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You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right

Kenneth Wapner

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You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right:

Finding Faith Without Fanaticism

A former member of the militant settler’s underground movement in the West Bank, internationally

renowned rabbi and president of the Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL) Brad Hirschfield now

teaches a new morality of inclusiveness, acceptance, and the celebration of diversity grounded in

deeply personal as well as Biblical stories (Harmony, 2008).

Wapner’s roles:

• Proposal development and writing • Co-writing

From the Acknowledgments:

“I am deeply grateful to Kenneth Wapner for helping me find and capture my own literary voice. From

the moment we met, Kenny’s excitement about this project never waned, not did his vision about how

to get us there weaken. He pushed me to explore images and ideas in ways that only one who is your

teacher can, while sharing the joy of discovery that comes from the most eager of students. An

amazing friend, he even put up with the lousy pizza and worse coffee that we often shared in our work

together—a true act of devotion from a gourmet like him!”

“A wise and important story, engagingly told. I hope everyone, from the most piously committed to the

most militantly atheist, reads it and absorbs its lessons.”

—Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“Brad Hirschfield is one of the freshest and most innovative minds in religious thought today. From the

ashes of Ground Zero to the summits of global leaders, he has pioneered a philosophy of using

ancient texts to create coalitions of understanding and hope. Anyone committed to religious tolerance

today must understand his ideas—and must put them to work.”

—Bruce Feiler, author of Walking the Bible

“Spiritual sojourners of all faiths seeking sincerity and authenticity of religion will benefit greatly from

Rabbi Hirschfield’s candid testimony of his life’s journey. His visionary first-person narrative reveals

that the man who makes the voyage—to the human core of tolerance, respect, generosity, and peace

—discovers that the voyage makes the man.”

—Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, author of What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America

“ ‘Through you all the families of the earth will be blessed,’ God says to Abraham in the Bible. Yet, for

so much of history, the different religions have often turned the hardest of hearts to those who don’t

accept all their teachings. Brad Hirschfield brings a unique understanding—forged in years of

theological study and personal interreligious dialogues—of where so many great faiths have gone

wrong, and what can be done to guarantee that the blessing God bestowed on Abraham can, after

almost four thousand years, finally be achieved.”

—Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy


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