You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism
by Brad Hirschfield
How can we create a world with less violence and division? Can we make room for other cultures and beliefs without negating our own? Is there a way to balance commitment and openness without sacrificing one to the other?
These and other critical questions are explored in a powerful new book, You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism. Addressing some of the key issues of our time, the book reveals how to be passionately committed to one’s faith community while remaining open to other religious traditions. Drawing on his own experience as a former activist on the West Bank who saw first-hand what extremism can do, Rabbi Hirschfield examines our fears of the “other” with humor, insight, honesty, and thoughtfulness. Never dismissing another’s beliefs or treating difference as a zero sum game, he appeals to the common wisdom found in all religions, offering hope and a new perspective to the American spiritual, social and political landscape. BUY THE BOOK
Life is messy and imperfect. Living in this world is anything but simple. Facing disasters, betrayals, and family problems, we yearn for answers ? clear paths, comfortable…easy solutions. And we shouldn’t. That’s the message at the heart of Irwin Kula’s remarkable first book Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messages of Life (Hyperion, September 2006). In fact, Kula says, the messiness is the sacred stuff that keeps us growing. And our ever present yearnings for meaning and purpose, for love and happiness ? to make sense of it all ? define our spiritual path and lead to wonderful opportunities and discoveries. After all if you’ve never had dirty dishes in the sink, you’ve probably never had a home cooked meal.? BUY THE BOOK
Stories of hope from the Holocaust.
Memory is about choice. We can choose to remember the past in ways that provoke pain and stir our anger, or we can remember in ways that help us create the kind of world in which we most want to live. Nowhere is this choice more important than in connection to the Holocaust. And never has it been more important than now, because we are the first generation that will live without the presence of those who can tell us in their own words what they have seen with their own eyes.
These 71 first-hand stories from survivors teach us to choose to remember for life. Their words are not about hatred and death, but about ethics, decency and love.? BUY THE BOOK
Discover how to make virtually any moment in your day a significant part of a meaningful Jewish life.? As we have discovered, and as our sages have long known, there is no experience in the life of a Jew that cannot be marked in Jewish ways. This book is the result of the kinds of rituals we have sculpted together over the years. It is not a prayer book or even a compendium of obligatory Jewish rituals. Rather, it is a source for all to use creatively.? BUY THE BOOK
A first-ever 15-part series conceived by a rabbi for Bridges TV-American Muslim TV Network, the show brings together religious leaders of the three major Abrahamic faiths to grapple with the divisive issues splitting our traditions and country. Fast paced and tied to today’s news, it gives viewers a deeper understanding of how people of faith see the world, and each other, with live interviews from the American public.? BUY the 3 DVD SET
Irwin Kula is an eighth generation rabbi who teaches that every religion that thinks it has it all right, is surely all wrong.? In this moving monologue along the beaches, wharves, hotdog stands and roller coasters of Coney Island, Kula spins a web of wisdom in a time when nothing is simply what it is.? In an era when we are the masters of the universe, Kula sweetly poses the question, “What kind of God do we need?”? BUY THE DVD
Featuring Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, a well-known religion commentator and President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Freaks Like Me examines how “the faithful” look at themselves and their attitudes towards other devouts.
Filmed in Barcelona, where one thousand years ago people of all faiths peacefully congregated, the film depicts how the different traditions view violence, justice, and doubt.?? Interspersed throughout are conversations with swamis, imams, monks, yogis, rabbis, priests and other earthly wanderers, all seeking a higher truth.? BUY THE DVD