I just started reading a new book I bought “You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right” by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. Here are some great ‘food for thought’ pieces from the first chapter…I am starting to enjoy this writer.
“Faith can become something that’s narrow, limiting, an either/or that is rigid and un-yielding…I don’t think that’s true faith. In fact it may be precisely faith’s opposite, an extremity of doubt that boomerangs into strident belief” (Hirschfield, pg 17)
“Fanatic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt; it is when we are not sure that we are doubly sure” (Richard Niebuhr, pg 17)
“But I have come to know that the true meaning of faith is not to be found in these sureties or in a single absolute, but in competing absolutes” (Hirschfield, pg 18)
“People often ask me about the effort it takes to keep kosher and observe the exacting prescriptions of Jewish Law. I don’t think it is difficult. I love doing it, and it never feels oppressive. But here’s where it gets complicated. It’s a choice, but also an obligation. It’s a choice about choicelessness” (Hirschfield, pg 33)
Anyone care to comment about the quotes? C’mon – let’s start a conversation! I do believe you cannot be wrong…and that’s a great thing these days!