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  1. Reb Yid says:

    The book is also an excellent, thoughtful read. Highly recommended.

  2. Raymond says:

    To this day, I am not sure what my approach should be toward Christianity. On the one hand, Christianity at least for Jews and I think according to most Rabbinical authorities even for gentiles, is considered to be pure idolatry, plus it has been the source of the worst antisemitism in history until the rise of naziism and communism. On the other hand, unlike too many modern day ideologies, at least Christianity has some respect for our Torah, considering it to be the Authentic Word of G-d, and has been the largest transmitter of Biblical teachings, done however imperfectly, across the centuries when we Jews have been too small in number or power to carry out this task, plus the inheritors of the Puritan tradition of Christianity (Fundamentalists, Evangelicals) tend to be the strongest supporters of Israel that there is. So I have come to boil it all down to this: those (Jews or gentiles) who are friends of the Jewish State of Israel, are friends of mine, while those who (again, Jews or gentiles) in one way or another oppose our Jewish State of Israel, are certainly no friends of mine.

  3. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    I want to get hold of the book and read it eventually. I just read the preview. Mitch is a good man. I have read two or three of his books. Of course the Jewish tragedy of this generation hurts here as it does everywhere, in your family and my family and everyone else’s. The big question is whether reducing religion to the lowest common denominator helps or hinders the search for real faith. I ask myself and I honestly don’t know. But I am glad that Albom is on some level tackling the question. R. Yitzchok, maybe you should contact him, invite him for a Shabbos meal if he is ever in LA (or find the appropriate person in Detroit to do it). For a Jewish person of that spirituality never to have encountered real Judaism is a real tragedy. We should all feel the pain.

  4. Moshe says:

    If I remember correctly from the book, while the Rabbi served a conservative synagogue, he himself practiced orthodoxy. He didn’t drive on Shabbos and built a Sukkah etc.

  5. Reb Yid says:

    Another error in the original post–Mitch Albom did not “leave” his synagogue. In fact, it’s the only one he’s ever belonged to. In his book, he talks about the fact that he always comes back there each year for services on Yom Kippur.

    And Albom has a Jewish background. He was a shul regular as a kid and went to day school.

  6. Shmuel says:

    This book is a required text for Touro College’s Positive Psychology & Judaism class. I enjoyed it more than Tuesdays With Morrie; Rabbi Lewis’ crises of faith and his aplomb is something we can all learn from, particularly because it hits so close to home.

  7. L. Oberstein says:

    At your suggestion, I watched the movie on TV (now the world knows I have a TV). I also had listened to the book on tape and heard an interview of NPR with Mitch Album when it first came out.
    It is a very positive movie and leaves good vibes for both Jews and African Amerians, It is very positive.

  8. DF says:

    “the core readership of Cross-Currents do not own televisions either.”

    I’m curious why you think this.

    • Yitzchok Adlerstein says:

      the core readership of Cross-Currents do not own televisions either.”

      I’m curious why you think this.

      While we don’t have any real data, we get lots of feedback from readers, especially when travelling to different parts of the country. We have a strong sense that the majority of our readers do have right-of-center yeshiva training and leanings. Given that background, I HOPE they don’t have TV!

      Personally, I take most pride in how many of our readers are NOT in that group, at a time that so many people exercise the option to read only what is perfectly congruent with their mindset.

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