On a recent visit to family out of state, my husband picked up a copy of Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s book, You Don’t Have to be Wrong for Me to be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanatacism.
I thought it an unusual choice for Bob as he usually leans toward action, mystery, intrigue and science fiction in his reading. Yet, within a couple of hours, he’s telling me how much he likes what he’s reading. He’s even sure I’m going to enjoy reading it.
When we returned home, I made a point to check the book out from our local library to see if Bob was in fact correct in his assumption. And I’m here to report that he was. I very much enjoyed Rabbi Hirschfield’s perspective on religion in today’s world and political climate.
Rabbi Hirschfield has tackled in 248 pages what has been sought after for centuries — the ability to dialogue about our religious beliefs without debasing or demoralizing the other party for his or her differences. He shows how we can actually begin to reach a level of understanding between ourselves when it comes to faith that no one has to be wrong . . . we each have the right to be right about our own personal story without the implication by another that we are wrong because of their individual beliefs. It is a refreshing read and well written.
The following quote found at page 198 is a perfect summation of this work:
Nearing the end, I must admit that the narrative became a little dry and it was a tough finish to get to the last page, but all in all, I think the eager individual looking for an understanding of how to present your faith to another without draining your spirit and that of another will find it in these pages.