Barry’s Gleanings: “A Boy’s Discovery . . .” + A Way Through the Separation
During the past several thousand years at least four religious traditions are known to have revered the Temple Mount in Old City Jerusalem: Judaism, Greco-Roman paganism, Christianity, and Islam.
Some Muslims have denied the Jewish connection to this most holy of sites. Recently, a 10-year-old Russian boy found proof that confirm the Jewish historical claims.
In the recent On Being podcast, Krista Tippet interviews Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and one of the world’s deep thinkers on religion in our age. Rabbi Sacks’ new book is Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence.
“The Dignity of Difference,” an intimate conversation with Krista, Rabbi Sacks “speaks about how Jewish and other religious ideas can inform modern challenges. Rabbi Sacks says that the faithful can and must cultivate their own deepest truths — while finding God in the face of the stranger and the religious other.” Rabbi Sacks says that the best antidote for violence is conversation.
Surely, the power of love (and the basic teachings of each religion) can rise above the “fear of the stranger.”
Aloha, Barry (and Renée)
Image from: http://www.bibleplaces.com/templemount.htm
Let’s embrace our similarities rather than focus on our differences.