Friday, October 14, 2005

Clinton quotes New Testament, Kippur services!

Did she use Artscroll or Metsudah?

LA Times

Taking a break from fundraising in Hollywood, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday dropped in on services for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, at a Beverly Hills synagogue and spoke about a subject close to her heart: forgiveness.

"I've had quite a bit of opportunity to think about forgiveness," the former first lady told about 2,000 people at Temple of the Arts on Wilshire Boulevard. "Forgiveness is not a luxury. It's a responsibility. Forgiveness may not take away our pain, but the act of offering it will keep us from being sucked into the downward spiral of resentment."
But the New York Democrat, who spoke without notes, also said learning "the lessons of forgiveness" is hard."It takes years, if at all, for them to become rooted in our own souls and hearts in a way that opens our minds and our souls to the real profound meaning and opportunity that forgiveness offers," she said..

She was helped by the parable of the prodigal son in the New Testament, and such books as "Why Forgive?" and "The Gates of Repentance."

She told her audience that Western civilization owes much to the Jewish faith for the tradition of beginning the new year in this way."How fortunate we are to have an opportunity to take time out as you are doing here on Yom Kippur to think of the large issues that really matter in life," she said. "Each year, going back to Leviticus, the Jewish people have recognized both the psychological and theological power of atonement and forgiveness."

Rabbi David Baron, who had invited Clinton to speak a year ago, said her insights on forgiveness "touched" his heart and that of his congregation.

I'm sure "Rabbi" Baron,- what denomination is he?- will be invited to deliver somewhere Mass on Easter. He certainly got lots of atoning to do!

posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 12:09 AM


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