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One Perfection

 

Without crossing into delusion,

optimism as an extremism

is one psychological perfection.

 

How to Live

 

What else to do but to make the best of things?

Appreciate something good,

because to not would be ingratitude.

And, something bad still needs to be dealt with

without falling into pessimism

because to fall would make the matter worse.

 

- Rabbi Chaim Gruber

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One Perfection

 

Without crossing into delusion,

optimism as an extremism

is one psychological perfection.

 

How to Live

 

What else to do but to make the best of things?

Appreciate something good,

because to not would be ingratitude.

And, something bad still needs to be dealt with

without falling into pessimism

because to fall would make the matter worse.

 

- Rabbi Chaim Gruber

 

 

Moses Maimonides, considered the greatest Orthodox rabbi of the past 900 years, wrote that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam would eventually, in the worldwide Messianic age, unite into one religion so "to serve God together." Rabbi Chaim Gruber's theology, based on this work of Maimonides (who, in Hebrew, is called the Rambam), focuses on (a) the union of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from their already-shared theological principles; and (b) the amalgamation of that union with logical, secular thought.

(Some in the Orthodox Jewish world may consider Rabbi Gruber's work controversial. For instance, Rabbi Gruber, once, was excommunicated from a part of the Hassidic-Jewish world because of his teachings about Christianity. However, Rabbi Gruber, thereafter, proved that his theology regarding Christianity was correct from an Orthodox-Jewish perspective, and the influential Hassidic rabbi who publicly excommunicated him was forced to publicly un-excommunicate him! You may scroll down for more about this un-excommunication.)

Regarding the above poems, these two poems express the rabbi’s theology in that the poems logically explain both the Judeo-Christian obligation to “love the LORD thy God” and the Islamic obligation to love Allah. Consider: Judeo-Christian or Islamic monotheism respectively names omnipresence either the LORD or Allah (Orthodox Jews call the LORD “Hashem”). Therefore, because omnipresence includes all of life’s good and bad circumstances, loving the LORD, or loving Allah, is making the very best of whatever life throws one’s way.

NOTE: Theologically, the LORD/Hashem/Allah is both omnipresent and distinct from creation. Beyond our full understanding, the Creator of the Universe is more than the created universe. In fact, the out-of-the-box Creator’s ability to bend nature is what accounts for the existence of true miracles.

 
Thanks to Rabbi Gruber for reminding us all that life is a unity under the Divine Oneness which is the Creator.
— Imam Haytham Younis about the above expressed ideas of Rabbi Gruber.

Imam Younis is an imam at the Islamic Center of Maryland and is a Co-Founder of the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society

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Seminar


Rabbi's Seminar in Paris (a preview): The Name of the LORD English & French - YouTube 5 min. (Seminar has passed) 

Photo's center: The Sorbonne's Rabbi Gabriel Hagai (Rabbi Gruber's seminar translator).  Right: Pola Kasparian, President of Artisans de Paix ("Peacemakers"), one seminar sponsor.  Left: Rabbi Gruber

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Seminar


Rabbi's Seminar in Paris (a preview): The Name of the LORD English & French - YouTube 5 min. (Seminar has passed) 

Photo's center: The Sorbonne's Rabbi Gabriel Hagai (Rabbi Gruber's seminar translator).  Right: Pola Kasparian, President of Artisans de Paix ("Peacemakers"), one seminar sponsor.  Left: Rabbi Gruber

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Joan Rivers Memorial


Joan Rivers' Memorial 

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Joan Rivers Memorial


Joan Rivers' Memorial 

 

Temple Emanu-El, Sept. 7, 2014, NYC

Rabbi Chaim Gruberboth to pay his respects to the uber-famous comedienne and due to his concerns about Joan Rivers, RIP, before her death, acerbating the Middle Eastern conflict with inflammatory public remarks—attended the star-studded memorial service of Joan Rivers, RIP. Taking along is assistant, C. Seamus (Yakov) McClare, they sat near Geraldo Rivera and his wife. There, the Rabbi recited the traditional mourner's kaddish ("holiness") prayer for the dead.

At the memorial's concluding procession, the Rabbi had the honour of side-by-side escorting, up the Temple's aisle, eulogiser Margie Stern, Joan Rivers' best friend. During this walkfollowing the NYPD Bagpiper Band out to Manhattan's Fifth Avenuethe Rabbi, to fulfil his divine obligation, relayed an incisive and heartfelt message about the dear departed to Mrs. Stern that left her amazed.

After the service, the Rabbi took the opportunity to speak to a number of stars regarding the great need for peace between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. 

TOP PHOTO: 

Rabbi Chaim Gruber with Lisa Robertson and other very gracious hosts from the QVC Shopping Network (Joan Rivers was closely affiliated with QVC). The Rabbi chatted about the very privileged status of Americans. He also said that Americans should both be grateful for such a status and be at work making peace so that this privilege could be safely maintained.

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Rabbi Gruber in serious dialogue with Whoopie Goldberg. The Rabbi spoke of Jews, Christians, and Muslims all believing in a singular Almighty Who desires peace on Earth. Therefore, he said, these religious groups should be able to agree on rules that everyone can live by; after all, as unfairness creates conflict, only through fairness to all can God’s desire for peace be achieved.

Whoopie Goldberg and Rabbi Gruber. From Epoch Times’ "Joan Rivers Memorial Service Photos," courtesy Maria Esteves

Whoopie Goldberg and Rabbi Gruber. From Epoch Times’ "Joan Rivers Memorial Service Photos," courtesy Maria Esteves