacity to make himself vulnerable. David is a seeker who really rode the highs and lows of life in the public eye, who struggled with his mother’s alcoholism as a child and who is negotiating an interfaith family with a wife of great strength, sensitivity and faith but not his faith.
We’re entering the seventh year of studying together on a semi-regular basis, and a recent moment strikes me as particularly poignant. Our usual study haunts were in his office at NBC studios or a Bethesda Starbucks on Wisconsin Avenue. I never worried that we would run out of topics. I worried about getting a good parking space.
SPECIAL ESSAY: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER ABOUT RACE
...When we look at all the patterns in the first chapter of Beresheet (Genesis)- the creation of time, creation through the word, creation through separation, creation and evaluation, that the created world could regenerate itself, that God blessed human beings and provided a world that could nourish us - we understand something very profound. Some people think that the greatest contribution of the Jews to the world is the belief in one God. I think that’s not enough. It’s also the kind of singular God that we believe in that also matters, and it matters greatly. Our one God is orderly and thoughtful. He cares about human beings, provides for them and blesses them...
Weekly Jewish Wisdom
Nov 26, 2015
One who increase possessions increases worry
Last week I suggested to readers that to combat some of the baseless hatred of the Friday before - when the Paris terrorist attacks happened - they engage in random acts of kindness. Many reported back on acts small and large that helped lift them above the despair of what seems an ever intolerant and violent society. One tutored an Afghan war veteran in physics and calculus to help him complete his pre-med requirements. One made a bank teller feel good by wishing her well on her recent marriage. Some of you said that you were studying to honor the memory of Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year old American who was murdered last week while studying in Israel for his gap year.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels," Saint Augustine.
Sota 32b: "A person should say his own praise in a soft voice and that which is to his discredit in a loud voice." Say both but modulate.
"The only thing that endures is character," O. J. Simpson.
Sota 31a: "Greater is one who performs mitzvot out of love than one who performs them out of fear." Why? What is done out of love endures.
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in," Isaac Asimov.
Sota 30b: "They assumed" in the Talmud suggests that an interpretation was pondered and then rejected. Name assumptions, then check them.