TCC Radio: The Rabbi and the KKK | Snap Judgment

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Rabbi Weisser Michael Weisser, a New York Rabbi, had his faith tested when he moved to Nebraska and was targeted by Larry Trapp, the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. Rabbi Weisser got Trapp’s phone number and started leaving messages of love on his answering machine. Listen to the story from Snap Judgment after the jump:

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Alone, Yet Not Alone

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Rabbi Heschel and MLK Jr. David Brooks writes for The New York Times about how the experience of faith differs from the popular perception of religion. “Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel described one experience of faith in his book God in Search of Man: ‘Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…Everything is phenomenal. …To be spiritual is to be amazed.'” Read it here: Alone, Yet Not Alone (Above: Rabbi Abraham Heschel and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

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Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

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Danya Ruttenberg is a rabbi. She writes in The New York Times about how her spiritual life changed after becoming a mother. “Sometimes my practice is traditional: singing with my children, saying words of liturgy to them and to God, as well as prayer in the conventional sense. But just as often, my prayer — offered up with intentionality to the divine — involves deep contemplation of my 1-year-old’s ear. Radical amazement, if you will, or a hallelujah.” Read her entire article in The New York Times here: Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

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Ask the Rabbi

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The Holy Father has encouraged Catholics to learn more about the Jewish faith. We are pleased to announce a new series called Ask the Rabbi. Our first question is about Hanukkah, which this year falls on Thanksgiving. Want to learn more? Rabbi Gregory Metzger from the Kol Tuv community in Los Angeles answers your questions after the jump:

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Misc: The Rabbi and Pope Francis

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Pope Francis celebrates Hanukka

“[Pope Francis] and I are convinced, totally, that dialogue is the barrier against war. When human beings dialogue, you are paving the way to avoid the confrontation of war.”

The National Catholic Register interviews one of Pope Francis’ dear friends, the Jewish Rabbi Abraham Skorka. Read the whole thing here: The Rabbi and Pope Francis

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