6 thoughts on “Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

  1. This was a heartfelt, meaningful message until he got to that third bit from the synagogue. A huge clunk in the narrative as that nonsense completely spoilt it, but of course was what he wanted to emphasise all along. He should have left it at humanity. Pity.


  2. Well said, PaulT
    It’s all very well having the command ‘love the stranger’ carved on the wall of your place of worship. But there wasn’t much love shown to the Canaanites and other occupants of what the scriptural Israelites claimed was their ‘promised land.’ Nor indeed to the indigenous Arab population in 1948, many of who, or their descendants, are still refugees.


  3. The main point of this Thought could have been uttered by anybody. You don’t need a faith to be empathetic; or to see the Government’s cruel policies towards asylum seekers for what they are.

    I wonder if Rabbi Jonathan believes that without his faith he wouldn’t care so much about refugees. Some people are like that. I think it’s Christopher Hitchens who described talking to an elderly priest who seriously believed that if he ceased to be a Christian he would instantly become a sinner, and would be unable to stop himself committing the most unspeakable crimes. (That, of course, may say more about the individual concerned than about faith in general).


      1. It’s still there, but in many aspects it’s lost its way, being more political outpourings rather than science and technology. The odd (and increasingly rare) interesting science / tech article is what keeps me looking there.

        In case it’s down again, here’s the summary text. The Gallup report doesn’t really say much more.

        Belief in God among Americans dipped to a new low, Gallup’s latest poll shows. While the majority of adults in the U.S. believe in God, belief has dropped to 81% — the lowest ever recorded by Gallup — and is down from 87% in 2017. From a report:

        Between 1944 and 2011, more than 90% of Americans believed in God, Gallup reported. Younger, liberal Americans are the least likely to believe in God, according to Gallup’s May 2-22 values and beliefs poll results released Friday. Political conservatives and married adults had little change when comparing 2022 data to an average of polls from 2013 to 2017. The groups with the largest declines are liberals (62% of whom believe in God), young adults (68%) and Democrats (72%), while belief in God is highest among conservatives (94%) and Republicans (92%). The poll also found that slightly more than half of conservatives and Republicans say they believe God hears prayers and can intervene, as well as 32% of Democrats, 25% of liberals and 30% of young adults.


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