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Re: Lou's request-mnwomn floatingbridge

Posted by Dinah on September 16, 2011, at 8:24:23

In reply to Re: Lou's request-mnwomn Lou Pilder, posted by floatingbridge on September 16, 2011, at 0:36:18

I'm glad you enjoyed Rabbi Kushner! I credit him with the regenesis of my faith.

> Sometimes people can read Genisis and criticize Eve and from there, begin to disrespect all women in general. That's the first answer that comes to mind, and it's a small example. Kushner's entire book is about how he interprets their story in a positive light that he finds brings healing to his congregation. I'm not finished with it, but I can reccommend it as good reading to address your questions better than I can.
> I am not sure I understand part C, or if I do, I can really address what I see as a profound question. You are asking what is the suffering from? Maybe from a deep sense of being unworthy of God's love, and a deep shame humanity caused God to reject us? Isolation and being unloved or feeling like an outcast can be intolerable for human beings. Humans seem to need connection.

At first when I read this book I rejected everything he had to say as contrary to all I know. I was surprised to be so disappointed in a writer I loved. But without even picking the book up again, the ideas percolated in my brain until they became part of my faith experience - as natural as if they'd been there all along. He tends to have that effect on me.

> A poet once wrote that something "hurts me the way the world hurts God."
> Does the world hurt God? Some people think so. I don't know. Do you think so?

I think it must. Well, it must if God is what I conceive God to be. I'm always willing to admit the possibility of error. :)




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