Quote of the Day


Only the Lord himself can send the Ruach, of course, and that’s where Pentecostal-Charismatic movements often go astray, by trying to institutionalize or package what only God can do. But this is no worse than the other extreme of creating a safe and sanitized religion that works just fine without the presence of the Ruach at all.


Rabbi Russ Resnik, UMJC Executive Director

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Chocoholic, jazz head ... prone to rants, and a professional pitbull. I married a terrific guy who happens to be a rabbi, so I guess that makes me a rebbetzin. Who saw that one coming? My grandparents survived the Shoah and spent their lives in the service of others. On my best days, I walk in their footsteps.
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5 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. Gene Shlomovich says:

    "But this is no worse than the other extreme of creating a safe and sanitized religion that works just fine without the presence of the Ruach at all."This would be true, but only if assuming that Russ's definition of presence of the Ruach is still a classic Charistmatic one – where it MUST be manifested at one time or another by emotional outbursts, spontaneous "prophesying", being slain in the "Spirit", mass-speaking in "tongues", and other out of control behavior. How can one make such a blanket statement about whether or not Ruach Elohim is present in one congregation or another based on the supposed external "signs"? For me, a MUCH MUCH better evidence of the presence of the Ruach is to look for more trustworthy signs – the fruits of the Ruach:"love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23)

  2. Jeff says:

    It's been so long since there's been a "Quote of the Day." Exciting!L'Shana Tova!!

  3. Rabbi Joshua says:

    Jeff – Thanks Bro! Great to hear from you. L'Shanah Tovah!Gene-I find it funny you always jump to extremes – usually assuming the worst in people's intentions. If you knew Russ Resnik at all, you would not be able to make your assumptions. And as I have responded to you many, many times, this blog represents an attempt at balance on all issues. We are hardly endorsing "out of control behavior."

  4. Rabbi Joshua says:

    Gene (cont'd.)-However, I do agree with your assessment that the most trustworthy signs of G-d's spirit working in our communities is evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit.L'Shanah Tovah!

  5. Gene Shlomovich says:

    "If you knew Russ Resnik at all, you would not be able to make your assumptions."My assumption of what Russ defines as "presence of Ruach" in a congregational setting was more rhetorical in nature than a blanket statement about Russ as an individual (whom I do not personally). The quote you provided is what I had to work with.It's also highly unlikely than any congregation out there will agree with claims that the Ruach is not present or allowed in their place – not even the most dry fundamentalist Baptists will sign off on that. And they will certainly disagree on what it means (to them).

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