No Matter How Hard

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  1. M Rutta says:

    for a completely different view of ‘end-of-life’ decisions,
    see this one:
    How Faith Saved the Atheist – a guest piece in the Wall St Journal of July 21, 2006. It made such a strong impression, I was rereading it and sharing it with family during my father’s time in the hospital.

  2. L.Oberstein says:

    I grew up in Montgmery,Alabama and heard and saw preachers all the time.I never yet met one committed Jew who was swayed by listening to a radio program or even ,as I once did, attending a rally at a football field to hear Billy Graham. It was more of a spectacle than an event that had a negative impact on me. Most of what one hears is a very effective way of making religion personally meaningful and able to answer your needs. That is what people want. If some of our preaching were more to that point, maybe people would be more inspired in our synagogues. Especially in the hetrodox synagogues, where there is rarely if ever mention of a Supreme Being, people are bored out of their minds.
    We could use some of the passion and the healing feeling of complete belief. Unfortunately, many of us are too “sophisticated”.
    For those who are afraid that I am reccomending that we listen to heresy, all I am saying is that we should learn from preachers who can inspire millions at a time when some of our houses of worship are empty,especially those that do not preach any belief system or passion.

  3. aron feldman says:

    For those who are afraid that I am reccomending that we listen to heresy, all I am saying is that we should learn from preachers who can inspire millions at a time when some of our houses of worship are empty,especially those that do not preach any belief system or passion.

    Comment by L.Oberstein — February 1, 2010

    Well you can’t have it both ways R”Elchonon!

    I find it quite ironic that somebody like yourself who is on the left side of the political spectrum, has a soft spot for Evangelicals.When the secular American Jews embraced all the new flavor of the day,chic social orders,they unfortunately left HKBH behind,the same is with the secular Zionists whom you so admire

  4. L.Oberstein says:

    Before I became a chareidi I learned that Thoreu said “Foolish consistancy i tghe hobgoblin of little minds.”. If we are able to learn from successful people and adapt their methods, why not. As far as “left” and “secular”, I am guilty but I am also “right” and “clerical”. Accept the truth where it is found and do not become a slave to definitions.

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