My deepest thanks to those dear readers who took the time to help me understand more deeply and more fully and more accurately the Christian belief that Jesus is/was both “fully divine and also fully human.”
Some of you responded with a “Solo Fides” (Faith alone) answer, like T:
Dear Rabbi, I am definitely not a religious scholar, but ...Read more
I occasionally take time in this column to consider the deep mysteries each of the major faiths of the world holds at its heart.
These mysteries are core beliefs and quite often they are so profound and so recondite that people who are not in the faith but who want to learn more about it are cut off from understanding.
I want to understand ...Read more
Q: How can God be omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, if evil still exists in the world. If he is omnipotent and omniscient, he knows it is happening and he has the power to stop it, therefore, not doing so means that he is not omnibenevolent. If he is omnipotent and omnibenevolent, then he can stop it and would stop it, but the only ...Read more
Q: My daughter and son-in-law are preparing for the arrival of their much prayed for baby in October. Due to COVID-19 shopping in stores for baby items, having a family gathering to announce their pregnancy and attending doctor appointments alone while her husband waits in the car have taken away from the 'fun' of her pregnancy. Compound this...Read more
Q: Rabbi Gelman, Love, love, love your column, thank you for sharing your wisdom. I was prepping a short homily for my women’s bible study group (Episcopalian). I was going to write the word “fellowship” but it struck me as sexist. My Google search replaced it with the non-sexist term “gathering with friends.” That moment brought me...Read more
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” -- King James Version (KJV)
Q: I agree with you about changing “want” to “lack” in the 23rd Psalm. I have a large Bible which is too heavy to hold but I sometimes read it in place of my smaller bible because it includes many foot notes that help clarify some words. This morning I noted ...Read more
Q: I am in a great deal of strife. I have not lived a terribly admirable life, I'm afraid. I have committed sins of a carnal nature since early adulthood. I was raised Roman Catholic and always went to the confessional for absolution but then I would go out some time later and do the same thing, repeatedly.
Always remorseful but, with ...Read more
Q: What do you do when you are entering the last quarter of your life and you feel that you’ve accomplished nothing and haven’t met God’s expectations of who you were blessed to be. No one seems to have a good answer to this. - J.
A: I wish I could hug you dear J, but both distance and the coronavirus makes that impossible for now. ...Read more
Thanks, dear readers, for sharing with me your Psalms of comfort during this uncomfortable time. Keep them coming and I will return to them. However, this day I share a question from D that is close to my heart.
Q: Dear Rabbi Gellman: Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us readers. I learn from reading your column. I have particularly ...Read more
Q: When you asked about favorite psalms, my first thought was how to narrow down such a wealth of worship and expression of the wonder of God! Still one particular psalm that I return to again and again for grounding me in the love of God and His love for me as His child is Psalm 27. No matter what or who I am facing, I can rely on the Lord to ...Read more
J from Belmore, N.Y., sent in her Psalm of Comfort :
A couple of weeks ago you invited your readers to share our favorite Psalm of hope. I always return to Psalm 139, especially:
Truly you have formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother's womb.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully,
wonderful are your works.
My ...Read more
"A good deed produces another good deed."
In the spirit of gratitude for acts of spontaneous kindness, I brought to you recently the story of the man who tore open his package of toilet paper in the checkout line of a store in order to give half of it to a woman in front of him who had missed out on buying toilet paper for her family because ...Read more
My love for Psalm 23:4 at this time of walking through the valley of the shadow of death has inspired many dear readers to spiritually weigh in on the hope delivered to their broken souls by their favorite Psalms. Share your favorite Psalm of hope in a time of fear and I will share it with everyone.
This week, M, from Wilmington, North Carolina...Read more
Q: Last Tuesday was Israel's Independence Day. Why do you love Israel? -- E from Encino, Calif.
A: I love the whole damn place! However, there are stories that are forever embedded in my memories of certain people and places in Israel.
Let me begin by explaining what Israel means to Jews and to Christians. Father Tom Hartman ...Read more
Q: What does the Dalai Lama have to say about the coronavirus? -- Fish from Colorado
A: Thank you Fish. We in the West often slip into thinking that the only resources for healing and hope we can access are those from Judaism and Christianity. As this plague continues, I hope periodically to include spiritual messages from Eastern traditions, ...Read more
Oprah Winfrey and Tim Shriver and a host of other fine folks have organized a worldwide gathering of religious leaders, musicians and sensitive souls to teach and sing and remind us all that, though we are separated, we are not alone. I was asked to participate, and I think my segment will air at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April ...Read more