Today’s Goodness: Our friend Rabbi Rami is a wise and funny man. He is a respected spiritual teacher, speaker and writer who has authored fourteen books including our favorite, “The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice”. Rabbi Rami also writes a sharp witted blog where he shares his perspective of all things spiritual and religious.
Meet our friend Rabbi Rami.
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“It is vital that you know who you are if you are to live with lovingkindness. You cannot fake lovingkindness. Authentic lovingkindness is the natural response to the simple truth of your being one with all being in, with, and as God.”
From: The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice
By Rami M. Shapiro
Organized religion is sane and not silly when read as myth and poetry rather than science and law. Religion speaks nonsense when taken literally, but reveals some of the deepest truths of humankind when understood mythically, poetically, and even allegorically—that is when it is read with an active and creative imagination.
~ Rabbi Rami
1. Richard Lindsay and J. Ryan Parker: Top Ten Spiritual Films of 2010
“We’re not listing these in any particular order, nor are we suggesting that these are “the best” films of 2010.”
2. Elizabeth Landau: Anger at God Common, Even Among Atheists
“If you’re angry at your doctor, your boss, your relative or your spouse, you can probably sit down and have a productive conversation about it. God, on the other hand, is probably not available to chat.”
3. Julia Galef: A Philosopher of Religion Calls it Quits
“Keith Parsons announces that the “case for theism” is a fraud, and sparks a firestorm.”
Top Spirituality News:
1. The Tennessean: Environmentalism Can Be Bad for Soul, Group Warns
“Going green is bad for your soul, a group of evangelical leaders argues in a new series of DVDs.”
2. The Washington Post/AP: Egypt’s Pope Says State Must Address Copts Woes
“In rare criticism, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church has called on the government to address Christian grievances about discrimination – and urged his flock to quell violent rioting over a New Year’s Day church bombing in Alexandria that killed 21.”
3. Chicago Tribune: Opponents Fight to Protest Outside Church of Scientology
“A Chicago judge will decide this month whether a city code prevents protesters who oppose Scientology’s teachings from expressing their discontent any time the church’s doors are open or only during its conventional Sunday worship service.”