What does it mean to be a person of faith?

Cory Booker

Two quotes that pretty much say it all for me:

Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me how much you love all His children. Before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as how you choose to live and give. - Newark mayor Cory Booker

and

[I]f Judaism isn’t a movement for social justice — if it’s not concerned primarily with loving others as you love yourself and upholding their dignity — then there’s no point in being Jewish. - social activist Daniel Sieradski (aka @mobius1ski)

The entire Torah on one foot, or …(wait, I’m counting)… one hundred and thirteen words. BOOM.

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4 Comments

  1. Captain_Button

     /  June 19, 2012

    ObSFGeek:
    Religion must remain an outlet for people who say to themselves, “I am not the kind of person I want to be.” It must never sink into an assemblage of the self-satisfied.
    Last words of Toure Bomoko, in “Appendix II: The Religion of Dune” Dune by Frank Herbert

  2. helensprogeny

     /  June 19, 2012

    Beautiful.

  3. aaron singer

     /  June 19, 2012

    Reminds me of the line from Deuteronomy, tzedek tzedek tirdof (justice, justice shall you pursue, at least as the most common translation of it says). Which, coincidentally enough, is the “motto” of my synagogue for the last year. That said, I admittedly have contributed little to that in the past year, or really on the whole throughout my life.

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