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At the same time, I’m now reading a lot more Soloveitchik and a lot more Heschel.So in some sense my observance is down but my thinking is up. It’s all so new and green that I’m afraid if I talk about it in public, it will become like my political opinions, just a bumper sticker, not a living, breathing thing. I read everything, and some of it is Jewish and some of it is Christian, and some of it is just humanistic. Parts of Jewish theology I like—the emphasis on agency.
The recently divorced Brooks is part of an informal Jewish study group led by Orthodox scholar Erica Brown along with fellow prominent Washingtonians, among them former Meet the Press host David Gregory and Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg.Brooks began his tenure as a columnist for the op-ed page of The New York Times in 2003.There were liberal readers who bristled over every column—even those that swept aside evanescent political issues in favor of exploring broader themes of American culture.There are parts of Christianity—a more richly developed sense of grace— that I find very beautiful.And so now, just in my attempt at understanding, I’m reading everything and seeing everybody.And as a result, we eviscerated a lot of things that we held in common. Some people pray at shul or at church or mosque, or in the woods. And that means sometimes I’m like one of those creatures who’s preaching to himself from the pulpit. We kept kosher at home, my kids went to Jewish day schools, we had Shabbat meals.
So at that moment, I was more traditionally observant than I am now.
Fourth, I just read a book from Carl Jung, of all people, who said that every single one of his middle-aged clients was mourning the loss of a religious sense and was searching for that religious sense. And then finally, there used to be a lot of Abraham Joshua Heschels in the world, and even Billy Grahams, and they were commenting in public on moral issues. And I know my employers want me to pay attention to politics. I confess I am more excited by the moral and cultural columns than the political ones. One of my callings is to represent a certain moderate Republican Whig political philosophy, and the other is to try to shift the conversation more in a moral and theological direction. I was having coffee with one of my students at Yale and he said, “We’re so hungry.” Because they’ve been raised with so little moral vocabulary and so much achievement orientation. And I would love to experience and radiate that inner joy, which they did.
There are some people who don’t expect to read this kind of crap in a newspaper. I gave a speech in Connecticut, a very moral speech, and the women were loving it. So it’s more aspirational than that I hit rock bottom and I’m rebounding.
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