Commentary/Lectures/Insight

Archie L. Nations Memorial Lecture

Rabbi Jack Bemporad inaugurated the Archie L. Nations Memorial Lectures on January 9, 2017, a new series presented by the Interreligious Council of San Antonio (ICOSA). Founding member Rajam Ramamurthy, MD introduced Rabbi Bemporad’s discussion topic “Between Past & Future, the Achievements & Challenges of Interreligious Dialogue.”

Synopsis: Religions have enormous power. In the past, they have often been used for mutual destruction or co-opted by ideologies and were used as an excuse for warfare. In many ways this has changed, but unless religions begin to work earnestly for a common good, we will simply continue some of the worst elements of the past. By contextualizing and reinterpreting negative elements in all our scriptures, and focusing and emphasizing those that promote the best in society, we can move humanity to a harmonious and peaceful future.

Watch the lecture below.

 

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Judaism as a Spiritual Path

A presentation of the inner aspects of the Jewish religion and how they are connected to the Jewish understanding of the Torah, inclusive of the foundation of Jewish Teaching and how its practice is manifested in the inner life of the Jew. Also, a description of the Jewish teaching as to the nature of the individual and the ethical dimension of his/her existence. Finally, a discussion of the significance of repentance and atonement in Jewish life.

 

The Inner Journey.Views from the Jewish Tradition.Edited by Rabbi Jack Bemporad. Published by Morning Light Press, 2007. 323 North First, Suite 203. Sandpoint, Indiana 83864

 

 

Introduction to The Inner Journey:

Views From the Jewish Tradition

By Rabbi Jack Bemporad

Judaism affirms that human beings are by nature religious. They require that certain basic psychological and spiritual needs be fulfilled, and it is religion that, for better or for worse, attempts to fulfill them. For in all of us there is a constant quest for some explanation of how things ultimately hang together, a sense of the whole of things. We need an explanation of the world, but most important, we strive to understand our place in it, our role in this vast cosmos of which we are a part.

Science tries to explain parts, sections, certain domains in our universe. But there is a need to put these domains together and this needs a perspective that can connect facts and values; the true, the good, the beautiful, and the holy. This is beyond the work of science. A religious perspective is needed that tries to incorporate all these values into some overall framework, to give us a sense of the world and our place in it.

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“There must be common goals we all share as human beings prior to and independent of whatever may be our religious affirmations. Our discussion is not the same as the dialogue between science and religion nor is it the same as the discussion between religion and secularism. It is the dialogue of two historical faith communities, which share so much that, is essential and yet their interrelationships have never been historically explored in an authentic and honest manner to discover the truth that each can offer the other.”                                                                                                                  - Rabbi Jack Bemporad

Rabbi Bemporad has delivered over over 10,000 sermons, speeches and lectures in more than 30 countries — including Israel, Italy, Mexico, India, Germany, Belgium, England, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland and Croatia  –  and his writings have been published in dozens of books. Below is a just sample of his voluminous and internationally respected works.

Ten Principles Of Judaism

Repentance & Reconciliation

The Necessity For Theological Dialogue Between Christians & Jews

Fatwa Against Terrorism

The Possibility of Transformation Through Dialogue

The Universal Catechism’s Teachings On The Jews

Understanding The Other: The Way Forward In The Middle East

Uniting The World’s Religions For Peace

We Remember

What Can Jews Affirm About God After The Holocaust?

An Open Letter To Congress From Leaders Of The Faith Community

Jews In Europe: Guests or Co-Hosts?